Thursday, June 23, 2011

Book Review: The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place by Eileen Button is a collection of autobiographical essays summing up the thoughts she wrestled with in the waiting places of her life. We all live in waiting places from time to time. We wait to grow up. We wait to die. We wait to find a spouse, a job, the courage to pursue a dream. We wait for church to end, for news of a loved one’s health, for our babies to be born, and for our spouses to come home. We spend a lot of time waiting, but Button’s essays show that this time doesn’t have to be wasted. God is there. He may simply be holding our hands, working behind the scenes, or teaching us something significant. The key is to trust Him through it and learn all we can. When the time is right, as Button has done, we can reflect back on these times with greater insight.

Button is blatantly honest as she shares her stories. I really appreciated this. In the stories that I could relate to, and there were several, her observations were right on target. It’s always an encouragement when someone else has experienced something you’ve been through and come out learning many of the same things. It’s even better if they’re reflecting on something you’re just going through, letting you know they made it through okay. I like the way Button put her thoughts on these experiences into words.

Thank you, Thomas Nelson Publishers, for sending a free eCopy of this book for my honest review. I truly enjoyed the read!

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