I love to read, and discussing a book with other people adds to the enjoyment of it! From time to time as I finish a book, I’ll post a few thoughts about it. I’d love to hear your comments!
I just recently finished a book called The Secret Life of Becky Miller by Sharon Hinck. I had never heard of it or her, but came across it while browsing at the local Christian bookstore.
Each chapter starts with Becky in an imaginary scenario that has something to do with that chapter (think “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”). Becky is a Christian mom of three children who coordinates the women’s ministries at her church and wants to do “Big Things for God.”
There are a couple of reactions early in the book that I felt were a little immature — but that’s part of what this book is about: maturing into trusting God to accomplish things His way rather than getting upset with Him when things don’t go the way we think they should.
In one of my favorite parts, she was describing having one fussy daughter begging for a cookie before dinner, falling over a toy in the floor, picking up a crying baby from his nap, smelling the soup getting scorched on the stove, hearing the phone ring, and becoming aware that the baby needed a diaper change, and she said, “Motherhood is all about triage.” That cracked me up — it’s so true.
This book really brought back the angst of those early days with young children, feeling pulled in all sorts of directions and trying to figure out how to keep it all together, trying to figure out how to serve God, and learning to wait and let Him lead rather than trying to forge ahead and “make it happen.” Sharon conveys it all with warmth and humor. Often as I read, I thought, “Yes! I felt just that way!”