The Waiting Place: Learning to Appreciate Life's Little Delays  -     By: Eileen Button
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The Waiting Place: Learning to Appreciate Life's Little Delays

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Some of the most priceless gifts can be discovered while waiting for something else.

In the voice of an old friend or wise-cracking sister, Eileen Burton takes you back to the days of curling irons and camping trips, big dreams and bigger reality checks. Chock-full of humor and poignant insights, her stories will make you laugh and cry. They'll challenge you to enjoy--or at least endure--the now. As Eileen has learned, "To wait is human. To find life in the waiting place, divine."

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0849946255
ISBN-13: 9780849946257
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Publisher's Description

Some of the most priceless gifts can be discovered while waiting for something else.

We all spend precious time just waiting. We wait in traffic, grocery store lines, and carpool circles. We wait to grow up, for true love, and for our children to be born. We even wait to die. But while we work hard at this business of living, life can sometimes feel like one long, boring meeting. Even today, with instant gratification at our techno-laced fingertips, we can’t escape the waiting place. Somehow, in between our texting and tweeting and living and dying, we end up there again and again.

In the voice of an old friend or a wise-cracking sister, Eileen Button takes us back to the days of curling irons and camping trips, first loves and final goodbyes, big dreams and bigger reality checks. With heart-breaking candor she calls us to celebrate the tension between what we hope for tomorrow and what we live with today.

Chock-full of humor and poignant insights, these stories will make you laugh and cry. They’ll challenge you to enjoy—or at least endure—the now. As Eileen has learned, “To wait is human. To find life in the waiting place, divine.”

Come discover miracles in the mundane. Come celebrate life in The Waiting Place.

Author Bio

Eileen Button is a weekly columnist for The Flint Journal. Her commentaries have also appeared in multiple online and print publications, including Newsweek and Christianity Today. In addition, Eileen is an adjunct professor of Communication.  She lives with her family in a town where she is often stuck in a waiting place, such as a doctors' office, athletic field, school auditorium, and carpool loop.

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  1. blackballo0n
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    The Waiting Place by Eileen Button
    September 23, 2011
    blackballo0n
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The Waiting Place is a series of short essays written from the point of view of the author (a mother, a columnist and a pastor's wife). In this book, Eileen gives us glimpses into various points of her rather complicated life.

    To be honest, I was a little disappointed because I expected the book to be more about finding God in these "waiting places." However, once I got over that fact, I found myself appreciating the author's sharings, especially in the latter part of the book.

    Overall, The Waiting Place is written in an intimate yet entertaining manner, making it a refreshing and light read.

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    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of BookSneeze, a book review bloggers program. Find out more at BookSneeze.com! :)
  2. Monika Vlckova
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    Age: 25-34
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    I expect more, but it´s not so bad
    August 20, 2011
    Monika Vlckova
    Prague, Czech republic
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This book I chose just because I´m very impatient person and the idea of long waiting is very frustrating for me. This book is full of short stories from author´s life, where she describes various forms of waiting. Waiting for next move in scrabble game, waiting for fishing with her dad, waiting for engagement or waiting for a death.. It a book of very nice stories full of tender memories for her loved ones.

    And what can I say about this book? It´s a nice and easy reading for sure, which I can reccomend to you. Essays are short and easy. Stories are sometimes happy, sometimes romantic and sometimes flavored with sadness. Offend anyone but for me personally not excite. It´s a nice reading, but probably I will not pick this book again. But I don´t want to reject it. I think, everybody needs to have a right mood for take this book, delving into his chair with a cup of hot chocolate and started to read. One need only wait :-)
  3. Mommy of three
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    The Waiting Place
    August 14, 2011
    Mommy of three
    AZ
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Waiting Place is a collection of essays of Eileen Button's life. The theme that is carried throughout her memoir is the waiting place or what she calls life's little delays and opportunities that she uses to trust God. Her book has the traits of an insightful and intelligent woman with an added humor and spunk that will have you laughing as she shares her life experiences.

