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At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe Hardcover – April 18, 2017
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"Oxenreider makes a convincing case that travel with children is not just possible, but rewarding for all involved. Even those who wouldn't consider such an endeavor will enjoy going along for the ride on the page, and might be encouraged to take on new travel adventures with their families." -Booklist
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For years I've identified with her simple living message, but the heart of that particular message isn't as compelling to me as the heart behind this book: finding a place of belonging, a home in the world, as both a homebody and an adventurer.
This has been a central tension in my life for at least the last fifteen years as I have moved, traveled and adventured in North America with my family. Where do I belong? Where is home? How do I even define home? These are the questions I have wrestled with and tried to answer. Sometimes I find an answer for a season, and sometimes the answers I've found don't hold true for the long term.
I love the travel stories in this book, to experience the world through Tsh's writing but I also especially appreciate the discussion of home and how we define home, and how we find home. And my list of must-see places in the world is fast growing.
The more chapters of this book I read the more I fall in love with the world, both as a geographically diverse place and our home as humanity. I love the world and people more though reading this book. Tsh experiences make me want to travel and trust more and worry less. I want to continue to challenge myself to true new things and be open to people and experiences.
I adore this book.
I may never get the chance to take a similar trip myself, but this memoir has reminded me that wherever I do travel to I want to explore life in that place rather than check off boxes of things to do.
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.
Her themes wove well throughout the book while being tied together by stories of her family's adventures. Her storytelling nature allowed the content to relate to even the least adventurous reader.
My book club meets this week to review and discuss this one as we each bring a dish to share that represents one of the countries the Oxenreider's visited. Yum.
I personally plan to use this book as a reference for our family's future travels, remembering which countries Tsh has made me curious to see for myself and which transport, accommodations, and landmarks were worth experiencing. Thank you for this treasure of a book and for the courage to bare your family's personal history so others may learn from it.