We will officially start June’s book next week since, well, it isn’t June. But if you’re on the fence about joining the book club (and the way you join is super easy: you get the book and read along with us, commenting as you’re comfortable), I want to give you the nudge that says do it!
Our next book is Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan and here is the over reading plan:
June 2 — Chapters 1-7
June 9 — Chapters 8-14
June 16 — Chapters 15-20
June 23 — Chapters 21-25
As a brief review, here’s what the book is about: “Carolyn Jourdan, an attorney on Capitol Hill, thought she had it made. But when her mother has a heart attack, she returns home—to the Tennessee mountains, where her father is a country doctor and her mother works as his receptionist. Jourdan offers to fill in for her mother until she gets better. But days turn into weeks as she trades her suits for scrubs and finds herself following hazmat regulations for cleaning up bodily fluids; maintaining composure when confronted with a splinter the size of a steak knife; and tending to the loquacious Miss Hiawatha, whose daily doctor visits are never billed. Most important, though, she comes to understand what her caring and patient father means to her close-knit community. With great humor and great tenderness, Heart in the Right Place shows that some of our biggest heroes are the ones living right beside us.”
Last week I was sharing about our book club on my blog and who should leave a comment? Carolyn Jourdan! I was stunned and excited. I’d love to know how she found out about us, wouldn’t you? The internet is still a great mystery at times. Anyway, I haven’t contacted her yet, but since she reached out to us, I thought we’d reach out to her and see if we could get her to pop in to the book club. Stay tuned.
In the prologue, Carolyn shares when she was a child her dad showed her an x-ray of a girl whose heart was backwards in her chest.
Thirty years later, the image still haunted me.
What point was God trying to make with the little girl’s life?
He’d been more merciful with me. Despite my early fears that my destiny was to spend my entire life as an utterly powerless witness to one medical disaster after another, I’d eventually grown up and landed a good job in a city far from the mountains of East Tennessee, neatly sidestepping my role as spectator to any more catastrophes. Or so I’d thought.
Look back to your childhood and where you thought (or feared) you’d end up. If you juxtapose it with where you are now, how close are the two images? How are they similar? How do the differ.
A few weeks ago I was having lunch with a woman from church as a thank you for coaching a young man on public speaking. She asked how I’d gotten into speaking and I said I knew I’d either be in politics or a teacher and both needed public speaking ability. In High School, since my singing career was about maxed out (not pity party, reality party), I switched from taking choir to taking forensics (not the CSI kind, the cool kind). Thanks to Mr. Shepherd and the other delightful mis-fits in my class, the official training began.
In asking more questions she found out my career aspirations in the third grade was to be the president of the United States. She said she’d never actually met anyone who wanted to be the president. What?! Doesn’t every American secretly yearn to be the president? I can see given the career choice/calling why she might have been confused. I had let the whole “become president” thing die since I don’t have tons of money or connections and I knew the amount of time in China, of all places, doing what we do, kind of sealed the deal too.
How about you? What conversations or events stand out from your childhood? How did they prepare you? Or did they propel you toward something different? Isn’t it fun to look back and see God at work where we might not have noticed before?
You know what I’m going to say … see you in the comments!
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