Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Book Review: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Enjoyment Rating: *****
Source: Kindle for iPad
This book would be rated: R for language and mature themes
Last Sunday, it was time for church and I was reading Tiny Beautiful Things. I didn't want to quit reading, but I sighed, tucked my phone in my purse, and headed out the door. But the draw of the book was too strong, and I ended up reading 75 pages during sacrament meeting. I felt like I learned at least as much about how to be a good, loving person from Strayed (okay, about 100 times more from Strayed) than I did from the speakers at church. Tiny Beautiful Things is the compilation of some of Strayed's best "Dear Sugar" columns for therumpus.net, where she gives people advice on marriage, adultery, families, and all sorts of sticky situations. I find that the advice, although profane, is completely wonderful, wise advice. She calls it like it is, and she does it with grace and humanity. It's the kind of book that I want to come back to at times when I feel that I have lost my way.