We all have that one book that just stands out from the rest. Today, I’m sharing my choice.
The hidden years.
That’s how I referred to them.
And we’re not talking only two or three years either.
More like decades.
Most of the time it didn’t bother me much. I was too busy looking after little kids, cleaning up messes, and trying to make sense of the trials that kept coming our way.
But sometimes….sometimes I felt so hidden that I was afraid I’d disappear altogether.
And that was when I’d whisper to my husband, “I almost wish someone would pinch me. Just so I could be sure I’m not as invisible as I feel.”
He never fully understood what I meant by this, but knew it was his cue to simply hold me. To assure me that I meant the world to him and our family. And that what I was doing actually mattered.
But still, it was hard—harder than I thought I could bear at times.
To make it even harder, the popular message was that I should be out there doing Big Things. I should be making a mark for myself. That I should be both seen and heard. Maybe I was misreading it, but if I wasn’t “seen” then it was doubtful whether I was really living at all.
So what does that mean if you happen to be the invisible woman?
That’s the question I asked myself.
And maybe it’s the question you’re asking now too.
If so, then there’s a new book coming out I can’t wait to tell you about. It’s a book I’ve read and re-read twice already. If you saw my copy, you’d see it’s full of highlighter marks, underlined passages, and post-it notes.
The book is Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed written by my dear friend, Sara Hagerty.
And if I had to pick only one new book to read this year, this is the book I’d choose.
Why? Because it’s so encouraging, so beautiful, and so rich with truth.
Unseen is the kind of book that opens your eyes and changes your perspective. Makes everything look different somehow, even though nothing changes around you. It’s that kind of book.
-Katie Davis Majors, Author of “Kisses from Katie” and “Daring to Hope”
Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed is available—>HERE
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