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- Print Length: 220 pages
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- Publisher: Benson Books (May 26, 2020)
- Publication Date: May 26, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B085XNX5XH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The book begins with a portrayal of Linda as a crazy-busy analyst on the brink of retirement. Once retired, she continues a frenetic pace of growing and canning vegetables, and throwing herself into the domestic arts. This portrayal resonates. We’ve all been there, because:
“Busyness is a two-fold saviour. It numbs my hurt and the fruit of it makes me feel significant in a world I experience through a filter of feeling abandoned and rejected.”
Many of us recognize ourselves in this drive to measure ourselves, our existence, our worth, in terms of productivity. In Linda’s case, there’s a deeper reason: abandonment.
As she travels a path of introspection, alternating between insight and despair, she reaches in desperation for answers, stirring up painful sediment. At one point, depression, from which she emerged years ago, returns. Her description is chilling. It’s almost too much effort to make a quarter-turn in the shower in order to reach for the shampoo, let alone wash her hair.
What brings her out of this, and what changes her thinking and her life, is a connection with God that feels so intimate and powerful, that she feels chosen. Linda ponders this connection and her own understanding of spirituality. The memoir ends with her finally connecting with her own people, the extended family with whom she shares DNA, and this is cathartic as well. BTW, Linda's descriptions of prairie are so beautiful they hurt.
Although I began this memoir with an expectation that it would delve more into the chronic drive for busyness as a form of distraction from original wounds, it is more an extensive exploration of the author's relationship with God. Still, a beautifully written, thoughtful introspective on coming to terms with feelings of worth, and finding peace at last.
A beautiful and sensitive writer, Linda Hoye is also a creative photographer, gardener, and cook.