I love to read, I am sure you have caught on to that idea if you have read through any of my previous posts. I read pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I just love me a good story of any type. Once in a while I come across a story that hits me hard and deep. A book I recently read dove deep into what it means to belong and how to be happy where you are.
I recently read Lead Me Home by Amy K. Sorrells. This book walks through two stories of people in a small town that are finding themselves after hardships have made their lives more difficult. Their stories are vastly different but intertwine in some unpredictable ways. Amy Sorrells did a great jobs of developing these characters. Though I have not dealt through the situations these characters are working through I felt I could really understand their struggles. I could identify their fears and adapt them to what I was working through. One underlying issue that I felt when reading this book is that feeling never being enough. In many of my roles in life (wife, mother, child, friend, myself). It is easy to get wrapped up in that downward spiral of what ifs.
Have you ever had those moments where you wanted to just step out of the frustrations you are feeling and start over with something that shows great potential for happiness? I think this a one of the most relate-able ideas. It doesn’t have to be as grand scale as the characters in the book experience but it sometimes can feel just as big. It is in those moments when it is often the hardest to find the good, it is the most imperative that the good is found.
Just yesterday in the midst of warm weather and children wanting to play outside all day long, the threat of rain was coming. We had promised more time outside after nap time, just as we were shuffling the shoes on as quick as we could to get every second before the rain, it started. The rain started with a trickle, I knew the disappointment would be coming quickly so I stood outside under the umbrella in hopes the kids would run while it sprinkled, but this was not something they were used to. I really wanted to give them the time so I ran out into the rain. I took the hand of my four year old and just ran. we ran in the grass and got soaked by the rain but we laughed and laughed. He went down the slide and the little one sat on the swing. We had a great few minutes, moments that would not have happened if we stuck out minds on the coming rain. The threat of something not great coming our way.
This book was a great reminder to look at the beauty of what is right in front of you. If you are looking for inspiration this is a great book to pick up.
I received my copy of Lead Me Home by Amy K. Sorrells from Tyndale Publishing. Thank you Tyndale for providing such a great story and an amazing Author.
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