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The book that changed everything

The book that changed everything

An awakening like no other.

This all started with a book my girlfriend was reading. Actually, I had just told her (we were actually texting because who talks on the phone anymore) that she had to read the book I was finishing. She replied to my text with a picture of a page in the book she was reading at that very moment. So, I enlarged the picture of the text so that I could actually read it since I’m now at a point where I can’t see a thing without my readers on. As I read the page via text message I wanted to be done with my book and read hers. I had asked her if once she finished the book if I could borrow it to read. Of course, she said “absolutely!”

Well, the following day I was still thinking about that book and wanting to get my hands on it. In my mind, I just kept telling myself to be patient she will be finished any day and I’ll be able to read the book. I think it was the third or fourth day of being patient and I couldn’t wait another minute.

Where does one turn when they want something fast, at a good price without leaving the comforts of home, Amazon. It’s my favorite place to turn when I’m needing basically anything I feel I can get a great price on, better yet, have it shipped to my door. Done and done. Sitting at my desk I type in the name of the book into the search field and there it is, “Carry on Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton.”

Desperately wanting to know more about the book, I read the description and immediately without any hesitation, clicked on the Buy Now button to drop ship me that book. I notice this same author just released a new book and coincidentally it’s an Oprah Book Club pick. Hmm, I’ll read that one too. But I wanted to read Carry on Warrior first. Once again I’m back to patiently waiting.

Exactly two days later guess who is at my door? UPS with a little brown box! Calmly I waited until the driver was just about back in the UPS truck, then I opened the door. I hadn’t showered in two days, still had on my pajamas along with my favorite wrap since it’s beginning to get chilly outside. Call it preseason hibernation.

As soon as I started reading her dedication in the front of the book I was hooked. To me, her writing feels as though I’m reading a letter from a close friend that I’ve know forever. Only this story is one I have never heard before. Addiction, honesty, struggle, love, forgiveness and God. I literally couldn’t put this book down. As I continued reading I couldn’t help finding myself in her story, literally. As though I was in her world watching intently on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t get enough of it.

The book took me two days to read. After finishing her story, I felt like I needed a strong espresso and slap in the face. I was in a drunken state of reflection. A reflection of my story, my life’s choices and what brought me to where I am today. Looking back it’s perfectly clear to me it was Gods’ grace that walked me through my life. A book like this can really change a person’s life. I could feel inspiration warming my soul with each page I turned. This was exactly what I needed just when I needed it.

What does that mean for me? I’m really not sure yet but I do know that I’m ready to find out.

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