Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pilgrimage (my Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked)

Title:  Pilgrimage (my Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked)
Author:  Lynn Austin
Pages:  240
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany
A ritual happens around this time of year between now and the New Year…resolutions.  Some are goals like reading through the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation, but how many continue reading, especially when they come to the book of Leviticus?  Another resolution many make is in regard to their physical appearance, not that that is a bad idea either.  Something I didn’t even think to do was ask the Lord if I should make a resolution in the first place.  Do you ask the Lord about making a resolution or is it just because it is the time of year to do so?  If and what you resolve to do, do you then tell people what it is when they ask?  When people ask me, I jokingly say, “I gave that up for Lent!”, and then tell them I don’t make them anymore.
 Lynn Austin has been a favorite author of mine for some time, yet I am always drawn to want to know the person behind the writing.  Lynn Austin has shared herself in a very transparent, elegant, nonfiction book released this year called, Pilgrimage.  Within the pages, Lynn shares where her heart hurts, what her daily struggles are and what the Lord showed her when she recently went on a tour in Israel.  Lynn Austin doesn’t share this to garner pity or empathy, at least that is not the sense I got as I read the book.  What I gleaned was the heart of a sister in the Lord and her journey here on earth with the trials and triumphs she has experienced.  I sense she wrote the book as a journal to remind herself in days to come of all the Lord has revealed to her about Himself and to encourage us, her fellow travelers.
As you read each chapter, you may find yourself agreeing with what she shares or empathizing because you have experienced something similar.  There is a call to remember like King David all the Lord has done when we are in a dry place spiritually speaking or a heart broken area.  All who read this will be able to come away with encouragement, hope, to drink deeply of God’s Word, to gain a rekindled fire for prayer or maybe to practice reminding ourselves what the Lord has done for us and for others.
So before you think of making a resolution or just going into 2014 with whatever you have already planned, please take a little time to read what Lynn Austin shares.  Then go to Lord, dwell in the Word and see what adventure He may have for you in 2014 that you would never have thought of before hearing His voice.
My rating is 5 stars.
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