Well, I have never done a book review on my blog, but I think the book I just finished is review worthy! It is entitled The School of Essential Ingredients and I loved it! A couple of my friends on the Five in a Row boards had said they read it and really liked it and, since I trust my FIAR sisters implicitly, I decided to try it.
To say that this book made me think is an understatement. As I ponder it upon completion, I realize it is a simply complex book. Make sense? I guess what I am trying to say is that it is a book that is simple in its presentation, but is immensely complex in the ideas and thoughts it provokes. Maybe I was just at a place where I really needed to read it, but I have found myself thinking about it off and on all day as I go about my work (which involved cleaning a 6yo boy's room and is a whole 'nother post on its own ;O) ).
It was such a beautiful portrayal of one of my favourite Oswald Chambers quotes which says, "There is always one more thing about someone that you don't know that would make you look at them differently if you did." This is so true and was such a timely reminder as I deal with a couple of situations that make me want to bang my head against the wall! It made me sit back and realize that there is some reason that these people are behaving as they are and...if I take the time to draw it out of them...I may have a greater understanding of what the deeper issues really are!
I rarely have time to just read for pleasure, but I am so thankful I took the time to read this beautiful work of fiction. It is the first fiction work for Erica Bauermeister and I do hope it is not her last!!!