I normally have several books going at once; and by several I mean three tops. Often one is related to feeding my soul, another will touch on something professional/work related, and the third for relaxation with both fiction and non-fiction falling in the third category. However, some weeks are just one book weeks and this was one of them. Between several urgent work situations, international travel, preparing for and attending a conference, and a family crisis, it was sometimes all I could do to make sure I was falling towards God and not away. In the midst of this, Paul and his letter to the Thessalonians and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson have been what I’ve turned to.

Major Pettigrew has delighted me and proved to be a worthy distraction. Having lived a very controlled and proper life, now in his late 60’s the major (at least at the point of the book I’m at) has started a friendship with the local shop keeper and made other decisions that find him no longer in the controlled and proper life, but smack dab in the messy middle of life. He has a very dry sense of humor and is quick with verbal volleys with Mrs. Ali, the shop keeper. I’ve found myself laughing out loud at gymnastics practice for my niece and wanting to wake the man next to me on the plane to read him a line or phrase I just loved and had to share with someone. I did restrain myself, but it hard when you read something you feel compelled to share!

What have you read recently you wanted to share with someone?