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Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat Paperback – April 22, 2016
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What I love about this book is that the writing is real and relatable. Each writer's entry touches upon the reader in a different way. I am so thankful to have a copy of these treasured posts. And I look forward to giving some away to others at Christmas. I sure hope a book two is in order down the line.
Most of the authors featured in Five Minute Friday are women. Many of the authors are Christians, and some of them write about their faith. I enjoyed reading stories from so many different people from various backgrounds. I was challenged by their testimonies, and I was encouraged to keep on with writing and blogging.
The stories, each written in no more than five minutes in response to a one-word prompt, span a wide spectrum of topics and experiences, all unique, all honest. They are real, not perfect.
As Lisa-Jo Baker writes in the Foreword,
"I wanted to write like my kids ran – unselfconscious with arms flailing and hearts beating wildly. Running just for the joy of the running. That's how I wanted to write. For the joy of the writing. I wanted to silence the editor in my head who was constantly criticizing." (p 6)
These stories reflect our everyday lives. They are not perfect, scripted; we live in the present and there is no editing out the imperfections, struggles, and pain of this broken world. Yet, we have hope in a perfect Savior, and the opportunity to embrace the joys and ordinary moments, life lessons, and truths as we live out our faith day to day. And there are others alongside.
In all honesty, I'm disappointed with the cover and page layout. I acknowledge the most important part of this book is the content itself, but with the resources (friends!) available at our fingertips these days, I would have expected a more professional "look" overall and more thoughtful formatting (not stringing all the stories together without page breaks, for example).
Layout concerns aside, whether you read a story here and there, or have time to sit down and read it straight through, the new Five Minute Friday book is a delightful compilation. It is funny, sad, encouraging, thought-provoking, and everything in between.
Five Minute Friday is a community of people who come to their computer screens from all kinds of lives. There are stay-at-home moms and women who’ve never had kids. There are empty nesters and newlyweds. There are single ladies and a couple brave men. People have jobs and insecurities and dreams.
And now there’s a Five Minute Friday book! Yes, many posts inspired by various prompts through the years all bound up together in one place. I like the index that allows you to look up pieces by word prompt and author.
When I heard Susan Shipe was putting together a book of FMF posts, I jumped in. I love the idea of compiling all these stories – or pieces of stories because, let’s be honest, five minutes isn’t that long! Plus all the proceeds will be split between two ministries in South Africa: The Vine School in Cape Town, and The Ten Dollar Tribe. South Africa is the homeland of FMF creator Lisa-Jo Baker and current host Kate Motaung’s husband.