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The In-Between

Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing

Author Jeff Goins
Narrator Jeff Goins
Runtime 3.8 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date July 25, 2013
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We're an "instant gratification" generation, but the trouble is, most change happens gradually.


Most of us spend our lives searching and longing for something more than what is in front of us. Whether it's traveling abroad or chasing cheap (or expensive) thrills, we're all looking for medicine to satisfy our restlessness. And, so often, we're looking in the wrong place.


The In-Between is a call to accept the importance that waiting plays in our lives. Can we embrace the extraordinary nature of the ordinary and enjoy the daily mundane-what lies in between the "major" moments?


Moments of breakthrough are not where life's greatest transformation happens; the stuff that God uses to shape us often lies in the in-between. It's the bus stops and layovers and DMV lines and moments of unintentional pause that force us to become better people.


That's not to say there aren't moments of epiphany. There are. It's just that most of us find ourselves living somewhere in the in-between. Learning to live in this tension, to be content in these moments of waiting, may be our greatest struggle-and our greatest opportunity to grow.

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We're an "instant gratification" generation, but the trouble is, most change happens gradually.


Most of us spend our lives searching and longing for something more than what is in front of us. Whether it's traveling abroad or chasing cheap (or expensive) thrills, we're all looking for medicine to satisfy our restlessness. And, so often, we're looking in the wrong place.


The In-Between is a call to accept the importance that waiting plays in our lives. Can we embrace the extraordinary nature of the ordinary and enjoy the daily mundane-what lies in between the "major" moments?


Moments of breakthrough are not where life's greatest transformation happens; the stuff that God uses to shape us often lies in the in-between. It's the bus stops and layovers and DMV lines and moments of unintentional pause that force us to become better people.


That's not to say there aren't moments of epiphany. There are. It's just that most of us find ourselves living somewhere in the in-between. Learning to live in this tension, to be content in these moments of waiting, may be our greatest struggle-and our greatest opportunity to grow.

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An easy listen, but the examples somewhat work against the message.
This review was made possible by the christianaudio Reviewer's Program.

When I decided to listen to this audiobook, it was based in part on the product description. I was looking for a book that would guide me through the Bible to see what God has to say on a topic, and this book looked like a good choice. After all, it is “a call to accept the importance that waiting plays in our lives” and will teach us that “moments of breakthrough are not where life’s greatest transformation happens”. Thirty minutes later, however, after listening to Goins go on and on about his trip to Spain, I came to the understanding that the Bible was not going to be used much, if at all. (Having now completed it, if my memory serves correctly, I don’t think a single passage of Scripture was quoted.)

This, unfortunately, set me against the book rather quickly, and I had to reorient my expectations. Rather than a Bible study, The In-Between is more like a memoir, a collection of reminisces about the author’s life, ostensibly to give readers a perspective their own lives have not provided. Again, though, here’s the shrug: I felt a disconnect between the message and the memories.

The memories Jeff Goins relates to teach us the importance of waiting primarily focus on his college term spent in Spain, his year-long tour with a worship band, the induced birth of his child after an ultrasound distressed his wife’s doctor (needlessly, as it turns out, thankfully), and a few other events. The trouble is, most of these are unique experiences that the average person will not experience, and I certainly haven’t. Yes, I greatly enjoyed hearing about his struggles with writing (because I can totally relate), and I also enjoyed his story about dating his future wife, but Goins’ attempt to use these experiences to relate a message of “waiting is important” ends up making him come off as very difficult to please.

But okay, maybe that’s the point. Maybe he was difficult to please, and these events and experiences helped him grow. And you know what? That’s probably true, but I don’t know, because he tells these stories out of chronological order, and so the reader can’t keep track of his spiritual development. An additional problem is that each memory is used to tell the same lesson: the mundane is important, waiting is important, every moment is crucial, we need to stop being so busy and enjoy life. As a result, it felt like Goins spent nearly four hours making the same point over and over again.

Now, don’t get me wrong: This is an important message, and it’s one we need to hear repeatedly. I just don’t think The In-Between does a great job with it.

The author himself, Jeff Goins, is the narrator of the audiobook, and he does a great job reading it. He is very easy to listen to, has a good speed, and, being the author, is able to give the words the inflections and tones he intended. The audiobook is very well done.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/3/2014)
A Lesson In Patience
The In-Between by Jeff Goins is a fascinating look at the underrated and overlooked fruit of the Spirit that is patience and about how waiting and enjoying the current moment can have its rewards. He presents multiple examples of the time “in-between” big events in his life teaching him some valuable lessons, ones that he didn't expect to learn.

I found this quite an interesting book as I have often been of a similar mindset, waiting for the big events to happen and not enjoying and learning from the current periods of waiting. I think a lot of young people have a very similar mindset just waiting until the grow up, get married or have children to learn things and become great.

The narration was good as it was read by the author of the book, so he knew exactly how the book was meant to be presented. Also his voice was quite clear and not monotonous, so it made listening easy.

This book would be great for anyone who is struggling with the seemingly unproductive seasons of their life when nothing seems to be happening despite their best efforts and they are waiting for something big to happen.

This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/26/2014)
Waiting is meaningful
I love Jeff Goins writings. I have always felt that when I read his writings it’s like having a discussion or chat with a close friend of mine. He is an author who cares not only about what he wants to convey, but that he also cares about the readers.

I was so happy when I got the audio book of Jeff Goins latest book “The In-Between: Embracing the tension between now and the next big thing” for an honest review. I feel that the title of the book is very meaning and apt for the message it conveys. Our life is a journey and this book teaches us to enjoy every moment of this journey. Our live contains so much of waiting time. It starts from the daily routine activities such as waiting for the bus, waiting to get green light at the signal, waiting in queues, waiting to for a friend and the list goes on. There also some very important things such as waiting for a promotion, waiting to get married, waiting to become a parent and the list goes on. Jeff makes us to understand that this waiting time is a great part of our life and that we need to appreciate it instead of fretting and fuming.

Jeff says that though the destination is critical, the journey is very vital. In the process of reaching the destination, do not miss out the enjoyment of the journey. Jeff’s writing is awesome. There are many instances in this book where you find yourself nodding in agreement and smiling because you he is so good at making you understand the message.

This is a book that will be suitable for anyone. In this fast moving world, this book would definitely make us to really understand the meaning of this life. Life is not about achievements alone, it’s more about how we have live it. We live only once, live it to the best by enjoying it moment by moment.

This is a great audio book to listen and Jeff voice is pleasant. As the author himself reads this book, it adds so much value for the content. I highly recommend this book for anyone.

I thank Cross Focused Reviews for the audio copy of this book in exchange for my review.
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Review by / (Posted on 12/8/2013)
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