BOOK REVIEW: The 500 Hats of Modern-Day Woman
About the book: In The 500 Hats of a Modern-Day Woman you’ll find strength, purpose, and perspective to balance your many roles—and gain insight into the roles of women around you. With honesty, humor, and practicality, Joyce Ellis helps you see how your roles can fit together to make a difference in your world. Questions for reflection or discussion at the end of each chapter make this book suitable for book clubs and small-group Bible studies as well.
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A few years ago, a friend gave me a Christmas ornament that was a figure of a woman. She is surrounded by a variety of hats. My friend wrote on each one the name of something I was involved with. It was the perfect ornament for me -- I'm constantly juggling different roles. Volunteer roles, paid work roles, mother, daughter, sister, wife, friend, on and on. So when I saw the title of Joyce K. Ellis' book, The 500 Hats of Modern-Day Woman, I knew it was the book for me.
The back of the book says, "Working woman, nurturer, bargain hunter, maid, adventurer, chef... Juggle all the hats you wear as a woman - without losing your mind!"
And isn't that what all women want? To juggle their many roles without losing their minds. This book makes it feel possible. Each section discusses a different role of being a woman -- spouse, mother, paid worker, daughter and daughter-in-law, etc. They're full of real-life examples from women Ellis surveyed. We can all relate to them! And sprinkled in with the examples are tips for dealing.
Each section also includes, at the end, a list of resources such as books and articles, for dealing with the issue discussed in it. There's also a list of questions for reflections and discussions, making it perfect for a woman to think through her own issues about each role, or for a group discussion. The last page of each section is a thought to ponder, helping to fuel our thought processes about the section.
Every woman has a lot to juggle. Our hats slip and get worn. We often feel alone. This book shows us we're not -- and helps us to find ways to cope, and get the most out of our many roles.
About the author: Joyce K. Ellis, award-winning author of more than a dozen books, speaks for women’s groups and retreats across the country and internationally. She and her husband enjoy reading by lakes and rivers and oceans, and spending time with their grown children and delightful, too-quickly-growing grandchildren. They live in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Learn more about Ellis here.