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A Collection of Wednesdays

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A Collection of Wednesdays
by Amy Gaither Hayes

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"To see life through the passionate eyes of Amy Gaither Hayes is to be touched by one whose heart is attuned to the voice and spirit of the Almighty."

Wednesday mornings were a sacred space for the author to ponder and contemplate the often random bits and pieces of her life. She was intentional about spending time in solitude and quietness and the end result was A Collection of Wednesdays. Her highly personal insights into the Creator’s heart and ways are poignant, yet provocative; they are simple, yet profound!

Through story, poetry, and song lyrics, Amy interweaves moments of reflection with outbursts of laughter. You will be stirred to set aside a consistent quiet time with the great “I AM.” Your soul will be warmed and your smile stretched as you read and reflect.

I was drawn to her words, not necessarily because of her parent’s name and legacy, but because Amy reveals authentic and transparent Spirit-given truths in her musings. Her chapter titles: calling, passion, rest, church, and music amongst others offer fresh, uplifting glimpses of how our souls are put together.

My favorite Amy quotes on:

Music ---- “My mother says that music is often how people can hear truth when other paths are closed - sort of a new way in ... Donna Schaper says that music, for many people, is the ladder to God. Perhaps that's why it was important for me to discover what my music is . . . ‘God has given me a new song,’ Scripture says, and I strain to catch the notes that He sings for my ear only . . .”

Belief ---- “Mystery is reality. Car headlights illuminate only the road directly in front of me, a limitation that doesn’t prevent me from driving all the way home. I am becoming more and more comfortable with my lack of certainty and vision, which means I’m becoming either lazier or more childlike.”

Wisdom --- “. . . In short, they have developed a sense of balance, which might be the best definition of wisdom. All things in balance is the opposite of the bloated excess that is foolishness.”

A Collection of Wednesdays is much more than a daily devotional book. Much more than a celebrity’s wacked-out opinion on anything and everything. To see life through the passionate eyes of Amy Gaither Hayes is to be touched by one whose heart is attuned to the voice and spirit of the Almighty.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.