A Book and a Birthday

Confession: my blogging time has slipped away today because I’ve been caught up in a new book given to me by my sweet friend Megan.  And speaking of Megan, today is her birthday!! 

I love Megan for many reasons—she is an incredibly understanding, encouraging friend.  Whenever I walk into her house, even with two little babies running around, I am refreshed, encouraged, and full of peace.  She is inviting, compassionate, and incredibly thoughtful.  She’s also a fabulous mom!  As the first one of my friends to venture into baby land, I was blown away by what a natural she is—she’s an amazing mother—one I deeply admire and aspire to emulate one day!  So happy, happy birthday sweet Megan!

Once again, I digress…the book I can’t put down is called Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequist.  It’s a collection of stories and memoirs that reflect both the bitter and the sweet.  I wrote about it an earlier post here

Bittersweet, she says, is “the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a sliver of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoicing is no less rich when it contains a splinter of sadness…sweet is nice enough, but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity.  Bittersweet is courageous, gutsy, and earthy.”

I’m not that far along to give my full review, or even talk about how I can relate to it, but let’s just say, I’m loving it.  Isn’t it great when a book sweeps you away?

What book has taken you away recently?