Gail Godwin is one of my all time favorite authors. I have all her books in one form or another and she is one of the few authors who I re-read on a rotating basis. The Finishing School is in my top ten favorites. I've had her latest novel, Unfinished Desires for a couple of months but I've been saving it to read. Yesterday, it was time to break it out. I've already been pulled into the story and I'm having to pace my reading because I can tell this is a book I don't want to finish too soon.
In light of some decisions and direction that life is going to take, this prayer at the end of the first chapter resonated with my spirit, "Help me, PLEASE, to listen and hear without making premature judgements. Later You will help me discern between the significant and the interesting. Or the merely diverting. In the meantime, please help me not to be overwhelmed." Having the attention span of a gnat, being taken in by the merely diverting can sometimes be problematic for me. Love the verse in Psalm 119 from The Message Bible, "Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on the pilgrim way."