About the Book
At one time or another, shifting seasons in family, friendships, employment, and communities will bring each of us face-to-face with the feeling of being on the outside looking in. Because we are made for connection, this will often lead us down one of two roads. Either we will hop on the popular but crowded highway that asks us to do whatever it takes to get noticed or we’ll stand still, paralyzed by the fear that we’re not important, lovable, or worth other people’s time and attention.
But there is another way — the back road to belonging — and Kristen Strong is ready to walk it with you. With compassion and encouragement, she shows you how to remain in Christ and relax into the unique role God has for you. Along the way, you will learn simple, doable actions that will not only help you know that you belong but welcome others in as well.
I was drawn to the tag line of this book: “Unexpected paths to finding your place and your people.” I wasn’t sure what I expected to find inside but I liked the wording. Sometimes the strangest things catch your eye and intrigue you. The best part of this book was how relational the author is. She tells her story. I feel like I know so much about her. It’s like we sat together for hours, her telling her story, and me listening in with a cup of coffee in my hand getting cold as I listened. She makes some great points throughout the book. Real life things that anyone can do to help them find their path towards where they belong. Ms. Strong’s story is a great example for this book. I cannot imagine a life as a military family having to move all the time. But even though that’s not my life, I know what it’s like to feel like I don’t belong. So these principles are applicable to anyone.
I did struggle a bit with how much story there is. The scripture content was rather low in my opinion. There was a lot of talk of scripture though which is nice but I want more meat. I feel like the content got clouded a bit by all the stories. I felt like the stories jumped around a lot and I had trouble picking through the stories for the message. The book could have been much shorter and packed a bigger punch.
I gave this book 3 stars. I received a copy from Revell. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.