I selected this book on a whim. I was scrolling through a list of books, trying to decide on a title to read when the subtitle caught my eye:
What Falls From the Sky: How I Disconnected from the Internet and Reconnected with the God Who Made The Clouds
Esther Emery spent an entire year offline. No phone, no computer, no email, no facebook, no blog, no instagram ... nothing to do with the Internet for an entire year.
Could you do it?
I couldn't, but the idea of it is intriguing, so I settled in to read this book one evening and I blazed through it.
I didn't expect the writing to be so descriptive and beautiful. I didn't expect to feel so deeply for Esther and the gut wrenching upheavals that led her to go offline for a year. I loved that she didn't sugarcoat her story; instead she was brutally honest about the job she lost, the strife between her and her husband and how those things affected her life and the choices she made, and eventually led her back to God.
And the background stories that are skillfully woven throughout the book were just as interesting as Esther's reflections on her life.
It was intriguing and sometimes harrowing, to read about what it was like for the Emerys to live in close proximity to a family in crisis, but it was also a good reminder on how to love others well. And the stories about Esther's mother, who was a homesteading back to the land proponent in the 70's, were also fascinating.
Above all else Esther Emery is a good storyteller, and I enjoyed reading about her life and how she came through a time of crisis with her marriage and faith intact.
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