This book was free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
This book, 'Pilgrimage' by Lynn Austin was one of the best books I've had the privilege to read. The author figuratively takes you along w/her on her trip to the Holy Land. It is her journey to a much deeper faith in the land where Jesus walked. She records in great detail everything she experienced on her trip, from the flight over to the trip back home and everything in between.
What I loved most was how she made the reader feel as if they were right there traveling beside her. You could almost see the lush green palm trees, the rocky terrain of the wilderness and the beautiful oasis hidden from view.
Lynn does a tremendous job of tying everything she saw while there in w/Biblical accounts of the same places, so you got a more detailed idea of what Bible times were really like. She gives wonderful examples of what modern day life is like for Jews living there and ties all these things in w/her own walk of faith. It is an amazing account of a most sought after trip of a lifetime and now makes me want to experience it for myself one day. I highly recommend this book!
A ritual happens around this time of year between now and the New Year_resolutions. Some are goals like reading through the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation, but how many continue reading, especially when they come to the book of Leviticus? Another resolution many make is in regard to their physical appearance, not that that is a bad idea either. Something I didn't even think to do was ask the Lord if I should make a resolution in the first place. Do you ask the Lord about making a resolution or is it just because it is the time of year to do so? If and what you resolve to do, do you then tell people what it is when they ask? When people ask me, I jokingly say, "I gave that up for Lent!", and then tell them I don't make them anymore.
Lynn Austin has been a favorite author of mine for some time, yet I am always drawn to want to know the person behind the writing. Lynn Austin has shared herself in a very transparent, elegant, nonfiction book released this year called, Pilgrimage. Within the pages, Lynn shares where her heart hurts, what her daily struggles are and what the Lord showed her when she recently went on a tour in Israel. Lynn Austin doesn't share this to garner pity or empathy, at least that is not the sense I got as I read the book. What I gleaned was the heart of a sister in the Lord and her journey here on earth with the trials and triumphs she has experienced. I sense she wrote the book as a journal to remind herself in days to come of all the Lord has revealed to her about Himself and to encourage us, her fellow travelers.
As you read each chapter, you may find yourself agreeing with what she shares or empathizing because you have experienced something similar. There is a call to remember like King David all the Lord has done when we are in a dry place spiritually speaking or a heart broken area. All who read this will be able to come away with encouragement, hope, to drink deeply of God's Word, to gain a rekindled fire for prayer or maybe to practice reminding ourselves what the Lord has done for us and for others.
So before you think of making a resolution or just going into 2014 with whatever you have already planned, please take a little time to read what Lynn Austin shares. Then go to Lord, dwell in the Word and see what adventure He may have for you in 2014 that you would never have thought of before hearing His voice.
Lynn Austin's Pilgrimage is an open and honest peek into her own faith struggles as she travels to Israel and walks the paths of Jesus. This book is refreshing and eye opening all at the same time. It is much easier to picture these biblical places now after reading Mrs. Austin's vivid descriptions. I can picture myself there walking the mountain paths and peering across the landscape of modern Jerusalem. Verses and passages in the Bible that never seemed clear before make much more sense knowing the terrain, culture, climate etc. of the land where Jesus is from. Austin is very open and raw about her struggles in this book which makes it easier as a Christian to know that we all go through dry seasons, doubting, questioning God's purposes and plans for our lives. This book has been so refreshing and I have really enjoyed not only the content but the writing style as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for review purposes only.
Lynn Austin writes about her journey to Israel. At the time she was going through some struggles in her life. Throughout each of the chapters she talks about what she saw and both the historical and the Biblical history behind every place she saw. I learned some interesting information about some of the things I read about. She also talked about the lessons she learned from each place and how it could help her in the struggles she was going through. There was an application portion as well of how we could apply it to our lives. Each chapter ended with a prayer.
This book is very well written and I highly recommend it. There were many areas in the book where she talked about the lessons she learned from what she saw and how she could apply it to her life, where I got thinking about how I could apply it to my life. I think there is lessons that can be learned in this book for almost anyone. It states on the front cover of the book "My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked' That is so true. There is much that can be learned in this book that will help to anyone to have a deeper faith, whether you can take a trip to the Holy Land or not.
I know that some of these chapters have got me thinking.
"I've decided to accept the churning waves as an invitation from God to draw closer to Him, to dig deeper into His Word, to seek Him with all my heart and soul and strength. Most of all, to begin to pray to Him in a better way. Perhaps I will find a compass or a book of sailing instructions, or at least a life preserver. Maybe, just maybe, this pilgrimage to Israel will get me started on that new journey." (p. 14)
Historical fiction author Lynn Austin embarks on her first non-fiction work, "Pilgrimage", where she documents her experiences on a two-week trip to Israel. Austin traveled with a tour group starting in the southern end of Israel and eventually worked their way toward the north. She shares historical information about the places they visited combined with relevant Scripture passages and her own personal insights as to what those things meant to her.
The book gripped me from the start. Austin candidly explained that some recent personal changes resulted in a certain measure of spiritual upheaval. As she entered into this particularly dry season, she was looking for some times of refreshing and seized the opportunity to tour Israel when the chance presented itself. The story of how her journey began was compelling and relatable. The historical information and Scripture passages, combined with her personal insights added wonderful depth to well-known passages and gave a greater context for how to read the Bible. When she explained the Jewish concept of Sabbath and the Passover meal, it made me want to study my Bible more in the context of the Jewish faith in order to glean further insights.
The book included a number of illustrations depicting various landmarks and items around Israel. They added a nice touch to the book itself and helps the reader to have a better picture of some of the things that she is talking about.
I've been a fan of Lynn Austin for a long time and really enjoyed this non-fiction work. She did a spectacular job of really making Israel come alive by weaving together history, Scripture, and her own insights. I highly recommend this book!
(I've received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers through the Book Blogger program in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own.)