Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pilgrimage- book review

From the Back Cover

We all encounter times when our spirit feels dry, when doubt looms.
The opportunity to tour Israel came at a good time. For months, my life has been a mindless plodding through necessary routine, as monotonous as an all-night shift on an assembly line. Life gets that way sometimes, when nothing specific is wrong but the world around us seems drained of color. Even my weekly worship experiences and daily quiet times with God have felt as dry and stale as last year's crackers. I'm ashamed to confess the malaise I've felt. I have been given so much. Shouldn't a Christian's life be an abundant one, as exciting as Christmas morning, as joyful as Easter Sunday?
With gripping honesty, Lynn Austin pens her struggles with spiritual dryness in a season of loss and unwanted change. Tracing her travels throughout Israel, Austin seamlessly weaves events and insights from the Word . . . and in doing so finds a renewed passion for prayer and encouragement for her spirit, now full of life and hope.

"While Christian novelist Lynn Austin's tour of the Holy Land revives her own parched spiritual walk, the impressions she shares and the connections
she makes while visiting the land where miracles happened are perceptive and illuminating....While readers will enjoy her comfortable, narrative style, the thoughts she shares, the questions she asks, and the conclusions she draws are both humbling and convicting. Recommend this book to those who may have or will travel to Israel, but also to those who seek to renew their Christian commitment and need a novel way to begin." CBA Retailers+Resources

About the Author

Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago.

The author let us take a tour of Israel with her, somewhere I probably will never see!! She has a great knowledge of the Bible and of Israel! She makes you feel like you are there with her!
If you are  struggling in your faith this is a good book to read, Lynn talks about the dryness and what she did about it!!  So this book would be great if you are going to be going to Israel this would be a great tour guide!!
I also like how she starts out with a verse and ends with a prayer in each chapter!
I've read some of her other books and have always enjoyed her style of writing!! 
I could relate to some of the things she talked about, such as grown children moving away, when you think they will always be close around! Somethings you have to get used to and resigned too!
Just like we need water to survive physically we need God to survive spiritually!!
Chapter 11 Sabbath Rest
On the Sabbath we remember to rest on God, trusting Him for all our practical needs such as our daily bread and for strength in our trials. The Sabbath helps us to remember to rest in God!!Trusting Him for our salvation, knowing that none of the work we do will ever gain us entrance int heaven!!
Thank you Lord for my children and reminding me that they aren't mine but yours, and that you want what is best for them and are fighting for their souls!!!

Disclosure: This book was given to me for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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