PILGRIMAGE : MY JOURNEY TO A DEEPER FAITH IN THE LAND WHERE JESUS WALKED
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.
Kudos to the author for baring her soul in order to lift up others. Her first person narrative creates an immediate intimacy with her readers and while this is a work of non-fiction, Austin's fluid writing style reads like fiction. I was riveted from page one. She speaks to the challenge change brings and the ensuing struggle to rekindle the joy of a new believer. I think we've all encountered a season of spiritual malaise; a time when we have taken the fruits of our faith for granted. Taking this 'virtual' journey to Israel with the author has helped renew my passion for the gospel and my appreciation for my Saviour. Austin has a real gift for bringing the scriptures to life and making them relevant for the 21st century Christian. Pilgrimage is full of profound 'revelations' that have opened my eyes and deepened my faith in numerous ways.
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