Monday, May 10, 2010

book review: "God never blinks" by regina brett

When I first saw “God Never Blinks” by Regina Brett in the store, I thought it would be about how to deal with waiting on God – what to do when things don’t go as you plan. However, that’s not what this book is about. Brett was diagnosed with cancer when she was forty-one and the experience has taught her to say exactly what she’s thinking – not holding anything back. She came up with fifty life lessons she’s gleaned over her fifty-three years of life and those comprise the book. Some of the lessons are things most of us already know. For example, paying off your credit card each month. One lesson, as an aspiring writer, stood out to me. Lesson 18: A writer is someone who writes. If you want to be a writer, write. She talks about how there’s not a perfect formula to becoming a writer. How you can’t wait for everything to fall into place before deciding to pursue writing. It happens word by word, line by line. If you don’t know where to start, start somewhere.

This was an interesting book. I don’t agree with everything Brett talks about but she makes some good points about enjoying life to the fullest. I think my favorite lesson is Lesson 19: It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else. She lists things to do to re-connect with the kid in us; things that revolve around enjoying the simple things. Things such as going on a scavenger hunt, catching fireflies, flying a kite or drawing with sidewalk chalk. We only have one chance at life so we need to savor every second.

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