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.
- An easy listen, but the examples somewhat work against the message.
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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.
- 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.
- 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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- The Waiting!
Jeff Goins- Writer, Christian, Father, Husband.
Jeff Goins was like you, living a normal life, struggling to find “the next big thing.” We are all looking for “the next big thing.” The thing that will change our lives, rock our world, revolutionize the way we think. The problem is, those “big things” don’t happen all too often. In “The In-Between” Jeff Goins talks about the little things, the waiting, and how it actually forms our lives unsuspectingly. It is, he argues, in the waiting that we shape our character.
Jeff uses personal stories to illustrate what he means by “the in-between” and how, in retrospect, the “in-between” moments were some of the most significant moments of his life. It’s easy to learn from and apply the lessons he explains in The In-Between because it comes across as advice from a close friend…especially since Jeff himself narrates the audio version.
Insightful and interesting, I was glad to be able to listen to such a concept so early on in my life. I realize that now, while I’m in the waiting, may be one of the most significant points in my life. I’m already learning to be more content and satisfied with where I am, right now.
I feel like it was a little light on the “Christian” aspect. I understand that perhaps he is trying to create a larger audience by appealing to both Christians and non-Christians, but as a Christian I want to hear a little more of what God has to say on this “waiting period” Jeff calls the “In-Between.” I can obviously study this in my own time, but it would be nice to have a little more biblical guidance throughout Jeff’s book.
Love the concept, love the writing style, but it needed a little more in the way of Biblical foundation.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by the Christian Audio and Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an honest review.
- What you are becoming is important
Today’s Review is sponsored by Cross-Focused Reviews. Through CFR, a copy of the book and audiobook were provided. I would note this: I had already purchased a copy of The In-Between, so I’ll be giving away CFR’s contribution.
We go through life, dashing from moment to moment, all the while missing little glories in the middle. Jeff Goins refers to those parts of life as The In-Between, which is the title of his latest book. Subtitled Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing, it’s a personal look at an important truth.
For the sake of the review, I was asked to both read and listen to the audiobook of The In-Between. First, I’ll deal with the content overall, then with pros and cons of different. I’ll finish off with looking at how it went to read and listen together.
The In-Between starts off with author Goins recounting his personal experiences on a study abroad trip to Spain. It is, hopefully, forgivable to read with a tinge of envy that one hasn’t been to Spain to learn the lessons here, because I did. Moving on, though, the best teacher is other people’s experience, and that’s what you get here.
Goins does not really write a book, though. Just as with his other works Wrecked and his blog, Goins tells stories. He tells great stories and draws wisdom from them. Fortunately, The In-Between is not only based in Spain. Goins has done well by drawing his stories from Europe right back to Tennessee.
This is the strongest aspect of his work in The In-Between. While he leaves the reader to determine application of the work to their own life, he has shown not only how to be aware of the “now” in big moments like Spain but how to be aware of the “now” during dull days in traffic.
Now, I like what I read from Jeff Goins, but he’s as human as you and I. The In-Between is a great read, but an imperfect one. First of all, Goins has been blessed to hold jobs that enable some of the lifestyle choices he highlights, that allow the time to reflect. That’s not always the case, and reading The In-Between while scrimping from this week to next while working at a McJob could be more frustrating than encouraging. I think it’s worth the read, and I’m not too far removed from my McJobs. Some days it would have been encouraging, others frustrating.
The other quibble I would take with The In-Between relates to religious content. I can tell from multiple sources that Goins and I both embrace Christianity as best we understand it, and some of his faith trickles through The In-Between. I think that aspect could have been stronger in his writing, though. There’s just enough Christian and Bible content to make a non-Christian antsy, but not enough for me to feel comfortable putting a box of these on the front pew of the church and saying “take one!”
These concerns are ameliorated by this statement, though: don’t let The In-Between be your only guide for life. I think Goins would agree with that statement. Let his story here inspire you to progress forward, and to trust that what you are becoming even when there are no “great moments” is worth the time.
In addressing the audiobook format, I have one major issue. The entire book is in one file. Now, that may be a factor of download choice—I don’t do a lot of audiobooks. But that was annoying.
Overall, though, the dual-mode of listening and reading together was a good experience. It helped with focus, and I also liked that I could just snag my iPod and move around without the book in hand at some moments. Overall, I wouldn’t do this for every book, but Goins is a good story teller, so The In-Between works well from his voice.
