Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review:The In-Between by:Jeff Goins

The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing [A Spiritual Memoir]
About the Book:
Most of us spend our lives searching and longing for something more than what is in front of us. Whether it's traveling abroad or chasing cheap (or expensive) thrills, we're all looking for medicine to satisfy our restlessness. And, so often, we're looking in the wrong place.

The In-Between is a call for all of us to accept the importance that waiting plays in our lives. In this spiritual memoir, Jeff Goins reveals the unexpected good that came from his times of waiting. And he encourages us to embrace the extraordinary nature of the ordinary and enjoy the daily mundane, what lies in between the "major" moments.

Moments of breakthrough are not where life's greatest transformation happens; the stuff that God uses to shape us often lies in the in-between. It's the bus stops and layovers and DMV lines and moments of unintentional pause that force us to become better people.

That's not to say there aren't moments of epiphany. There are. It's just that most of us find ourselves living somewhere in the in-between. Learning to live in this tension, to be content in these moments of waiting, may be our greatest struggle...and our greatest opportunity to grow.

 Jeff Goins
About the Author:
Originally from Chicago, Jeff moved to Nashville after graduating from college and spending a year traveling with CTI Music Ministries. In college, he studied Spanish and Religion. He spent part of his Junior year in Spain, which unlocked a passion for missions, travel, and other cultures.
After a long year of letter-writing and long-distance phone calls, Jeff moved to Tennessee to “see about a girl.” In 2008, he married her.Jeff lives with his wife Ashley and their dog Lyric and has been working from home for a nonprofit called Adventures in Missions since 2006. He has written and guest-blogged for a number of publications and blogs. Jeff also helps organizations with their marketing, communications, and creativity. 

My Review:
 We spend our whole life waiting. Waiting for our turn in the bathroom. Waiting for the big, yellow school bus. Waiting in traffic. But slowing down and enjoying all those moments in between is really what life is all about. The author of The In-Between, Jeff Goins challenges you and I to savor those in between moments and just "be". Our real life is what happens in between those major events in our lives. We all have done it, sit there waiting for certain momentous happenings to transcend and give us joy. But they never seem to come or if they do, they aren't as joy filled as we had earlier anticipated. 

 Mr. Goins asks us to start staying in the moment and not grow impatient with it but see it through and derive memories from it to enrich our lives. In the book, the author shared memories and snippets of his own "In-Between" times and gives you glimpses into others that have learned from those times to grow as individuals.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.