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“If the many tear stains on my copy of this book could speak, they’d tell you how very deeply I connected with Jeff’s words. Jeff is a dear friend and an amazing pastor, and he writes with the eloquence and depth I’ve come to appreciate in both his sermons and the conversations our families have shared around the dinner table. When you find yourself in the land between, and at some point you will, read this book.” ---Shauna Niequist, author of Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet -- Shauna Niequist, , Author|“After fourteen years of friendship, I’m consistently amazed with the largeness of Jeff’s heart---you begin to wonder if the whole world can fit in there. You’ll feel and sense and hear that heart in these pages.” ---Rob Bell, author of Drops Like Stars and Velvet Elvis -- Rob Bell, , Author|“Plant your feet on the soil of The Land Between and one thought comes to mind: ‘This place will either kill my faith, or make it stronger.’ Jeff Manion’s insights into the biblical narrative will guide you through the land between on a path away from resentment and into gratitude and growth.” ---Dr. Mark Beeson, senior pastor, Granger Community Church -- Dr. Mark Beeson, , Senior Pastor

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Jeff Manion (jeffmanion.org) is the senior teaching pastor of Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has served for 30 years and is the author of The Land Between. His great joy is digging deeply into Scripture and passionately teaching the story of the Bible in a clear and relevant way. He and his wife, Chris, have three adult children.

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (July 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310329981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310329985
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Manion is Senior Teaching Pastor of Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has served for more than 25 years. He and his wife, Chris, have three children.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By T. Woznek on September 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The sub-title of the book says it all: Finding God in difficult transitions. Jeff Manion is not dealing with a hard day. The Land Between deals with gut wrenching periods of time. This book ranks as a must read. If you are in traveling in the land between, you're crazy to ignore what Jeff is communicating. Strong words but true, and coming from a guy in such a transition.

'The last thing we want to hear is another book we should read when in difficult transitions. This is a book we should read. Why? 1) Israel made costly mistakes that can be avoided. 2) We need to remember that God is not merely with us, He is intimately at work in us. 3) It is not a lassie tale of hard times turned good. The Land Between lays out the road map for our hard journey. More than the insane details of our challenges, we must embrace God. The feeling I got after reading The Land Between was calm resolve. Not the emotion I expected.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Joel Holtz VINE VOICE on July 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The author states the point of the book early when he writes, "I firmly believe that the Land Between - that space where we feel lostor lonely or deeply hurt - is fertile ground for our spiritual transformation and for God's grace to be revealed in magnificent ways. But in addition to being the bearer of mercy, I also have the privilige of challenging God's people to holiness, and while the Land Between is prime real estate for faith transformation, it is also the space where we can grow resentful, bitter, and caustic if our responses are unguarded.
The wilderness where faith can thrive is the very desert where it can dry up and die if we are not watchful." (pg.19)

The example used throughout the book of the Land Between is that of the Israelites in the desert. Manion cites numerous scriptures and includes an excellent section on discipline, specifically disciplining children. He mentions how the background of the proverbs was an agrarian setting, and uses Proverbs 23:13 to make several excellent points.

Chapter 6, The Art of Crying Out, is maybe the best in the entire book.

The one problem with the book is that it tends to be repetitive.. "As we have seen," "Let me repeat," "To repeat," "Let's look again," "As we have already discussed."

Overall a good resource for anyone going through a hard transition in life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cherie Hill VINE VOICE on November 14, 2010
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This book could not have come at a more pertinent time for me. Over this past year, the Lord had been speaking to me about the journey of the Israelites out of Egypt into the Promised Land. (it has become incredible relevant in my life) Too many Christians want to skip over the New Testament, believing that it just isn't relevant in their day to day lives . . . "The Land Between" changes that entirely! Jeff Manion will bring the New Testament alive to you in ways you never imagined AND his message (or God's message) will dramatically change your life.

First and foremost, Jeff Manion is a fantastic writer, teacher, and man after God's own heart. I truly hope to see more books published by him. The message in "The Land Between" will walk you through any trial or transition you will face in life. The message will strengthen you as you struggle through unthinkable circumstances . . . learning to choose faith instead of fear. You will find the assurance that God's eye is on every detail of your situation and there is nothing that is beyond His control. You'll find that in the "desert" of your life, there is an abundance of God's love, mercy, and grace to carry you through to the "Promised Land." (the place of deliverance)

The greatest message within this book is that "God is up to something" in your life just as He was in the lives of the Israelites. Through "The Land Between" you'll come to a place in your faith of realizing "God knows what He's doing." You'll be strengthened through YOUR transition time as you learn to trust in the One who takes you on a journey, in order to draw you nearer to Him. Don't miss out!

*I was provided this book for free through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for my unbiased review.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brenda in Grand Rapids on August 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a book many of us have been waiting for for a long time. No matter what your current struggles, Manion weaves a path that connects with readers both in a modern context, and also through a Biblical connection back to the struggles of the Isrealites coming out of Egypt -- waiting for the promised land (arn't we all!).

Jeff Manion is a compelling speaker and pastor, and this book does justice to one of his popular sermon themes. I attend his church, Ada Bible, in Grand Rapids, MI. My husband and I look forward to his sermon's each week. This book is a treat for those who have connected with Jeff through his live or archived sermon's found on [...]. He is known for his ability to make the Bible relevent today, and this book is no exception. It's definately worth checking out. (In fair disclosure, I work for the publisher of this book, Zondervan).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Blake TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2011
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Jeff Manion skillfully weaves contemporary stories and Biblical examples to draw parallel lessons from "The Land Between: Finding God in Difficult Transitions." Many of the examples come from the lessons that can be learned from the wilderness wanderings of the Israelites found in the Old Testament. Manion provides the reader with insights into the unique challenges, temptations, and opportunities faced while on a spiritual journey of transitions in the `land between.' A journey which moves from: Complaint to meltdown, through provision and discipline to growth and formation resulting in a radically reshaped transformation, a richer life, and a deeper faith.

The land between is the pivotal place in the process of spiritual formation. It may be brought on by feelings of betrayal or disappointment. Jeff encourages the reader to consider their reactions and responses to God's provisions. A lack of trust or a negative response will result in an eroding energy and a draining of joy. He maintains that the land between may open the door for bitter resentment to flourish and for faith to shrivel.

Manion shows how periods of deep discouragement lead a person to the verge of emotional collapse. He illustrates this through the life of Moses. Moses when depleted of personal strength and broken in spirit offered up an exasperated prayer of melt down. He candidly laid his heart bare before God.

Jeff carefully shows the reader how unhealed emotional wounds can bring us to the same place of melt down and offers hope as he points out how in trusting God's direction we can find release through learning "the art of crying out to God" found in the Psalms.
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