Looking for book recommendations for your fall reading list? Look no further!

Apparently October 3rd is a grand day to release a book.

Join me in celebrating with the authors of these five new releases, now available for purchase!

 

book recommendations

 

Click each title to read the Amazon summary. 

 

Where We Belong

by Lynn Austin

 

where we belong

 

I’ve been a longtime fan of historical fiction author Lynn Austin’s work, and in the past year I’ve had the privilege of meeting with her in person a few times. I adore her novels and it’s been fun getting a behind the scenes glimpse into the process of this book’s birth. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

 

Free of Me: Why Life is Better When It’s Not About You

by Sharon Hodde Miller

 

Free of Me by Sharon Hodde Miller

 

I’ve been reading Sharon Hodde Miller’s work online for quite some time, and she is a solid, biblical thinker and writer. I suspect the themes presented in this book will be uncomfortable in all the best ways, convicting me of my ongoing need to focus less on myself and more on Him. I’d also argue that the American society as a whole needs to hear and digest this important message. So glad Sharon did the hard work of getting these truths in print.

 

Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community when Life is Hard

by Ashleigh Slater

 

book recommendations

 

Ashleigh Slater was the first editor to accept one of my articles for publication on the website, Ungrind. I really enjoyed her first book, Team Us: Marriage Together, and I look forward to go deep into the message of this important topic. Every day that I look at the news headlines, it seems there is more sorrow, more tears, more tragedy. What a timely topic to address and discuss as the body of Christ.

 

A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions that Meet You in Your Everyday Mess

by (in)courage contributors

 

A Moment to Breathe

 

The (in)courage community has a new book! This looks like a beauty, and I know a number of the delightful women who have contributed to this volume of 365 devotions. Can’t wait to read my friends’ words and be encouraged to take a moment to breathe amidst the busyness.

 

Fiercehearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely

by Holley Gerth

 

Fiercehearted by Holley Gerth

 

I’ve read a number of raving reviews of this latest release from Holley Gerth, many of which are saying this is her best book yet. Grateful for Holley’s faithfulness to share truth in this generation.

 

 

Which of these book recommendations will you dive into first? 

 

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In the aftermaths of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the way they sandwiched President Trump’s declaration on DACA (the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals), a common thread kept weaving its way through my mind.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been pondering home for the past few years as the primary theme in my forthcoming memoir — but I couldn’t help but think about how those directly affected by the hurricanes and the DACA decision have much in common.

They’ve either been displaced, or fear displacement. They long for a safe, established home.

But are they the only ones affected?

As an American citizen currently living in Michigan, I could say that I wasn’t affected by any of the above-mentioned events. But would that really be true?

 

DACA

 

In an article on iBelieve.com, I share a few thoughts on what hurricanes and DACA teach us about the body of Christ.

Read the whole article here

In short, we must remember that as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are all members of one body. If one member is affected, the whole body is affected.

Secondly, I was so encouraged to see the way that tragedy united the church. People came together. They helped. They served. They rescued.

And finally, let’s not forget that we’re all foreigners here. We are all displaced. We’re all just passing through on our way to our final destination.

With one storm or presidential pronouncement, our homes could be snatched away.

In the span of my lifetime so far, I’ve lost several homes—to divorce, a landlord’s decision to sell our rental property, a foreclosure, a parent’s death. I didn’t see any one of those circumstances coming. Nothing is certain in this life except God’s character and the promises found in His Word.

So while we mourn with those who mourn over losing homes and we do all that we can to help them rebuild and restore lost or damaged property, while we labor to love and support those affected by DACA, let’s not forget that we can’t take anything with us when it’s time to go. Let’s not forget that physical houses and material possessions are all temporary.

What a wonderful opportunity to direct conversation toward eternity and the life to come.

 

Read the full version of this article over at iBelieve.com

 

 

When I saw the monthly book reviewers’ email from Tyndale Publishers advertising all of the new books they had available for review, I almost didn’t open it.

Almost There“I’m way too busy to commit to reviewing any books right now,” I reasoned. But something (or should I say Someone?) prompted me to open the email, and my eye caught the title, Almost There: Searching for Home in a Life on the Move, by Bekah di Felice. (Don’t you just love the title and the cover?)

Although I’d never heard of the author before, the description sounded all too familiar — because she was telling a story I knew inside out.

I hesitated again, fearing I wouldn’t have time to read and review the book within the time frame requested. But again, Someone prompted me to click “request” … and I’m so glad I did.

Bekah’s book, Almost There, is full of rich insights on the universal longing for home. 

Right after college, Bekah married into the transient military life. She describes the complex emotions of leaving home, including the spiritual component: “It’s as if the act of leaving is part of the equipping, as if God personally leads people out of familiar territory so he can tell them who they are.”

