This is the first book I have read by Eileen Button. After reading this, I want to hang out with this gal. I love her style of writing. I love her honesty. I love how it feels like she's speaking to me. I love her heart for God. I love her faith. and her trust. and her vulnerability. I could go on and on, seriously.
This book has 22 chapters. My plan was to read one a day. But after the first three days, I had to read more! So I think it took me 5 days to finish the entire book.
This book is an everyday reminder that God has a plan and sometimes while we wait for His plan to unfold, it is hard. We want instant gratification. We want life to be easy and to go our way. We feel entitled to the good life. But that is not the case! In this world we will have troubles, trials, sadness, pain, and hard times. Sometimes all we can do (in the words of Eileen) is "hunker down, pray harder, and listen more keenly......and hold tightly to the belief that something good is yet to come". We know God is always good and we are always loved. And that is enough!
A collection of essays describing the beauty and humor that can be found in what often feels like a most useless state-The Waiting Place.
We all spend precious time just waiting. We wait in traffic, grocery store lines, and carpool circles. We wait to grow up, for true love, and for our children to be born. We even wait to die. But amazing things can happen if we open our eyes in The Waiting Place and peer into its dusty corners. Sometimes relationships are built, faith is discovered, dreams are (slowly) realized, and our hearts are expanded.
With humor and heart-breaking candor, Eileen Button breathes life into stagnant and, at times, difficult spaces. Throughout this collection of essays she contends that The Waiting Place can be a most miraculous place-a place where beauty can be experienced, the sacred can be realized, and God can be found working in the midst of it all.
Includes stories on waiting for:
the day to end
a place called home
the fish to bite
a baby's healing
church to be over
a husband's return
children to grow
a mother's acceptance
a loved one to die
As Eileen says, "To wait is human. To find life in The Waiting Place, divine."
Eileen has those family stories that we all have, and decided to share them while applying lessons to them.
As another reviewer noted, I was expecting this to be more of a how-to guide, but I was pleasantly surprised. Mrs. Button is a very good writer, and I laughed when she laughed, and I cried when she cried. I enjoyed reading this so much that I managed to read it in less than a day!
In summary, it wasn't what I expected, but I really enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to a friend.
In accordance with new laws, I am required to say that I got this book for free from www.booksneeze.com in exchange for a review. I am not required to give a positive review.
I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when I started reading this book. I guess I was expecting it to be more practical on waiting and that type of thing. It is more compiled of short stories of different times the author had to wait and there are some practical truths pulled out of those stories.
It is a good book to read before bed. Not sure it would be a book I'd suggest for people to read unless they wanted something to read before bed.
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When is the last time you had to wait for something? Maybe it was just five minutes ago or maybe it was yesterday. It might have been something as simple as waiting for the next available teller at the bank or it might have been as life altering as waiting for a phone call about the job you so desperately want.
Waiting. Big or small. It's a part of life. Sometimes it's pleasant. Sometimes it's not.
In this book, Eileen Button takes us into her world of waiting. She gives us a glimpse into the midst of her trials, joys, and what most would consider the mundane events of life. She lets us into her heart and doesn't hold back by sharing the value of each and every waiting place she encounters. During some of the most difficult times of waiting, she shares how Jesus meets her there and pulls her through. Readers can definitely relate to her experiences and will feel as though they have been there themselves. This book is encouraging and uplifting. A must read for anyone who feels as though they are always playing the waiting game.
I hate to wait. I have always been an impatient person and I have not improved with time. So when I saw Eileen Button's book, The Waiting Place, I jumped at the chance to read it. I wanted to see what someone else would have to say about the process of waiting. I was not disappointed. In the pages of this book are short essays about different waiting times throughout life and the author's reactions to them. They range from funny memories to very serious situations where the waiting is long and hard. I can identify with all the stories in this book; not only the ones that are similar to my life, but also the ones that I have not experienced yet. Reading each story gave me a chance to examine myself and to realize that God does have a purpose in the waiting. As the author summed it up, to live is to wait. So I guess we might as well try to get good at it. I have determined that I will try to use my waiting time more effectively in the future and make an honest effort to let God speak to me as I wait.
I received a review copy of this book through the BookSneeze blogger program in return for an honest review.