Saturday, June 6, 2015

Open Boxes {A Book Review}

I received a copy of Open Boxes for my review. I received no other compensation for this review and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I was thrilled to recently have the chance to read and review the book Open Boxes by Christine Organ.

Christine is a Mom of two who writes about faith, love, and the human condition.

Before reviewing Open Boxes I was given the following description of the book: 

"Open Boxes is a collection of stories that doesn't just tell readers – but shows readers – how to live fully and connect deeply by reveling in the sacred within our everyday lives."

I was very intrigued and looking forward to a light, chicken-soupy type read.

In one sense, I got exactly what I was looking for, but this book was so much more than that! 

Because it is a collection of short stories, it's perfect bedtime reading material. However, as you read, you get to know and love Christine, and want to know more. I loved the way she told her story in pieces and that it wasn't just a memoir but a series of lessons learned along the way. 

When I began reading and got to the first chapter called Divine Kindness in an Old Navy Parking Lot (and yes, all of the chapter's titles are this amazing!), I knew I wouldn't be putting Open Boxes down any time soon. 

Her outlook on life is so refreshing and just so relatable!

As I was reading I found myself thinking "wow, that is SO true!" over and over and over again. Although the stories are based around Christine's own experiences, I found fragments (at the very least; the Old Navy story is pretty much exactly an experience I had in Walmart not too long ago) of my own life in every single story. 

She begins each chapter with a simple story or experience from her own life and then relates it to the world or human condition.

For example, through snow shovelling and dishwashing she's able to find so much beauty and has so much wisdom. Here is an excerpt from page 46:

There is this natural tendency—one that is fed and fueled
by societal expectations, I suppose—that tells us productivity must
result in a finished product. The end matters more than the means.
These messages begin at a very young age and continue throughout
our lives, with tests scores, final exams, class rankings, job
promotions, salary figures, and bigger homes. The finished result
becomes the measuring stick, not the journey along the way.
We tell ourselves that when such-and-such happens, then
we’ll be happy. When we get married, when we have a baby, when
the kids are in school, when the kids are out of the house, when we
get the job, when we get the promotion, when we are out of debt,
when we buy a house, when we get an agent, when we get
published, when we receive this award, when we land that sales
account, when the dishes are clean . . . then we’ll be happy.

I am so guilty of this! However, nothing needs to be rushed and it's so important to find the sacred in our everyday lives. 

I've been finding life very overwhelming and very mundane all at the same time as of late. Sometimes I feel like I just have way too much on my plate; yet sometimes as a stay-at-home-mom I feel like I don't have much important going on at all.

Open Boxes is such an uplifting read, and this book was perfect and timely for me. 

We're all on our own journeys and the daily tasks of a stay at home mom are NOT mundane. There's always a lesson to be learned or something to be thankful for and Open Boxes has reminded me of that. 

If you are in need of a pick-me-up, I highly recommend this book. The metaphor is just so wonderful and not only will you will find yourself quoting this book over and over again, you'll come away with a new outlook on life knowing your story is so perfect and beautiful. 

Open Boxes is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble


  1. Jennifer,
    I am both humbled and grateful for your review. This is so lovely. I am so glad that parts of the book resonated with you. Making these connections really is the best part of writing. Much love to you...

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my review, Christine! I loved your book.

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