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Almost There: Searching for Home in a Life on the Move Paperback – July 18, 2017
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Starred review. Military spouse DiFelice writes eloquently about the many difficulties and benefits of moving one’s home from place to place. DiFelice, a former marathon runner, draws frequently on an attitude of endurance and “pushing through the pain” to make the most of wherever she and her Marine husband are stationed. She shares how emotions can become more volatile at the most unexpected times and the ways her poignant memories of family, friends, and key life moments meld together with a sense of loneliness each time she reaches an unfamiliar city. DiFelice is particularly touching when she recalls the Sunday afternoon shopping excursions with her mother and sister that have become fewer and fewer due to how far apart they live. Instead of wallowing in her sorrow, DiFelice calls them every Sunday so she can join with them as they walk. For DiFelice, everyone who longs for a place to call home must make (and keep making) definitive, intentional decisions to create their own haven. This book will appeal broadly to those who have lived a wandering existence, and Christian readers in particular will appreciate DiFelice’s tangents on the lives of biblical characters, which round out this fascinating take on life’s unexpected twists and turns. (Publishers Weekly)
“Are we there yet?” No, not until you pick up this book and start reading. I expected to skim through these pages, on the way to somewhere else. I had to stop. And laugh. And savor. And wonder. This is a trip I hope many take, because Bekah DiFelice brilliantly shows us where to finally hang our hats―and our hearts. (Leslie Leyland Fields, Author of Crossing the Waters)
Among the stories and thoughts that Bekah DiFelice shares in her debut book are her joyful passion and earnest quest to live life fully. Almost There is packed with so many relatable themes, including fear, longing, doubt, and identity. Bekah’s story will not only help you discover big and small pieces of your own story but will also encourage and inspire you to pursue your own new adventures, wherever you are. A beautiful storyteller whose heart for God and family shines, Bekah gives us all a gift of light and love in Almost There. (Jessica N. Turner, WSJ bestelling author of The Fringe Hours)
If you’ve ever left something behind, you’ll find a friend in Bekah DiFelice as she invites you on a quest to find home. Bekah shares her adventures (and misadventures), helping us all discover that even transplanted roots can go deep. (Catherine McNiel, author of Long Days of Small Things)
Our path to maturity in Christ is often accelerated when we find ourselves dealing with change that is thrust upon us rather than chosen. Through the lens of military life, and with animated style, young wife Bekah chronicles life on the move for herself and her husband, Mike. With her captivating take on the unexpected elements she found embedded in marriage, moving, injury, deployment, and pregnancy, Bekah enlists us to share in her inmost responses of faith. Her story is an enjoyable read that touches the deep places of faith many young women experience. (Dana Yeakley, author of The Gentle Art of Discipling Women)
Bekah DiFelice writes beautifully and profoundly about our longing for and journey toward a true sense of home. This book is for all who are yearning for a belonging deeper than this world can offer. When I read the middle sections of Almost There, I was at that time overwhelmed by a family crisis and was feeling desperate, orphaned, and lost. Bekah’s chapters on fear and on faith and doubt reached out to my brokenness . . . and I began to stumble back to my true home where my Abba was waiting with his secure love. Wherever you are in your pilgrimage, Almost There will meet you and embrace you, and it will provide intimate, heartfelt companionship for the rest of your journey. (J. Kevin Butcher, Author of Choose and Choose Again)
Almost There reads like a long-awaited letter from a long-lost friend. It’s immersive, as the best kind of storytelling should be. It’s honest and warm, as the best kinds of friends are. DiFelice writes about home as it’s lived and lost and loved. An impressively crafted, inherently appealing, consistently engaging, and compelling read from first page to last. (Jen Pollock Michel, author of Keeping Place)
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And really, that's what I look for in books like these--can they speak in a fresh way, relating truth to my life in a manner I haven't heard before, without being condescending or generic? Bekah accomplishes this so well, and I can't wait to read more of her writing. I'm glad she has a blog so I can pick up there!
"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."
This book seems to have spanned many different feelings & emotions all while keeping this scatter-brained mom engaged!! I've already passed it onto my husband and he's really enjoying it also.
Bekah has a true gift in revealing truth & clarity from God's word and I am recommending it already to so many friends and family members.
relate to the author, who's a fellow military wife, in more ways than one. I have walked a lot of the same paths, laughing and crying in moments that were so relatable. But even past the military transience that is so present in my life, I found myself relating on a deeper level. She tells you the story as if she's living it with you and bringing to light what we often overlook in moments of change, fear, or unknown outcomes, or in arguments with our spouses, and that is that God is present in all of it, and we should look to him for comfort and find the "home" we are searching for in those moments. She uses God's word to highlight what we're searching for and to break through that wall of doubt.
She writes, "... it's especially intriguing that Jesus came to the physical location of Earth to build an invisible, transportable home within people. He shared the radical concept that the epicenter of spiritual life was not contained in the walls of a synagogue or religious institution or even at a set address, but in the souls of human beings. The most sacred parts of us is also the most mobile. ... Faith is a bridge between places - a point of continuity in a transient life. ... I like to think the roots of the soul can redeem a shortage of the more geographic kind."
I had many moments of self revelation throughout this book. It gives hope and allows us to see that faith and God's grace truly guide us through life. Recommending it to my family and friends and to those in search of roots beyond the physical kind.
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