Archive | December, 2013

The In-Between Book Review and Recommendation

3 Dec

the in between

When I signed up to review this book, I could hardly wait to start reading it because the subject really interested me beyond measure. I was deeply enthralled about learning how to better embrace those waiting periods that I was going through in my life. To be honest, I will be the first one to admit I lack in the area of patience and could stand to learn a lesson or two more about better developing that skill in my life. It is not an easy task for me, but I have gained a better control over it nowadays as I have gotten older and have sought a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. The one thing I got most out of reading this book is if we get to the point of resisting being patient in our lives, we run the risk of missing out on some very crucial opportunities in our life that can be used to better shape us or change our life for the better. This book reminded me that time is very precious and we should never waste a moment of our life. If we get too caught up in rushing through the process, we end up wasting countless hours, days and possibly years looking at our watch all the time. We need to learn to remember there is a reason God allows us to wait in those precious moments we call life.

During my review of this book, I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook as I read along in the paperback copy of the book. Having both versions of the book available to me, made it easier for me to stay focused on my reading from beginning to end. I found the audiobook to be very good even though I don’t have much experience with audiobooks. The audiobook is narrated by the author in a very presentable manner – he spoke in a very clear voice and did not read too fast. He starts out reading the foreword of the book and ends with reading the acknowledgments. The audiobook is divided into eleven different sections.

The author of the book titled, “The In-Between” by Jeff Goins does an exemplary job of sharing some important lessons he has learned in his past that helped teach me about the waiting period. His stories were very heartfelt and touching that he wrote about in his book. The story of the two senior members from his church who passed away that he discusses at the end of the book nearly made me cry. The tale of how he met his wife, Ashley and the birth of his son, Aiden were also very inspiring stories. The reason the author chose to share these significant stories about his life is to illustrate how important it is for us to be patient and be still at times in order to savor each moment and live our life the way it was intended to live. If we try to rush through our chapters in life, we miss out on some very pivotal moments along the way through the lives of others or certain situations.

Today, we live in a fast paced world where people are always in a hurry to get something done or get somewhere. A number of people in the world always find they have to stay busy doing something rather than be still and enjoy those quiet moments. We don’t have a problem with waiting, but sometimes waiting through the anticipation when we know something is about to change in our lives is the hardest part. Timing is important when it comes to certain situations that occur in our life and we need to learn to be more patient in our waiting period. In everyday living, we learn that we must wait when it comes to waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting to hear about a job promotion, waiting to graduate from college, waiting to get married, waiting to have a baby, and waiting in traffic to get home from work every day just to name a few, but it still doesn’t help those moments when waiting in anticipation knowing something is about to happen. We deal with so many looming distractions every day in a world saturated with social media and infinite interruptions that most of us deal with a constant battle to stay focused on what is in front of us. As we learn to embrace the wait, we eventually discover the appreciation of the delays that confirm some things in life are indeed worth waiting for.

In conclusion, God has a purpose for each one of our lives that is full of those great things we have not yet experienced yet. Each one of our journeys is full of obstacles and delays that are a good indicator of things we expect in life. Sometimes, we learn that some things are worth waiting for while others are not so much. But in the end, we need to value what we have in our life and still hope for in our future. It is easy for one to get frustrated or tensed during these times, but it is just a reminder that we do not always get what we want when we want it and seldom do we get everything we want at the same time. Not everyone in life finds their true calling because we lack the patience to discover our gifts and talents. Every roadblock on our life journey provides a vital lesson which is why we need to learn to appreciate those in-between moments. There is a reason why everything happens in our life in God’s timing. Just because life does not always turn out the way we expected it to, does not mean it cannot be viewed as a blessing rather than a curse. It all comes down to how we view the situation and the life lesson learned from the experience. Since we are never promised tomorrow, I would like to encourage everyone to find a reason to enjoy the joyful season of today and savor every moment of it because it is a gift. This book has taught me to have a different perspective in how I should use my down time in life and find ways to put it to better use. I look forward to those waiting periods for the process of my life because I know God has some great things in store for my life. Rating: 4 Stars

A special thank you to Cross Focused Reviews and Moody Publishers for paperback and audio copies of this book in exchange for my honest review.