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Life in the Blue Zone: God, I didn't see this coming Paperback – June 10, 2014
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I purchased this book because I have been acquainted with, been an observer and admirer of Jim Burton's journalism since the late 80's when I first met him while I was a Mission Service Corps Volunteer Consultant in Memphis and have followed and respected his work ever since. He is a career journalist, well-known and respected for having covered and reported on every religious and social issue in the Christian arena and Southern Baptist Life for at least 40 years. But, I bought it, specifically, because I got a "didn't see it coming" diagnosis of incurable interstitial lung disease in 2005 with a life expectancy of 3-5 years. God has seen fit to commute my death sentence on a daily basis ever since...and I was curious to know how Jim learned to cope with his and Kim's life-threatening and life-altering challenges. I bought it because I live...in the Blue Zone, myself.
As a journalist, Jim Burton's job has always been to "report" not to comment, so his professional perspective has always demanded he be well-researched, objective, accurate, factual and un-opinionated. And he has risen to the top of his field as a journalist maintaining those standards of journalistic excellence.
Unfortunately, this piece of work falls short of every "professional" standard Jim Burton has adhered to throughout his life and career.
That is not to say it falls short of literary or inspirational excellence. In that regard, it exceeds any piece of journalism that has ever flowed from his pen or keyboard. There is no way for a human to remain objective and un-opinionated in the face of such real and personal challenges. Sometimes, life just knocks the chocks out from under you and you find yourself questioning, doubting and re-evaluating every truth and conviction you have accumulated or assumed about yourself and about God.
This book is not about life "reported." It is about life "lived," life "learned" and life "accelerated" to a level that Jim and Kim Burton could never have anticipated, planned or prepared for, personally or professionally. But it exceeds every excellent journalist work Jim has ever published. It is not only inspirational, but it is really a very practical guide for how to pray for yourself and others facing insurmountable challenges.
Writing from the crucible of his and Kim's own personal experience, facing mortality and a progressively debilitating disability, Jim has had to toss every professional rule in writing this book. This time, he is journaling from the heart about something so up-close and personal, so in-your-face real, raw and un-censored that your own faith will also be accelerated to a new level. Mine has been.
None of the sage advice to aspiring writers about how to succeed by writing about what you know best could possibly work in this situation. Jim Burton, the career journalist, has always been prepared and professional in his reporting. But this time, the work of Jim Burton, the man, husband and father excels because he is writing about something he knew nothing about...something he could never prepare for...something, he never even saw coming!