Monday, July 25, 2011

The Help

I just finished {in a week} The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

it's a simple summer read that you won't even think about putting down unless you absolutely have to.

I found the book beyond inspiring, and it had me putting it down more than once thanking God for this amazingly blessed life I get to live. because can you even imagine being an african american living in jackson, mississippi in 1962? some of the book had me in tears, and some of the book had me smiling so big sonny was wondering what the deal was.

isn't that the point of a good novel?

the past couple of months I've been really {really} thinking about writing a book. like seriously thinking about it. praying about it. did I mention I was serious about this?
it's scary though...because no, I'm not the best writer. shocker I know. and in fact I could list 10 other blogs of women who I think blow the top of of writing.
but I love it.

and that's another point right?

I finished the book and read a little article from the author. she basically tells you that although the book is made up, it's loosely based on her life as a child. and then at the favorite part:

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and creative writing, she moved to NYC, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for 16 years.
She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter.
This is her first novel.

she was an english and creative writing major...I'm an english and creative writing major.
anyone else getting the light bulb going off?

do you ever have those times you feel like God is just sitting next to you yelling: "I can't make this any clearer to you!"

okie dokie Lord. I hear ya.

and did we all catch that this was her first novel?

maybe this book won't inspire you to go write a book. maybe you'll just be so overwhelmed with the 'goodness' through out the book. maybe you'll latch on to Skeeter who's a doll and you wish you could have coffee to talk about what she did. and hopefully, you'll be so overwhelemed with how awesome your own life is you just have to praise God.

be blessed today beautiful!


Gennean said...

Go for it, girl - you can totally write a book! If the Lord has put something on your heart to share with others, do it! He'll provide the tools, the resources, and the words! I've also contemplated writing a book in the future (though I am NO english major, rather a Family & Children's Ministry major), so this encourages me as well! Praying for your passions!

LeAhnna said...

AMAZING book. I think I'll go read it again now. And I've been thinking very seriously about writing a book lately too...I finally started chapter 1 just yesterday. I say go for it! You never know what will happen. :)

life in a nutshell

Kristen said...

I just started The Help today! I've finished the first couple of chapters, and I already think it's fantastic! Can't wait to read some more :-)

Anonymous said...

You can SO do it, girlfriend! Don't be afraid, you are an AMAZING writer! I've always wanted to write a book too. Badly. Someday! But seriously, go for it, no dream is too big! I would be your books #1 fan! I haven't read The Help yet, but all of my friends are, so I guess I will!

Anonymous said...

I haven't read it, but I have heard so many good things about it that I really should. I'm going on vacation soon, maybe I'll put that on my reading list!

You should definitely write a novel if you've been thinking about it!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

ooh i quickly had to skip your post when i saw the book cover because i am currently in the thick of reading the books so i didn't want to ruin for you. but i will be back to give my opinions later! just found your blog!

Annie said...

i loved skeeter. and i loved this book! i'm so excited to see the movie when it comes out.

p.s. regarding writing a book: you should definitely go for it.

annie said...

oh man, the help is one of my favorite books i've read in recent memory (i definitely think it has the potential to become a classic). and i love when i hear about authors who finally took the leap and somehow made it... it reminds me that i can leap, too. you never know how God might use you; you'll never know until you try. so i say, go for it! :)

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