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The Land Between: Finding God in Difficult Transitions Hardcover – July 31, 2010
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“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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'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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I loved the book. A great encourage and practical advice based on scripture for getting through the tough times.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is literally the best book I've ever read. It's applicable to everyone, everywhere. I got it after going through a divorce and it gives such great perspective on life's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by xbows
Thought provoking seeing an familiar story in a new way. Help me to realize I've been and currently in The Land Between and God is faithful even when it doesn't seem like He... Read morePublished 2 months ago by stan martin
great book for getting you to think about how God works and how we respond in difficult timesPublished 2 months ago by Keith B
Great book. Easy to read with such a great overarching message. I highly recommend this book!Published 3 months ago by Eugene
This is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it to anyone going through a challenging season.Published 3 months ago by Alyssa Trageser
Just what I needed, when I needed it most. Church just completed a sermon series on this book. Highly recommended for struggling CHRISTIANS!Published 4 months ago by Kate
An excellent source of encouragement when stuck in a season of unexpected transitions.Published 5 months ago by M. T. Andreson