- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 18, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140020559X
- ISBN-13: 978-1400205592
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe Hardcover – April 18, 2017
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Tsh puts into words so well not only the page turning adventure her family took, but the simple reflections of the ordinary moments she finds herself in all over the world. "Travel has taught me the blessing of ordinariness, of rootedness and stability. It can be found anywhere on the globe. It’s courageous to walk out the front door and embrace earth’s great adventures, but the real act of courage is to return to that door, turn the knob, walk through, unpack the bags, and start the kettle for a cup of tea. In our rituals of bread making and wine tasting, tucking our kids into bed and watching stars flicker from a chair on the back patio, we are all daring to find ourselves at home, somewhere in the world."
The book paints a beautiful picture of someone who is both the traveler and homebody. That's a description that's rare and yet I believe I share it with the author. I will never grow tired of exploring new horizons, but those trips are always made sweeter by knowing I have a home to return to.
I loved reading about their adventures. Tsh is honest about their struggles with culture shock or exhaustion, but at the same she marvels at the beauty of their surroundings. It feels like they are truly present in each country, not just skipping in to see one or two touristy things.
BOTTOM LINE: I loved this one. It was everything I hoped it would be. It’s got me itching to get back out there and explore a new country soon! It's a beautiful way to see the world, with your children and your spouse hand-in-hand.
"The act of travel, the constant moving and shuffling of our bodies and backpacks, our dotted lines across the map, the simplicity of owning less to see more-these small acts are weaving our family's tapestry."
This book isn't simply a travelogue or memoir of globetrotting; it's a wonderfully inspiring story of finding yourself, finding God, and finding peace with home (wherever and no matter where it may be).
As a fellow sojourner who gets to pick up and move every few years as we serve the military, I found Tsh's story resonating with my own: living in the tension of wanderlust and longing for that elusive feeling of rooted, stable home and community.
I identified with her humor while traveling with kids under very unpredictable and sometimes unfavorable circumstances. I loved the universal importance of good coffee and tea 'round the world that she weaved through the whole book. And my heart connected deeply with the idea that life can bring questions about what we think and feel toward God, and in our search for him he's always there...everywhere.
Tsh's vulnerable offering will stay with me for a long time.