Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family is a book of personal essays describing the author’s experiences as wife, mother, and minister. The subjects are discrete, but since the essays overlap and build, it’s easy to read them like chapters in a novel. The reader certainly becomes well acquainted with the ups and downs of the author’s life.
Katherine dates, marries, gets pregnant, has a child, lactates, has marital troubles and triumphs, and through it all, functions as a minister. Many of the essays weave in a Bible verse or story, which is not treated in an abstract way, but rather as a personal wrestling with the text. In fact, the word “personal” is a key descriptor for this book. The topics are intensely personal. Parts of the essays read like well-written blogposts from someone who is very comfortable sharing intimate details. But the writing goes further than most, wringing truth from the mundanities of life.
Katherine is articulate, and many of her sentences are very beautifully composed. Her writing manages to be both spare and chatty.Â If you have ever wondered what it’s like to a “Reverend Mother” this is an excellent peek into that dual role, which is both challenging and rewarding. I was grateful to sit down with this book and a cup of tea, and I suggest you do the same!
P.S. My apologies to the author for being three months late with this review! Katherine very kindly sent me an early copy because I won the Goodreads giveaway, and I read it in one big gulp right before attending the Festival of Faith & Writing last April. I enjoyed the book very much, but it was a busy time, and I set aside the task of writing a book review until now.