The kids are in the back seat squalling; the husband won't wash the dishes or make the bed or put down the toilet seat; the wife, for some unwarranted reason, has Cheerios stuck to her shirt front. This is the stuff that makes us human. As fate would have it, it's also the stuff that makes us worn out, beat down, used up and drained of our God juice. It takes a lot to keep us going through the piddling trials and the tragic happenings of life, as well as the simple determination to embrace life by the seat of the pants. "Espresso for Your Spirit" is a book which reminds us that laughter is a path to healing, and that God is sitting by, watching our progress and shaking His head until we finally wear ourselves out enough to sit back and let Him place us on the right track.
This book is both funny and sensible. Although the book is mainly speaking to the trials and joys of parenting, I myself enjoyed it for the sheer funny aspect. Vredevelt does a tremendous job of shifting gears between the hilarious and the inspirational, providing a daily boost (resembling a good cup of joe) for "pooped-out parents"...as well as anyone that needs to be reminded that not only is our God a God of order, but also of laughter and comfort.
"Espresso for Your Spirit" uses the familiar pleasure of delicious coffee to show how nourishing our God is--His presence as tasteful and savory as a frothy latte or swirly Americano. With anecdotes that move the heart and humor that lifts the spirit, this book swings moods but always places God at the center.
I would recommend this fun book to anyone needing a good laugh, a light read, a morning bounce...but especially the caffeine-deprived.
You can buy this book here or here. (Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)