Sage Brushings: I Paint With Words

Leona introduces this new book with the words, “I hope that when I grow up, I can be a sage!” She doesn't claim to be a sage in any prideful sense. Nevertheless, at least by virtue of calendar age and experiences into her nineties, she shares with readers spiritual and practical wisdom that she has offers on her popular blog site leonachoy.blogspot.com. Wisdom has been her ever-increasing, energetic pursuit.

The short, pithy topics the author writes run the gamut of everyday life encounters and her reflections on them from a Christian worldview, often with a dash of humor.

Leona unpacks the meaning of the book's title. It is a play on words and sets the stage for what the reader can expect. The content of this book is not about the common sagebrush shrub one finds chiefly in semi-arid regions of our country. The characteristics of the plant do, however, provide the author with analogies for the Christian life. The sage plant from which we obtain the seasoning used in our Thanksgiving day turkey and stuffing preparation is not the same plant as sagebrush, but likewise provides her with an analogy. In the brushing aspect Leona alludes to how she uniquely presents her material: whereas an artist uses a brush to paint masterpieces, her brush strokes are that she “paints with words.”

Her verbal brush strokes are her choice of precisely the appropriate sensory words, the format of her sentences and paragraphs, her artful perceptions, and the way her prose is almost indistinguishable from her contemporary poetry. She uses poetic devices for both.

Sample her well-seasoned thoughts at random and discover for yourself meaningful wisdom to reflect upon.

See COMBO SPECIALS for two of Leona's related new books: the one reviewed here and SELAH: Push the PAUSE Button.