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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 has been working on her southern accent ever since. Living in Haiti and participating in various mission trips over the years were good preparation for life on a dairy farm. Reading and writing are two of Cindy's favorite pastimes. Her words, whether spoken or written, are a source of encouragement, wisdom, and humor.
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The reader expects from the clever title alone that Cindy will write with humour, and she does. And good humour always makes for a pleasant read. But in short, easy-to-read chapters, Cindy also writes with sensitivity and feeling about her transition from living and working in the city to slogging out life on a farm and putting up with all the crap, both literally and otherwise, that farm life entails.
Cindy met her second husband, Weldon, a farmer, through an online dating site. As Cindy reveals throughout the book, I'm surprised this hard-working farmer even had time or energy left for such past-times at the end of his day! When he proposed 7 months later, she jumped feet first into a new life of chasing and milking cows, driving a tractor, being mommy to cats and kittens and rescuing calves from manure pits in the middle of the night. When not wiping flying crap from her clothes and hoping it wouldn't get in her eyes, she struggled to get used to doing without the conveniences of city life. But she had one thing helping her cope with it all: her faith and belief that God was beside her all the way and would get her through any crap life threw at her.
That is the primary message one gets from Cindy's book, and for those who feel as she does, this book is a charming read. She opens each chapter with wonderful quotes pertinent to the content of each chapter and what she discovers about herself and her husband, and as the book progresses, she brings in the spiritual side of life into her writing more and more. Because it can border on preachiness when a writer does this, non-believers most likely won't enjoy this book as much as believers do, but given how much of the population does follow the Bible, Cindy has a wide audience for her book.
Whatever one takes away from this book, whether it's the broadened knowledge of farm life or, for some, the importance of faith in coping with life's ups and downs, one will appreciate Cindy Keiger's humour and honesty: a winning combination for any writer.