Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author and Photographer: Rebecca Webb Wilson
Publisher: Inspire on Purpose
“Open your mind to the beauty before you in the photographs you see and in the words you read. Open your mind to picturing your life in a new way, one that instills hope regardless of the season of the year or the season of your life,” Rebecca Webb Wilson writes in the introduction of her book, Well Seasoned: Savoring Life’s Lessons.
This one hundred and twenty-eight page square paperback targets those who appreciate viewing beautiful photographs while reading calming reflections of life’s seasons. With over one hundred photographs by the author, her personal journey through the four seasons of a year and life are mingled.
With striking color photographs gracing from one-quarter of a page to eighty percent of two opened pages, all pictures are taken from the author during her travels around the world. After an introduction, chapters are divided into the four annual seasons, starting with summer. Short poems by Mary Oliver are included at the beginning of each season with an overall lesson by the author at the end of each. The final chapter lists each season with questions and areas to write in answers for the reader’s personal journey. The ending offers the author’s biography as well as four full-page photographs with no wording.
From the start, Wilson explains her personal journey through life with summer discussing a childhood of learning to swim, celebrating the fourth of July, having pets and friends, and falling in love for the first time by facing fears. In the time of autumn between ages twenty-one and forty, experiences concentrate on family events and memories while learning to live with changes. By wintertime starting in the fifties, dreams are re-evaluated and altered, grandchildren arrive, and marked differences are established. When spring reappears, it is a time for acceptance of the past, considering new possibilities, and cherishing the days God has given us.
With the eclectic collection of photographs of children playing, young adults marrying, grandchildren running, and the elderly, the book also includes beautiful flowers, animals, and scenery throughout each season along with steeped churches and old weathered barns.
This assortment of pictures with words to ponder would make a nice gift or table top book in a guest room that remind readers to cherish each season of life’s journey.
Thanks to the Bookpleasures and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.