There is a reason that fairy tales begin with “Once upon a time…” Because it only happens once. upon. a. time. Long, long ago when ladies were served and princes, I mean men, were perfect and, well, charming. Now, we live in a time where women are “supposed” to serve and men are not the charming creatures we read about in fairy tales.
The problem is that we continue to believe the prince charming myth right up until we discover the perfect man we married has faults and no longer thinks we are his lady in waiting. Then, there are the demands we place on ourselves as wives and mothers trying to live up to the lives we see on Facebook and Pinterest. What we see and read online lead us to believe in a modern-day fairy tale–that women can work 40 hours a week, work out for 2 hours a day, cook gourmet meals 7 days a week, take care of the kids and the housework and still maintain a scrapbook for three kids, sew their own clothes, grow their own food, etc. etc. etc.
The truth is that women can’t do it all. We can’t build a home and have a family on a steady diet of fairy tales, Facebook statuses or Pinterest ideas. In her book, “Ever After”, Vicki Courtney shares her life lessons about marriage and motherhood (some quite humorous) and helps put them into perspective. There is only One Person who can meet us where we are and be the happily ever after we long for.
Courtney shares her mistakes and the lessons she learned and shows us what a real fairy tale looks like–the one where the husband and wife argue, the kids get sick and the house gets dirty. Wherever you are in your journey, Christ meets you there.
If you struggle with how you look or the aging process, you will find peace in the last few chapters where Courtney shares things to consider as we face body image and aging issues. She helps us realize that things aren’t always what they appear to be online or in magazines. I highly recommend “Ever After” for women in all stages of life. This would make a perfect gift for a girl as she prepares to leave the nest. This is, after all, the best time to put all those fairy tales to rest.
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