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A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging Paperback – March 9, 2018

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“This book will make you homesick for places you’ve never been. But more than that, it will make you homesick for the people you love. Michigan and Cape Town are full-bodied characters in this story. But this book is about how going home sometimes looks like uprooting ourselves from everything familiar in order to make our home in the heart of someone else. It is a hard journey. But as Kate so tenderly teaches, it is the truest happy ending.” -- Lisa-Jo Baker, best-selling author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood

“The best memoirs either pull the reader into the author’s compelling story or draw the author’s universal truths into the reader’s story.
A Place to Land deftly manages both. Despite the many challenges she faces, Kate presses on, urging us by example to do the same. In the end, her thoughtful conclusions about longing and belonging may well become our own.” -- Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible

“We have all experienced home as longing and loss. Can we find hope in our seasons of suffering?
A Place to Land confidently answers yes, lifting our eyes beyond this fragile, temporary life to a better world to come.” -- Jen Pollock Michel, author of Keeping Place and Teach Us to Want

“Kate Motaung draws us into the spacious place of God’s never-ending love. Into a place where we can land, forever.” -- Emily T. Wierenga, author of Atlas Girl and Making It Home, and founder of The Lulu Tree

A Place to Land will be an inspiration to anyone who is wrestling with God through life’s unexpected losses.” -- Lynn Austin, author of Where We Belong

“As a missionary kid, I always felt like I'd never quite found my place. Kate understands the tension of being pulled in several directions, bearing the burden of loved ones from thousands of miles away.
A Place to Land is more than an honest memoir—it’s a hopeful narrative of a home lost and found, and a gentle reminder of our Companion all along the way.” -- Asheritah Ciuciu, founder of One Thing Alone Ministries and author of Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional and Full: Food, Jesus and the Battle for Satisfaction

“Every one of us was created with a yearning for a place to call home, a place to belong and to rest. And yet, as Kate so beautifully writes in this book, our sufferings force us to come to terms with the truth that we will never fully be at home in this world. Let Kate’s story break your heart, and then let the truth that pours out of these pages settle into your soul—that only eternal life with Christ will forever satisfy your deepest needs for belonging and home.” -- Kelly Givens, editor of

A Place to Land is a page turner. I found myself swept up in her story. Honest and authentic, Kate brings the reader into the highs and lows of life and the hope found with and in Christ. Her vulnerable writing lifted my eyes and recalibrated my heart to long for home.” -- Vivian Mabuni, speaker and author of Warrior in Pink: A Story of Cancer, Community, and the God Who Comforts

“I’ve heard it said believers are so heavenly minded they’re of no earthly good. Kate’s compelling story proves the opposite. It’s exactly because she’s learned to take the long view—living with eternity in mind—that her impact in this world is so startlingly powerful. This is Kate’s story, but it’s yours and mine too.” -- Dalene Reyburn, author of Dragons and Dirt: The Truth about Changing the World―and the Courage It Requires and Walking in Grace: 366 Inspirational Devotions for an Abundant Life

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So was I heading home? Or not? The conflicting voices in my head kickstarted a long-lasting soul search.

Heavyhearted, Kate boarded the plane to fly to her mother’s funeral. When a woman in the next seat asked, “Are you heading home?”, Kate wasn’t sure how to respond. An American Christian living in South Africa with her native-born husband and children, she was flying to Michigan where she had grown up. Kate stammered an answer, but wrestled with the question, “Where is my home?”

This is the story of a woman who watched “home” slip away again and again—through her parents’ divorce, a foreclosure, two international moves, ten rental homes in ten years, and her mother’s terminal battle with cancer. Add in the challenge of a cross-cultural marriage, and Kate was constantly adapting to a new environment. When
home is supposed to be synonymous with love and comfort and safety, unpredictable and unwelcome life events—even the chosen but challenging ones—can shake you to your core.

“But maybe this tension is how it’s supposed to be,” Kate writes. “Maybe this home isn’t meant to feel safe. Perhaps we’re supposed to squirm in discomfort and groan with longing for the only place where moths and cancer ‘do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.’”

Journey with Kate across two continents to answer one of life’s great questions: no matter where we go or what we do, this world is not our home.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Our Daily Bread Publishing (March 9, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 162707662X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1627076623
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.75 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 125 ratings

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Kate is the author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging, Letters to Grief, The Five-Minute Writing Prompt Journal, The 31-Day Writing Prompt Journal, The 90-Day Writing Prompt Journal, and A Start-Up Guide for Online Christian Writers, and co-author of Influence: Building a Platform that Elevates Jesus (Not Me).

She is the host of Five Minute Friday (, an online community that encourages and equips Christian writers, and she blogs at Heading Home ( Kate is the owner of Refine Services (, a company that offers writing and editing services.

Kate has degree in Bible, theology, and cross-cultural missions from Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and an Honours degree from the Bible Institute of South Africa. She loves writing creative nonfiction and memoir. Kate and her South African husband have three children.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Poignant Memoir of a Young Girl's evolution into Godly Womanhood.
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Kate Motaung’s debut memoir, A Place to Land, is both honest and bittersweet. In it, readers will find a poignant history of a young girl who became a mature woman rooted in the grace of God, even when she faced difficult life storms.

Motaung doesn’t shy away from speaking on the hard topics of family separation, difficult diagnoses, enduring heartache, and loss.

If anything, Kate encourages her readers to look beyond their circumstances to the God who resides in a place where we’re all really hoping to land: Eternity.

A Place to Land isn’t Motaung’s story alone. It’s the story of her mother, a woman of undeniable faith, who continues to love and serve her daughters and grandchildren well.

A Place to Land is a memoir of a teenage girl with many questions and fears. Who is God? Does God still love me when my heart doubts and questions? Will God be faithful?

A Place to Land is the story of a teenager who evolves into a woman of quiet fortitude and gentle strength…trying to understand some of humanity’s biggest questions when faced with life’s hardest moments: Why me, God? Why my own mother, God?

Deeply humane. Full of fragile moments. Honest and heartfelt.

A Place to Land doesn’t disappoint. It offers its readers a sacred reality, that no matter our plans, God’s grand scheme for our individual lives miraculously occurs, covered in deep grace.
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