Esther Emery was a successful playwright and theater director, wife and mother, and loving it all - until, suddenly, she wasn't. When a personal and professional crisis of spectacular extent leaves her reeling, Esther is left empty, alone in her marriage, and grasping for identity that does not define itself by busyness and a breakneck pace of life.Read more...
Esther Emery was a successful playwright and theater director, wife and mother, and loving it all - until, suddenly, she wasn't. When a personal and professional crisis of spectacular extent leaves her reeling, Esther is left empty, alone in her marriage, and grasping for identity that does not define itself by busyness and a breakneck pace of life. Something had to be done.
What Falls from the Sky is Esther's fiercely honest, piercingly poetic account of a year without Internet - 365 days away from the good, the bad, and the ugly of our digital lives - in one woman's desperate attempt at a reset. Esther faces her addiction to electronica, her illusion of self-importance, and her longing to return to simpler days, but then the unexpected happens. Her experiment in analog is hijacked by a spiritual awakening, and Esther finds herself suddenly, inexplicably drawn to the faith she had rejected for so long.
Ultimately, Esther's unplugged pilgrimage brings her to a place where she finally finds the peace - and the God who created it - she has been searching for all along.
What Falls from the Sky offers a path for you to do the same. For all the ways the Internet makes you feel enriched and depleted, genuinely connected and wildly insufficient, What Falls from the Sky reveals a new way to look up from your screens and live with palms wide open in a world brimming with the good gifts of God.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-11-28
- Reviewer: Staff
In this modern rendition of Henry David Thoreaus Walden, Emery (The Homestead Wife), playwright, theater director, and blogger, abandons the stresses of city life to live in a cabin in the woods for two years. After struggling in a troubled marriage with a world of problems to navigate, she made the decision to simplify her life and return to a more organic way of living by walking away from social media, Google, e-mail, and anything else associated with the Internet. Emery describes how she had to relearn an appreciation for an Internet-free world in which she needs to work a little harder to find information, think a little deeper on issues without the input of those on social media, and reach out a little further to embrace her Christian faith, which had been on the back burner for many years. Emerys difficulties dealing without the Internet will likely resonate more strongly with the millennial generation than with older readers who lived the majority of their lives without computers. However, her drive to simplify her life, get her marriage back on track, and immerse herself more deeply in her faith will strike a chord with any reader feeling the need to disconnect in order to live more wholly. (Dec.)