I really liked this book, although I felt the author was a little confused as to how she should be living as a Christian, especially a pastor's wife, but not everybody believes the way I do so sometimes you just have to overlook that. Well done!
The Waiting Place, by Eileen Button, has got to be one of the best books I've read. It's full of humor, truth, and always makes you stop and think about what you're waiting for in life..and why.
This book talks about life. Everyone, at any stage in life, is waiting. Waiting for something..a date, an event, a vacation, a raise, a letter in the mail. We're all waiting. But while we're waiting..we're wasting. Wasting what time we have to enjoy the here and now, the moments. Sometimes we get so caught up with the anticipation of 'the next big thing', that we forget that the best things are the little things in our life.
In The Waiting Place, Eileen combines a bunch of little stories taken from her life, and relates them to how she's 'waiting' for something, only to realize that the waiting is where she learned to enjoy the reason behind the craziness in life. My favorite stories in her book are, "Five Feet Under", "Love is..", "Lessons in Humility", just to name a few.
If you're looking for an easy read mixed with thought provoking stories, pick up this book. It's so refreshing to read about a true life person that doesn't sugar coat the good or the bad.
The Waiting Place, by Eileen Button will be my 'go-to' book whenever I need a pick-me-up, and a laugh, or a good happy cry.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.
"The Waiting Place" by Eileen Button is a collection of autobiographical essays summing up the thoughts she wrestled with in the waiting places of her life. We all live in waiting places from time to time. We wait to grow up. We wait to die. We wait to find a spouse, a job, the courage to pursue a dream. We wait for church to end, for news of a loved one's health, for our babies to be born, and for our spouses to come home. We spend a lot of time waiting, but Button's essays show that this time doesn't have to be wasted. God is there. He may simply be holding our hands, working behind the scenes, or teaching us something significant. The key is to trust Him through it and learn all we can. When the time is right, as Button has done, we can reflect back on these times with greater insight.
Button is blatantly honest as she shares her stories. I really appreciated this. In the stories that I could relate to, and there were several, her observations were right on target. It's always an encouragement when someone else has experienced something you've been through and come out learning many of the same things. It's even better if they're reflecting on something you're just going through, letting you know they made it through okay. I like the way Button put her thoughts on these experiences into words.
Thank you, Thomas Nelson Publishers, for sending a free eCopy of this book for my honest review. I truly enjoyed the read!
Wow! I love this book! I am an avid reader of fiction and especially Christian fiction. I can finish a book in just a couple of days. I was a little worried about this book because I knew it wasn't a "story" but it was awesome:) I think it took me a week to finish it.
This book is many essays woven together to tell the story of the author's life. The author writes about the times of waiting in our lives-waiting to for an idea to write about, waiting to be married, waiting for someone to die, waiting for a fish to bite. Then she goes on to talk about that in each situation we get to choose whether to be in that moment or wish the time away. Near the end of the book, Eileen relates a time in her life where she heard God's voice, listened, took the action and then shared how good it felt to do his will. In this particular story, she didn't wait but acted on her inner leadings.
Great for everyone-- especially those who attend church on a regular basis and want to know more about the life of a senior pastor.
The Waiting Place is an autobiography of sorts, sketched out in 22 short essays discussing the different times of Eileen Button's waiting, those mundane times of waiting that most of us have already or will soon encounter in our everyday lives: waiting for a baby to cry, waiting for the mail to come, waiting for a loved one to die. Her goal? Discovering the â€˜joy in the journey' in having to wait for that momentous event, be it whatever it may.
The book's format made for an easy, quick, and enjoyable read (each chapter was only a few pages long). I was surprised and a bit disappointed at some choice of language used as well as the perspective that Button has on both being a pastor's wife and a mother, which seemed to me as reluctant and preoccupied by her â€˜own' career; there also didn't appear to be a scriptural basis for any of the material. Thus this probably will never make my â€˜recommend to friends' list. That being said, I appreciated the stark honesty Button employs regarding her â€˜waiting places.' In addition, the spots of good humor and several simplistic yet profound revelations made reading the book worthwhile.
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