Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Enjoying the Journey, by Jaime Theler & Deborah Talmadge - A Review


I’m such a story-based writer that I usually can’t get involved in a book that doesn’t have a good story line, so I didn’t expect to like Jaime Theler and Deborah Talmadge’s book Enjoying the Journey so much. My husband reads the deep (read: dry) books in our household, and I read the frivolous ones.

Enjoying the Journey isn’t frivolous, but neither did I find it dry. It’s very readable and has plenty of down-to-earth examples and personal anecdotes to hold the interest of readers like me. I love it when Jaime Theler confesses, “I may not be famous or glamorous or possess widely acclaimed skill or talent. I am just a normal, often frazzled, stay-at-home mom, but I am a normal, often frazzled, stay-at-home mom who is the daughter of a Heavenly Father who dearly loves me.” I can identify with that.

The book is laid out in a way that flows from one subject to another in a logical progression that is persuasively positive. The Table of Contents gives good clues to where it takes you, beginning with “Finding the Path” and ending with “Reach for Your Destiny”. Along the way, the book visits “Resolve Your Identity Crisis”, “Clear Away the Clutter,” and “Be Proud of Peculiar”, as well as eight other intriguing chapter titles.

Enjoying the Journey is a book that needs to be read in pieces to allow for pondering in between times. It would be great for a morning devotional, because it will brighten your whole day.

6 comments:

Jaime Theler said...

Thank you so much for the great review, Liz! I try hard to make sure non-fiction does not equal boring.

Christine Thackeray said...

It sounds like a book I probably NEED. Thanks for the review.

Christine Thackeray said...

It sounds like a book I probably NEED. Thanks for the review.

Shirley Bahlmann said...

Loved the review! I like the catchy chapter headings, too. It's a great, cheerful reminder with gentle nudges toward what's important in life.

Josi said...

that's a great review. I bought this a few months ago, but like you I am so story based that I find myself afraid to even try non-fiction, even though the title and cover grabbed me. I think I have what I need to proceed forward now! Thanks

Anna Arnett said...

I hadn't even heard of this book, and now I'm ready to go search it out and read it. I can always use more inspiration and day-brighteners. Thank for the review.