A Blogging Lesson on Morals

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23

You all know that I do a lot of book reviews on this here blog. Most recently, I did a review on a self-help type book called Daring Greatly. That book left a lasting impression on me as it helped change the way I think about certain things in the world. Isn’t it great when a book does that? 
And, as always, I try to be as honest as possible in my reviews for you. I do try to find the best in a book because I know that what might not suit my taste may just be your cuppa. But, I can’t make up warm fuzzies about a book that just turns me off.
Yesterday, I was sent a book to review (and I will not name any names because I am sugar and spice) that quite frankly, made me blush. Yes, I do get a chance to preview the books before I accept them, but apparently I was just not being careful this time.
I was stuck in a conundrum. I knew I couldn’t read it. It went against everything I stand for as a modest (I hope), Catholic, moral mom. I couldn’t pretend I had read it for two reasons: 1. um, that’s lying and 2. I didn’t want you to think I had read that junk even if I said I didn’t like it in the end.
So, what to do? If I didn’t do the review, I was risking being removed from the program (it’s the rules, and I know that). If I did the review, I was compromising my own morals. If I pretended to do the review I was making it seem like I was compromising my morals while, in fact, I was just lying.
I talked to Mike about it. I wasn’t going to read it, but I love doing other book reviews. I also didn’t want to be removed from the program. But, we decided that it was best for me, my readers and this blog to not do it. I sent an email to the coordinators and explained my situation. I apologized for not being more careful. I asked to remain in the program. I don’t know what the outcome is yet, but I feel a heck of a lot better for the decision I made.
So, I guess I learned two things from this mess: be more careful when choosing products to review, and stick to your morals even if it means you might lose something that you really enjoy.

Want to know the funniest part of all of this? Originally, the book was never sent to me. It was supposed to arrive a few weeks ago, but it must have gotten lost in the mail. So, I emailed the coordinators to get another copy which I just received. I think it got lost for a reason, and I should have just left it alone!

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  1. Curious how the company responded! How did it turn out for you?

    • They were actually very understanding. They did put me on suspension for reviewing books for three months, but that was in the contract I signed beforehand, so I knew that was coming. After the three months was up, they added me back to the list, and everything was fine :)

  2. Good for you! Always best to do the right thing and take your chances with what the Lord decides. Be blessed.

  3. Thanks for your honesty! It’s hard to stand up and be counted and it’s even harder when you risk losing something to do! Way to go!

  4. I am glad that there are still people who stick to their morals and have character.

  5. I’m glad I’m not alone :)

  6. Solidarity! And thank you! I always keep an eye out for your posts. I love hearing updates on teaching :)

  7. Why thanks, Marci!

  8. just curious where you get books from?

  9. Funny how God works with the book getting lost in the mail! Good for you for standing up for your morals, I hope they respond positively to your request!

  10. Marci Smith says:

    Good for you! Standing up for our morals can be hard, but so worth it in the long run. You go girl!! Xoxo

  11. Kim Russell says:

    I like your picture the best. But good for you, twin! I am sure the program will understand the situation and perhaps tailor the book subjects being sent to you from now on

  12. Good for you, Jenna! Way to stand up for what is right. I think I know what book you’re talking about. I refuse to read trash like that, no matter how people justify reading it.

  13. britt@knewlywifed says:

    jenna, awesome for you! i had a friend recently give me a book to read and it was definitely a book that made me blush. i put it down after a few pages and decided there was nothing good in it for me.

    life has been quite busy and i haven’t had much time to blog, but i do stop by as often as i can, and OMG i don’t know how in the world that i missed your were expecting! congrats! so exciting!!!!

  14. McKae @ kaes corner design says:

    Good for you for standing up for what you believe in! If it’s the book I think it is, then I would have done the exact same thing.

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