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Title: Worth More Than Rubies
Author: Kathie M. Thomas
Publisher: Fontaine Press
Publish Date: 2007
ISBN: 9780980362374
Genre: Women/Christian Living
Book Size: 105 pages
Reviewer: Deborah Porter

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Every Christian woman has, undoubtedly, heard of the Proverbs 31 woman--the epitome of virtue and paragon of wifeliness. Multitudes of books, articles, devotionals and Bible studies have been written extolling her worth and attempting to inspire us to aim for her high standards. How many of us have sighed with longing at the thought of our children arising and calling us blessed? To be honest, I'd be happy if one post-teenage son just cleaned up his room...but that's a whole other story.

With so much already in print about this amazing symbol of womanhood, some may wonder if there is anything left to be said on the subject, and that's where Australian author Kathie Thomas steps in with her new book, Worth More Than Rubies.

Although the author takes us once more on a visit into the life of Mrs. 31, she does so from a slightly different angle--that of the incredible value of a work at home mum. This theme may seem very 21st Century, and yet, in some ways, it is actually quite similar to that of the example shown in Proverbs 31.

In today's world, where financial constraints have made it almost impossible for women to be stay-at-home mothers (something that was not all that uncommon even one short generation ago), the dream for many is to be able to have it all--family and career--without having to leave home. For most, it remains just that--an impossible dream; however, it doesn't have to be that way, and Kathie Thomas is quick to encourage her readers from the sidelines, cheering them on with the message that if she can do it, why can't they?

Worth More Than Rubies is, more than anything, the author's story. Although there are some hints and tips for running a home business, the book really isn't about that. It is the story of a woman who was an excellent secretary/personal assistant in the corporate world, but due to changing circumstances and God's prompting, took the huge step of turning that experience into a groundbreaking home-based business. This allowed Kathie to be at home for her five daughters during their adolescent years--something that proved to be a great blessing to the whole family. Now, with years of experience under her belt, she is spurring other women on to consider doing the same thing.

Using a short passage from Proverbs 31 as the starting point for each chapter, the author follows on with a short devotion-like section relating to that specific verse, then shares in more detail how this relates to her own experience. The connection is not always specific to work-at-home mothers, but as women, it is still very relevant.

While reading Worth More Than Rubies, there were times where I wished the author had shared more on the actual day to day running of her home and business when making the connection to the Proverbs 31 woman. There were also some places where I felt a twinge of disappointment that she didn't go a little deeper when speaking of her life experiences.

Even so, Kathie Thomas has written a pleasant book that is very easy to read, and I'm sure many women will relate to her experiences, and may quite possibly even be encouraged to take the step into work-at-home motherhood for themselves. I am positive that nothing would give the author greater delight.