25,000 Mornings, by Fay Rowe
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/WestBow Press in exchange for an honest review.]
This book promises ancient wisdom for contemporary life, and while this book does not precisely deliver on that promise, it is an enjoyable book for a certain type of reader. If you like reading short reflections on a wide variety of subjects, from someone who is open about what she likes to read, what she has written, and what she likes watching on television, who has thoughtful reflections on culture and society and can engage in discussions on Bible passages, this is a book that is easy to like. There are some people who will likely find this book to be a bit lightweight, but given how popular devotionals of this kind are , it is likely that most readers will be appreciative. Even for more serious readers, this book will likely elicit smiles at the heartfelt sincerity of the author and her candor in sharing her thoughts and reflections about fairly mundane experiences and observations. This sort of candor is to be praised, as there would be few blogs if there were not people like the author who read and wrote and who fed their skills of reflection with observation of the world around them.
The contents of this book are nothing that should tax any reader. As an e-book, it is hard to gather exactly how many pages the book is, but it is of fairly modest length, likely around a couple hundred pages or so, and contains dozens, if not a hundred, meditations on subjects. From the reading it is clear that she carries on the same thought for several entries–as this reads like a very simple sort of series of blog entries of several hundred words in length. The subject matter of these reflections ranges from culture to biblical matters to the author’s own life experience. The author likes books, and frequently mentions and comments upon insights she gained from some book or another, which is an admirable quality that ought to please the authors she is writing about, and it is also clear from the material that the author enjoys being a part of writing circles and is close with fellow writers and thinks not only about life but about the art of writing. This book is tailor made to appeal to a particular sort of reader–someone who enjoys reading contemporary books on practical Christianity, likely female, who also fancies herself a writer. It is the sort of book that would irritate someone who had no interest in books but is not written by someone who is a deep theologian.
Nevertheless, be that as it may, even if it is a bit of a minor work, it is the sort of book that anyone should be proud of writing. It is even of a sufficiently polished nature that it is somewhat surprising to be found in a self-publishing house. This is the sort of book that could easily be published by a mainstream Christian publisher, given its similarity to many other books and its friendly and conversational tone. It is clear that the author is someone who is used to writing books and has a good sense for how to write something that others will enjoy reading. Given the large number of self-published books that are not a pleasure to read, it is to be appreciated when someone writes enjoyably and competently. In fact, although I know nothing of the author’s work except what she writes about in this book, which is quite a lot, this is the sort of author I would enjoy reading more of. There is not much more I can ask of an author than to write something that makes me want to read more from them.
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