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There are several services out there that allows one to get books, read them and review them. I personally subscribe to Booksneeze which sends one book at a time that I can review in a truthful and honest manner. If I hated the book, I am free to say so.

This time around I choose 7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas. I enjoy biographical stories and thought this grouping would be interesting.

Image from Goodreads.com

Image from Goodreads.com

Things did not go off to a good start as the author started down the road of what makes a good man in his forward. He pulled out the chestnut of how men  are being redefine and it is so difficult to know. This offends my sensibilities because being a good man should not be that difficult.

The men chosen are George Washington, William Wiberforce, Eric Liddell, Deitrich Bonhofer, Jackie Robinson, Chuck Colson and Pope John Paul 2.

Once I got into the stories of these men’s lives, the book became increasingly interesting. He details the simple things that make them great, the small actions that almost seemed to count more than the large actions. In Colson’s case, one could say he was a great man for his prison ministries. But Metaxas argues that it was his decision to repent that was the greatest action of his life.

The highest compliment I can give any book is to state if I would read it again. And I have to say I would because I thought these biographies were compelling and interesting. Once I find the book in my messy stack again, I would like to re-read the portion about Wilberforce and his fight against the slave trade or Washington’s speech that made people love him.

Now you may notice that the title says “Giveaway” in it. And the truth is I will send out this book to someone who says they want it. But first you have to place in the comment section the names of a man who has achieved a level of greatness in your eyes. I will make a random selection from there and contact the winner. But you have to hurry. You have only until June 28th to name your man of greatness. Good luck!

Priceless Gifts

Recently, I was sent The Waiting Place by Eileen Button from Booksneeze.com to review. I  received only the book and was asked to give a review – be it bad or good.

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I raced through it.

I found myself wanting to read more but there are only so many essays. Button writes about that sometimes wonderful, sometimes awful place in our lives when waiting is the only thing we can do. She talks about  sitting while her mother gives her the daily hair-do, waiting with her dad while fishing, waiting with a sick child in the hospital, waiting out a spouse’s depression.

What makes it interesting to me is that Button is the wife of a pastor.  But she never takes the road of suddenly opening the bible during a bad time and magically finding the answer. She looks to prayer and scripture for solace, for strength.

Her faith is challenged by various situations. And yet she sees hope, the blessings that happen in these situations. Sometimes, you have to listen for God’s word and the only time you do is when you are forced to stop and wait.

Each of these essays are a gem that you want to read again. Each one teaches without being outright preachy. That is why, according to Elizabeth Berg, The Waiting Place is “a box of literary bonbons.”