Thursday, June 23, 2016
Review: I Don't Wait Anymore
While I was reading it, there were a ton of little amazing nuggets that would pop out. Things like:
We don't even know what we're missing by not craving Him as the one thing worth trading everything else for.
Or this great statement:
A blank slate becomes a whole different deal when we realize the pen that's writing this wild and beautiful story is the hand of a God who loves us and is creating a plot with huge payoff at the end.
In I Don't Wait Anymore: Letting Go of Expectations and Grasping God's Adventure For You, Grace Thornton is challenging her readers to find their calling and purpose from God aside from the things that we are taught will make us happy: a great love, wonderful kids, a good job, the perfect home.
She kept waiting for her life to turn out the way she had expected, but kept finding He was taking her in a completely different direction.
This book is a sort-of story, a sort-of devotional, and a sort-of diary. There are blank lines to write your own thoughts at the end of each chapter. Like the one that says:
Describe how in your life, you have either view God as someone you're striving for, or someone you have in your pocket to ride with you through life.
So why am I not jumping head-first on the "I love this book" train?
Well, her writing for one. She is an excellent writer but her words were often a bit twisted and rolling and hard-to-follow. She was telling the story of her own losses, but it was so woven in with her encouragement and findings that I often couldn't tell which was which. I found myself flipping pages to get through sections and knowing that I really wouldn't miss anything that would prevent me from reading.
I wanted more of her story. And then I wanted less of her story. I'm still not sure ...
I do think this is a fantastic book for a young person in your life (16-22). It really reminds young women that love and kids and a family is not what you should be striving for. And like I said, those nuggets she intersperses are really amazing. If it wasn't for the fact that I want to pass the book on, I would have been highlighting all over.
So I conclude this review, still a bit confused as to whether I liked it. I guess I will say this: as a novel, it would not have been my favorite. As a devotional, it hits the mark. The problem is, I'm still not sure what the book is!