HOLDING ON LOOSELY

by
DANA KNOX WRIGHT
Genre: Narrative Nonfiction / Memoir / Self Help
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son / Clovercroft Publishing
Date of Publication: August 24, 2021
Number of Pages: 208 pages
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Helicopter parents. Control freaks. Perfectionists. Intolerants. Over-consumers. Social media junkies. We all fit in there somewhere. Read one woman’s stories of clinging, turning loose, and becoming free.

We are overly busy helicopter parents, control freaks, perfectionists, intolerants, over-consumers and social media junkies–who worry, fear, laugh less, and always want more. In the midst of it, we wonder what it would feel like to open our hands and turn loose of all of it.

In HOLDING ON LOOSELY: Opening My Hands, Lightening My Load, and Seeing Something Else, author Dana Knox Wright tells stories of one who is hardwired to cling. To her children when they asked for a blessing to go. To someone else’s ideas, when she didn’t trust her own. She held on to prejudice when she would tell you she didn’t. She shut down for days while clinging to fear. She clung to youthfulness as if what would come next couldn’t be her life’s cherry on top.

In a particular season of her life, she recognized her bent to possess, to keep, to hold tightly, and to control was completely contrary to Jesus’ example. This is one woman’s history of holding on and her stories of turning loose–stories of the gentle and firm, humorous and heartbreaking ways God led her to turn loose. It is living minimally from the inside out.

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I think that I am a better person now for having read, and related to, Wright and her latest novel.  Wait- I said that wrong. I didn’t just relate, I melded into it, it was as though she was telling me her stories, but they were my stories.  I kept asking the question “how does she know this?”  

Written with authentic awe and wonder, Holding On Loosely contains the stories of personal growth, gratitude, pain, and life in all of its magnificent glory.  Sounds hokey but it isn’t.  It is real and trust me you will feel what she feels because you too have stories just like these.  I wanted to cry with her in the story of the little boy, Benson on the plane, for there is little greater sadness than a young child who has lost their Daddy.  I wanted to shout yippee and claim Wright a hero when on the train she realized that a family from the Middle East held so much in common with her that she could not possibly have any prejudices against them.  Wright described motherhood in perfect wording that combined the joy, fear, and anxiety a mother experiences simply because she is now a mother.  

I kept thinking, how did this brilliant novel come out of a small Texas town the same year Texas is becoming known for the actions of so many less than brilliant people, Wright’s level of insight and clarity is amazing.  She opened her hand to opportunities, she chose to live completely, or as Brene Brown would say “wholeheartedly”.  I do know that Wright has written one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I do know that she is capable of great depth, vulnerability, and sensitivity.  I also know that she has a true gift for storytelling.  

As I read, I marked up her book.  I underlined, I shared quotes from it with friends and I decided that I too could combat gravity and opt to move, to live life fully, now, grabbing hold of every bit of the good and grand while letting myself even feel sad because if she can do it from a little town in Texas than by God I can do it from a big town in Texas.  So the best recommendation I can give is that the book changed me, touched me and I doubt I will forget it.  To use her words to make my point: ”God’s steadfastness is in the ink in every line of our stories.”

Dana Knox Wright began letting go of fear at fifty. It’s the decade where, in an odd twist, Sandra Bullock asked for her autograph—the decade she began hiking to places with seriously wild animals, rafting in crazy rivers and eating wild blackberries with only mild concern rabid foxes eat from the plants, too. After a long career in radio voiceover, she found a passion for spreading goodness and living to the full. She has offered readers encouragement, hope and sisterhood for almost ten years through her essays published on her blog. Dana holds a degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and is the author of Saving Stories: Afternoons with Darrell (2017). She is the mother of three adult children and three grandchildren and currently lives in a small river town in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and an English Mastiff named Pearl.

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  1. Julia I can’t thank you enough for your beautiful review of my book. It is a writer’s hope to make a connection through all the words. I’m so thankful we are now connected in this way. ❤️

    With gladness,
    Dana

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