Disclaimer: Free audiobook provided in exchange for the review.
- Before the Next Big Thing
I hadn’t read any of Goins’s books before. I do occasionally read his blog. Online Goins posts about writing and growing your social media presence (surprisingly, I don’t find this annoying). In The In-Between he turns his attention to the time we spend waiting for the next big thing in our lives. Most of our life is spent waiting, which is frustrating for a culture and generation which is raised on instant-gratification. But the in-between times are a gift to us.
This book is a memoir, exploring the terrain of Goins’s life. There are stories here from his childhood,his junior year of college when he studied abroad in Spain, from his time leading a worship band on tour, his early professional life, his discovery of his writing vocation, his courtship of his wife, the birth of their first child, and the experience of parenthood. Goins also talks about his friendship with senior citizens at his church (who have now passed on). Goins knew them late in life, but still experienced their life as gift.
The message of this book is to get us to enjoy our wait. When we are rushing to the next big thing we fail to appreciate what is in front of us now. Furthermore waiting is not a static place. It is a place where we are changed: our faith deepens, our vision is clarified, and we discover who we are and who we are becoming. Though Goins doesn’t make the explicit connection in his book, the now-but-not-yet tension of the Kingdom of God is a liminal space we inhabit as Christians. We are in a space of constant waiting but in the waiting we are changed. This is not a book about theology, but Goins does a great job of describing this as lived reality.
The past couple of years of my life I’ve felt frustrated in my vocational goals. I am a supervisor at a hardware store instead of a pastor in a church. I’ve spent half my time waiting frustrated at God at why my life isn’t where I want it to be. But I have discovered the gifts of inhabiting liminal spaces. Surrounded by supportive community, good friends, and living in one of the world’s most beautiful places (Birch Bay, Washington) I am learning to enjoy the moment and receive what God has for me here. Through the waiting I am changed. Goins names this tension well and I found this an encouraging read. While there is not much in the way of liturgical reflection in this book (other than a reflection on the season of Epiphany), I think this would be an interesting read for the season of Advent. I give this book four stars!
Thank you to Moody Publishers, Christian Audio and Cross Focused Reviews for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my review.
- The In-Between Teaches You to Understand and Appreciate Those Still Moments in Life
When I signed up to review this book, I could hardly wait to start reading it because the subject really interested me beyond measure. I was deeply enthralled about learning how to better embrace those waiting periods that I was going through in my life. To be honest, I will be the first one to admit I lack in the area of patience and could stand to learn a lesson or two more about better developing that skill in my life. It is not an easy task for me, but I have gained a better control over it nowadays as I have gotten older and have sought a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. The one thing I got most out of reading this book is if we get to the point of resisting being patient in our lives, we run the risk of missing out on some very crucial opportunities in our life that can be used to better shape us or change our life for the better. This book reminded me that time is very precious and we should never waste a moment of our life. If we get too caught up in rushing through the process, we end up wasting countless hours, days and possibly years looking at our watch all the time. We need to learn to remember there is a reason God allows us to wait in those precious moments we call life.
During my review of this book, I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook as I read along in the paperback copy of the book. Having both versions of the book available to me, made it easier for me to stay focused on my reading from beginning to end. I found the audiobook to be very good even though I don’t have much experience with audiobooks. The audiobook is narrated by the author in a very presentable manner – he spoke in a very clear voice and did not read too fast. He starts out reading the foreword of the book and ends with reading the acknowledgments. The audiobook is divided into eleven different sections.
The author of the book titled, “The In-Between” by Jeff Goins does an exemplary job of sharing some important lessons he has learned in his past that helped teach me about the waiting period. His stories were very heartfelt and touching that he wrote about in his book. The story of the two senior members from his church who passed away that he discusses at the end of the book nearly made me cry. The tale of how he met his wife, Ashley and the birth of his son, Aiden were also very inspiring stories. The reason the author chose to share these significant stories about his life is to illustrate how important it is for us to be patient and be still at times in order to savor each moment and live our life the way it was intended to live. If we try to rush through our chapters in life, we miss out on some very pivotal moments along the way through the lives of others or certain situations.
