A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon
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There's nothing quite like family--and some people would say that there's nothing better. But in a world where we sometimes know more about the Kardashians than we do about the people sleeping right down the hall, it's easy to forget that walking through life with our family offers all sorts of joy wrapped up in the seemingly mundane. There's even a little bit of sacred sitting smack-dab in the middle of the ordinary. And since time's-a-wastin', we need to be careful that we don't take our people--and their stories--for granted.
Written in the same witty style as Sophie's BooMama blog, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet is a cheerful, funny, and tender account of Sophie's very Southern family. It's a look into the real lives of real people--and a real, loving God right in the middle of it all.
carefully removed the injured fox, only to find a hole behind it. There was talk of trying to reattach the fox, but since one of his back legs was past the point of rehabilitation, we had to put him down. Life in the animal kingdom can be brutal, y’all. Most people would’ve probably thrown away the sweater, but my mama is a child of the Depression and therefore doesn’t throw anything away until she is completely and utterly convinced that the item in question can’t be repurposed in any way
walking around with some rock-solid theology during that particular period of my life. The bottom line is that, by the time I got to college, I had full confidence that I was a believer, but what I didn’t have was any spiritual maturity. I kept waiting for Jesus to just fix everything that was wrong with me, and when He didn’t, I wondered if I’d missed some critical step along the way, if maybe I’d missed church on the day when somebody explained how that “following Jesus stuff” worked once the
health” thing is all fine and good and easy when you’re twenty-four and wearing a pretty dress and fit as a fiddle and your hair is just like you like it and your direct deposit kicks in twice a month. But the character of a marriage is forged in the difficult times, when you’re grappling with heartbreak or illness or disappointment or maybe even betrayal. So while, yes, the happy parts of Chox and Joe’s marriage gave our family all sorts of wonderful memories, the way they loved each other in
would have been perfectly delighted to talk to every single person for fifteen or twenty minutes each. We eventually reminded Martha that we had to be at the cemetery in an hour so we couldn’t really extend the visitation time until, well, Tuesday—which meant that she needed to try her best to keep the conversations short and sweet. Asking Martha to aim for “short and sweet” is sort of like asking a fish to walk a little faster, but apparently the Lord is still in the business of miracles. We
thought possible. Sophie hopes that through her stories, women will find encouragement and hope in the everyday, joy-filled moments of life. In addition to her blog, BooMama.net, Sophie writes on a regular basis for HomeLife magazine and is a regular contributor to the Pioneer Woman’s blog. She also serves as co-emcee for LifeWay’s annual dotMOM event and participates in Compassion International’s blogger initiative. Sophie lives with her husband and son in Birmingham, Alabama. At Memoir Addict,