The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning {A GIVEAWAY! & Review} 4

Have you heard of The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning by the lovely Simcha Fisher?

I bet that caught your attention. What? people who use NFP are sinners? No way. The words “sinner” and “NFP” don’t usually appear together in print so the title itself piqued my interest. When I saw it was only $4.99 I gave in and bought it. 

All I have to say is, Simcha Fisher is a genius. She’s witty, honest, hilarious – an all out genius. I’ve come to enjoy her style of writing through her articles at the National Catholic Register and her I Have to Sit Down blog. If you don’t like her style of writing, you probably won’t like this book either. 

If you think Natural Family Planning (NFP) is wonderful and easy and all rainbows and unicorns, this book may not be for you.

If you think pretty daisies and buttercups should flow out of our mouths every time we talk about NFP  so as not to lead others into the abominable sin of contraception, there’s a high chance you’ll want to burn this book and ban it from all NFP literature.

However, if you “use” NFP, and tell others about how great it is, but secretly you kind of hate it…you’ll most likely immensely enjoy this book. 

This book is NFP – RAW. Simcha trims all the pork out, brushes away all the pretty butterflies, and gives it you straight. 

I don’t think there is or ever will be a book about NFP like this one. (I don’t think we could handle another one like this.)

However, since we’re being honest, I will admit, there were certain chapters that made me blush a little because of her very clever use of word choice and because I approach some of the more, er, personal, details on this subject differently than Simcha. But that’s OK, that’s the beauty of reading and sharing different perspectives. I’m not sure I’d recommend this as the first book to give to couples who are just getting to know each other and NFP and how it all works…or is supposed to work. Give them a few years, let them enjoy their NFP “honeymoon” time, then slip them the real deal. They’ll either thank you or slap you for not giving it to them sooner.

I really appreciated what she says about God’s Will. (Quotes below) That was most helpful to me, and not just with discerning our family ‘plan’ but for many other areas of our lives as well.

So thank you, Simcha Fischer, for sharing your honest and very real thoughts on this subject. I can say I am genuinely glad I read it and it has given me much food for thought to mull over, discuss, and pray about.

If you are still reading this, you’ll most likely enjoy her book. It’s only$4.99! That’s less than a movie ticket or a sweet treat at the cafe but infinitely more valuable and enjoyable. Or, you could buy it and read it while devouring said sweet treat and experience double the pleasure.

Still haven’t bought it?

Ok, ok. How about…

A FREE audio book of The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning!

Does that sound good? (I’m cracking myself up here folks.)

Well you’re in luck. The beautiful, talented, and incredibly generous Simcha Fisher has graciously accepted my proposal to offer YOU (if you win) a copy! (Thank you, Simcha!)

Enter this GIVEAWAY through the Rafflecopter link then check out some of my favorite quotes from the book below. You can also read a Sneak Peak here to whet your interest.

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A few of my favorite quotes:

~ We sometimes try to drag God down into our limited view of life: black-and-white, Lord. Just tell me what to do! But He’s probably not going to do that. It’s not that God doesn’t care about what we do. It’s not that the little decisions (and the big ones) of our lives don’t matter to Him. They do. After all, He’s the one who made our lives this way, full of big and little pleasures and pains. It’s just that what He wants for us is not necessarily tied, ahead of time, to one particular decision—even a decision as large as whether or not to have another child. What He wants, above all, is for us to grow closer to Him. He gives us space (and that’s what free will is: working space) to decide what makes sense, and then He says, “All right, kiddo. Let’s see what we can do with that.

~ Free will means having control over our own lives; it doesn’t mean having control over God.

~ The point is, you don’t know what will happen. This is how life goes, and it’s foolish to be such an extremist that you end up eating your words when you find yourself living the life you once railed against. You simply don’t know what your future self will have to handle.

~ The other point is, you don’t know what your future self will be able to handle. The future may require entirely different things from what you’re managing now. Can’t imagine yourself doing those things? Good news: the “now-you” doesn’t have to. Your future self will, but your future self will have a whole new tool kit.

~ Deal with today. Deal with this month, and this year. Don’t try and deal now with the things you might have to deal with one day.

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4 thoughts on “The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning {A GIVEAWAY! & Review}

  • Rachel

    No way, what a great giveaway! I’ve been reading reviews about this book and I really want to read it. If I don’t end up winning…I’m thinking I might have to buy it.

  • Kira

    I have been entirely on the fence about this book – not because I don’t think it’s probably wonderful. I assume it is, having read Simcha’s work online. She’s really just so smart. Love her.
    I’m just so…conflicted about the whole subject.
    Humph. I’m going to have to read it, aren’t I? Dangit.

    • Erika Marie Post author

      Kira – I felt the same way and it was my curiosity that finally sold the deal. Like I said, there were a few parts of the book I, personally, wasn’t comfortable with but I’m also only 4 kids in while Simcha’s 5 (?) ahead so has a different perspective. Those chapters about God’s Will hit home so well, and were direct answers to prayers, that it made buying and reading it totally worth it. 🙂
      By the way – Welcome! I love new blog friends. 🙂