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A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging Paperback – March 9, 2018
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From the Publisher
Meet Author Kate Motaung
I moved ten times in ten years, bookended by transatlantic moves from Michigan to Africa and back again. I married a South African and had three kids in Cape Town, but struggled to feel settled while hopping from rental to rental in a foreign country.
Where was my home, anyway?
When my mom passed away at age 59 after a nine-year battle with cancer, I started thinking more about heaven and realized it’s so easy to want to establish roots here, to desire deep foundations in this temporary home.
But what would happen if we set our minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2)? What would happen if we lived each day with an awareness that eternity is but a breath away?
My prayer is that through this book, you would be reminded that these “light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).
Cancer. Divorce. Foreclosure. Loss. Grief. Pain.
Nobody expects or wants these realities to barge into their life. But they come anyway, uninvited. The question is, what do we do then?
It’s easy and common to look for satisfaction in this world—to strive and labor for happiness and fulfillment here and now. We long for safety, for stability, for security.
But we will soon discover that the pleasures of this life are temporary. They can be snatched away at any moment, often without warning.
When we learn the hard way that this life is full of hardship and trials, we need something more—something that lasts. Something eternal.
A Place to Land challenges us to see beyond this life and to cling to the only treasure that will never spoil, perish, or fade—the hope and promise of eternal life for those who trust in Jesus.
A celebration of home, eternity, longing, and belonging
- Engages you in an interesting story and focuses your heart on heaven as home
- Addresses the common tension of living on earth until heaven is reached
- An appealing multi-cultural, multi-continent story of family and belonging
From the Back Cover
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.
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 162707662X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1627076623
- Product Dimensions : 5.38 x 0.56 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Our Daily Bread Publishing (March 9, 2018)
- Reading level : Baby and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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