Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Georgia on Her Mind is a totally inspirational title. Not the title itself, but the story behind it. I love it when a book makes me sigh at the end and say to myself, "Now THAT was a great story." Georgia on Her Mind made me do just that.
I did get a bit frustrated with Macy a few times, but she just did what most of us do...ask for advice and then do something different anyway. And the appearances thing really rang true for me. I'd climbed the government ladder to become the youngest supervisor for the State at 28 (in my division) only to decide to spend more time with my family and less time at work when I was 30, so that year I felt like I'd taken a zillion steps back in my career. But I'm still glad I listened to God. The joy we find in life is not measured by our status or the value of our possessions. To me, Georgia on Her Mind is a fantastic illustration of that lesson.
Not only was this story laugh-out-loud funny in many places, but I found it quite touching and insightful as well. Sometimes God hooks us up with the most unlikely people that we would never choose to be friends with. Then we find out the person is searching for Him. How exciting it is to lead someone to Christ. It's one of the most satisfying things in a Christian's life, to know that they introduced someone to a peace that surpasses all understanding, to mind-boggling joy and agape love.
That's what Georgia on Her Mind did for me. It made me want to love people enough to take the time for them and truly listen to what they are saying so I can be sensitive to what God wants me to do. Of all of the chick lit I've read in the past few years I think this has impacted me the most spiritually. I highly recommend this debut novel!
Georgia on Her Mind was published by Steeple Hill and released in August 2006.