Each of us plays many roles in life.
Each of our days is filled with many disparate moments.
How do we make sense of all of the moving parts?
How does each unique piece connect with the next to form a unified whole?
These are the questions that Amy Gaither Hayes ponders on Wednesday mornings. She chronicles her discoveries in A Collection of Wednesdays: Creating A Whole From The Parts. This anthology of poetry and essays centers around 14 aspects of Amy’s life. As Amy writes, she begins to see how God weaves together the seemingly random pieces of life into a unique tapestry that is part of a larger picture. She shares her discoveries in the hope that we will take what we need from the book and begin an exploration of our very own.
This is a book I wanted to love. I thought the concept was great – but I walked away with mixed feelings about it. On the positive side, I loved Amy’s eloquent poems and the wonderful quotes she shares throughout the book. Overall, she is a competent essayist.
At the same time, there was an uneven quality to the book that surprised me. Sometimes, I couldn’t wait to quote the author because she shared a brilliant insight. Other times, I found the text dry and my mind wandering. Perhaps this has to do with the personal and topical nature of the book – or, perhaps, certain essays were just more interesting than others.
I think that the right type of person will enjoy this book – but I don’t think it’s for everyone. If you are a creative person of any type – if you enjoy memoirs, essays, or introspective writing of any kind – if you like books that make you think – and if you like poetry – then by all means, get this book! If you prefer books that are written purely for entertainment value – this is probably not your cup of tea.
Three & A Half Out Of Five Stars
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from Zondervan Publishers for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation and was not required to write a positive review.