Do you need a little R&R? Patsy has a fun suggestion for our women readers. — Nancy

The novel, Sisterchicks on the Loose, by Robin Jones Gunn and published by Multnomah Publishers (2003), is a fantastic and funny read for women in their late thirties to late sixties. It encourages us to look outside of our normal day-to-day world for ways we can grow and change, growing closer to the Lord in the process.

The main characters are Sharon Andrews and Penny Lane. They have been friends for many years, although at the moment, they live in different parts of the country. Penny is the one with the outrageous ideas, and this time she has offered to take Sharon on an all- expense-paid trip to Finland. Penny has very little family, both her parents have passed away and she wants to reconnect with her mother’s sister who lives in Finland.

This story is the hilarious and profound tale of their trip, and the experiences they encounter. They meet relatives, make new friends and have some fairly wild adventures.

After connecting with Penny’s Aunt Marketta in Finland, Penny decides they should end their stay in Finland early and spend a few days in England, visiting Marketta’s daughter and Penny’s cousin, Elina.

They encounter a bit of a rough start at Elina’s house, where she reveals some family struggles and her recent bout with depression. They convince her to come traveling with them. She agrees.  The manager of the hotel where they stay turns out to be a lady they met on their initial plane flight. She offers to pay for their dinner one night. Sharon wants to surprise Penny and take her to Liverpool and the famous street, Penny Lane. They enjoy their time there, taking many pictures and delighting in God’s goodness and creativity.

The trip turns out to be enlightening for both Sharon and Penny. They encourage each other to live the second half of their lives, drawing closer to their Lord and to their friends and families. Sharon also becomes aware of some unhealthy patterns she had settled into and seeks to change them. She begins having a vision for a ministry with young mothers and their babies. Penny feels a renewed sense of peace and family connection. She is more able to move on with the ministries the Lord is opening up to her in the area of hospitality and encouragement.

I was challenged and cheered by this story, and I know other women will be as well.

Patsy Ledbetter says she has many titles, but her favorite is being mom to her five children. Her two daughters, two sons and one son-in-law are her joy. A teacher with forty years experience Patsy has taught children of all ages and also special needs children and adults. She writes occasionally for a local newspaper and performs in church theater productions on a regular basis. Her husband is the church choir and orchestra director. They have been married for 32 years. She says, “It is my desire to bring honor and glory to my Lord Jesus in every area where He has allowed me to minister.”