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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310318955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310318958
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,883,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is not only a well-written book, but also an excursion into a passionate soul. Amy Gaither Hayes helps the reader remember the wonder of that which too often is considered ordinary in our everyday lives and helps those who have lost a sense of blessedness in life's relationships to recover an awareness of their preciousness.' -- Tony Campolo <br><br>

About the Author

Whether working as a speaker, vocal artist, actress, dancer, stage director, writer, teacher, or storyteller, Amy Gaither Hayes is driven by the notion that art aimed at the heart can transfigure the souls of men and women. Amy teaches acting at DePauw University and lives with her husband, Andrew, and their three children in rural Indiana.

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Overall, an easy read and worth the time.
Joel Holtz
A Collection of Wednesdays is not a book to read in a hurry, though.
Robert R. Hostetler
Perhaps this book should be read like I read the Bible.
Gramma Geri

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Format: Hardcover
Back in my pre-Christian days, I had a fascination with the Beat Generation writers. These were not Christians, not by a long shot, but they did publish their journals. These journals had snippets of their writing, different from their novels. They also had poetry and random thoughts that could get quite interesting. The reason I say this is because A Collection of Wednesdays is reminiscent of the journals of the writers I used to read a lot. Now that I am a Christian, I would much rather read the personal reflections and poetry of a woman like Amy Gaither Hayes. This book was very appealing to me because I like anthologies that feed my spirit and help me to learn more about my Savior through the experiences of a Godly woman.

A Collection of Wednesdays is organized into fourteen categories which helps to keep a more organized feel to the book. Some readers may feel that this book is disjointed and challenging to follow, but I find the format appealing and the short pieces of writing easy to follow. I especially loved the chapter about books and the times Amy spent with her family in Nantucket. The poetry sprinkled throughout the book add an extra depth to this already meaningful volume of reflections. I really liked A Collection of Wednesday. The concept and format were very appealing for me and the writing spoke to me very well. I wouldn't mind seeing more books like this one.
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Format: Hardcover
A COLLECTION OF WEDNESDAYS: Creating a Whole from the Parts
Amy Gaither Hayes

Zondervan
Christian Life/Spiritual Growth
ISBN: 9780310318958
224 pages, hardcover

Amy Gaither Hayes: a busy wife, mother, drama teacher, performer and daughter.

But in her young years she had set aside a bit of her Wednesday mornings to spend time with the Lord and write. By doing this Amy has given herself time to get in touch with God, listen to Him and to reflect on her thoughts. She has kept journals of these days and has decided to share some of her collection with us.

Amy has taken some of her collections, divided them into 14 sections with an essay of her thoughts. She concludes each section with at least one of her poems relating to the section. She has filled this little book with her thoughts of everyday life and how God's has impacted it.

The chapter on "Mentor", Amy shares that she got to know Madeleine L'Engle as a teen and maintained a correspondence with her until Madeleine's death. The longest chapter, "Books" could have been a little shorter. I feel it would have been better to have included the list of books at the end of the book as a list of books recommended by her to read.

I really enjoyed the part about how a jigsaw puzzle had pulled the people together after Bible study.
The way "A Collection of Wednesdays" has been arranged makes it easy to pick up as a devotional or at the time of a "storm" in your life.

On a scale of one to five, I'd give this book a four.

Thank you Zondervan for this review copy.
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A touchingly revealing look into the life of Amy Gaither Hayes, A Collection of Wednesdays challenges the reader to look for God in the everyday and move forward in the dreams God has given you regardless of the obstacles and seemingly insurmountable challenges that must be conquered. Through each chapter, Amy walks us through the daily-ness of her life: her passions, calling, trips, children, meals, friends, church, friends, beliefs, pasttimes, and family. In each and every chapter a common thread ties everything together: God is faithful.

Spiced with original poetry and true stories from her own experience and those close to her, Amy puts forth a challenge to take time each week to search out who you are in Christ: your gifts, talents, limitations, struggles, and immediate problems. Take time to delve into the Word of God for the answers you seek. Take counsel from the Godly people placed in your path everyday. Take heed to the warnings against pride and greed. Take time to be thankful. Take time...

I found this to be a thoughtful read and enjoyed Amy's sincerity and authenticity. If you are looking for a word of encouragement, grab A Collection of Wednesdays.
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Format: Hardcover
Amy Hayes spent her Wednesday mornings writing this book. She says, "This involves coffee, silence, and the space to think, process and create". This is not a book you pick up and read cover to cover in one setting, even though it isn't a real long book. Perhaps this book should be read like I read the Bible. I read some and then mediate and think upon what I read.

There are 14 chapters that include poetry and personal, intimate stories of her life. She talks about her family, friends and her God. She admits that her faith isn't always strong, that sometimes she has doubts. I like that she is honest and transparent.

But the page I loved the most was page 183 and I quote, "What I'm really after is the kind of wisdom that bears fruit, that grows the good stuff. I want a rich harvest--not money and houses and more stuff, but kids who know who and whose they are; a long and rich marriage; a resume of faithfulness; a reputation for joy and delight and humor and gentleness and hard work; a full orchard of abundant life, here on earth as it is in heaven. I long to see my roots grow deeper and deeper into the rich loam of God's grace. This, I think, is wisdom: to cultivate a full harvest of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, self-control, goodness, kindness, faithfulness. Isn't that what each of us long for?"

Can you imagine how much better life would be on this earth if we each had that kind of wisdom. If we each had a full harvest of the fruit of the Spirit, our world would be so different.

I would like to thank Zondervan for giving me a complimentary copy of this book to read and review.
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