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I m not much for Christian memoir but Emery s Year Without the Internet was right up my alley Emery is an ngaging and transparent writer and her journey from internet addiction into silence and peace was fascinating DNF seem to be doing a lot of that lately Not what I was xpecting at least within the pages I read Was hoping for a stronger mphasis on the author s disconnection from the internet but it was primarily focused around random details of her life in general within her year offline I also found the writer yblog yrun on style type writing somewhat annoying seemed kind of contrivedA sentence that stood out to me after skipping ahead to the last few pages was this I didn t know how much hunger I was keeping numbed by speed and noise p 233 If of the rest of the book was based around this type of internet distancing discussion the likeliness of having read it in it s ntirety would have increased I guess you can find some good advises in this book but in overall it s boring It took me a long time to finish a short book because I had no desire to go
back to it Maybe it s better if you are a person I tell to it Maybe it s better if you are a religious person I tell that I think performance anxiety is lifting because I have stopped tracking my life in a way that is intended to be public I think I suddenly feel relaxed because I just
stopped trying to live very moment of my life worth to satisfy an audience This book was a wonderful trying to live very moment of my life worth to satisfy an audience This book was a wonderful of a year without any lectronic communicationthe Internet It s inspired my own logging off of FBInsta for a couple months I found Esther s blog through Twitter back around 2013 which is sort of funny given that this is a book about the year just a few preceding then that she fasted from the internet completely I m thankful that she ventually returned after that year because I remember loving her blog posts and finding them to be moving and resonant articulations of an authentic poetic Christian life Given how impressed I was with her writing back then I remember being xcited to discover she d published a book and ventually found a copy being sold pretty cheap online post read I d imagine she d appreciate my thriftiness and side ye my dependence This is a well done memoir certainly Esther is vulnerable and introspective her life is compelling A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, enough to followspecially given the hook of it being a year without internet and she is an undeniably gorgeous writer who shares poetic and thoughtful insights without The Shadow Reader ever bogging the reader down She is true to the life she leads and in that way covers just aboutverything that happens within that year camping Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies excursions with her family a relative stopping by for dinner a few cross country and one international trips her neighbor s yard sale visits at her newfound church time spent reading a book or making a soup or playing with her children Given the nat. Esther Emery was a successful playwright and theater director wife and mother and loving it all until suddenly she wasn’t When a personal and professional crisis of spectacularxtent leaves her reeling Esther is left mpty alone in her marriage and grasping for identity that does not define itself by busyness and a breakneck pace of life Something had to be doneWhat Falls from the Sky is Esther’s fiercely honest piercingly poetic account of a year with. .
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Ure of the year it feels significant to mphasize the life one lives apart from our technology as if to say See a person still has plenty of stuff to do and while there are times where these descriptions are undergirded with thoughtful musings there are definitely moments where it can feel pretty naval gazing and tip from the sacred ordinary to the blandly average Alongside the holistic The Power Of A Choice everything belongsdeserves to be included approach the themes of the book can feel somewhat disjointed It s about giving up the internet andxploring the subversive radical implications of that
But it s also about rediscovering silence and both finding and following Godit s also about rediscovering silence and both finding and following God there this was what drew me to purchase the book and I do wish there d been a bit xplicit focus and articulation there But it s also about the loneliness of life in the digital ra or parenting of marriage on the rocks of recovery and maybe the connections we make when we unplug And then it s about family the legacies we re left with the ways we heal from our histories and recapitulate our fates Sort of like real life it s about so much and not always in clear or clean ways which is bonus points for authenticity but can leave the reader feeling a bit underwhelmed I guess However that s not how I felt when I turned the final page instead I felt content and satisfied and thankful to Esther for letting me in for the year I loved this book I started it a few hours before we lost internet cable and phone service due to a broken modem After the initial panic of not being able to search the web call a friend or watch tv I sat down to lose myself in this book Giving up the internet is something I think of often I am acutely aware of how much time I lose surfing the web for hours not to mention the cost of internet and cell phone service It is inspiring to find someone who was as addicted as I who was able to turn off and tune in to a deeper relationship with family and God Well done This book spoke right to my soul Esther Emery is honest She is honest with us and honest with herself She writes beautifully She made me think February is traditionally a great reading month for me This book is already in the running for best of the year I feel lighter and grateful after reading this book It was lovely coming back to this book very night before I went to bed This is a perfect right before bed book 5 stars Giving up social media for a month or a short season is one thing All internet and internet related conveniences for a year That s an ntirely different sort of fast This is The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right exactly what Esther Emery does no internet no cell phones no debit cards for anntire yearWhen I first read the synopsis for What Falls from the Sky I wondered what kind of year long Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling experiment memoir this would be I should have known better Emery s honest writing and keen observa. Out Internet 365 days away from the good the bad and the ugly of our digital lives in one woman’s desperate attempt at a reset Esther faces her addiction tolectronica her illusion of self importance and her longing to return to simpler days but then the unexpected happens Her Monsieur Pain experiment in analog is hijacked by a spiritual awakening and Esther finds herself suddenly inexplicably drawn to the faith she had rejected for so longUltimately Esther’s unplug. Tions on life made this much less anxperiment in living without internet an I was wary of this book being that it was published by a Christian imprint and marketed as a Christian book And with God in the title I thought there was good chance it would be heavy on the religion And that s really not my bag But I ve been following Esther Emery and her family on YouTube as they lived in their yurt and built their house and I knew that her religious life really never crept into those videos I ve watched some of her videos on her personal channel and read some posts on her website so I knew that Christianity important to her For whatever reasons
#I D THAT HER HUSBAND #d suspected that her husband supportive but maybe wasn t all that interested it was always a little unclear and maybe still is Anyway my point is that I trusted Esther I trusted that ven though this book was marketed Christian that she wasn t going to get preachy I trusted that she knew how to talk to people that ither aren t that interested in religion or are or less uite against it I trusted that she was going to simply tell her story and she really is a great storyteller I was very impressed with this book though not surprised since I ve come to know what an open person Esther can be She did an xcellent job of sharing a part of her story She really bares some intimate stuff I m not talking scandalous I m talking deeply personal feelings thoughts internal struggles These are the things that make me love reading memoirs Her metaphors are fantastic I have never cried so many times while reading one book I really wish it was longer I would have loved to read Keep writing EstherIt bums me out that this book appears to be a Christian book because I think that a wider audience would really njoy it and would likely have no problem with anything in this book relating to her personal xperiences with religion and ChristianityI gave it 4 stars because there was only a little room for improvement There were a few sections where I found myself disoriented not knowing who or what Esther was referring to for several sentences or paragraphs but this was rare Emery really did go completely off line for a year and this book is her story I got very attached to her and I ve been missing her since I finished the book It has stayed with me and is making me rethink my own computerphone dependence There are so many nuances to our technology dependence I hadn t thought of like using a debit cardWhat I njoyed most about the book was being inside Esther s head as she Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. ended her career andmbarked upon detaching from the Internet It s fascinating to think about how much brain space and time is spent churning through the multi tasking world we live in and how much
WE COULD BE FILLING IT WITH PERHAPS WORTHIER ENDEAVORScould be filling it with perhaps worthier ndeavors loved following Esther s personal and spiritual growth. Ged pilgrimage brings her to a place where she finally finds the peace and the God who created it she has been searching for all along What Falls from the Sky offers a path for you to do the same For all the ways the Internet makes you feel nriched and depleted genuinely connected and wildly insufficient What Falls from the Sky reveals a new way to look up from your screens and live with palms wide open in a world brimming with the good gifts of God.