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February 16, 2015

Home Is Where My People Are {Sophie Hudson}

Home Is Where My People Are {Sophie Hudson}
All roads lead to home. It's easy to go through life believing that we can satisfy our longing for home with a three-bedroom, two-bath slice of the American dream that we mortgage at 4 percent and pay for over the course of thirty years. But ultimately, in our deepest places, we're really looking to belong and to be known. And what we sometimes miss in our search for the perfect spot to set up camp is that wherever we are on the long and winding road of life, God is at work in the journey, teaching us, shaping us, and refining us--sometimes through the most unlikely people and circumstances. 

In "Home Is Where My People Are," Sophie Hudson takes readers on a delightfully quirky journey through the South, introducing them to an unforgettable cast of characters, places, and experiences. Along the way, she reflects on how God has used each of the stops along the road to impart timeless spiritual wisdom and truth. Nobody embodies the South like Sophie Hudson, and this nostalgic celebration of home is sure to make even those north of the Mason-Dixon line long to settle in on the front porch with a glass of sweet tea and reflect on all of the people in our lives who--related or not--have come to represent home. Because at the end of the day, it's not the address on the front door or even the name on the mailbox that says home, but the people who live and laugh and love there, wherever "there" might happen to be.

My Thoughts:
I have loved Sophie Hudson since the day I discovered her blog. Her writing style is so easy to read and relate to, you are sure that you are right there in the middle of her story. Her books are the same way.

I had the pleasure of meeting Sophie at an Arkansas Women Bloggers conference a few years ago. It was just after I had read her first book and I couldn't wait to talk with her. Let me tell you, she writes as real as she is. What you read in her books is BooMama in real life!

In Home is Where My People Are she takes us on two journeys. We get to travel the journey that took her from her childhood home to the place she now calls home with her husband and son. She takes us along each stop. She introduces us to friends, family, and many adventures. She makes us feel like we are one of her girls and hanging out in the sorority house on a Friday night. She even quotes DJ Kool, and takes me back to high school and the memories of some amazing friends of my own.

She also takes us on her spiritual journey in a completely raw and honest way. I can completely relate to spending those early-20s roaming around, uninterested in what God had planned, and living for me and only me. Sophie takes us on that journey in a way that has us thinking about the past and the mistakes that were made - and so grateful for the place we have ended up today.

I laughed through most of this book, and cried through others. Life is filled with joy and with tears, and I always appreciate Sophie's willingness to take us through all the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you are looking for a read about a real journey through the South, grab this book today.


Home Is Where My People Are {Sophie Hudson}
Sophie Hudson loves to laugh more than just about anything. She began writing her blog, BooMama.net, in November 2005, and much to her surprise, she's stuck with it. Sophie hopes that through her stories, women find encouragement and hope in the everyday, joy-filled moments of life. In addition to her blog, Sophie is a contributor to the Pioneer Woman's blog and serves as co-emcee for LifeWay's dotMOM event. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Sophie loves cheering like crazy at college football games and watching entire seasons of TV shows in record time. Sophie lives with her husband and son in Birmingham, Alabama.