In her book, Bekah shares the ups and downs of moving frequently and living in vastly different parts of the United States. She is honest about the challenges of her husband’s deployment: the loneliness, the awkwardness of limited communication, the surprising realization of established independence, and the adjustment back to a new normal after reunion.

 

 

With conversational tone and an easy sense of humor, Bekah tucks nuggets of wisdom into the telling of her story.

“The timing is different for everyone … but it happens: Your sense of belonging outgrows its previous residence. …In the search for home, we all try on different places and relationships and hobbies that make us feel pretty, all along lamenting the fact that belonging refuses to be nailed down to exact coordinates. It denies us permanence. And that feels like betrayal.

I think that by nature we are agitated by this restlessness, by the enigma of belonging. We’re pestered by the notion that people and places and things are all important pieces of home but not the whole thing, at least not in themselves. Deep down we know there is a permanence of home that exists somewhere. There is a whisper of eternity that beckons in the heart of every one of us.”

 

The above quote perfectly captures what I hope to articulate through my upcoming memoir, A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging. And I’d venture a guess that you can relate, too.

 

Again, Bekah captured the struggle in my heart with these words:

 

“Home doesn’t begin or end with a mailing address or a change in surname. I don’t think it is ever a total reboot. It is more of an ellipsis than a period, a continuation rather than a conclusion. It tends to be an ongoing list of people and places and experiences that have mattered, that have changed us in one way or another. It is an echo of the good legacies we have witnessed.

In fact, home is a lot like a poorly, categorized box containing all sorts of odds and ends: the surprising and familiar, the old and new, the bitter and sweet. It is mismatched in so many ways–not a start and end but an overlap, a tangle. We move away from it and bring it with us still.”

 

Besides making me think deeply about concepts of home and belonging, Almost There also made me laugh and nod my head in agreement on numerous occasions.

 

 

If you’re looking for a light read that will also make you think and relate, I can highly recommend this book.

 

 

 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Affiliate links have been used in this post. 

I finally have news about my book! 

(And yes, this post is likely to be plagued with numerous exclamation points, so consider yourself warned.)

Some of you will remember that I shared the news back in February 2016 that I signed a book contract with Discovery House in November 2015.

At the time, I thought I would’ve had a published book by now, but the process ended up taking longer than originally anticipated.

Since I’ve been at this for a solid three years already, you can imagine my excitement that my book finally has a title, a cover, a release date, and a pre-order link on Amazon!

Introducing … 

A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging

 

A Place to Land

 

Isn’t she pretty? I’m so impressed with the talented team at Discovery House, and so grateful for the efforts they’ve poured into this project.

And yes, my eyes definitely teared up when I saw the book on Amazon.

If you’ve ever written memoir, you know it’s a stretching, emotionally draining experience. Add to that the fact that much of this book covers my mom’s cancer journey, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for tears.

I’ve spent hours upon hours poring over this manuscript for the past three years: write, edit, revise, repeat.

To see that the project is nearing completion welled up waves of gratitude and excitement, but also a tinge of melancholy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’d much rather have my mom here than a book with my name on it.

This is not the story I asked for, but it’s the one I’ve been given, so I’m doing my best (with God’s help) to steward it well. 

While the book is not only about my mom’s illness, her death six years ago was the primary catalyst that got me to dwelling more deeply on heaven as my eternal home.

Here’s the description on Amazon: 

A Place to Land is a globe-spanning memoir that wrestles with the question, ”Where is my home?” Kate Motaung watched ”home” slip away again and again–through her parents’ divorce, a foreclosure, two international moves, ten rental homes in ten years, and her mother’s terminal battle with cancer. Add in the challenge of a cross-cultural marriage, and Kate was constantly adapting to a new environment. Through her experiences, you’ll realize–as she did–that no matter where we go or what we do, this world is not our home.

 

The book only releases on April 1st, but guess what?

You can pre-order now

A Place to Land

 

Benefits of pre-ordering: 

1. Amazon offers a pre-order price guarantee, which means if you pre-order now, you will only be charged on April 1st but will be charged the lowest price that the book has been advertised between now and then. So … if the price happens to drop a few bucks before April and goes back up again at the time of release, you’ll pay the lowest price!

2. You’ll be among the first to get your hands on it when it becomes available.

3. If a number of people pre-order, it tells Amazon how many copies they should have ready at the time of release so they don’t go out of stock.

A Place to Land

Thank you so much for sharing in my excitement, and for your support! My greatest prayer for this project is that the Lord would use the words He deems fit to include in the book for His purposes and glory.

 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. 

 

Hello, dear friends!

Just a quick note to remind you that the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up has moved to its very own home!

Head over to the new site at www.fiveminutefriday.com!

 

 

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I look forward to seeing you there!