Family! Can’t live with them – Can’t live without them – or can we??
Denise Hildreth gives you a sneak peek into a rich dysfunctional family at it’s extreme!! Denise’s story unfolds though the children of Elijah Clayton Wilcott II.
Elizabeth is a successful attorney who owns her own business. She’s headstrong, passionate and full of hostility for her father and brother Jeffery.
Jeffery is the oldest brother who is a very successful plastic surgeon. He is wrapped up in a world of his selfish desires and hasn’t a clue about family; how to be a husband or father. He doesn’t see the importance of either one.
Mary Catherine is a woman born to travel. She fly’s around with her husband to experience new places and collect interesting and fun items. Work for a living – Not her!!
Then there’s Will the baby in the family who is a professional student. He is the president of his fraternity and may never graduate. Work? He is having way too much fun in college. The babes love him. Fraternity parties now that’s where it’s at for Will.
Life as Elizabeth, Jeffery, Mary Catherine and Will know it, is about to be over after they are read the terms of their fathers will. Elijah Clayton Wilcott wants them to do the unthinkable for a whole year!! All the children think he has got to be kidding. This had to be some extreme joke. Not!! No money for any of the children that do not comply with their late father’s wishes. They can’t believe their father would do this to them. Who else could they talk to? There had to be a way around these demands so they could get the money now. The Wilcott children all had money but their father had so much more. You can never have too much money was their mind set. There had to be a way to beat this!! Each one was determined to find that way on their own.
Denise says this about herself “The one thing I believe the Lord has gifted me to do is to take the human relationship and strip it down to the place we all live." She does this so well. It’s very true in this book and the others I have read by her. On the surface this seems like a light hearted fun book, a no brainer. But after reading a few chapters I felt that Denise had a way of pirecing my heart and mind as I read this story. After a while I started to feel uncomfortable as I read about the Wilcott children struggling with the situations they found themselves in. I found myself searching my soul, my motives, hurts in my life and the lives of others around me. I walked away from this book knowing that in the middle of the “stuff” of life, (the good, bad, and the ugly). God sets us up for victory. Denise says “He surrounds each of us with everything necessary to win…Each of us will taste “life”. It’s inevitable. But each of us has been given every necessary tool for our refining, our taming, our potential." In the end it’s a matter of our will.
Will we trust God with our whole life, our dreams, our heart or not?? This is a powerfully moving book!! It will change your life and the way you look at people and yourself if you let it. I highly recommend this book and the other books that Denise has written.
Book Club Servant Leader
Thanks for your patience ladies as I passed out "Will of Wisteria" books for our group picture was taken. One more group shot!!! You can never take too many pictures. (That's what I say - somone always has their eyes closed Ha!)
TOP THINGS YOU HAVE WANTED TO ASK AMY BUT WERE AFRAID TO; SO I DID!!
1. Coke or Pepsi? Diet or Regular?
Diet Coke all the way!
2. Beach or Mountains?
The beach!!! For me, the sound of ocean waves is one of the most powerful reminders of God’s amazing power. And if I could go there sans bathing suits and sand, it would be pure bliss. ;-)
3. What is the neatest place you have ever visited and why? What made it so neat, special, memorable for you?
I loved visiting London when I was thirteen. Not only were the castles and history cool, but there was this totally cute guy in our touring group…
4. If you had all the time in the world (and just as much money) to do anything you wanted to do; what would you do?
I’d take my family to Munich and Berlin, Germany and show them where I grew up. Then we’d travel all over Europe and take tons of photos. As soon as we arrived home, I’d speed through the twelve boxes of photos awaiting placement in my scrapbooks and add all our awesome new pictures.
5. Who is your favorite chef on the cooking channel? Why? Have you ever tried any of their recipes? What did you try and did it turn out?
Do I really have to admit I don’t cook??? I’ve never even watched a cooking show. In fact, I taught my hubby to cook and he loves it. So it’s all good!
6. If you could interview or hang out with someone for a day who would you pick? Why?
Any really great chocolatier.
Seriously, I’d like to hang out with my biological father. I have a picture of him. But my parents divorced before I was born, so I’ve never met him. It’d be nice to get to know him and find out who he is.
7. How do you eat an Oreo Cookie? If you don’t eat Oreo Cookies, What cookie is your favorite? How do you like to eat them? (Do you Dunk them in milk?) If you do eat Oreo Cookies which kind is your favorite?
I take my yummy cookie, twist off the top, lick off the cream and then dunk the two cookie pieces in ice cold milk. My favorite Oreo? I’m nostalgic…I eat only the original Oreos. ;-)
8. If you had 24 hours to hang out with anyone dead or alive in the history of the world, what two people would you pick and why?
I’d pick Anne of Green Gables and spend the day with her and my daughters dreaming up and living out cool adventures. Oh, wait! You meant REAL people? Well, I’ll claim author insanity because I really do hope Anne is in heaven someday.
9. Have you ever been on or would you like to go on a mission trip? If you have been, where did you go? If you haven’t, where would you like to go and what would you like to do?
I’ve been on youth mission trips to Canada and Glorieta. Now, I’d love to take my family to visit our Compassion Child in the Dominican Republic.
10. I have seen your Chocolate fountains and you say that you LOVE Chocolate, if you won $50.00 to spend on Chocolate what different kinds of Chocolate would you buy?
Just $50? Kidding! With fifty dollars, I’d buy LOTS and LOTS of Godiva dark mint medallions! Throw in a few Heath bars and some Godiva truffles and... I really could go on and on and on. ;-)
Thank you Amy for letting the ladies in my book club and others get to know you better. I appreciate you hanging out with us. Anything else you would like to say or comment on?
Thanks for having me back to do the fun stuff! If you’d like to see just how much I adore chocolate, stop by the Heart Chocolate website: www.amywallace.com Lots of virtual chocolate to enjoy and some real pictures of that wonderful chocolate fountain. ;-)
Chocolate aside, I pray you’ll taste and see that the Lord is good… all the time!
January 31st Started out with a special MORNING BOOK CLUB MEETING. This group is small but special. We have only been meeting about 3 months now. We discussed "Sutter's Crossing" by W. Dale Cramer and what fun we had on Monday night listening to Dale talk. We also went through the Book Club Commitment form and they too were thankful I didn't include the LATE CLAUSE!!! :) That was way funny!!
JANUARY 28th's BOOK CLUB MEETING Featuring W. DALE CRAMER - "SUTTER'S CROSS"
In "Sutter's Crossing" many treasures could be found.
My favoriate was a quote from the character Agnes as she talks with Jake.