The Waiting Place: Learning to Appreciate Life’s Little Delays
Author: Eileen Button
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
To say that this book is a simple collection of reflective essays on the life and times of its author, Eileen Button, is an understatement. The Waiting Place is a living testament to/of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 from an everyman’s (wo)man committed to God and His will in her life…even through the frustration of having to wait.
Eileen Button takes her readers on a journey from her childhood hometown in New York, to that of her family’s in Genesee County, Michigan and back again, all the while reflecting on various points in her life that involved waiting. A life-long Believer, she finds God in virtually every aspect of her, and her family’s, growth. The level of honesty found in this book is great—it reminds readers that it’s okay to have a sense of humor as a Christian. (You’ll find instances while reading this when humor had the power to elevate or butcher a moment, too.) Also, Button provides a behind-the-scenes look at the role of a Preacher’s wife through lenses that aren’t always decorated with halos, roses…or the Virgin Mary in a garden.
The most unique thing about this read is the fact that Button constantly identifies that a lack of etherealness does not mean there is a lack of God in our lives. There is nothing factual about making a claim that believing in God or practicing Christianity guarantees perfection. We don’t shed vulnerability, fears, frustration, or any other human emotion for that matter. She makes her emotions palpable in every chapter. It’s revealing, familar…real. Whatever the follow-up to this may be, I am already committed to purchasing it.
In a time where a tangible book is an endangered species, I believe in passing them along whenever I can, similar to the Where’s George? phenomenon. I’m giving away my copy of this book to one lucky blog reader. Simple enter the drawing by adding your name to my subscribers (look the right of my page…you see it? Not the very top of the blog, further down…that’s it!) and the winner will be announced on Friday, July 1st!
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