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.
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The Waiting Place: Learning to Appreciate Life's Little Delays [Paperback] By Eileen Button is a collection of short essays about waiting, whether it's waiting Ã¢â¬Ëin traffic, grocery store lines, waiting to grow up or waiting for true love.'
I really enjoyed this book and liked the short essays as it made it easy for me to understand where the author was coming from. There were times throughout this book that I felt for the author especially chapters nine and ten.
Being from the UK I had never read anything by this author before as she writes for the Flint Journal. The book is about discovering things while waiting for something else. At times I was confused as there was language in the book which I didn't understand. This book made me think about my own life and that true love really is worth waiting for. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
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This book is a collection of essays. Throughout Eileens life she experienced delays well as struggles. She is open with her life. She is a Pastors wife as well as a columnist as well as a professor.
When I seen this book I thought this looks like a good book. It may be just that if you want to read a book about delays in someones life. I was disappointed in this book personally I was hoping the author would talk more about running to God with the issues in her life.
I was also disappointed in reading some off colored words. Some people may not think they are bad words but they were words that I would not use.
This book was just not what I was expecting it to me.
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"like a box of literary bonbons to read each night
July 2, 2011
The Waiting Place is a collection of essays inspired by different moments and events in Eileen Button's life, from childhood times to present times.
The book is very well written and I have to say that I laughed out loud so many times reading this book _ she is so funny you will instantly fall in love with the book and have a hard time letting it out of your hands until you finish it. It happened to me:)
I loved the fact that she is so open and honest about the events she talks about in the book - her waiting places - that you can't help but feel very comfortable "listening" to her life, as if in a coffee shop with your best friend talking about life. And the fact that she is very funny contributes to this as well!
I loved the book so much that I was sad when I finished it, I wanted more of it! So I would definitely recommend this book to those of you who want to learn how to make the best out of your waiting places and to those of you who want to read a really good book and laugh out loud reading it but at the same time learning something valuable for your lives, because as the author concludes:
_ to live is to wait. It's how we wait that makes all the difference.
"We can wait all our lives for the next stage to come. Or we can choose to see the waiting place for what it often is: unexpectedly magical and holy".
Eileen Button does a phenomenal job using her own life experiences to share with her readers and sharing her idea of realizing the wonders of "waiting" period. At the end of each vignette she explains her thoughts on why she went through what she went through and keeps a positive and Christian attitude about it all.
The book walks through various stages of her life, when she was young in love (waiting for a sign), when she was having children (waiting for her baby to cry), and about her family and friends (waiting for her friend to Ã¢â¬Ëfinally' decide), and many more. These story vignettes are short and easy to read, I read it story by story before bed. It was a peaceful way to help calm the mind. She finds light in every situation and looks to God when situations arise.
The gist of the book I think is to enlighten its readers and try to find out why God is having you "wait" at this certain point in your life, Button certainly points that out in her stories.
I was engrossed in every story, as too a mom, I could relate to many of her stories. She reaches her readers by giving her real life stories. Sometimes while reading it's like you're going through what she's going through with her. The story about "Crossing the Jordan" made me tear up as she had to step away from her newly third born child to let the doctors do their work to help him breathe, I wanted to finish it to find out what happened to her child!
Button certainly got me thinking about why I'm where I'm at_I stop and think,I, what good can come out of this "waiting" time. It was a great eye opener! I enjoyed the short stories as it was easy to read a few and then pick up right where you left off the next day! I never had to re-read to remember what I had previously read. Button is very honest in her book about being a Christian and not always a happy Christian; she describes the truth in her book!
"Through it all, I'll peer into the waiting place's dingy corners and hunt for treasures beneath the grime_I'll search for signs of God's fingerprints even when it seems he's failed to appear_And I'll resolve to remember that nowÃ¢â¬âeven the most difficult nowÃ¢â¬âisn't forever".