This is an awakening book; most of us don't even realize that such a thing as a waiting place exists. At least, I didn't. And here I was reading a book that not only told me that that is what it is, but it told me to get my eyes of MY goals, and started lookin' around, and most of all, above, in order to make the most of the circumstances of now.
I believe the sunshine-glow on the cover seeped into the words and, chapter after chapter, worked its way into my heart.
It's so real. Filled with humor, valleys, mountains, questions, children, one Ã¢â¬Ën only true love, death, and the other wonderful, beautiful, ugly, funny, absurd things that make up this life. All told in a writing style that was intelligent, simple, and to the point. I closed the book and the feeling felt something like saying aufwiedersehn to an old friend, or ending a phone conversation with the same where you haven't had the chance to say nearly enough.
I'll be opening it again when I need to revisit that old friend for a heart-to-heart, when I realize that I'm in a Waiting Place and I need a reminder that I sure ain't alone, and that God is waiting for me to notice Him and His mysterious, sometimes strange, but always beautiful ways.
I feel like I've found a treasure having read this book, and I'm sure you will, too.
The Waiting Place-Learning to Appreciate Life's Little Delays, is a fantastic read by Eileen Button. This book is a collection of 22 stories that cover many years of the authors life, from childhood to parenting. It ranges in topics from fishing to death and all of those in between times. There are times in reading that I connected to the auther and times I felt sorry for her as well as empathy. It is just a great read!
I love being able to pick up a book and read for 15 minutes and feel like I have accomplished something and this is a book for that. These short stories evoke emotions of laughter, love, sadness, loniless, and a range of other emotions that make for good stories.
So, go ahead and give this book as a gift for anyone in a "waiting place" which happens to be most of us, most of the time!
I received this book from Book Sneeze for free in exchange for my honest review of the book.
Have you ever wondered what happens in those moments when we are waiting? So much of our life is spent waiting and wondering.
The Waiting Place by Eileen Button helps us to realize some of the things that we could be missing in life during that period of time when we are waiting for something. In a collection of essays, Eileen Button writes about periods in her life where we are often times hurrying through or when we have learned what patience allows us to experience. Waiting for life to come to us, waiting for our children to grow, waiting for someone to die. Then there are the times when we did wait for life's events to happen and have enjoyed it. Waiting for the birth of a child or waiting for good news.
We rush through life, I'm sure you realize this. This book gives you an idea of how fast we allow life to go by. We have forgotten how to enjoy life in the "now". Stop waiting for life to hurry up. Enjoy the moments you have now, this minute. Get off the computer and see what else life has to offer. Or at the very least, slow down.
As I read this book, I saw many examples of opportunities in my life that I have missed. I've seen how I've missed important moments in my daughter's life because I was too busy with something else. I've missed time to spend with my husband because I was too busy texting someone else. I was too busy to wait for that important letter to come, and when it came it was too late to go back in time. Or when I didn't spend the time with my grandmother but instead waited for her to die.
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was very honest. It was also very personal at times. I was able to relate to several moments that she wrote about. I would recommend this for someone needing to learn to be patience, or maybe even stop waiting and grab a hold of what life is offering. It really does change your perspective and makes you think.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Life is full of moments and spaces of time were you wait. This book depicts different areas in Eileen's life were she was in the waiting place. She describes different circumstances were she was stuck in the waiting place and just wanted out, or a glimpse into the future to see that everything worked out.
This is a great inspirational book, it is filled with short stories with different scenarios. Ã¯Â»Â¿After reading this book I find myself thinking about my own waiting places and admiring her courage to wait faithfully during her own phases. This book would make an excellent night time devotional, were you read a chapter right before you fall asleep.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze.
Ok, I'm sold! A few weeks ago I ordered this book because the title was so intriguing. Yet, once I opened the first page and began my journey through another perspective, I knew what was so attractive to the book. Eileen Button takes the time to explain to each of us how we are always waiting for something to happen. We are waiting to graduate from college, instead of enjoying that fast paced, energetic, learning environment. We are waiting to find the one we are to marry, instead of enjoying the freedom we have while we are single. We are waiting to have a baby, instead of soaking in that time with our spouse. We are waiting for that screaming child to grow up so we can enjoy the quietness of home while they are at school.
This book made the light bulb come on full force! I get it! In these times of "mundane normalcy" or "absolute uncertainty", we are to find the simple things to appreciate. This book is more of memoir of Eileen's life and how she came to see purpose and beauty in the times of waiting.