"Away with you, stinking thinking!"
" ...for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..."
The second of those lines is found in the Holy Bible's book of Proverbs. The first is found in Sister Wit by Jacqueline Jakes. The book was gifted to my sister, Alicia of On Story Street, by her pastor's wife, several years ago. It's also one of the books she quickly recommended adding to my review list.
My review list is long and it's taken me a good while to get to it, but now that I finally have, wow! What a blessing it's been to read it!
There are loads of things to love about this book, and one of them is a technical aspect, which is, it comes in bite-sized pieces that can be savored until you have time for another piece.
Divided into small, easily read sections that are (usually) no more than a title, two quotes and about four paragraphs, Sister Wit makes for some easy reading. However, don't go thinkin' short and easy means lacking in impact. This book is skillfully crafted by a woman whose experiences are vast and include going to the edge of death and back. They also include being born into a far-less-than-wealthy southern family, and whose great-grandmama survived slavery, and was a beautiful and influential presence in her childhood.
Jacqueline Jakes says in the introduction that Sister Wit would have never come about if it'd not been suggested by her brother, Bishop T.D. Jakes. He encouraged her to put together her vast array of experiences, one of which was brain cancer, and to share her personal relationship with the source of strength, joy, encouragement, and healing with others.
As a family, their beginnings are humble yet rich. For those who are feeling the call to press past the confines of their physical environments, this book is for you.
For those who are feeling discouraged yet seek to be encouraged, this book is for you, and if life is good and your biggest challenge is what to eat for brekkie, this book is for you too!
Past ourselves, nearly all of us know someone in need of encouragement, and for them, this book makes a great gift. It contains no foul language or adult content and will be easily enjoyed by young adult readers and up.
So, there's a tip for an upcoming stocking stuffer, or birthday or graduation celebration, or just 'cause you care enough to bless and invest in them. ☺
That's it for this one!
God bless you, thanks for the read and please don't forget to thank a veteran at your next opportunity!
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