“Found” review

Found coverFound:
A Story of Questions,
Grace & Everyday Prayer

By Micha Boyett
Worthy Publishing
01 April 2014

Found is split into eight basic parts, plus a forward by Ann Voskamp, a preface, and an afterward. The eight parts are separated into different prayers. For example: Part 1 Vigils, Midnight; Part 4 Terce, Midmorning prayer; Part 7 Vespers Evening prayers; etc. Micha (pronounced “MY-cah”) Boyett’s inspiration is Kathleen Norris’s The Cloister Walk, and it shows in her writing. Boyett begins her story—written in present tense, which is something I always advise against—in “Late November, Friday before Advent” in San Francisco and ends it two or three years later in late June in Austin, Texas.

I started this book and wanted to like this author, and I think that if we knew each other in real life, we might be friends or at least friendly. At its most basic, Found is about a woman who, after having a child, loses the contemplative prayer time she set aside for herself. I am interested in how people incorporate prayer into their daily lives (or how they don’t), but I wasn’t prepared for the amount of sheer “my life now revolves around my kid”-ness. I don’t like kids; I certainly don’t want any; and I didn’t realize how parent/child-focused this book would be when I first picked it up. Now, after rereading the book’s back cover and the book description, I don’t know why I didn’t expect said parent/child focus, but for some reason I didn’t. With that in mind, I’m mentioning it here so that people who want/like kids can find something useful or inspiring in this book, and so that people who don’t want/like kids can successfully avoid it.

Something I did like about Boyett’s journey was that she tried every day to bring the god of Abraham into her life, with varying degrees of success. She grappled with her faith, consciously choosing to believe. That’s the kind of faith I can support. Good on her. As Esther de Waal said, “There must be time to work, time to study, and time to pray.”

DISCLAIMER: I received Found free from Worthy Publishing for this review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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