Born to Wander by Michelle Van Loon – BOOK REVIEW

38141069Title: Born to Wander: Recovering the Value of Our Pilgrim Identity
Author: Michelle Van Loon
Publication Date & Publisher: July 3, 2018, Moody Publishers
Genre(s): Christian Living/Practical Life/Personal Growth
Length: 192 pages
ISBN: 13:978-0-80241812-8
My Rating: 4.5/5.0

Description (from Goodreads):

Why are we so restless?

All of us have a little wanderlust—a desire for that next thing, that new place, but this competes with our longings for security, control, and safety. We don’t like how it feels to be unsettled and uprooted. Whether we’re navigating a season of transition, dealing with the fallout of broken relationships, or wrestling with a deep sense of restlessness, we are all experiencing some form of exile. And most of us do whatever we can to numb the feelings of unbelonging, powerlessness, and unsettledness that come with it. But the truth is that exile has a profound purpose if we can just learn to lean in.

Over and over again Scripture tells us that the people of God are exiles and wanderers. And this is good news because exile is what transforms us into pilgrims. In Christ, we are no longer directionless wanderers, but pilgrim followers who have a clear purpose and a secure identity. In Born to Wander, Michelle Van Loon weaves together personal stories and keen insights on the biblical themes of pilgrimage and exile. She will help you embrace your own pilgrim identity and reorient your heart toward the God who leads you home. Engaging and thoughtful, enhanced with practical suggestions, prayers, and questions, Born to Wander will teach how to trust God even when you don’t understand what’s happening around you and follow Him even when it hurts.

If you keep chasing security, you’ll never find it. Embrace the purpose behind the wandering and discover the freedom and safety of resting in God alone.

“Every one of us carries a restlessness that runs as deep as the marrow of our born-again bones. Our relationships shift like tectonic plates. We change jobs. We switch churches. And our culture tells us the cure for our restlessness is to buy a new mattress, a new car, or a new tube of toothpaste.”

My review:

I absolutely loved this book! I basically ended up reading each chapter at least twice because after finishing it the first time, I had to track down my husband so I could read it with him. And if my eldest child was home, then she got to hear it too. I just couldn’t keep it to myself!

I’m the the time of person that can’t seem to stay put for very long. I love road trips, I’ve had about a million different jobs, and although I’ve lived in the same city most of my life, I moved around a lot in my younger years. So, of course, a book titled “Born to Wander” was going to catch my attention!

There’s a major focus in this book on the fact that we aren’t called to be comfortable, to stand still, to settle… We’re called to live a pilgrim’s life. And there’s really only two paths we can take in life…are we wandering TO Jesus? Or AWAY from Him?

There was no fame-and-fortune bait on the hook when Jesus told Peter He’d make him a fisher of men. There was no promise of celebrity when God spoke to Abram and told him to leave the comfort of home and family. Both men’s lives – and the lives of most others highlighted in the Bible – became less comfortable and far more uncertain after God called them.

Lech lecha. Follow me. This is how we learn our true identity.

Every chapter in this book deals with a different topic regarding living in exile or pilgrimage. It caused me to take a step back and examine how whether I’m truly living for myself or if I’m following and living for Christ. As a person who takes pride in calling herself a disciple, the answers to the questions that came up in my reading of Born to Wander were truly important.

I loved the questions and prayers that followed each chapter and how, at times, I got to look at things from different perspective. I loved this excerpt on prayer:

Many of us think of prayer as something we do with heart and mind. We don’t always consider what it means to pray with our bodies, but discipleship always involves our physical selves as well as our inner lives.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone with a bit of Wanderlust… whether they consider themselves a Christian, or not. It’ll definitely cause you to take some time out and consider where your life is heading and where you want to be wandering to/for.

Thank you to Moody Publishers for providing me with a free review copy of this book. This in no way influenced my review.

What do you think of Born to Wander? Have a suggestion for my next read? Leave me a comment below!

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WWW Wednesday -September 5, 2018

img_1384-0Hello everyone! It’s time once again for WWW Wednesday ! Even more exciting… it’s the First WWW Wednesday for September!!

Since so much sickness hit my home (and me in particular) over the last couple of months, I’m really looking forward to a healthy September!!!  I could totally complain for a whole post, but let’s not get distracted…

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

Don’t know what WWW Wendesday is or how to participate??? All you need to do is answer the following three questions and link back to Taking on a World of Words, or you can put your answers in the comments on her blog! (You can also leave your link in my comments to be sure I don’t miss your post!)

The three WWW questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

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I just started reading The Sun King by Allison Lee Palmer last night so I don’t have much to say about it yet… Don’t worry, we all know that won’t last long!

 

 

 

 

I recently finished:

Unfortunately, being sick the last couple of weeks didn’t mean I got to lay around and read. Instead, I laid in my bed surrounded by books I couldn’t read. It really sucked! I did manage to finish up a couple of books though…

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The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich started out kinda slow for me. Once I was past about the first chapter though, I had a hard time putting it down! My review will up soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This may be one of favorite Christian reads of 2018 so far! I love the way it explores the difference in going through life as a pilgrim instead of as an exile. Review should be up next week!

 

 

 

 

What I’ll be reading next:

 

What’s your WWW? Any thoughts on the books above?  Leave a comment or send me a message through the Contact Me page.

Want to support my laziness??? Feel free to leave a link to your own WWW Wednesday post in case I miss it over on Taking on a World of Words. (The link list is long over there guys, and I’ve got a lot of books to read…)

WWW Wednesday -August 22, 2018

img_1384-0Hello everyone! I’ve missed the last couple of weeks, but I’m finally posting my second WWW Wednesday in August!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

Don’t know what WWW Wendesday is or how to participate??? All you need to do is answer the following three questions and link back to Taking on a World of Words, or you can put your answers in the comments on her blog! (You can also leave your link in my comments to be sure I don’t miss your post!)

The three WWW questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

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I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich at first, but by the end of the first chapter, I was hooked!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve been reading Born to Wander by Michelle Van Loon with my husband. It’s really interesting and has led to some great discussions!

 

 

 

 

 

I recently finished:

I may have missed the last couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t carve out some reading time…

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I absolutely loved Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky and I’ll be sharing my review soon!

 

 

 

 

 

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Edge of the Known Bus Line by James R. Gapinski was a super quick read that gave me chills!

 

 

 

 

 

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For some crazy reason, I decided to start reading classics that I either never got around to or just discovered…Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson was not a good one to start with! I was pretty disappointed and upset that it was recommended to me.

 

 

 

 

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Their Houses by Meredith Sue Willis is another book I recently finished that I fell in love with. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I got to the end and can’t wait to share the review with you all!

 

 

What I’ll be reading next:

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What’s your WWW? Any thoughts on the books above?  Leave a comment or send me a message through the Contact Me page.

Want to support my laziness??? Feel free to leave a link to your own WWW Wednesday post in case I miss it over on Taking on a World of Words. (The link list is long over there guys, and I’ve got a lot of books to read…)