The Waiting Place
A collection of essays describing the beauty and humor that can be found in what often feels like a most useless state-The Waiting Place. We all spend precious time just waiting. We wait in traffic, grocery store lines, and...
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A collection of essays describing the beauty and humor that can be found in what often feels like a most useless state-The Waiting Place.
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.
With humor and heart-breaking candor, Eileen Button breathes life into stagnant and, at times, difficult spaces. Throughout this collection of essays she contends that The Waiting Place can be a most miraculous place-a place where beauty can be experienced, the sacred can be realized, and God can be found working in the midst of it all.
Includes stories on waiting for: the day to enda place called homethe fish to bitea baby's healingchurch to be overa husband's returnchildren to growa mother's acceptancea loved one to die
As Eileen says, "To wait is human. To find life in The Waiting Place, divine."
Some of the most priceless gifts can be discovered while waiting for something else.
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 while we work hard at this business of living, life can sometimes feel like one long, boring meeting. Even today, with instant gratification at our techno-laced fingertips, we can?t escape the waiting place. Somehow, in between our texting and tweeting and living and dying, we end up there again and again.
In the voice of an old friend or a wise-cracking sister, Eileen Button takes us back to the days of curling irons and camping trips, first loves and final goodbyes, big dreams and bigger reality checks. With heart-breaking candor she calls us to celebrate the tension between what we hope for tomorrow and what we live with today.
Chock-full of humor and poignant insights, these stories will make you laugh and cry. They'll challenge you to enjoy?or at least endure?the now. As Eileen has learned, ?To wait is human. To find life in the waiting place, divine.?
Come discover miracles in the mundane. Come celebrate life in The Waiting Place.
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.