I had quite a list of books that I wanted for Christmas. And I received a bunch, including two copies of the same book, both from my husband (He blames it on the fact that he didn’t save all his shopping til Christmas Eve like is his usual custom, so he forgot what he had bought. And wrapped, apparently)
Anyway, I’ve been enjoying making my way through this stack and I thought I’d share some with you.
Three of these are memoirs about painful experiences:
Rare Bird, a memoir of loss and love by Anna Whitson Donaldson The story of the drowning death of their 12 year old son.
Undone, a story of making peace with an unexpected life by Michele Cushatt Michele’s story of divorce, cancer, and adoption. I love her determination to lean into the Hard and continue to choose life.
Every Bitter Thing is Sweet, tasting the goodness of God in all things by Sarah Hagerty A journey of infertility and adoption of children from Africa. (I haven’t finished this one yet)
Clearly pain sells. And with each of these, I thought of friends who are experiencing similar circumstances. I thought they would be encouraged reading these.
Because the two words that most people long to hear when they are in pain are “me too”. Each of these books address that longing to know that we are not alone in our pain.
The other three books in my stack I loved, each in a different way.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – I savored this beautifully written fiction “about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”
Small Victories, spotting moments of improbable grace by Anne Lamott. This is a collection of essays (some published before) by one of my favorite authors. Funny, profound, and honest.
Life Together in Christ, experiencing transformation in community by Ruth Haley Barton. In this book, Ruth uses elements from the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus to provide a insights on how God can use community to transform us. Really insightful. I’m re-reading and discussing this book with my small group.
So, that’s my list for now. What are YOU reading? What would you recommend??