Monday, June 20, 2011

"The Waiting Place: Learning To Appreciate Life’s Little Delays" By: Eileen Button

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ~John Lennon
All of us have had to wait. We wait at the stop light, the checkout line, the doctor’s office; we wait for the kids to get out of school. But there is also longer seasons of waiting. Kids wait to grow up, wait to finish school. Young adults wait to get married, to get the dream job, to have kids. However, the waiting doesn’t end as we get older. Button’s book, The Waiting Place, is essays about enjoying life while you wait. We can’t stop the waiting process or even speed it up, but we can focus on other things that help us enjoy the moments while we wait.
I knew this book would be a good read because I am in a season of waiting, and I certainly was not disappointed. It was a good reminder to not let life get away from me while I am waiting for bigger moments. Any seemingly mundane or normal day can be special simply because one took the time to make it so. I loved how the author wrote they essays using accounts from her life, both of her growing up years and her adult life watching her children grow up. This book was not just a collection of random essays, but it was essays that invited the reader to get to know a family and see what enjoying life while waiting looked like in many different areas and seasons of life.
In the New Testament, Paul tells us to work while we wait for Christ’s return. Not only should we working to further the kingdom but working to find beauty and joy in the challenges of life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is so focused on a big event sometime in the future, but has forgotten to appreciate the life that they are living today.
I received this complimentary copy from BookSneeze®.

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