Saturday, December 28, 2013

Pilgrimage: A Book Review

About The Book:

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.


You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format.

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. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.

My Review:

If you are currently in a hard season of life, questioning your faith, wondering if what God says in His Word is true, then you really need to read Pilgrimage. It is a raw, honest look at author Lynn Austin and her personal spiritual journey. She wrote with such a personal style that I felt we were conversing over tea beside a cozy fire burning on a cool day. If this book encourages even one person who reads it (and I am sure it will) it will be worth it. You will travel the paths Jesus walked in your mind with each word printed and it brought so much imagery in my mind that at times it was overwhelming, in a very good way. It is a dream of mine to one day visit The Holy Land, and thanks to Austin I have vicariously through her until my dream comes true. What a blessing to have been able to read this book! 

A stunning, beautiful read that I highly recommend!

BUY IT: You can purchase Pilgrimage at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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