Review of Cultivate by Lara Casey

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Have you ever tried to do it all and kept failing? Or maybe felt like someone else WAS doing it all and doing great at it? Lara Casey addresses these issues and more in her second book, Cultivate. Filled with both lighthearted stories and deep struggles, Casey shows the reader how God was at work in her life through her quick marriage, miscarriage, and now three children– and how she turned from plant-killer into major gardener! She takes stories and examples from her rural/suburban town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and relates them to struggles women face every day– times of waiting, sorrow, making new friends, comparing oneself to others– and doesn’t leave you empty-handed. I was touched, I laughed, I was given hope, and heard some great quotes! My favorites? “Cultivated friendship overlooks your broken fence and admires your garden.” And, “She believed she couldn’t, so He did.”

That last quote turns society’s attitude on it’s head, doesn’t it? It’s not all about us. We’re not naturally equipped. Jesus is. Casey uses no shortage of Scripture as she discusses different “seasons” of life, alluding to Ecclesiastes 3. In addition, the end of the book includes discussion questions– so although I read it on my own, it can also be a tool to dive deep in with your closest friends! (Tip: since some of the questions get close to the heart, I would suggest you gather a small group of people at a time). Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you are willing to grow, learn, and stretch yourself. Plus, who knows? You might even end up wanting to plant a garden. 😉

Have a great day, reader! Keep on smiling!

Smiles,

Tia ;-D

For more on Lara Casey Isaacson herself, click here.

Making Changes

It is always (or often) okay to look back at what you’re doing and decide to make changes to it. So that’s what I am going to be doing to this blog. I am choosing– thanks to some inspiration and suggestions– to write about some of my experiences with epilepsy from my journal excerpts, etc., so this blog is now also going to focus on epilepsy as well. It will remain titled “The Cancer Writer” and the domain name will remain the same as well, but some of the content relating to health may change with this new focus. Epilepsy is a big, undeniable portion  of my life, and even more so than cancer because I no longer have to deal with cancer every day (thanks be to God, of course ;-D ). That being said, I am a little excited to put together an autobiography because I can use journal entries I wrote during turbulent moments and (hopefully) portray those extremely real emotions and unusual experiences AS THEY HAPPENED! And, as I sometimes say, no one can argue with your story. Remember that, reader. I’ll say it again.

No one can argue with your story. Period.

Okay, so, in addition to my fiction manuscript, here comes another endeavor! Here we go! 😀

Thanks for reading!

Smiles,

Tia 😀 — and oh yeah, don’t forget to give thanks to our amazing God and to smile some more today!  😀 ;-D