If only I could get pregnant, so we could start our family_
If only this traffic wasn't so bad or I could find a parking spot_
In this season of giving, we wait. We wait for the next big thing we have been planning or to get through the line at the checkout. As Christians, we wait for our Savior's return. Much of life is waiting. So how do you wait? Are you restless, impatient, even angry _ or are you hurting, crying out in your waiting like Job in his trials.
Whatever your circumstance, the waiting is often the hardest part. In his new release, The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing, Jeff Goins examines the journey of waiting and looks to the wait as a time of transformation and growth in our relationship with God.
Goins is an accomplished writer / speaker who gently leads his reader to conclusions that are simple, but thoughtful and poignant. I really liked the personal aspect of his writing. He writes in a manner that is very readable. You can imagine him sitting across the table over coffee telling you about these real life experiences and the gleanings reaped from them. He shares that when we embrace the "In-Between", we learn the lessons of how to:
In this season of waiting, consider adding this excellent read to your reading shelf or for someone on your holiday shopping list. And blessings to you in your wait!
Over the past year I have been obsessed with productivity and making sure my time is spent doing the right things and getting a lot done. Other than the scripture, the book Getting Things Done by David Allen has been my playbook.
So when I got my copy of The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins from christianaudio Reviewers Program, I was sure that the book would help me be as productive as possible between projects. I couldn't have been more wrong.
If you are looking for productivity tips, this isn't the book you are looking for. But you should still probably read it!
Goins takes the time to write about the value of the waiting in between the busy-ness of our productive lives. And he takes his time doing it. This, in my opinion, is what gives such value to this book. Goins is a storyteller and uses stories from his life to highlight the value of waiting during the "in-between" times. Story forces us to take our time to get to "the point" and allows us to enjoy the journey as well. And this is the point he trying to make.
I listened to the audio version of the book and the author was the narrator. This can often spell doom for an audio book. However, in this instance, the fact that the book is mainly stories from the life of the author, it seems to give even more personality to the stories themselves. It's almost as if these stories were meant to be told rather than read. Goins does a nice job narrating the stories and I found myself looking forward to every chapter.
If you find yourself constantly searching for the next project, uncomfortable with downtime, this book is for you. If you love to hear a good story told, this audio book is for you.
I wholeheartedly recommend The In-Between and was glad I had the chance to take some time to slow down and wait.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review purposes from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."