This month, my escape was into the land of Kansaska-Nebransas where the Beaumont family is anticipating a 13th birthday. Mibs is about to become a teenager – and in this curious clan, 13 comes with a special, often uncontrollable, always surprising gift – her savvy. The book itself is called Savvy, written by Ingrid Law – and you’ll find it in the Young Reader’s corner of the bookstore. Mibs’ brothers have savvies that cause windstorms and electrical shock. Her grandmother could collect radio waves in jars…and Mibs hopes her new-coming savvy will help her save her father, who’s just been in a terrible auto accident and is now in the hospital.
The plot is a delight – a heart-warming and goofy adventure that unfolds while riding (of all strange things) a pink Bible delivery bus. (Hmm…there’s a metaphor waiting to be found in here, what would say?)
The whole book is a vision seed – and well worth the couple of delightful hours it would take to read. The invitation is to recognize your own savvy, and to live into it, with all its challenges, quirks and possibility.
From the book:
Momma said that lots and lots of ordinary folk have a savvy, but most simply don’t recognize it for what it is. “Some people know they feel different, Mibs,” Momma told me. “But most don’t know quite what makes them that way. One person might make strawberry jam so good that no one can get enough of it. Another might know just the right time to plant corn so that it’s juicy and sweet as sugar on the hottest day of summer…”
Maybe yours is preaching. Maybe you know just the words to say when someone is hurting. Maybe you help your Session make sense of the budget. Maybe you have a light people can see without opening their eyes. Paul said something about this, “there are varieties of gifts…” after all.
Shouldn’t we all live into our Savvy?