“We all encounter times when our spirit feels dry, when doubt looms.
The opportunity to tour Israel came at a good time. For months, my life has been a mindless plodding through necessary routine, as monotonous as an all-night shift on an assembly line. Life gets that way sometimes, when nothing specific is wrong but the world around us seems drained of color. Even my weekly worship experiences and daily quiet times with God have felt as dry and stale as last year’s crackers. I’m ashamed to confess the malaise I’ve felt. I have been given so much. Shouldn’t a Christian’s life be an abundant one, as exciting as Christmas morning, as joyful as Easter Sunday?
With gripping honesty, Lynn Austin pens her struggles with spiritual dryness in a season of loss and unwanted change. Tracing her travels throughout Israel, Austin seamlessly weaves events and insights from the Word . . . and in doing so finds a renewed passion for prayer and encouragement for her spirit, now full of life and hope.” – Amazon.com
Where do I begin? Truly, I never thought I would begin a review with those words, but today I find that I am.
What can I say about this book, Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked, that would convey to you just how moving and impactful and meaningful it is? I don’t know that my words can do it justice. Still, I will try to express something that might spur you on to consider reading this book.
From the moment I began reading Lynn Austin’s book, I was taken in by the words that she wrote. Not only were her words poetic and personal, they were also alive in that they evoked emotion. Her experiences, her accounts, her journey itself was happening right in front of me. I could easily place myself right alongside her, climbing, searching, seeking, looking…
I loved how Ms. Austin used Scripture references, geographical landmarks, and historical perspectives to better paint the picture of her pilgrimage. I appreciated her insight and her prayers. She took me from the external considerations of life to the internal examinations of self. She made me appreciate how important honesty, intimacy, and sincerity in worship are as we live out our faith in the common and uncommon occurrences of life.
This book was powerful in a way that so few books are. It spoke. It taught. It challenged. Most of all, it inspired.
Without a doubt, I would not hesitate to recommend this book to others. I believe it would be of great benefit to anyone who desires to journey into the heart of their faith.
This is the kind of book that you will want to revisit time and time again. It is a keeper…of the hard copy variety, to be sure.
Rating: 5 Stars *****
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A complimentary ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The words I have expressed are my own. I was neither expected to write a positive review, nor compensated for it. The words I have communicated are my own.