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May 30, 2008

Sex and Publi-City

Now that I have your attention . . . The "Sex and the City" movie opens today, and as a publicist for InterVarsity Press, I can't help but wish a tiny bit that Sarah Jessica Parker had written a book for us. I imagine that never-ending barrage of articles and news stories about the movie being refocused on her book, with the media desperate to talk to me so they can interview her for their upcoming stories. Unfortunately, the idea of SJP or any of the lovely ladies from the show writing for us is about as unlikely as me buying a pair of $500 Manolo Blahniks. However, I think that when the hype dies down the women from the show might need something to read. Fortunately, I have just the thing for each of them.

Carrie--Since Carrie is a writer, I recommend our new book, Journaling as a Spiritual Practice. (I know Carrie would be impressed with the starred Publishers Weekly review!) Author Helen Cepero shows how the practice of journaling can address our longing for a richer life by helping us grow a deeper relationship with God. Maybe the relationship Carrie has been waiting for is not with Mr. Big after all.

Miranda--Miranda is a workaholic lawyer whose life seems to always be on the go. I suggest she pick up The Attentive Life, by Leighton Ford. Ford travelled the world with Billy Graham Ministries, so he knows what it's like to be busy. This book focuses on slowing down to pay attention to what God has to say to us so we can be aware of how God is working through us and in the world around us.

Charlotte--I know Charlotte is married and has a baby, with maybe one on the way in the movie? I suspect her life might feel out of control at times. Sacred Chaos looks at how we can make time for God in those small spaces of our day, even if it's just five minutes.

Samantha--Samantha seems open to every pleasure life has to offer, but has she ever made time to find out who the real Samantha is? I'd hand her a copy of Coming Home to Your True Self by Father Albert Hasse. "Home," Hasse writes, "is the sacrament of the present moment. It is only living right now, right here, that we discover our lives and this world awash in the grace of God." I think living in the here and now is something that would really resonate with Samantha, and might make her reasses where true fulfilment lies.

I can't help wondering if it won't be long before these friends ditch their nights of martinis and men and start settling down with some good books. And when they do, I'll have many more to recommend. Well, a girl can dream, can't she?

Posted by Heather Mascarello at May 30, 2008 1:48 PM Bookmark and Share


Boy, you seem to know an awful lot about the characters for someone who's never watched that trashy show! :-) But who am I to talk? I watch Grey's Anatomy.

Anyway, what a good, interesting and thoughtful post! Humor (with a heart) column for Heather, anyone?

Comment by: Elaina at May 30, 2008 4:56 PM

Heather, very creative. :)

I loved Coming Home to Your True Self. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to grow.

Comment by: L.L. Barkat at June 3, 2008 1:52 PM

Hey girlfriend!
As I type this just wondering if I should use an alias:-)

You hit the nail on the proverbial head with your book picks for the characters in SATC. This movie had really good life lessons (it was NOT trashy) and even though you had not seen the movie, you actually picked the perfect book for each of them. Since there is probably little chance of me ruining tis movie for the readers of your blog, I will comment that the ladies have settled down, and are focusing on family values (for the most part!)The movie is about relationships- male and female friendships, commitments and marriage.

Loved you blog! LOL

Comment by: Anne at June 4, 2008 12:57 PM

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