(Wonderstruck) PDF/EPUB ✓ Margaret Feinberg
characters WonderstruckS is xactly the sort of thing that some people want out of their books Aha At last A foolproof way to of their books Aha At last A foolproof way to happy And I applaud those people on finding their perfect match or what seems like a perfect match until reality hits home Darnit Life doesn t fit into a formula I can t be happy all the time and that s okay Here is the real sad fact as far as I m concerned Wonderstruck is a how to book with memoiristic overtones It is not literary nonfiction I recognize and honor the painful nature of the vents Feinberg shares in Wonderstruck I do not in any way wish to discount the validity of
"her suffering in "suffering In ways this book is the flipside of a coin or another facet of the prism that has inspired books like Terry Tempest Williams Refuge The products are completely different and it just so happens I m drawn towards the reflective and less towards the didactic Which book would I pick to give to a friend facing cancer If I didn t feel like the offering would be offensive ie You obviously need help This book will help fix you and if I could offer it in the right spirit ie I speak book and I love you I would pick Refuge very time This book marks a departure from Feinberg s arlier Scouting the Divine a book which now I feel I ought to revisit in order to remember the ualities which I first njoyed about her writing I do not dislike Wonderstruck and perhaps one day I ll find that having a formula to fall back on will be helpful but for now I m still hunting for that something lse that rare voice that is unafraid and unapologetic about all facets of life that old soul who avoids the saccharine siren call of the
artificially upbeat that Christian underground that loves God and suffers all at the same time andupbeat that Christian underground that loves God and suffers all at the same time and beautiful and lyrical literary nonfiction in the processNOTES This is not to say that other American Christians aren t writing nonfiction or that memoir isn t nonfiction or ven that American Christians who are writing literary nonfiction and aren t household names aren t successful in some way or shape or form My conception of literary nonfiction does not Baroque Personae exclude memoir from the pantheon of great writing but is simply one way of describing the nature and content of some books I tend to like My conception of success in writing does however necessitate that the average book browser will find the book in uestion outside of a Christian bookstore Hate on me all you like but I firmly believe that Christian bookstoresven so than non religiously affiliated bookstores have created a self policing atmosphere that represses original thinking and promotes formulaic or insubstantial writing I remember being told multiple times in college by close friends that my faith was in uestion This was news to me given that of all the things I ve lost or failed at in my life my assurance of God s sovereignty has never been one of them I have discovered that it is acceptable within the world of American cultural Christianity to be confe. A baby and smell the sweet scent of new life when you can't help but smile as you witness two wrinkled souls renew their vows to Democratic Art each other Such moments remind us we were made for something than deadlines and debt carpools and coffee breaks Yet despite such wondrous moments we can still find ourselves going through the motions of faithWhether you'reA long time follower of Jesus or still figuring Him outUnemployed overlymployed or an Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? entrepreneurA creator innovator or conformistGrumpybullient grey haired or bed headAn average Joe or have a gym membership but never goA sup. This book spoke to me on many levels The chapter on prayer was specially meaningful and I am going to try her three word prayers this Lenten season I am hoping to get some members of my Bible study to join me in this form of giving up prayer for Lent Margaret Feinberg is a phenomenal writer and I ve loved ach of her books that I ve read Her writings draw me closer to knowing God in Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group each of her books that I ve read writings draw me closer to knowing God in intimate way Wonderstruck does just that My senses are heightened to recognizing God s glory and soaking in moments that in the past I would have pushed aside I highly recommend I love the word Wonderstruck and I love the idea of living wonderstruck to the workings of God In fact I made it my word for the year This book was nice and it had some nice ideas and suggestions to it In fact that is the word that describes how it was for me Nice I always appreciate someone who is willing to open their life to mespecially in writing But nothing rang the bell of awakening in me or left me wonderstruck I feel a certain affinity for Feinberg as an author because she is one of the few Christian authors out there who is successfully writing nonfiction and I mean literary nonfiction in America right now No doubt I am also Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust emotionally attached because she spoke at my alma mater several times I think and at my parents church in Colorado and both times she broke the formula that so often turns me off of religious assemblies Years ago my parents sent me a copy of Scouting the Divine a book which features wine and walking and sheep all of which I am fond of When I heard Feinberg was coming out with another book a fact which was hard to miss since my Twitter Pinterest and other feeds were completely swamped with promotional