I recently wrapped up Kevin DeYoung’s great little book Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem (Crossway, 2013) and one of the next books on my reading list was The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins (Moody Publishers, 2013). Judging by the fact that both of these titles focus on slowing down and focusing on what’s important, I may be subconsciously trying to tell myself something.
If you’ve read Jeff’s previous book Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life (Moody Publishers, 2012), you’ll feel right at home with The In-Between. It has the same conversational tone and pacing that you found in Wrecked. I actually listened to the audiobook version of Wrecked, so as I’m reading The In-Between, it feels like I hear Jeff’s voice reading inside my head as I make my way through the book.
Presently I’m about a third of the way through the book and I’ve found two quotes that really were meaningful to me. They are:
“What we were hoping for, what we dreamed would be a larger-than-life experience, ends up looking a lot like morning breath and spreadsheets. So we keep searching, and we wonder why it’s becoming harder to sit still and just be. All the while, what we’re searching for sits in front of us, hidden in normal, everyday inconveniences.” (The In-Between, p. 20)
“In music, this type of passing moment has a name: a grace note. And that’s just what these moments of waiting and walking and wondering were: grace notes that added a touch of beauty to the bolder moments making up the music of my days.” (The In-Between, p. 44)
I’m thoroughly enjoying The In-Between and expect I’ll finish it before the week is out. To learn more about the book visit goinswriter.com/inbetween.
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