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The Waiting Place: Learning to Appreciate Life's Little Delays Paperback – June 6, 2011
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About the Author
Eileen Button is a weekly columnist for The Flint Journal. Her commentaries have also appeared in multiple online and print publications, including Newsweek and Christianity Today. In addition, Eileen is an adjunct professor of Communication. She lives with her family in a town where she is often stuck in a waiting place, such as a doctors' office, athletic field, school auditorium, and carpool loop.
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Top Customer Reviews
Waiting is not down time or lost time or wasted time; it's life. Whether she is describing her youthful longing for her father's approval while on a fishing trip, or her affection for her husband-to-be's clavicles, or her love of her grandmother's weathered but beautiful hands, Button's soulful prose illuminates her Christian faith with simple, often funny stories. ("Note to self: Next time you tape undergarments to your chest, use duct tape instead of masking tape").
As the wife of a preacher, she has a unique vantage point from which to view her local congregation ("...the divorced and dying. Grumpy and grateful. They have been blessed beyond measure; they have survived astonishing loss. They come because they always have. They come because they never have").
There are humorous observations ("We know the verse that reads 'The first will be last, and the last first,' but we race each other to the front of the potluck line and never notice the irony"). There are also glimpses into the more difficult side of a preacher's life; the seven-day-a-week demands of his congregation, the psychological stress of easing other people's burdens, burnout.Read more ›
I'm neither an expert reviewer nor reader, but in one phrase, it's "Bombeck meets Buechner" :)
No one who has these thoughts is alone; however, they are the thoughts we don't like to admit having- the ones that fester within us and make us bitter and resentful. While we wait for the next part of our lives (which will surely be better than whatever we're living now), we miss out on what the present has to offer. With humor and honesty, Eileen lets us have a glimpse into the waiting places she has lived in. Whether waiting for her grandmother to take her next turn in Scrabble, waiting for an important letter to arrive in the mail, or waiting for her newborn baby to either live or die, Eileen ultimately reconciles herself to waiting, and not only to waiting, but to learning how to "live life deliberately" while caught up in the waiting place.
Chock full of humorous, beautiful, and often heartbreaking stories, The Waiting Place is a book that will never get dusty on your bookshelf; you will read it again and again.
We all spend precious time just waiting. We wait in traffic, grocery store lines, and carpool circles. We wait to grow up, for true love, and for our children to be born. We even wait to die. But amazing things can happen if we open our eyes in The Waiting Place and peer into its dusty corners. Sometimes relationships are built, faith is discovered, dreams are (slowly) realized, and our hearts are expanded."
This book was amazing. It was beautifully written and poignant. Each chapter could stand on it's own but yet they all weave together. I savored each chapter and was blessed. I have been in "the waiting place" recently and reading this book was as a balm for my soul. I felt as if I could begin to see what beauty could be found in the waiting places I've been.
I plan to buy this book for some of my friends and family. I am so glad that I got to review this book. I cannot say enough good things about it. Read it. You won't regret it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish I had a chapter of this book for each day of the year. The waiting moments in the book felt personal as if I was experiencing it with her. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scutt
This book succinctly explores how we handle "the waiting places" of our life's. So ear to relate to the examples and our journey with God.Published 2 months ago by mollie24
I laughed and cried throughout Eileen's waiting places. I'm not sure how I came across this book, nor did I realize she lived so close to my hometown. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christina Law
I love this book. I truly resonated with so much of what Eileen Button wrote. An inspiration, a treasure and a gift indeed.Published 10 months ago by Linda
This book makes you think everytime your standing in a line, or waiting for anything really! I am very fortunate to have Eileen Button as my professor for communications class. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Bonnie
Wonderful book. Took me from grins to smiles to laughter to tears and back again. I bought several to share with friends, who also loved it.Published on June 5, 2013 by Linda Hamelin
Did you think you have waited for so long? Well, think again. Read Eileen Button's book about how life's little delay's could be spent on to something of value. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by zoan721
"The Waiting Place" by Eileen Button is a collection of autobiographical essays summing up the thoughts she wrestled with in the waiting places of her life. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by Janet Reeves