Today, we live in a fast paced world where people are always in a hurry to get something done or get somewhere. A number of people in the world always find they have to stay busy doing something rather than be still and enjoy those quiet moments. We don’t have a problem with waiting, but sometimes waiting through the anticipation when we know something is about to change in our lives is the hardest part. Timing is important when it comes to certain situations that occur in our life and we need to learn to be more patient in our waiting period. In everyday living, we learn that we must wait when it comes to waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting to hear about a job promotion, waiting to graduate from college, waiting to get married, waiting to have a baby, and waiting in traffic to get home from work every day just to name a few, but it still doesn’t help those moments when waiting in anticipation knowing something is about to happen. We deal with so many looming distractions every day in a world saturated with social media and infinite interruptions that most of us deal with a constant battle to stay focused on what is in front of us. As we learn to embrace the wait, we eventually discover the appreciation of the delays that confirm some things in life are indeed worth waiting for.
In conclusion, God has a purpose for each one of our lives that is full of those great things we have not yet experienced yet. Each one of our journeys is full of obstacles and delays that are a good indicator of things we expect in life. Sometimes, we learn that some things are worth waiting for while others are not so much. But in the end, we need to value what we have in our life and still hope for in our future. It is easy for one to get frustrated or tensed during these times, but it is just a reminder that we do not always get what we want when we want it and seldom do we get everything we want at the same time. Not everyone in life finds their true calling because we lack the patience to discover our gifts and talents. Every roadblock on our life journey provides a vital lesson which is why we need to learn to appreciate those in-between moments. There is a reason why everything happens in our life in God’s timing. Just because life does not always turn out the way we expected it to, does not mean it cannot be viewed as a blessing rather than a curse. It all comes down to how we view the situation and the life lesson learned from the experience. Since we are never promised tomorrow, I would like to encourage everyone to find a reason to enjoy the joyful season of today and savor every moment of it because it is a gift. This book has taught me to have a different perspective in how I should use my down time in life and find ways to put it to better use. I look forward to those waiting periods for the process of my life because I know God has some great things in store for my life. Rating: 4 Stars
A special thank you to Cross Focused Reviews and Moody Publishers for paperback and audio copies of this book in exchange for my honest review.
- Why do we hate to wait?
"Life was meant to be more than the daily humdrum. It was supposed to be enjoyable, full of purpose, not just stress and worry. So where has all our satisfaction gone? Where is our pleasure, our joy? We search on road trips and
vacations for the life we've always wanted. We seek out meaning in our jobs. We
even reserve those feelings of joy and satisfaction for major events like marriage or the birth of a child. But often we're disappointed with what we find. Sure, we may be happy; but we are far from complete. Even the best job, best husband, and best vacation have their flaws."
The word "wait" can be seen as Western culture's most disliked "dirty" word. It seems most of us hate to displace gratification for very long. We wonder what we can do while we're waiting. We don't feel productive. Depending on the type of
wait, some of us will pull out our mobile communication devices to access their
social media, play games, or talk to friends. Others will try a wide variety of
distractions. But what if the wait involves more time? Suppose it is a wait of days,
weeks, months or even years? What should our attitude be toward times like this? Author Jeff Goins has some interesting thoughts about them.
I have read and reviewed a couple of this author's works, and really enjoy his easygoing writing style. He is a young person who writes well for young people. His narrative storytelling witticisms are a pleasure to read. His ability to see beyond his years is refreshing. In this book, he recounts past experiences that drive home his point that there is much to learn in the in-between moments. Just maybe the western world has an entirely wrong take on these holding periods in our lives. Perhaps they aren't a waste of our time.
"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. If we reserve our joy only for the experiences of a lifetime, we may
miss the life in the experience. Such opportunities are everywhere, waiting for us to see them. But first we must learn to open our eyes, to recognize the gift of waiting."
One snapshot Jeff Goins shares with his readers was one that resonated with me
because of similar experiences. He and his friends were vacationing in Florence
where they viewed Michelangelo's sculpture of David. Instead of joining the queue to see the sculpture, they left the line and seated themselves in the room. For the next few hours they contemplated the intricacies of what they saw before them. When they left their collective response was, "Wow!" Nothing else needed to be uttered. Being a "sit and soak" type of person, I have had a few of those moments, usually when choosing to stand still and really look and wonder...often to the annoyance of those with me who wanted to move on. Do you take the time to drink in special moments?
