I recently listened to a podcast where the author Tim Ferris interviewed a philosopher by the name of Alain de Botton. It was incredibly interesting (even more so because I love philosophy) but during the interview there was this theme that kept coming up: the beauty of a normal life.
As a culture, we are drawn to the extraordinary. We want to watch super hero movies because they are so unlike our lives. With big explosions and impossible feats – they let us escape from what is to what could be.
But the philosopher spoke on how those who lived the best lives, lives filled with joy, accomplishment, and excellence – these were lived by men and women who embraced the ordinary.
In the Dailies is exactly this sort of book. With chapter titles like Adventures in Public Restrooms the author has done an excellent job of capturing the beauty of everyday life.
The book reads as short, almost journal-like, chapters recording the authors experiences and thoughts, especially as how they relate to our understanding of God.
I appreciated the authenticity in the book. It never felt forced or dishonest. I felt like I was reading a letter from a friend, or peeking into a good life and by extension, learning to appreciate my own a little more.
There is a profound beauty in the lives we are living right now, and this book can help us see it.
You can find the book here: http://amzn.com/B00PJ95V4C