Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Book Reviews: Captivating and The Middle Place
My review of this book has nothing to do with the authors themselves- they are both strong writers with incredible compassion and understanding for people that shines through every word. However, I just could not connect with the book itself. I'm not sure what is to blame- perhaps because I am only in my 20's and still growing up. Maybe I have not had enough life experience to really grasp the message of this book. Whatever it was, I can say that I enjoyed reading, but struggled to pay close attention.
The main idea of this book is that women are created in God's image, and that means we are beautiful inside and out. The authors encourage readers to look past the fear, failures, disappointments, and heartbreaks to see the beauty that lies within them. It is indeed a strong message that each of us need to hear, and to put into practice. The authors make several strong points throughout the book, it just takes time to dig in and find those truths. Perhaps one day I will sit down and read Captivating over, with a more open heart, and find my life to be touched the same way many readers have.
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This book has been high on my "to read" list forever, but none of my library branches had it in stock. Lucky for me, I picked it up at Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago at a discounted price at $1.50. What a deal!
The Middle Place is full of the ingredients for a perfect memoir- love, tears, honesty, laughter, and authenticity. Kelly Corrigan describes the middle place as the spot between childhood and adulthood. While managing this difficult life transition, Kelly is hit hard with the news that she has breast cancer. She intertwines stories of her childhood with the process of her journey with cancer. Kelly particularly hilights her father, whom she describes as someone who everyone falls in love with. The stories of her dad, nicknamed "Greenie", reminded me of my own father- a strong, compassionate man with a terrific sense of humor. Kelly pours her heart out to us and shares the real struggle of being a mom who is being treated for cancer, and a daughter of an amazing man with bladder cancer.
Although I cannot personally relate to Kelly, I felt as though I was reading a letter from a friend. By the end of the book she came to be a person I admire. I do not know how she got through those months of cancer treatment while rasing toddlers and caring for her aging father. That is true strength! I loved every minute of this book.