Book Review : Life is Too Short Collection by Connie Sokol

On April 30, 2013 by Aimee

Life is too Short by Connie Sokol

About the Book

Looking for a little kitchen table wisdom, with a side of humor?

Enjoy popular speaker and author Connie Sokol’s latest collection of humorous columns on surviving and thriving being a woman, wife, and mother. A former contributor for Deseret News, Utah Valley Magazine, and a current blogger for KSL’s “Motherhood Matters” blog, Mrs. Sokol shares her favorite life pearls in this hilarious yet helpful trilogy.

Life is Too Short Trilogy combines three individual books, updated and revised:
Life is Too Short for One Hair Color
Life is Too Short for Sensible Shoes
Life is Too Short for Linoleum

Get an upbeat and refreshing read through Mrs. Sokol’s humorous experiences that teach successful life tips. Learn simple solutions to marital problems. Laugh at relatable “mother moments.” Rediscover how to be and share your unique self. Delight in filling your well and finding joy again as a woman, wife, and mother!

My Thoughts

This is the second of Connie Sokol’s books that I’ve read. What I like about them, what draws me to them, is their simple method of just telling us like it is, in a way that doesn’t demean, doesn’t point fingers and doesn’t say ‘you’re bad for doing things your way’ even if ‘your way’ hasn’t been working. At first, I didn’t think Life’s too Short would apply to me … until I finished reading page two. Ha! You see, the whole book applies to me.

How? Why?

Because I’m a woman. I’m a mom. I’m … human.

This isn’t a self-help, in your face kind of book though. My revelations that ‘this is like me’ and ‘this applies to me’ came through self-exploration. In fact, I intend to re-read this book to really feel and think about the contents more.

What Connie does is infuse her life into the lessons learned to show people how, yes, even a mom of seven can have fun and sometimes overdoes it.

One thing I will note is that while I agreed with much of the book, I think I’ve already found happiness and found a way beyond some of these issues. For example, on the notes of having fun and delegating, our family’s dinner table experience is a barrel of laughter almost every single night. I’ve delegating dinner to my 15 year old son who, yes, gets paid to cook, but only a small stipend. That savings from my time though is priceless and he earns from it.

You see, I think much of what Connie has written, is actual common sense, but like so many of us, we’re forgotten what it’s like to just be ourselves because we’re mired in the day to day of being who the world wants us to be. We aren’t all perfect. We aren’t always the June Cleaver’s of the world and some of us don’t want to. If we recognize that, we can actually help ourselves, help ourselves. That is what I think Connie’s book does. It empowers through experiential accomplishment.

If that’s something you need, I highly recommend this short book.


Connie SokolAuthor Connie Sokol
Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, a national and local presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly contributor on KSL TV “Studio 5,” and regular blogger for KSL “Motherhood Matters.” She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated romance Caribbean Crossroads, the 8-week Challenge program of Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.

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