Okay, so I hesitated in buying this book. It reminded me, based on title alone, of that popular piece of chic-lit that came out a few years ago – The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing. I never read that book – just never interested me – so I hesitated on this one. But I’m glad I read it.

The full title is Wilderness Skills for Women: How to Survive Heartbreak and other Full-Blow Meltdowns by Marian Jordan, and well, I’ve been in one of those heart-break-ish, wilderness-y places for a few weeks now. It seemed this was the time to pick up this title.

The basic premise is that Jones gives women advice on how to survive those times when it seems the around us has come apart in every way. Using Christian Scripture as her guide, she commiserates, gives me permission to grieve my pain, and encourages me to trust in the One who promises nothing but good.

To be truthful, I think Jones would probably drive me crazy in real life – she’s over-witty, if you know what I mean, and likes to use cliches a little too much for my taste. But the truth is I really appreciated her insights. More than that, though, I appreciated knowing I was not alone in this pain. She was really good at conveying that.

So if you’re in a time of trial or know a woman who is, this is a good read. And because of that, I’m giving away my copy. Make a comment here, and I’ll pick someone randomly to receive the book. Drawing to be held next Thursday. (If you spread the word – via Twitter, Facebook, or your blog – I’ll give you an extra “entry” for each “pass it on.”

Cover of Wilderness Skills for Women by Marian JonesWilderness Skills for Women by Marian Jones

P.S. I wrote this post sitting on my patio. It’s a little oasis in my really shifty neighborhood. Glory in the small stuff . . . glory in the small stuff.