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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
“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
“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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In The Land Between, author Jeff Manion uses the biblical story of the Israelite's journey through Sinai desert as a metaphor for being in undesired, transitional space. After enduring generations of slavery in Egypt, the descendants of Jacob travel through the desert (the land between) toward their new home in Canaan. They crave the food of their former home in Egypt and despise their present environment. They are unable to go back and incapable of moving forward. The Land Between explores the way in which their reactions can provide insight and guidance on how to respond to God during our own seasons of difficult transition. The book provides fresh biblical insight for people traveling through undesired transitions (e.g. foreclosure, unemployment, parents in declining health, post-graduate uncertainty, business failure, etc.) who are looking for hope, guidance, and encouragement. While it is possible to move through transitions and learn little, they provide our greatest opportunity for spiritual growth. God desires to meet us in our chaos and emotional upheaval, and he intends for us to encounter his goodness and provision during these upsetting seasons.
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When Moses, Elijah and Jeremiah were hit with circumstances behond their control (chapter 7), they could not be taken down permanently. Jeff Manion powerfully conveys turning points in their lives and gives hope to those of us facing hardships. Through their prayers of desperation God reached down to resue them, lifting them up to go on to victory in spite of seemingly insurmountable circumstances. As the author points out, "In his providence, our Creator chose to include these high voltage prayers in his Word. God wants us to see them, maybe even to borrow from them, when we find ourselves at a breaking point. Perhaps these prayers and others like them in the Bible were preserved as a way for God to whisper: 'See, you're not alone'".
But this is just a side note to the main subject of the book: the miserable response Israel had in their own "Land Between". God marvelously delivered them from their 430 years of slavery in Egypt. Rather than respond in faith and courage, they resorted to whining and complaining about everything as they went through in their transition. Because of this they had to eventually die in the wilderness over a 40 year period, leaving the victory and eventual prosperity to their children.
This is a timely book for many now struggling and needing a boost to get through today's uncertainties. This book should fly off the shelf this time of year to all who are discouraged or beat down or who are in a situation of transition and don't know where to turn.