Do you ever find yourself asking questions like,
Am I the only one?
Why is this happening?
Where are you God?
and saying things like,
Life’s not fair!
Stop the world and I want to get off!
I’m so tired I could lie down and sleep right here in the supermarket pet aisle, snuggled between the dog biscuits and the low odor cat litter, and sleep for a week.
and perhaps you’ve yelled, to no one in particular,
I want three large scoops of mint choc chip ice cream in a waffle cone, with extra sprinkles and chocolate fudge sauce, and I want it NOW!
Or maybe that just me?
Anyway, life’s not always easy is it? And let’s face it people, how often is life a walk in the park? Not often, unless of course, you are actually walking in a park. Sometimes life’s rollercoaster is so wild it leaves you wondering if you remembered to buckled in properly, because gravity seems to have stopped functioning.
At some point I’ve asked each of these questions and yes, I’ve been tempted to sleep in the pet aisle of my local Target, so if you’ve ever whispered anything remotely similar in exhausted frustration, I’m with you. You are not alone.
In a bid to get some answers, find some comfort and navigate my way through the murky waters of life, I’ve accumulated shelves full of books. Some aim to answer a few of my questions, some comfortingly pat me on the shoulder and tell me I’m not crazy or alone, and others give me a lift when I’m dragging.
I thought I’d share some of them with you, in the hope that they do the same for you. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, as there are oodles of books, workshops, conferences and even songs out there that will do the same thing, but these are some of the books I’ve found helpful and others that I’m excited to read.
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Learning to Walk in the Dark Barbara Brown Taylor
Disappointment with God – Questions No One Asks Aloud Philip Yancy
When Faith Gets Shaken – Patrick Regan
It’s Not Fair – Learning to Love the Life You Didn’t Choose Melanie Dale
When the Heart Waits – Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions Sue Monk Kidd
Anchored – Finding Hope in the Unexpected Kayla Aimee
Glitter and Glue Kelly Corrigan
When God Doesn’t Fix It Laura Story
A Blank Journal – for all your ponderings, prayers and passive aggressive rants.
When I’d rather not think about the hard stuff, and would prefer to forget about life for a while, I try to escape into a good novel. When I say “good”, I mean it relatively; in the “Sorry I can’t cook dinner right now, I’m reading” sense and not in the literary classic sense. For example, when I was up for long stretches of the night during chemo I devoured the entire Maze Runner Series by James Dashner.
It’s the usual young adult story. You know the kind of thing; teenagers pitted against an ever-changing deadly maze to save the world from a flesh eating disease that’s ravished most of the planet. It’s now a Hollywood blockbuster, and it was just the escapism I needed at 3am and turned out to be the perfect companion to my pain meds. But each to their own.
Other books I’ve loved in recent months are
Secrets of a Charmed Life – Susan Meissner
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
The Light Between the Oceans M. L. Stedman
Do you like mint choc chip ice cream too?
These are all important and valuable questions.
Happy reading friends.
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