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On Getting Out of Bed: The Burden & Gift of Living, by Alan Noble

On Getting Out of Bed: The Burden and Gift of Living

Intervarsity Press, 2023, 120 pp.

This book is for anyone who–or anyone who knows anyone who–has ever been brought low by the weight of life in a fallen world.

Perhaps you’ve seen books that said:

  • Your depression is your own fault.
  • You just need to get over it.
  • You’ve no excuse to feel down; other people have it worse than you.

This is not that book.

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Hope in the Ruins: This Very Tree, a Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth, by Sean Rubin

Yesterday the sight of Rubin’s picture book, leaning against my desk amongst its assorted fellows, occasioned me some chagrin. I had checked it out from the library weeks (months?) ago, intending to compose a collective review of books about distinguished trees.

That article is still waiting to be written, and only yesterday did it occur to me that a solo review of This Very Tree would be well suited to the twenty-second anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Alas, it was rather late in the day to compose a  thoughtful review.

But it comes to me that the day after might be just as appropriate. After all, author-illustrator Rubin offers a chronicle of regrowth and persistence that picks up after the events of 9/11. It’s a story about carrying on in the wake of disaster.

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