Over the past couple of years I have fallen for memoirs, Id say they are my favorite type of book to read. While I lived in Tuscaloosa I checked out a lot of biographies which turned me on to other people’s life’s. Not necessary about famous people or even peoples name I had heard of. I just found an interest in life that is shared well on pages. On my way to the check out with a stack of these very books in my hands I saw a book that said “Me Talk Pretty Someday” and I loved the title so I added it on top of my pile. Little did I know that David Sedaris would make me laugh so hard or turn me on to the world of memoirs.
Finishing “Heres to Hindsight” by my friend Tara Leigh Cobble, I felt like I knew her worlds more than I did before I picked up the book. Now, I don’t say my friend to drop a name by any means. Its funny how I actually met Tara Leigh… I got a copy of her CD, loved it, shared my love with Carla and then went to a Sandra and Derek show and saw her at a show. We talked a bit, offered her a place to stay that night and kept in contact over email and what knots on the internet. So shes a long distance friend but a friend none the less.
Tara Leigh’s story is a honest one, about the life she has taken on as a musician. It talks about the importance of community (probably my favorite part of the book) in ones life. And of course, about boys and how they leave a mark in one’s life. Between the lines of all of this she talked about the artwork that God used all these different funny to serious things in her life making it to what we know of her today. Tara Leigh is a 20 something but I don’t know if Id think of this as a 20 something sort of book. Sure it talks about college and about big choices in life a 20 something would have to make, but once you move pass that, its just about life. Its about faith and what that means in life. Not life as a general term but the everyday, relationship, good and bad stuff. It didn’t feel like Jesus was being pushed down any reader’s throat but it also didn’t put on a show to make you like what she had to say. Sure she wanted it to sound good so people would read her book, but it wasn’t a forced good. It felt like I was reading one of her blogs and heard her voice in my head as I read her words. I don’t think her voice would of been as present if it didn’t sounds like her on the pages.
Being the part I enjoyed the most in “Heres to Hindsight” was on community I leave you with a quote from the book that I keep reading over and over again, hoping just maybe it will sink a little.
“When I began to realize that maybe this whole notion of “community” wasn’t just about me having friends…maybe it was about them feeling loved too. Maybe that is the way that iron starts to sharpen iron – the initial contact. Maybe I wasn’t just getting a community, but getting an opportunity to serve a community, to love people back, to love them just because they are humans like me, with their own broken hearts and insecurities and fears about the future.” -Tara Leigh Cobble