Generously sprinkled with personal anecdotes and Insights as well as Scriptures, 10 ½ Sketches is delightful and entertaining. Ms. Harris’ writing style is sharp and witty. From “How Not to Kidnap a Cat” to “A Word to the Wise” from “Moving that Dream” to “Promote Yourself” I was entertained with her stories.
As a cat fancier myself, Chapter 1 in particular appealed to me. Never having lived on a farm, however, I learned a few things about my favored felines.
Ms. Harris takes these real-life scenarios and in true parable form, finds truths buried in them. Nuggets of eternity and of our spiritual walk buried right there in ordinary everyday situations and circumstances. She makes her readers laugh at foibles any of us could fall into, and moves us with the depth of the point she is making in any of her tales.
My favorite of her sketches has to be her final one. The part toward the end about the Canadian penny, the confluence of events that led to writing her story. It’s the culmination of her previous Insight, “A dream in the mind is intangible. Steps must be taken for it to become a physical representation. Setting goals and acting on them make a dream come alive.” Or as Scripture says it, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5 and “A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9.
Seems that’s what Ms. Harris’ intent is in all her sketches. To illustrate and demonstrate the plans of the LORD. Right where we are.
I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.
Susan Harris is a dreamer, speaker, and educator. She is a former teacher and transferred those skills from the classroom into organizations. Now she continues to inspire and educate through the medium of formal writing. Creating memories, preserving the past, and learning new things have been her lifelong passions, and her prolific and childlike imagination brings freshness to mundane topics. Susan’s first book is Golden Apples in Silver Settings: Words that have inspired audiences in snowy and sunny lands. Shortly after, her words captured the journey of the retired Canadian penny in two books: Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the life of the Canadian one-cent piece (1858-2013) and Little Copper Pennies for Kids (both published by Borealis Press.) In her most recent book, Remarkably Ordinary: 20 Reflections on Living Intentionally Right Where You Are, she challenges the notion that a person needs bright lights or golden spoons to live more productively. Susan obtained her Bachelor of Science in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and went on to complete a post-graduate Diploma in Education. She earned a Certificate in Theology from the West Indies School of Theology, and a Certificate in Writing from the Institute of Literature in Connecticut. She held the designation of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) in Canada during 2008-2014 and continues to live by its ethics. Born and raised on the beautiful island of Trinidad, she now makes her home on the prairies of Saskatchewan with her husband, daughter, and the gregarious cats.
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