Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Waiting Place by Eileen Button



I couldn’t have read this book at a better time. After enduring what felt like one of the most character-building waits of my life, I experienced a great sense of camaraderie with Eileen Button (cutest name in the world), as I read her book, The Waiting Place: Learning to Appreciate Life’s Little Delays.


In her collection of humorous essays, Button delves into the heart of what we all must deal with on a regular basis: waiting. And she accomplishes this with entertaining candor, giving vulnerable glimpses of times in her life she was forced to wait. I found it easy to become engrossed one chapter at a time, and as a mom of three, sometimes this is exactly the kind of read I’m looking for.


I appreciated learning about how Button handled the wait while she prayed for her baby’s health to improve, prayed for her career to take off, and ached for a yard statue to be removed, a comical dilemma, detailed in such a way I laughed out loud. Eileen comes across as someone I’d love to get to know.


I laughed and cried my way through this book. Between the stellar cover, the noteworthy humor, and Button’s relatable voice, I highly recommend this reflective collection of essays. I found The Waiting Place refreshing because it was not at all preachy, but possessed great power to teach and draw rich meaning out of those inevitable wait times.


*I received a copy of this book as a member of Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze in exchange for this honest review

14 comments:

  1. Great review. I love books like that, giving deep truths without beating me over the head. :)

    Happy Wednesday!

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  2. Well dang, I think I need to get this book.

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  3. I have so many books on my wish list right now. And here's another one that will need to be added. So little time, so many lovely books. Great review, Wendy!!

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  4. I think i will add this to my to-read-list! thanks for sharing!

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  5. oh that sounds great! I'll HAVE to look that book up..

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  6. I don't usually read essays but it sounds interesting and I have to agree, the cover rocks.

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  7. Yeah, apparently I need to read this, too. :)

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  8. Sounds like a great book, one I could use. I don't do as well with waiting as I'd like.

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  9. Sounds like a really good one (and I love that cover!). I'll definitely have to check this one out!

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  10. Great review. Sounds like a winner. I'll check it out.

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  11. Shoot. Now I need to read this book. Thanks for the great rec!

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  12. Thanks for the review, Wendy. My Wish List is getting longer by the minute.

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  13. We writers all learn to wait, don't we? ;) This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for the review, Wendy! And I'm with you--that cover is fantastic!

    Amy

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