my first (official) book review: whirlybirds and ordinary times

*Full Disclosure: The author of this book is a co-writer on this blog and the reviewer is her best friend. But, we’re both really good at what we do, so who cares?

My first Amazon review, despite having read many, many books and having many, many opinions:

Whirlybirds and Ordinary Times: Reflections on Faith and the Changing of Seasons, by Katie Savage

perfect for believers, non-believers, and anyone in-between

Let me begin by labeling myself as agnostic, at best, and certainly not a believer in any one religion. I do this because it seems books always need to be categorized, and, in this case, reviewers may need to be, too. For reference, some of my recent good-reads have been Spiritual Envy, Mindfulness in Plain English, and A Monk in the World.

However, I appreciate any book on pretty much any topic, as long as the author is thoughtful, interested, and has command of the classic literary techniques that make for compelling writing. Katie Savage has all of these qualities, plus a great sense of humor for good measure. She has a way, like many popular essayists from E.B. White to Anne Lamott to David Sedaris, to take everyday life, with its quirks, joys, and sorrows, and turn it into a meaningful contemplation. In the end, through her funny stories and laugh-out-loud idiosyncrasies, she’s obviously intelligent and a “deep thinker,” but never condescending or arrogant.

This book would be a great gift for, most obviously, Christians at Christmas. But it is also perfect for anyone going through transition: graduates, new parents, recent transplants to a new area, etc… While obviously written from a young-ish female perspective, the voice welcomes readers of any age or gender. The only person this may not be a fit for is someone looking for a religion-based fight or for tangible explanations to all your spiritual questions. Ms. Savage doesn’t suggest she has many, if any, answers for faith, belief, and religion. (Personally, I find this a refreshing change from books like The Case for Christ or A Purpose-Driven Life.) She instead has lots of questions and hilarious, thoughtful ways to ask them, while re-comitting herself to the faith of her childhood, now grown up.

Especially in a more inter-connected world that begs for understanding and acceptance and instead gets dogma and fundamentalism, this book is a much needed addition to discussions of faith, belief, and inner-peace.

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9 thoughts on “my first (official) book review: whirlybirds and ordinary times

  1. Aww. Good review. I also have never written an Amazon review. Perhaps I will make an exception for this one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Oh, and remember that one time I sent that really long, too-informed, awkward and embarrassing email to you about wanting to be Katie’s friend but struggling with jealousy? Yeah, well. I sort of outed myself on my own blog, and now Katie knows all about that (well, not the email…although I guess she knows about that too now).

    My subtlety could use some work.

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