A Collection of Wednesdays: Creating a Whole from the Parts
"A Collection Of Wednesdays" Amy Gaither Hayes does a wonderful job of sharing her life lessons thru poetry, song lyrics and story writing. As she shares snippets of her life it is easy to see her faith in God shine thru.The book is broken down into fourteen sections and each section includes a story followed by a couple of poems that relate to the topic that was covered in the story. One of my favorites sections was titled Wisdom, where she shares a bit about her grandfather George and his "wait and see"attitude, which was about waiting with patience, and the willingness to change as we patiently wait. The poem that she writes titled "My Grandfathers Garden" had me reflecting on my own grandparents.
I think this book should be savored slowly allowing the reader time to absorb and then reflect upon what the author is sharing. As I read this book, I found myself referring back to the poetry which was beautiful. A great little book that will be going into my permanent library.
April 26, 2011
You will be moved as you read this book.
Every Wednesday morning Amy Gaither Hayes sets aside time to write. She writes about things she loves. Things she has learned about. Things she is still learning about. Each chapter is a one word title that has some significance in the life of the author. Passion. Sand. Music. Dinner. And each chapter is followed by two poems that sum up just how she is feeling.
You will be moved as you read this book. And if you are a poetry lover, you will enjoy each of the poems that thoughtfully convey the message of the chapter. You will find something that you relate with. Perhaps something you have struggled with yourself. Or a word that stirs similar emotions. It is amazing how just one word can bring up your own story in your mind. You'll find enjoyment in reading the stories that she associates with these words, as well.
This is not a book that you will read in one sitting. Tuck it away in your bag or set it on your nightstand and read a chapter while your waiting for an appointment or when you are getting ready for bed.
April 26, 2011
Like reading a journal
Amy sets aside Wednesdays as her day to journal and to write about her life and her thoughts and her struggles and dreams. This book is a result of all of those Wednesdays. Included in this book are poems, short stories and insights into her life and the lives of others.
This book was nice to read but some parts felt a little random. I had a difficult time getting into the book but that could have been because I was coming off an intense book right before this. This would be a good book to read in the quietness of the day or on the beach when you don't have so many things pulling at you and you can just sit and concentrate and think about how what she says fits into your own life.
Zondervan provided me with the book free of charge, for the purpose of review.
April 26, 2011
This book challenged me to see more and be more!!
I think the Lord is trying to teach me something. Drawing me closer to Him. After reading a book about being thankful and now I pick up Amy Gaither Hayes, "A Collection of Wednesdays." I feel the Holy Spirit saying, "Hello Robin, come. Come join me and stay a while in My presence." Let me tell you about this new book.
It is simply beautiful. Poetic. This book is exactly what it says, a collection. Each Wednesday Amy gathers herself to write. She spends time with the Lord. She sets aside one day a week to really get in touch with Him and who she is. I find that breathtaking. We spend time with the Lord. As some ponder their thoughts in their head, others write them down. Collecting themselves in a journal. Here we have a collection of Amy's Wednesdays.
You might wonder, well, is this just a journal? It is a journal, a keepsake of beauty and so much more. It is a book filled with passionate stories to bring us closer to the Lord. Stories of heartwarming ideas of taking our eyes off ourselves and reaching for all God has for us by taking time. Setting aside time just for Him to move in us and through us. This is one of those books I will keep close. One that has brought my attention to myself setting aside more time with God.
A Collection of Wednesdays will open your eyes and fill your heart with precious stories that will unfold a closer relationship with you and the Lord. All this from a woman, Amy, who says she isn't a writer. I indeed see she is. A gifted one who has blessed my heart.
This book was a gift from Zondervan for it's review.
March 10, 2011