    I love the way she is so transparent and honest with her readers, in one way or the other you will see yourself in the author's shoes. We all experience the waiting place in our life and this book will encourage you to trust God through your trials.
  4. E Austin
    Hahira, GA
    Age: 35-44
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A book full of candid, heartwarming reflection.
    August 2, 2011
    E Austin
    Hahira, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Waiting Place__

    "Through it all, I'll peer into the waiting place's dingy corners, and hunt for treasures beneath the grime."

    I just completed a thought provoking and reflective book by Eileen Button about embracing through faith all the periods of waiting that permeate our lives here on Earth. She takes you on a journey through various milestone markers in her life, from childhood to being in her 40s that highlight very different kinds of waiting places she has had to experience. She provides feelings, reflections and valuable insights she has gained through these times of waiting. She also expresses how her faith in God has carried her through these waiting places, providing meaning and value to the circumstances and an ability to persevere and grow in her wisdom and understanding of Him.

    We all have waiting places in our lives, those times when we just feel like we are caught between where we are and where we want to be, or when we are not sure of God's direction, or we just don't know what he has planned for us next. Because waiting places are common to us all, it helps to relate to the author as she opens her heart to us, and shares with us the joys and sorrows, tears and laughter that have made up her waiting places. It took me a little while to make a connection with the author, but as her story continued, my interest increased. I began to feel her happiness, her excitement, her enthusiasm or her disappointment, her fatigue, her pain. I was amused at times, and I shed some tears at times. I recommend this book to anyone looking for something a bit different yet heartwarming.
  5. The Phone Tree Edifier
    Atlanta, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Waiting Place has something for everyone.
    August 1, 2011
    The Phone Tree Edifier
    Atlanta, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Phone Tree Book Review

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    Eileen Button's book, The Waiting Place, is beautiful work that shares sweet vignettes about life and its special in-between places. An enchanting read, it gently entices the reader to travel down the road of her familiar past, while learning to embrace the unique moments where memories can be viewed as gifts.

    As I read this book, I could easily relate to what Ms. Button wrote. I was able to reflect back on my grandmother, as well as on my husband's once-in-a-lifetime-kind-of-love marriage proposal. I laughed as she discussed everything from the size of her gluteus maximus to her mother's love for big hair, panty hose, and layered clothing. I cried as she talked about her W.I.C. experience, her son's medical complications, and her grandmother's steady decline and withdrawal from life.

    I knew this book would be amazing, and I wasn't mistaken. The Waiting Place has something for everyone. It is inspiring, encouraging, and downright delightful. I loved it!!!
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Eileen Button
Located in: Davison, Michigan
Submitted: March 24, 2011

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a weekly columnist, adjunct professor, mama, gardener, book lover, laundry hanger, coffee junkie, and a reluctant pastor's wife. My faith journey is one that has more questions than answers, but God has gently held my hand as I've stumbled along.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  The Waiting Place has been rattling around in my soul ever since I read the section from Dr. Seuss's, "Oh, the Places You’ll Go!" that reads: “You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place . . .” Everyone waits. Sometimes we find ourselves in multiple waiting places simultaneously. It's maddening, but I've discovered it can also be quite beautiful.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  By sharing my story, I hope readers peer into their waiting places and discover God, life, and humor in the midst of the mundane.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  In the beginning, I thought I might discover a plan to escape The Waiting Place and present it to readers in an easy seven-step plan. I've come to believe it doesn't work that way. Instead, to live is to wait; it's how we wait that makes all the difference.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I'm deeply inspired by the work of Anna Quindlen, Elizabeth Berg, Philip Gulley, Katrina Kenison, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Frederick Buechner, Robert Frost, Richard Foster, and Rosie Thomas.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  The Waiting Place can often feel like a lonely place, but we're never really alone.

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