Today I spent about an hour in Barnes and Noble consistently reading titles and back covers in search of my next read. I wanted one of three options: novel based in Mississippi (not dramatic, romantic, or depressing), homemaker, or series. For just about that whole hour, all I saw were drama-filled, sin-induced, death/divorce, or self-help how-to books. None of which I wanted. I was determined to leave with a book though, and the Lord knew. We entered the children's section, where many a great book has come from in our home. It didn't take long before I noticed this lone beauty wedged between a hundred other books.
I decided pretty quickly that this was the book I was going to take home with me. After the decision had been made, I then realized it was not only one of a series of two books, but most importantly, I realized it was written by the lead singer of one of my all time favorite bands in which I used to adore and now just love that I used to love them - does that make sense? The Decemberists. Like I said, the Lord knew. He knew what I needed and he provided above and beyond. I'm about to start reading it.
Another note: I did finish Plain and Simple today. It was a great book. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it was definitely a pleasant read that I truly enjoyed. It made me realize I am more like the Amish than I would have ever expected, and reminded me I am very much disconnected from this world (which I usually only realize when I go shopping). Also, I wish I quilted.