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What Falls from the Sky Hardcover – 12 Jan 2017
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You've never read a book like this one: frankly self-deprecating, boldly complex, intense, joyfully honest, devastatingly beautiful, heartbreakingly funny. What Falls from the Sky is about so much more than one woman's year without the Internet; it's about marriage and choices, faith and rest, community and family, grief and hope, food and dirt---all the things that make our lives worth living. It is impossible to live an unexamined life with Esther as your friend. She is completely herself, and so her story sings of freedom within the silence and even within the noise. - Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith I tore through this book like the pages were on fire. Esther Emery's courageous, gritty, and self-aware experiment with fasting from the Internet is nothing less than a freedom song. This book is a must-read for anyone who has struggled with finding connection and meaning in a world where communication is reduced to texts, pixels, and emojis. Esther's story will provide fresh perspective and inspiration. - Elizabeth Esther, author of Girl at the End of the World and Spiritual Sobriety Esther Emery makes me believe in a different kind of world: where the table, not the screen, has primacy of place; where people change; where silence unfurls---and God still speaks. I'm grateful for that world and the Christ who makes it possible. - Jen Pollock Michel, author of Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith; and Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home What Falls from the Sky is a keenly observed exploration of life on the other side of blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. Emery's rich self-awareness and observation of the world harmonize masterfully, and this debut is rich with wit, irony, and grace. A year richly lived, this is a book to be savored. - Preston Yancey, author of Out of the House of Bread: Satisfying Your Hunger for God with the Spiritual Disciplines What started for Esther as an experiment of whittling down turned into a journey of abundance. I was riveted from the first page, and when I reached the last, I felt I had gained a new friend. Profound and gentle, compelling and engaging, Esther's story will spur you on to love and live better. -Amy Boucher Pye, author of Finding Myself in Britain In this remarkable debut, Esther puts hard stop to the chaos of the Internet and lets the waters settle enough to peer into her own soul. And by showing us, unflinchingly, what she finds there, she gives us the courage to get quiet, get attentive, and listen to our own lives. - Addie Zierman, author of When We Were on Fire and Night Driving Esther Emery's What Falls from the Sky is a joyful pilgrimage into the heart of what matters in a complex and connected world. With wit and wisdom, she takes us on a wholehearted journey of an embodied faith: a faith where heart and hands, mind and body matter equally and the truth of Scripture is confirmed in the truth of the earth. What Falls from the Sky is not to be missed. - Christina Crook, author of The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World
About the Author
Esther Emery used to direct stage plays in Southern California. But that was a long time ago. Now she lives with her husband and three children off the grid in a yurt, tending to three acres in the foothills of Idaho's Rocky Mountains. She writes about faith and trying to live a fearless, free life at www.estheremery.com. Website: http://www.estheremery.com
Top Customer Reviews
Full Review: Every now and again there comes a memoir so insightful and beautiful you wish you could press it into the hands of everyone you know and say, ‘Eat this. It will nourish you.’ This, and more, is What Falls from the Sky.
Right now, Esther lives on her own land in an mountain in the US, drinking her own goats’ milk, and using a bicycle-powered washing machine. But a decade ago she was a very different person – a workaholic successful theatre director, surrounded by people. This story is how, after a personal crisis, in a new place with no friends, she took a year off the internet (not just social media, but no email, not even using credit cards), and in the solitude reconnected with herself, the natural world, and God.
Like Wild or Glass Castle, Esther has a dry wit, immaculate storytelling with lean and elegant prose, and I often found myself oscillating between laughing aloud and wiping tears from my eyes. It is a gripping read, and I gobbled it up in two days.
Read it for the insights into the impact of the social media revolution, the split between Generation X and Y, the spiritual value of silence, what the mess of love and forgiveness looks like in practice, and the understated, beautiful love story that is interwoven throughout.
I have a photo of myself as a sobbing mess at the end of the book, because it moved me so much. Buy it immediately – I would put good money on it being the best memoir you’ve read for a very long time. Highly recommended
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I never write reviews for any books, but I just had to write something for this one. Except for sleeping and going to work I read this book in one sitting, and it's so beautiful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lisa Marie Antonsen Hop
Before I started reading 'What Falls from the Sky' I was expecting it to be the account of Esther's year without the internet. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs. Jm Swinney
What a great way to hear so many things I didn't know I needed to hear! I am fortunate enough to call Esther my friend, which makes this story all the more special. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LuvBugErin