Hey – I thought this was a humour title! The categorization provided on the back of the book is somewhat more accurate: Religion/Christian Life/Women’s Issues. If I were providing categorization I would include Devotional as an apt description. Author Mary Pierce examines the many twists and turns that women experience throughout life, comparing them with a game of “Twister” where the players eventually find themselves wound into knots. When Did My Life Become a Game of Twister? is divided into 23 devotional-length chapters. Studies from Pierce’s own life are cleverly tied together to illustrate a theme in each chapter; points to ponder (study questions) are provided at the end of the chapter to provide further delving and the devotional aspect of this title. While each chapter can be read rapidly, making this a quick read, the insights shared will benefit from a deeper, slower re-reading while working through the questions.
As I mentioned, much emphasis has been placed upon Pierce’s comedic abilities. While I appreciated her brutal honesty and the insights she shared into her own life, I didn’t laugh often. There was the odd chuckle and snicker, but humour is not the strength or lifeblood of this title. Perhaps if I were a more “typical” woman I would have been more amused. I couldn’t commiserate with Pierce’s nightly facial cleansing rituals and other elaborate personal care rituals -- makeup, manicures etc. — because I don’t participate in these sorts of activities. What I could relate to though were her struggles, her doubts and her fears, her feeling that some days she might lose it. Haven’t we all been there? I could definitely relate to her needing a new “ati-toot” as then preschool aged daughter phrased it. I know I have moments when I need a new “ati-toot” as well, don’t we all! It is her all too real and relevant issues that are shared from struggles that we can relate to. Many of her weaknesses and failings are those that I myself share and need to work through.