In addition to sending me this book for review, I was also provided an audio mp3 of the author Jeff Goins reading this book. There is nothing like listening to a book
being read by the person who wrote the piece. The nuances of expression during
the reading add another layer of understanding to the experience. I really enjoyed the book so much more with the audio addition. In fact, the entire experience was a lot of fun. It was if I were sitting down on the front porch and sharing a moment with the author. I loved following along in the book while listening to the audio, but I also enjoyed the audiobook by itself. I highly recommend this book with the audio version.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of the print book from Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC) and Moody Publishers and the audio book from Christianaudio.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
- Rarely rises above the mundane
Maybe I set my expectations too high for The In-Between, the new book by Jeff Goins, but I found it to be a disappointing read. Wrecked, another book by Goins, is an amazingly insightful and raw book about engaging this broken world head-on and dealing with the resulting mix of emotions and struggles. In Wrecked, Goins tackles a topic that no one else is talking about with his considerable writing chops. In The In-Between, he aims to do it again with another topic that doesn’t get a lot of press: how to wait well.
This book has some elements of a memoir, as Goins recounts his own restlessness and how learned to appreciate the small things in life. If that sounds a little trite, that’s how it often comes across in this book, too. Part of the problem is that it’s admittedly hard to write in interesting ways about the uninteresting parts of life. Where is the ability to speak into my soul that Goins exhibited in Wrecked? Where is the cutting insightfulness?
Well, that insightfulness shows up a couple times throughout the book. When Goins intertwines the narrative of his grandfather’s deathbed conversion with his own experience sharing the gospel in a Taiwanese retirement home, he demonstrates that he is indeed a very good writer. Then there’s his harrowing account of his first child’s difficult birth that transitions into the recounting of a weary all-nighter with his fussy infant son. The move from tense to mundane, an then to rumination on the depth of parental love is truly great.
Perhaps to prove the very point Goins is trying to make with this book, reading it is a fairly mundane experience with rare moments of transcendence. Kind of like life, I suppose. I get where he’s coming from, but I just don’t think I can recommend the book without reservations. That said, the author does a great job narrating his own book for the audiobook version.
Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
- Jeff has a unique talent
Jeff is amazing as a communicator. While his flaming red hair of youth blows me away in his videos, he is able to connect on paper as if he truly has known me personally. He points out how we wait for the big events and often waste our time on waiting instead of enjoying the moments...the "in-betweens." This is the purpose of his book, or a mission statement, if you will: how to learn to recognize and enjoy those moments, which are truly the moments that matter to us.
Jeff is amazing as a communicator. And yes, that fact needed to be said again. Jeff's narration of his own book changes the concept of audiobook or presentation to transactional conversation. I am not listening to a lecture - I am part of a small group conference. I am not listening to an actor - I am taught by a real person with real struggles. I am not being ridiculed by a professor - I am being convicted by a fellow fallen man struggling with daily life. The content in this book could not have been narrated by a better voice. It's not grandiose, it's reality.
- Appreciating the small moments where life actually happens
In an age of fast food, instant downloads and on-the-go internet, we are an impatient people. Whether it is the check-out line or the next stage of life, we can’t wait until the next bit thing. Christians have the itch as much as the next guy or girl. And American evangelicalism’s emphasis on spiritual crises and “decisions for Christ” keeps us looking for the next break through or longing for the day when we’ll finally have arrived. Jeff Goins points out that our perspective is flawed. Instead of looking ahead with anticipation or behind with regret, we need to be sure and live our life appreciating all of the moments "in-between".
His latest book, "The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing" fleshes out what it means to wait, and how in every season of life, behind our disappointments and joys, living for Christ involves trusting Him for the small moments where most of our life actually happens. The book is as much Goins’ life story (so far) as it is a detailed study on the subject of waiting. The story is well-written, at times intimate, and always thought-provoking. Ultimately the author succeeds in making much of the in-between.
Listening to the Christian Audio version of the book, I appreciated that it was the author himself, who read the book. As the story surrounded the author’s own escapades, you felt like you got to know him by the end of it. His reading was as smooth and polished as his writing style. Approachable and inviting, humorous at times and above all, real. This is an inspirational read that might just spark a life-transformation — of the smaller, more enduring “in-between” kind.
