Review of The In-Between by Jeff Goins

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Tomorrow’s the big day – The In-Between by Jeff Goins is officially released!

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In his new book, Jeff inspires us all to see our personal waiting periods in a new light.  No matter your age or season of life, there are things you have to wait for.  The In-Between is a short, easy-to-read, yet very thought-provoking book.  I would highly recommend it to anyone, and it’s the perfect size for a little encouragement “sussie” for your family, friends, students, and co-workers.

The In-Between takes us through various seasons of waiting in Jeff’s life, teaching us important life lessons along the way:

A life filled with constant motion and no rest stops,
is not a life at all.  
It’s tourism.”

Jeff’s book has challenged me to stop and reflect on my own waiting times.  For the first time, I’m encouraged to see the lessons God has been, and still is, trying to teach me through those times.  Here’s a little more on how I’m personally being content in my in-between.  I’m now excited to be an active participant in what I sometimes see as ‘mundane” in my daily life.

His chapter on Courtship is my favorite:

Behind my back,
she’d performed this most beautiful of deceptions
.”

I’m a sucker for a good love story, and my own eyes teared up through Jeff’s beautiful writing in this chapter.  He inspired me to relive my own 4-year courtship.  We had a long wait while my husband (then-boyfriend) worked in California and I in Texas.  And after 17 years of marriage, I couldn’t agree more with Jeff:

Sometimes, the best gifts in life
are the ones you have to wait for
.”

So much wisdom packed in such a young man. Throughout his book, Jeff encourages us to:

  • slow down
  • let go, and
  • be grateful

It’s no surprise Jeff has quickly become a leader we all look to for writing, as well as life, advice.  Let Jeff inspire you to tap into your own in-between.  You can order The In-Between on Amazon here.  Also be sure to enter Jeff’s video contest by Thursday, August 8 for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!

(The only thing I disliked about Jeff’s book is that it ended so soon, and I have to wait for his next one.  But now, thanks to Jeff, I will find joy in that inconvenience.)


Inspired: Running the Good Race

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Yesterday, I was at Stonebriar Community Church for bible study and picked up a copy of their Connection magazine.  I was so excited to see this article “Running the Good Race”.

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It’s a story about a generous young man named Luke Malone.  After serving in the special needs ministry at Stonebriar, Luke was inspired to raise money to send 22 special needs children to the Joni & Friends family camp last month in Navasota, Texas.

The theme for this year’s Joni and Friends camp is “Press On”:  based on Philippians 3:14:   I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Luke Malone is certainly pressing on, by running his good race:

“You can tell whenever you see him on Sunday mornings,
he’s not just there to fill a time slot while his parents are in church,
but he’s really there to invest in those kids.”

“Luke’s running ministry is not about Luke,
it’s about living your faith and trusting in God to provide.
It’s about stepping outside your comfort zone
and following the Holy Spirit’s lead.”

What a great example for us all to follow.  Won’t you join him in Pressing On yourself?