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Crap Happens ... Wallowing Is Optional Paperback – October 31, 2015
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Part memoir, part comedy, part devotional, Crap Happens…Wallowing is Optional is the story of how God used changes in Cindy Keiger’s life circumstances to work changes in her heart.
Cindy says of her early expectations, “Surely life on the farm was going to be an idyllic final chapter to my story. Instead, I discovered that a bad attitude and an aging body fought against my happy-go-lucky outlook. My inner Susie Homemaker couldn’t fix the farm, cover the smell or make it pretty.” While Cindy was focused on the external, God was doing some housekeeping of His own on her heart, helping
to clear away ungratefulness, rejuvenating a weary heart and teaching her that humor is its own brand of medicine.
With chapters like Huffing and Puffing, Cows Are Out, Don’t Fence Me In and Crap Won’t Kill You, Cindy writes about the conflict between her expectations and the reality of the farm. While she likes a neat house, life on a farm is messy and dirty. While she enjoys routine and schedule, the cows are certain
to escape at the most inopportune times. And while routine is wonderful, the drudgery of early morning milking, feeding and cleaning can chip away at the most resolute soul. All of these changes ultimately led Cindy to ponder, “Crap happens, so what do we do when our thoughts (and lives) get stinky?”
For Cindy, the answer was to “…sprinkle every day with plenty of joy and laughter.” Writing about each experience, from pulling a calf from the manure pit to learning to drive a skid loader, became a kind of catharsis that allowed her to put each event in perspective and find the humor in it. And humor has a
way of softening the edges of our experiences and changing our outlook on events. Cindy’s hope is that readers will take away the message to “Live your life! It’s the only one you have, so live it with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength.” Even if that life is sometimes full of crap.
Professional Source: Rebecca Olsen
Forsyth Woman Magazine
Cindy Keiger’s Crap Happens ... Wallowing Is Optional is filled with crap (the cow kind) and inspirational words. In this book, Keiger tells how she left a big city to move to a dairy farm. Keiger also talks about how her life has changed since living on the dairy farm, and what has happened to her since living there.
Crap Happens ... Wallowing Is Optional is not only filled with humorous stories about Keiger’s life on a dairy farm, but it is also filled with words of wisdom and inspirational quotes. The book is made up of thirty-three short stories that are funny and show Keiger’s way of thinking. As Keiger says, “It’s all about your attitude, the focus of your thoughts and hearts.” Keiger is a positive, upbeat person who sees the good in every situation. Her personality shines through her words on each page as she shares the positive and negatives sides about living and working on a dairy farm. The negative side is mostly filled with crap, but the positive side will make you have a new outlook on things in your own life.
I loved reading about Keiger’s experiences on the dairy farm. I too would make sure that every animal had a name if I lived there. I also liked that Keiger explained how to milk a cow. I never knew there were so many steps to doing it! It is also very clear how much Keiger loves her husband, Weldon. I really enjoyed this book. It made me long to live on a farm, just not a dairy farm.
About the Author
Originally from Minnesota, Cindy Keiger moved to North Carolina more than twenty years ago, and she's been working on her southern accent ever since. She taught English in a Haitian high school for three years and led short-term mission teams in Haiti and Jamaica for another four years. She has participated in other short-term mission trips to the Philippines, the Zona Maya in Mexico, and, most recently, to a Haitian church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A homemaker at heart, Cindy loves to bake bread, cookies, and pies, and has learned to make a pretty good pound cake. She keeps the pantry well-stocked with homemade jams and jellies for her husband. Since moving to the farm, cleaning the house has slipped further and further down on her list of priorities. Reading and writing are two of Cindy's favorite pastimes. Her personal blog posts and her children's message each Sunday attest to her ability to use words as a source of encouragement, wisdom, and humor.
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