The Waiting Place: Learning to Appreciate Life's Little Delays - eBook
The Waiting Place by Eileen Button
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.
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! :)
September 23, 2011
A book full of candid, heartwarming reflection.
The Waiting PlaceÃ¢ÂÂ¦Ã¢ÂÂ¦
Ã¢ÂÂThrough it all, IÃ¢ÂÂll peer into the waiting placeÃ¢ÂÂs dingy corners, and hunt for treasures beneath the grime.Ã¢ÂÂ
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 GodÃ¢ÂÂs direction, or we just donÃ¢ÂÂt 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.
August 2, 2011
Essays on embracing life including the waits.
Learning to appreciate life's little delays is the subtitle of this book, and the reason why I chose it. I am waiting, waiting for life to slow down, waiting for there to be 30 hours in every day, so that I can take some time for myself as well as scrambling around caring, cleaning, nursing, chauffering, PA-ing, entertaining. Waiting to have time to make plans.
All of which sounds fine, except that I am waiting for all this to stop, getting caught up in the "What I could do if only...?" rather than concentrating on the "What can I do right now?" Dreaming is good; if Martin Luther hadn't had a dream, how would life look now? But where dreaming interferes with living, it's less helpful.
It took me a few chapters to get into this book. Taking trips down someone else's Memory Lane wasn't what I was expecting from an author who claims "The Waiting Place is for people like me who get stuck in their precious, mundane, gorgeous, absurd lives. It is for those who work hard at the 'business of living' only to find that they seem to be caught in one long, boring meeting." But I persevered, and found some treasures I know I will want to reread.
I can utterly identify with Eileen as she remembers waiting for her son to take another breath. The relief of knowing that there is actually something wrong, that what you are living is not, in fact, normal, and that the doctors are concerned too.
And then this "There are times when we are left only with what feels like the wrong ending. When we listen closely enough, we think we hear the angels cry." Beautiful.
This is a book to dip into rather than necessarily to read as a whole. With essays on childhood, family life, difficult times, and stepping out of the safety zone (and giving your car to a stranger because God told you to), I know that I will be revisiting different chapters at different times.
I'm not a Pastor's wife (or anybody's wife), I've not ever had to queue to qualify for WIC support, my mother has never tried to buy me a wig. But whilst these experiences are what Eileen uses to demonstrate her points, I'm a woman in a busy and less than perfect world, and I can certainly identify her Waiting Places in my own life.
I received a copy of the eBook free from Booksneeze in return for writing a review. I was not obliged to write a positive review.
July 17, 2011
I expect more, but itÃÂ´s not so bad
This book I chose just because IÃÂ´m very impatient person and the idea of long waiting is very frustrating for me. This book is full of short stories from authorÃÂ´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? ItÃÂ´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. ItÃÂ´s a nice reading, but probably I will not pick this book again. But I donÃÂ´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 :-)
August 20, 2011