Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Will the real Becky Miller please stand up?

Song Stuck on the Brain: "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond.

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That would be little Donny. I just got the OsmondMania cd and it has all their families biggest hits. I bought it because I wanted the song "Crazy Horses" done by the Osmond Brothers, but it's got a lot of great songs. Puppy Love wasn't particularly one of my fav's, but I have an old tape around somewhere of Angel singing it. She's like 11. It's hysterical, she was SOOO in love with Donny Osmond.

So anyway...

I finished reading The Secret Life of Becky Miller by Sharon Hink over the weekend. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I did by the time I flipped the last page.

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The book, much like the Danny Kaye Movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", features Becky Miller, a stay at home Christian mom of three who dreams of doing 'Big things for God'. Each chapter starts out with her latest day dream of being a super hero, spy, famous dancer, feeder of the poor or celebrated worship singer. Her life however seems dull and useless in comparison to her dreams and the plans she makes for her life. With every failed plan, Becky searches for God's purpose, all while busily making plan B - or F, G, or H.

At first, the book kind of annoyed me. Becky was a little too intense and driven and maybe even a little whiney. But I stuck with it, and was impressed by the insight and depth the author was able to bring into the story. It was along about the time that Becky was reaching her rock bottom, that it dawned on me why this character bugged me.

She IS me.

Doggone it if I didn't suddenly see myself so much clearer. I can't say it was a pleasant discovery. I'm not completely anal, but I will admit to being pretty driven. I'm a great cheerleader of those around me, but will flog myself mercilessly for failing at a self appointed goal. If I do fail? Well, on to a new plan. I will succeed somehow.

That was Becky. She (and I) tended to forget that some times you have to 'let go and let God'. That not all plans are meant to be and 'Big things for God' can be small things in our own eyes.

What started out as a ho-hum book in my mind, turned out to be a great read.

Maybe it's time to re-evaluate my plans...

1 comment:

chubby-girl said...

Puppy Love? Oh, dear. I read a book that sounds somewhat similar called Confessions of a Super Mom or something like that.