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!
“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.