So when Anna White offered me the opportunity to review an early copy of her new memoir Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith, I was excited.
It didn't take long for me to settle in with my Kindle and a blanket and soak up her stories.
In her first essay "Mended" Anna invited me right in with a few simple words: "I am enough. And so are you."
It's a notion that takes some of us a long time to realize and there, in the first few pages of the book, was a gentle reminder.
Later in "Worn" it was these words that caught my attention:
I write about the same things over and over again. Death. Uncertainty. Fear. Faith. The hard and fierce goodness of life.
"The hard fierce goodness of life"- I love that. And aren't those big, recurring topics for many of us? Death, uncertainty, fear, and faith. While Mended covers these topics, it's also about being a wife and a mother and, simply a person.
She admits that her story "isn't any harder or more dramatic than any of the other millions of hard stories that mothers share." Her stories are relatable because as humans and, further as women, our stories are familiar, almost entwined.
As I read Mended I felt like I understood Anna and, though we've never met, she understood me, too.
She also talks about writing and how, to writers, it is both necessary and difficult, healing and scary.
Anna White has written a memoir that feels honest. I zipped through it quickly because I wanted to keep reading and the essays were short enough to keep lying to myself with "just one more."
Find it on Amazon available in paperback and for Kindle.
P.S. Be sure to stop by this Wednesday to see a wonderstruck interview with Anna!
Now for some great news: Anna has offered one ebook copy of Mended to a Live Wonderstruck reader. She's so generous!
So, if this sounds like your kind of book, leave a comment on this post by midnight Eastern time this Thursday (April 3).
I will use a random number generator to select the winner. Watch Friday's Flecks post for the winner to be announced. Then Anna will be in touch. Good luck!
Want to know more about the book? Here is a trailer of Anna talking about it.
Disclaimer: I received the advanced reader's copy for free from Anna herself (thank you, Anna!). That doesn't affect my actual opinions written here in any way. I wrote what I think.