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Coming Up for Air: Simple Acts to Redefine Your Life Paperback – February 23, 2006
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Dove Award–winning recording artist Becker intentionally "disconnected" over 10 years ago and has not been the same since. In 1995, Becker a one-month retreat at an oceanside rental, where her only promise to herself was to stop each day to take in both the sunrise and the sunset. Becker, in her usual self-deprecating comedic style, offers simple daily life observances like holy offerings. Somehow, she manages to offer gentle humor and pull at heartstrings, too. Becker aptly conveys what might be the book's defining statement: "Some things are worth digging for, even if they come up swinging when they are unearthed." During her stay, she played like a child, taking crayons in hand and making life stories and spiritual benchmarks for the next 30 years, projecting, "I will be earthy and a bit eccentric, but I will be wise." Becker defines her retreat's life lessons, then jumps ahead to the present, reflecting without regret on which of those scribblings have come to pass. Women of all ages will feast on Becker's colorful, earthy spiritual recollections and sit back well-satisfied as they take time to digest her musings. (Mar. 15)
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This is the first book review I have ever written, but I am an avid reader. I can read 2-3 books a day sometimes. I don't remember the last time I read a book this great. It's laugh-out-loud funny. Not just a polite little chuckle -- I mean laughing until you are gasping for air.
I don't know many people who would not relate to this book. We are all too busy and we don't take the time to think about why we are here and what we are doing as opposed to what we really want to do. Margaret leads you through the process of re-thinking your talents and goals, but without the didactic prose that characterizes many other works. Prepare to be shaken from your lethargy --- it is a dynamic, life-changing book. It is also very engaging. It's not a suspense book but it is a real page-turner; it's hard to avoid reading it in one sitting.
My best friend, unlike me, is a person who seldom reads, but has read this one three times, and still can't put it down. There is just a lot to think about here. I believe this could easily become a Christian classic. But I think anyone would benefit from it and enjoy reading it, whether Christian or not. It's not filled with churchy gobbledygook. It is a much-needed breath of fresh air. It is full of life, joy, and warmth.
P.S. Read Margaret's "With New Eyes," too -- it's also wonderful.
How much? I bought two extra copies for friends before I was halfway thought it!
Coming Up For Air is Margaret Becker's latest book, and by far her best. Her first effort With New Eyes was pretty good, but felt awkward at times. I felt like she was trying to hard to use complicated language to describe what might have been better served by a few simple words.
Not a problem in this book. Here Becker let's her hair down, opens up about an awful lot and in the process has written a book that I believe will become a classic. If you are struggling with where you life is going, or the pressures of our modern lifestyle, or are simple wondering "Is that all there is?" then this is the book for you!
About 10 years ago Margaret Becker would probably have been thought to have achieved the American Dream. A hit Christian artist, who traveled the world, a role model to many, she seemed to almost have it all (she was - and still is - single so to all those out there who think you can't be happy unless married, that would have been one strike against her!).
But she wasn't satisifed with her life. She wasn't depressed or facing a major crisis, just had a nagging sense that something wasn't quite right, something was missing, or maybe needed to go missing?
Either way she finally acted, took an entire month off and spent it in the dead of winter on the Florida coast alone. Through journal entries, stories and flashbacks, Margaret tells the story of how this became a seminal event in her life.
Since that day so much has changed in her, and it all flows from what happened that chilly month on the beach.
One of the ways I know if I'm reading a good book is if I don't want to put it down, but do so anyway to spend time thinking about what it's saying to me. I read this book in just a few days, but tried not to hurry, spending a lot of time in thought.
So much time in fact that I was way behind in my sermon prep - and I wasn't even worried about it! Now that's quite a powerful effect for one little paperback to have!
Like the lessons you'll find in this book, God came through and my sermon came together nicely. No hassle, no stress, just relaxing into the all sufficient presence of Christ, He worked through me to handle it all.
All I can say is that you really ought to read this book! It's available everywhere, really cheap through Amazon's used books sellers - get it and let it roll through your soul.
Another sign of a great book is one I plan on reading again, and putting into practice. Which is exactly what I'm going to do with this one.
Thank you Margaret Becker where ever you are - I owe you a lot more than one now!