Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Reading List: Cold Tangerines



I just finished another good book! Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist is a very cute little book : ) This is her first book...hopefully first of many! One (of the many) things I really liked about this book was that it is a collection of "short stories" I guess you could say, which makes it easy to read at work. The book is basically a reflection of the author's life experiences. It made sound a little boring, but it's not. The way she recounts her experiences are not only funny, but personal, making her easy to relate to. SO many of her stories made me feel like "Wow, she feels like that too!?" With this book it seems she opens up her heart to her readers allowing them to see her flaws, in turn saying "It's okay to not be perfect."

She demonstrates her love for God, family, her friends, and just life in general all throughout this book. Each of her stories have something to teach about life. I felt such a sense of being understood when I read her stories because I felt like she was saying the words that I am thinking but couldn't articulate. Every story I read inspired me to want to be a better person and to pay more attention to details in life. She reminded me of how much life you can miss out on when you just get too far deep into the everyday "routine" of life and forget to appreciate the little things...which I often do : ( This time in my life was a perfect time for me to read this book. Since Mikey lost his job, I have been working so much that I have just been focused on sleeping before the next shift and not much else, missing so many opportunites I had to do other things! EVERYday is a gift from God and we should cherish that. In this book, Shauna Niequist has encouraged me to be thankful for everyday I have! Even on the days I have to work, I should be thankful for the opportunity I had to get an education, to have a job, and be thankful that I have this chance to serve others.

Okay, I feel like I'm getting all deep and preachy and stuff, ha! My point is...this is a great book. It's inspiring, encouraging, and always offers me a little bit of hope with every experience the author shares.It's a book of simple reading that can be read quickly or over a long period of time. I definitely recommend it : ) Her next book is due to release this fall and I can't wait!