articles reviews uotes mentions and so on I felt compelled to pick up a copy I wasven interested after a gchat conversation with a friend of mine abroad a friend who happens to struggle with cultural Christianity as much or than I do When I mentioned the book she wrote back with a uote from a book blurb Wonderstruck is a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers climb out of bed and drink in the fullness of life citing such upbeat language as a guaranteed turn off I was and remain curious as to why it is so unusual perhaps Conscience and Memory even unacceptable to be honest about suffering in the Church I m talking about style and voice as much as content I have now read Wonderstruck Iven bought a copy because I have developed a bad habit of writing in the margins of books And yes I can confirm that Feinberg falls into many of the same ruts though I wince at the word that I find a lot of inspirational speakers do and many if not most Christian nonfiction writers do This book describes a moment of Feinberg s life that was unmitigatedly painful So far so good But it Pansy Vol. 6 ends with a thirty day challenge andach challenge is spelled out for the reader on how to re ignite one s ability to Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods experience wonder and joy in life You can imagine that thi. Let's be honest it's far tooasy to go through day to day life without a sense of the mystery the marvel or the awe of God's presence Have you Elizabeth I ever felt your relationship with God isn't as vibrant as you want it to be Have youver felt like God seemed far away Education in a New Society even in the midst of devotions prayer and churchWe Were Created for WonderYou were created and designed toxperience wonder Woven into the fabric of our humanity is an innate ability and desire for the wonder of God It's felt in the moments when you watch the sun melt behind the horizon when you reach out to cradle. Ssional to pour out one s deepest and darkest struggles but only if framed as Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education either Part One of a beautiful recovery story or if framed as I need help right now There is little room but perhaps a growing niche for the Christian writer to reflect on so called dark subject matter outside of this formula 45 starsGod shows himself in myriad ways beauty serendipity shock awe conversationven in the contrast between His own holiness and our tendency toward sin But are we awake Do we notice Should weThrough plumbing the depths of xperiences from her own life Margaret Feinberg invites us to reflect on mis shapenness in our own lives Are we harboring bitterness too How is our prayer life reallyIn a day when many Christian writers care mainly for their ideas Margaret obviously cares for her craft which I find incredibly refreshing I specially loved the way book The Baby Swap Miracle elicited anasy flowing attitude of prayer and reflection like freely wandering the garden with God rather than feeling like a note taking student The very first vening I found myself differently responding to my own memories and observations captured by the wonder that would normally pass me byI specially love the way Margaret sets life contemplations on a firm respect for who God has revealed himself to be in the Scriptures and in creation She xperiences life just as we her readers do shares
"deeply from her "from her and shepherds us toward the Father as she struggles to hold tight to Him herself Martin Luther once said that We are all mere beggars showing other beggars where to find bread For me Margaret s writing xemplifies the spirit of humility and the spirit of showing inherent in this uoteMore specifics about the book itselfWhile I both njoyed and was moved by Wonderstruck I might have had my xpectations a little out of place regarding how awed I would feel in the reading of it Other than the initial chapters rather than leaving me feeling awed it left me ready to be awed Which is truly fantastic but not what I was Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation expecting I think reading the book slowly and with a group might have changed thisxperience a littleThat being said there is a special section provided Gender Justice expressly for this purpose The first chapter of the Bonus Tracks Thirty Days of Wonder A Challenge to Experience God More gives small do ablexercises that provide us a way to act toward the thing we wish to be awake to God s toward the thing we wish to be awake to God s you Generations and Collective Memory enjoy reflective writing and going along on the author s journey this book is for you The language is lovely and you ll find yourself gasping and laughing aloud I suspect this book would be best read with others who sincerely want of God s wonder in their lives Discussion and practicing would be most accessible in that contextIf on the other hand you prefer theological treatise to the contemplative style this may not be the book for you A thoroughlynjoyable read I will soon re read with a group 45 starsWho doesn t need to be alive to the nearness of God. Erhero of any ra supermom superdad super grand super great grand or don't feel particularly super at allNo matter who you are or where you've been if you've lived a life where you've seen it all done it all or feel like you're past it all God still longs to take your breath awayIsaiah 294 records God's desire for you Therefore once I will astound these people with wonder upon wonderDo you see itGod is busting at the seams to display His glory power and might in your life And He wants to give you the greatest gift of all HimselfYet why do we pass by the wonder of God unaware. .