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This Blessed Mess

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2000

    Living the 'chaotic' life? You're not alone.

    This book was given to me as an early Christmas gift. An autographed copy, my parents met Ms. Livingston at a recent conference. She's as genuine and beautiful in person as she is in this book. Living among the 'chaos' of raising a family, I could identify with much of what she said. I felt her joy, pain, sorrow, and excitement as she described what it's like living in the real world - as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and dear friend. And I learned how most definitely 'creation' can come from 'chaos.' A book I couldn't put down - I read it in one afternoon/evening. I could read it again today. Thanks to my parents for the gift of the book; thanks to Ms. Livingston for the gift of her words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2000

    Picking Up The Pieces

    Whose life doesn't have some disasters? Somemessy stuff? As I read Pat Livingston's bookI found myself looking at the hurricanes andstorms in my own life too: deaths, othersdoing things I wish they didn't, etc. WhatPatricia Livingston's book did for me is tosee the positive in the negative and laugh.She must have begun by hearing about 'ChaosTheory' from scientists when talking aboutstorms and earthquakes and floods and the'messes' and disasters that one hears on theevening news and applied that theory to herown heart and home. She takes complicated'Chaos Theory' and makes it real for givinglight to life's everyday messes: a divorce, aflooded kitchen, the painter painting herapartment khaki instead of white, getting tothe plane on time and dealing with flightdelays, her dad's advancing Alzheimer'sdisease and then death and then her mom'sdeath, etc.It's good autobiograhy; it's goodspirituality; it's a great read.

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