Book Review | God Never Blinks by Regina Brett
Title: God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours
Author: Regina Brett
Already an internet phenomenon, these wise and insightful lessons by popular newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Regina Brett will make you see the possibilities in your life in a whole new way.
When Regina Brett turned 50, she wrote a column on the 50 lessons life had taught her. She reflected on all she had learned through becoming a single parent, looking for love in all the wrong places, working on her relationship with God, battling cancer and making peace with a difficult childhood. It became one of the most popular columns ever published in the newspaper, and since then the 50 lessons have been emailed to hundreds of thousands of people.
Brett now takes the 50 lessons and expounds on them in essays that are deeply personal. From “Don’t take yourself too seriously-Nobody else does” to “Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift,” these lessons will strike a chord with anyone who has ever gone through tough times–and haven’t we all?
I’m going to be honest. When I agreed to review God Never Blinks, it was largely due to the fact that it was written by Regina Brett, who is something of an icon in Northeast Ohio. After spending about a decade in Akron and following Brett’s work, I was confident that it would be a good read. I didn’t, however, expect that it would be a life-changing book. And yet, it was precisely that.
Brett is a gifted writer who draws on her depth of personal trials and tribulations — nothing insignificant here; single parenthood, alcoholism, breast cancer — to reach out and grab her readers. At times, she grabs them by the shoulders and shakes them; at others, she grabs you by the shoulders and draws you into a comforting and encouraging embrace.
This book is one you will not easily put down before you have reached the end. It is a delightful and heartwarming read, a book that you will relate to on many levels — emotionally, mentally, spiritually. Do not pass up the opportunity to read this book. I promise you, if you only take one lesson from God Never Blinks (which I don’t think is possible), it will be well worth your time and effort.
I have one problem with God Never Blinks: I don’t know who to lend it to first. I think everyone I know should read this book, but I want to make sure I get it back, as it is one that I plan to re-read (and re-read again!), in the hopes of grasping yet another kernel of wisdom and truth from Brett. This book would make a magnificent Mother’s Day (I hope my mother isn’t reading this!) or birthday gift (especially for those celebrating the oft-dreaded milestone birthdays), but it is also perfect for those who are going through difficult times in their lives. Read this book as soon as possible. It will exceed your expectations.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*