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THE WAITING PLACE REVIEWED

The Waiting Place
By Eileen Button
Published by Thomas Nelson
ISBN#978-0-8499-4625-7
 240 pages

Back Cover: Some of the most priceless gifts can be discovered while waiting for something else.

We all spend precious time just waiting. We wait in traffic, grocery store lines, and carpool circles. We wait to grow up, for true love, and for our children to be born. We even wait to die. But while we work hard at this business of living, life can sometimes feel like one long, boring meeting. Even today, with instant gratification at our techno-laced fingertips, we can’t escape the waiting place. Somehow, in between our texting and tweeting and living and dying, we end up there again and again.

In the voice of an old friend or a wise-cracking sister, Eileen Button takes us back to the days of curling irons and camping trips, first loves and final goodbyes, big dreams and bigger reality checks. With heart-breaking candor she calls us to celebrate the tension between what we hope for tomorrow and what we live with today.

REVIEW: The subtitle is “Learning to appreciate life’s little delays.” This book is a compilation of lessons this author’s learned in the waiting places – I’m so glad she shared. She states, “I am absolutely convinced that some of the most beautiful things happen if we are willing to quiet our hearts, lean into the waiting place, and listen to what it tells us. When we do, we will often be astonished by what it has to say.”…”The most priceless gifts can be discovered while waiting for something else.”

This author has compiled essays she’s written in a memoir type book. These are slice of life moments she shares that make you laugh, are thought-provoking and choke you up at times. These moments are a reminder that God is with us in the big, small and unexpected events of our lives. He gives us rays of hope, laughter and gifts we wouldn’t have noticed had we not been stopped, waiting. Waiting gives us time to really see the situation and/or the beauty surrounding us.

This author is witty, humorous and insightful, honest and gritty. There is growth and healing in the waiting place if we embrace it. We life fast paced lives that don’t tolerate waiting. Often I’ve been forced to stop what I thought was important and discover something I never would have because I was in a hurry. The author shares some of her discoveries and shares her stories in a way you can relate to and won’t soon forget.

The author writes, “The waiting place - …is for those who work hard at the “business of living” only to find that they seem to be caught in one long, boring meeting…It’s for those who wake up one day and think, “This is not the life I dreamed of living.” The waiting-place is never cozy -…In fact, when we find ourselves there, most of us try like heck to escape.”

I agree with the author when she says, “I am grateful to God, who so obviously has a fabulous sense of humor. I’m thankful He joins me in the waiting place, even when it grows dark and I get scared and lose my way.”

This author is a columnist whose essays breathe life into the common (and not so common) waiting places! This would be a good book for your book club. I highly recommend this book for everyone to read. This is an encouraging, fun read that is insightful and will make you smile!

ABOUT AUTHOR: Eileen Button has worked as an adjunct Communication professor, columnist, career counselor and elementary library paraprofessional. These days, she spends her days with great books and some of the coolest people on earth (a.k.a., librarians and library staff) as the Community Relations Manager for the Genesee District Library. She continues to wrestle with the waiting place, seeking beauty and humor in its dusty corners.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Blogging for books site. 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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