Monday, July 4, 2011

Book Review: The Waiting Place: Learning to Appreciate Life's Little Delays by Eileen Button

I found Eileen Button's The Waiting Place to be a very beautifully written collection of essays. At first, I thought that this would be a collection of essays that will show the beauty of 'waiting places' through light-hearted stories about waiting or perhaps something that would show me how to make better use of my time while waiting. I was expecting a formula similar to: I wanted something-I prayed about it-God says wait-I wait-God delivers.

Instead, I am presented with various experiences from her own life, from childhood to the present, when she was in a 'waiting place'. Although some stories are funny, most stories are very intimate. I have felt my heartstrings pulled a lot of times while reading this book and it got me thinking about similar waiting places in my life. I admit choking up at times when she narrates of experiences that I had experienced too.

The book is loosely arranged beginning with experiences from her childhood until the recent past. Although most of the essays are stand-alone, some bigger events called for more than one essay. While all the essays take place chronologically, there is a bigger waiting place behind it, which comes to an end at the last chapter.

Highly recommended to those who feel lost or those who just feel stuck in one of life's many waiting places.

About the author:
Eileen Button is a weekly columnist for The Flint Journal. Her commentaries have also appeared in multiple online and print publications, including Newsweek and Christianity Today. In addition, she is an adjunct professor of Communication at Mott Community College. She lives with her family in Davison, Michigan - a town where she is often stuck in waiting places such as doctors' offices, athletic fields, school auditoriums, and carpool loops. Regardless of the waiting place, she usually has a good book in one hand and a strong cup of coffee in the other.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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.”

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