Whirlybirds and Ordinary Times: Reflections on Faith and the Changing of Seasons - eBook  -     By: Katie Savage
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Howard Books / 2012 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781451689273
ISBN-13: 9781451689273
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Publisher's Description

In Whirlybirds and Ordinary Times author Katie Savage beckons you to join her as she embraces the mystery of faith and gently eases into the sometimes turbulent waters of contemplative exploration. She writes with honesty and humor about the uncertainty and doubt that is inherent in the life of the growing believer, finding that even in the midst of questions, bold assurances of faith emerge. You’ll find yourself falling into step with Katie as she meanders through the liturgical calendar of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, as this insightful book weaves ordinary stories and surprising insights into satisfying reflections of the spiritual life, relationships, and life as we know it. This delightful collection of essays will stimulate your thinking, stir your heart, and nurture your soul.

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“There was a time when I knew everything about God. I was young (you’re not surprised) and relatively arrogant (now you’re really not surprised). My team always won when we played Bible trivia games in my church youth group. I knew the stories of Jonah and Daniel and Saul like they were my own family stories; I could quote the most popular Bible verses; I memorized the order of the biblical books and could spell all their names. . . . Somewhere along the way, I lost all that knowledge about God—or at least I began to realize how much there was to learn. Each day that I was a Christian seemed to be a step backward in understanding my faith. I started acknowledging the questions in my heart, began discussing those questions with friends and fellow saints, as those in the church are called, however undeserving the label may sometimes seem. And I discovered, after whining about how difficult all of this Christian stuff was, that the mystery of not knowing was also absolutely, undeniably wonderful.” 

 

 —Excerpt from pages 1–2

Author Bio

Katie Savage was born into the Protestant Evangelical Christian tradition and has been writing about it ever since. She has a BA in Creative Writing and English Education from Point Loma Nazarene University. After college, Savage spent time teaching high school and junior high English and earning her MFA from the University of Kansas. She and her husband, Scott, now live in Kansas City, with their two children. They are members of Redemption Church, where Scott is the associate pastor.

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  1. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
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    August 12, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    In a book that shares the thoughts and viewpoints of one pastor's wife to the general masses, join the author as she explores the mystery of faith and what it means to each of us. She delves into the liturgical calendar with grace, writing about Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. She relates how being a Christian is more about faith in the unseen and actions towards the world at large than it is about "being nice". And how sometimes being a Christian isn't about how you present your flawlessness and walk to those in your life, but how much you need Him to guide your steps.

    I found this book to be more of a personal memoir than anything else. Maybe that's what the author intended, maybe not. But it struck me that no matter how we try to write, a part of ourselves always comes out in the writing. Our true selves, our true thoughts and our true beliefs will shine through clearly whether it's fiction or an attempt to tell the world about our life. I found Katie (this is my first review where I've referred to the author by their first name) to be very charming in her delivery of her story. She doesn't preach, or act like she has it together. She is plain spoken and humble about her life and experiences, and she has something funny to say in every chapter. While I don't normally read books like this, (much less the kind of book that men will be loathe to read) I found her perspectives fresh and insightful no matter where you are in your walk with God.

    This book was provided by Howard Books for free in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    honest reflections on faith, with humor
    November 3, 2012
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    Katie has written a variety of reflections on faith. She writes with humor and an honesty that is sometimes amazing (especially for a pastor's wife).

    In the midst of comments about her life and culture, she has some penetrating zingers. In writing about consumerism, she notes that we trust in what is newest, what is next, what has yet to be invented. "...[W]e look for ways to avoid waiting on God." (157) We don't need a pillar of smoke - we have GPS. We don't need daily manna - we have frozen dinners and coupons for fast food.

    On being a "nice" Christian, she writes that it basically means, "Don't piss anyone off." (186) Being nice is a facade, she writes, "a way to avoid rudeness and unpleasant encounters." (194) She reminds us "that things of substance do not come easily - and niceness comes easily." (194)

    Many of her essays are on topics about which we are troubled, such as miracles and why some are healed and not others. She has an interesting critique of the shoebox ministry. (39-40) She has a serious reflection on the meaning of communions and koinonia. She writes about her childhood memories, activities with friends, events at church, retail therapy, and gardening.

    And she has humor. About being a sub-par housekeeper she writes, "...and if a sheet is untucked in a forest with no one to see it, is it really untucked?" (113) On hairstyles in high school: "One girl decided that big bangs should be more than a theory, and everyone else went along with it." (69) Who else could write about a chin hair with such honesty?

    This is definitely a book for women. I mean, would a guy really want to read about a breast pump? And I think this book would be best received by the twenty or thirty something year old crowd. They're used to the language and honesty with which Katie writes. They would appreciate last acknowledgment - to God. "Thank You for being so utterly worthy. You are pretty cool." (221)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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