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The Well Lived Laugh by Rachel St John-Gilbert. A Book Review.

In Books on July 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm


Rachel St John-Gilbert realised Oprah’s job was already taken and ” being a deep thinker and encourager by nature, I dabbled in the writing world to see if God might use these gifts in that field”.

Well Lived Laugh (Designing A Life That Keeps You Smiling)  is one of her books written about ” some of the pressures that weighs on womens’ minds” and encourages the reader to ” decide for themselves how to view them”.

At the end of each chapter is a questionaire section designed to help you decide how seriously you feel pressured by that chapters topic. The questions are designed to determine whether you need to ‘ease up’ the pressure you may be putting on yourself.

Chapters deal with common pressures women face, such as weight ,youthfulness, doing it all and making something of yourself. St John-Gilbert is know for her quirky, humourous style and the anecdotes in this book help illustrate each topic in a very low-pressure and relatable way. Yet, this is not a book about ‘giving up’ or avoiding pressure. St John-Gilbert acknowledges that ” not all pressures are bad-some are a catalyst to positive change.” 

The main message is knowing your priorities. When we determine our priorities, rather than allowing outside pressures to govern us, we can live by our beliefs and actions with confidence and enthusiasm rather than burning out trying to live by standards that are imposed by society or our need to be perfect or liked.

  1. Sharon, if it’s easy to post this review on Good Reads, I would SO appreciate it. There was an early lackluster review (I think possibly by a young reader, as “she couldn’t relate).

    A nod to you in two ways:
    1)you have a very nice “readable” style of communicating your thoughts (not overly wordy)
    2)the book just receieved a great review in “the” industry magazine for Christian booksellers–CBA Retailer ( highlights books that bookstores and retail outlets should consider offering). So you have good instincts! thank you so much, Rachel SJG

    • Thank you for the kind complement Rachel -(needed that today!)
      I posted the review on Good Reads and would be happy to post it anywhere you think might be helpful, just let me know. I liked your books page on facebook too so you can contact me via facebook too.
      🙂 Sharon

  2. Nice review! Love Rachel’s books and especially the way she delivers deep truths with a great sense of humor.

  3. Sharon, we just moved (nearby, but it was still relentless!). I’m just now back to internet.
    Couple of things:
    1)I just realized your review pops up under an online retail called That was really great to see it there.
    2)I did not realize (realise:) you were Australian. I am totally, completely jealous. Like many Americans, I have fantasized about living there. My Dad traveled there for Bell Helicopter. I have a photo of him w/ a koala.
    3) Thank you too very much for the pinterest plug too. You have some similar food & vintage interests as my sister.
    Best wishes to you and your blog and your sons. The early support of my book is so helpful until hopefully we get more pouring in!

    • Great to hear from you Rachel 🙂
      I feel your pain re: the move, but it is a good chance for a clearout. All the best with your new dwelling 🙂
      Yes, I live in a lovely part of Sydney, on the coast. It is quite picturesque,the even film tv shows and movies here; Hugh Jackman was here last week filming Wolverine- another reason to be jealous! Lol!
      Good Luck with the book. Drop me a line if u ever need anything or want me to review another title.
      🙂 Sharon

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