I took a break from informational reading and read this sweet little book, which was recommended by an acquaintance.
The Quilt by T. Davis Bunn is an older book (1993) and surprisingly short. I didn’t realize how short it was and actually finished it in about an hour and a half!
The story centers around an elderly lady named Mary, who has severe arthritis in her hands, but believes the Lord has told her to make one last quilt before she dies.
Her family and neighbors think she has gone a little crazy, and offer to help her, without realizing that that was her plan along.
Mary “accepts” their help but with one serious stipulation. They can only help her if they agree to…
Well, I won’t give it away. But the result is a subtle yet powerful reminder of an important principle that can be life-changing if we apply it to our daily lives.
I did feel that the book ended a bit too abruptly, without tying up all of the loose ends, at least in my mind. I felt the concept could have been developed a bit more, but it was a short story.
However, I would definitely recommend this for anyone who is looking for a simple and nostalgic story that will gently convict and remind you of several important truths. The writing style drew me in immediately and the story had me in tears more than once. I was reminded often throughout the book of both of my grandmothers, who are now in Heaven, and who loved to quilt.
It’s the perfect book to pick up on a gray, drizzly day, when you have a couple of hours to curl up in a cozy chair with a hot drink. You can finish it in one sitting and be refreshed and inspired when you put it down.
I will close with a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Son, let me tell you a little secret I’ve learned in these long years of mine. Tomorrow never comes. You either have it today, or you don’t.”
“And I saw how all the things that I worried about were shadows that kept me from seeing what I really needed to do…”
“The quilt was a picture and a story. It was a testimony to a time when pressures did not cry out for urgent things to be constantly tended to, when the world had not created a thousand different temptations pulling free time into a myriad of mindless activities. It told of values and patience and timeless meanings. It drew the person in. It spoke of comfort and rest.”
I hope you enjoyed this review. If you have read this book, comment below and tell me your thoughts!
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