Generally I am a fan of lyrical memoir and lyrical poetry. Give me metaphors and gorgeous descriptions. Give me something to admire in the way words bounce off each other and give me a sense of the glorious art of language.
This is not Becky Galli’s memoir. Rethinking Possible, Rebecca Faye Smith Galli’s memoir, is told in a voice that is hers: direct, focused, prepared, smart, communicative, tough, and with a spark of humor.
Becky’s memoir is a must read. Becky’s memoir touched my heart, and I have a hard time writing about it. It’s not like writing about a beautiful artful book. It’s writing about someone’s heart and soul right out there on paper.
Becky’s memoir will be going to film. I wonder who will play Becky.
Becky is a competitive type-A personality, driven to be perfect and nearly reaching it. But God has other plans for her life than what she has envisioned or set up in her personal PowerPoint presentation (metaphor).
In literature, I have never seen a person’s life so beset by one tragedy after another, except in war literature. And yet Becky was prepared for this—prepared by the best. Her pastor father was a marvelous mentor to other pastors, a newspaper columnist, and a clear thinker. He shielded Becky throughout her upbringing with the strength of his wonderful advice.
That’s why, when I turned the page and encountered a chapter entitled “Farewell to My Father,” I burst completely and utterly into tears. I’m sure the gardener thought I had lost it as he was watching TV nearby.
I could provide you the litany of losses in Becky’s life, but really, what is the point. Please, in this one case at least, take my word for it and read the book.
I travelled through the darkest days with Becky in this book and at the end I am not sad. Amazed, certainly. Gobsmacked, for sure. I am not sad because watching how Becky’s family was transformed has left me in awe of what family is and can be.
I can’t write about this book without tearing up, but I also can’t wait to see that movie when it eventually happens!
39 responses to “How Do I Feel At “The End”?”
Great review, Luanne…
Will be thinking of you and the Gardener this weekend in the heat and hoping you stay cool…
It’s so hot I can’t sleep!
South Carolina is hot – but not THAT hot…thank goodness there’s no global warming. 🙂
Sounds like a book I have to read.
I am so glad I did!
Wow! This must be some book! Your review is fabulous!
Thanks, Kate. The book sure deserves it!
I can’t wait to read this! Thanks for the terrific review, Luanne.
It’s really an amazing story, and Becky did a great job writing it.
Thanks for sharing your reaction to this powerful memoir, Luanne. I’ll add it to my to read list. Such courage and resilience are needed today!
That’s for sure! The book is so inspirational!
I’m too old or I would be perfect!
I love it! Darn it all anyway!
Beautiful review, Luanne. Thank you.
Thanks, John! It’s a book I am so glad I read.
Aw. Luanne, you say the nicest things.
Oh,oh – another book for my ‘Must Read’ list. Your review sold me on it Luanne, thank you!
It is SO worth it! Have a great week!
I put this on my ‘to-read,’ too!
You won’t be disappointed!
A heartfelt review
Thanks so much, Derrick. Tell Jackie to use regular cabbage kimchee when she tries it. Not the daikon variety, although that’s yummy on the side ;)!
It sounds wonderful Luanne, it’s great when a book touches us that way.
I am still thinking about it, Andrea!
Thanks, Benjamin. And thanks for stopping by.
Sounds like an interesting book.
It’s so inspirational, but not in a heavy-handed way, if you know what I mean.
I think I have some Idea.
A fabulously entertaining review, Luanne! 🙂
Thanks, Carol. An amazing story!
What a wonderful review, Luanne. This book has really stayed with you which is a sign of an amazing story xxx
I can’t recommend it enough! Such a compelling story and so inspirational.
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