Four out of five stars.
A collection of essays describing the beauty and humor that can be found in what often feels like a most useless state—The Waiting Place.
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 amazing things can happen if we open our eyes in The Waiting Place and peer into its dusty corners. Sometimes relationships are built, faith is discovered, dreams are (slowly) realized, and our hearts are expanded.
With humor and heart-breaking candor, Eileen Button breathes life into stagnant and, at times, difficult spaces. Throughout this collection of essays she contends that The Waiting Place can be a most miraculous place—a place where beauty can be experienced, the sacred can be realized, and God can be found working in the midst of it all.
I love books that meet you where you are, don’t require much from the reader, and you can pick it up and put it down as time allows, without hindering the enjoyment of it. The Waiting Place is just such a book.
Button writes from a personal place, as if writing a letter, sharing a window of her days. She shares funny details, but never too many; ironies, while still being respectful; and oddities, from the natural perspective of a young child in such a way that anyone can relate. As she describes the moments in her life she has been left waiting, usually with no control over the situation, she observes, she learns, she laughs, she makes notes for later, and when necessary, she cries.
After reading this book, I realize that Eileen Button is the type of person that would make a great friend. And, in my opinion, that is the sign of a great writer.
Well done for your first book project, Eileen. Well done.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson, and was not required to present a positive review in return.