PeggySue on the Janet Perez Eckles Inspiration Hour – mp3
Read the first chapter of Rediscovering Your Happily Ever After.
By Mary Coons
My friend PeggySue Wells’ book is out! Rediscovering Your Happily Ever After, it guides the newly and not-so-newly-divorced woman through the rough waters of her new world.
I want to write about it because I’m still all warm from the experience of reading it. If you know PeggySue, you know she is a tonic–warm like your favorite blanket, bracing like a stiff drink. (At a writers’ meeting at her home, once, a newcomer hesitated to take the “best” chair, and PeggySue, hollering from the kitchen, put her, and everyone else, at ease by shouting, “Shut up and sit down!” I still cherish the moment of cutting-through-the-crap.)
I feel like I just spent an afternoon with PeggySue, and I feel better for it, after reading her book. And I’m trying to put in words what was so special about it. I think it’s that aspect of cutting-through-the-crap. In the midst of my divorce, I had to get to what worked, and quick. I didn’t have time for hesitation, for meandering, for staying at home and sucking my thumb. The situation demanded ACTION of me–and (unlike PeggySue) I HATE having to act. I prefer thumb-sucking, navel-gazing, and any other inactivity you can hyphenate. I had a bracing friend who saw me through those difficult years, and I wish I had had PeggySue’s book.
Some favorite parts:
* “The only person who believes an excuse is the one serving it up.” p. 198
* “Courage is about DOING, [Mary.]” Emphasis added. I will ask to check to see if the original ms. had my name in it. It should have. p. 147.
* “A snare has a deceiving degree of attractiveness.” Amen, sister. p. 51.
* “Whether my past makes me or breaks me depends upon how I respond.” p. 91
that she quotes ME! (see page 39, something I don’t remember saying. I feel flattered.)
There are a lot of things I could have quoted. My friend PeggySue is eminently quotable.
And her selection of quotes from other people are notable, too, and come from all over the map. I find that refreshing.
That brings me, I guess, to what I find most helpful: PeggySue loves and honors the Lord, first and foremost, without making me want to crawl under a rock. Jesus is winsome and loving and bold and fierce, and the process of following Him will make the follower more their true self, not some flannel-board copy, not a nicer person with a slightly better grip on their temper or their drinking problem. What I see in PeggySue’s book is an author who has become more like herself in the process of going through her own divorce.
When we follow Him, He molds us into His image. What I never used to grasp is that image is individual for each of us, and the more He molds and shapes me, I become more of an individual (albeit, an individual that plays better with others than I ever used to.)
But it all takes COURAGE, and that is the strongest virtue I carry away from my time with the book. Courage, courage, courage. We all need it to face the hard stuff in our lives, and this book mixed COURAGE with enCOURAGEment.
It was a tonic.
Read the first chapter of What To Do When You’re Scared To Death.
Art/History Unit Studies
PeggySue has homeschooled for 25 years. A foundational component has been this series she developed for her own children. These unit studies can be used individually or with a group. These 11 study guides focus on the highlights of each time period in the areas of historical events, literature and theater, music, art, and science. This is a unique look at how contemporaries influenced each other and the world.
Download and use the first in the series, The Genesis.
Additional units available for purchase at $9.95 are:
Early Kingdoms: -1000 to -501
The Renaissance Period (The 14th Century): 1401 to 1600
The Classic Years (17th – 18th Century): 1751 – 1800
The Romantic Period (19th Century): 1801 to 1900
The Twentieth Century: 1900 – present