The book’s biggest fault is by some people’s measure a strength. He appeals to a wide audience through his sparing use of Scripture. This isn’t a Bible study or devotional read, yet it is spiritual and moving all the same. His lesson rings true to Scripture and is worth a hearing.
If you’re looking for a quick yet inspirational read, and if you’re trying to find hope in the midst of disappointment or confusion, this book is for you. Life doesn’t always turn out like we wished or thought it would. But that is what makes it worth living, and what causes us to trust our Lord all the more. Pick up "The In-Between," you’ll be glad you did.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by christianaudio.com as part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review.
- Perfect for anyone who is Waitng
By Rose H.
I received this book courtesy of Christian Audio for the purpose of writing a review.
Narrator Thoughts - I always have preferred books that are read by the author. They can read their own works like no one else can. This books was no exception. I enjoyed his style and his voice. I felt like I was sitting in his living room and he was sharing his life with me.
Book Thoughts - This book came at the perfect time for me. For the past few months I have been struggling with what God wanted me to do next. I was trying to force things to happen and make some of my dreams a reality. Through this book and the help of some friends, I realized that I could just rest in where God had me for now. I didn't have to try and make things happen. I could just rest in what God had already given me.
In this short and well written book, Jeff invites you to embrace the "in-between" time. Enjoy the simple days and moments of our lives. Because it's in them that we are really growing. We are learning who we are and where we should be. It's in living and enjoying these seemingly boring lives that we really find fulfillment and peace.
If you are struggling with what God wants you to do next or feeling stuck, this is a perfect book for you.
You can find this title on Amazon or Christian Audio.
- Again, too thin
I've grown to appreciate Jeff Goins' writing on writing. He has inspired me to keep writing (in fact, that's a reason I'm writing this review -- to write, dabnabbit). But this book is too thin to be a book. It's about how the important things in life often happen in the mundane ordnariness of life. That's it. Got it. So we needed an entire book to tell us this? More power to Jeff for getting the book published. But if I hadn't gotten it for free from christianaudio.com, I would not have read it. I have too many important books to read, many of which teach the same lesson ... and more eloquently. As I've gathered from some other books I've read by other authors younger than me, I allow that I'm not in the demographic for whom Jeff is writing and it may have a greater impact on many readers who haven't heard this message many times before.
- Memoir with a Message
I loved the narration of this audiobook by the author Jeff Goins. He told his life stories very well indeed, and I really felt that I had a very good glimpse into his life. Although I didn't always relate to his life I did enjoy the parts where he reflected, confessing that he'd been rushing so much that he sometimes missed the best parts.
I enjoyed the' In-between Glimpses' at the end of each chapter, but I was confused that they were from other people's lives as I don't think this was mentioned at the beginning of the audio.
I would recommend this to people who need to slow down and are always grasping for the next part of their lives. I think also this could be a good resource for students who are thinking about what's next and aren't necessarily enjoying their lives now. Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for the free copy of this audio.
- A book about growing, from an author that's growing
This review, by Dr. Nicholson, has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute (www.desertbibleinstitute.com).
Jeff Goins does a good job of presenting an often overlooked issue in our society – living in the moment. So often people in general, and Americans especially, are concerned about what they are going to do once they finish college, after the kids leave home, or when they retire: Seldom are they concern about what God is doing in their lives right now as they sit at their computer reading a book review.
One of the strengths of Gions’s book is its clear, logical structure. At the beginning of each section, Goins makes a point that he wants address as most readers do. Then he gives a detailed analogy that ties this point together in several different ways. This adds to both the ability of the book to relate to the audience and the scope of the audience the book reaches. He then ends with a summation of his point followed by what I liked best- a brief testimony of someone detailing with the exact point Goins was just discussing. This last element proved a saving grace for the book.
Not only did this use of testimony break up the narrative and didactic writing of the book, but it also added credibility to what Goins was saying. Goins was 26-years-old at the end of writing this book (likely he still is since it was released 2 weeks prior to this review) and therefore many of his personal analogies were connected to his childhood and college experiences. While these are great, they limit the scope, depth, and reflection that are necessary for a book of this magnitude. Cleverly, he makes up for some of this by including testimony of people who have dealt with issues that only come along later in life. At the end of the book Goins tries to further close this gap talking about his experiences with death, but again it is a teenager (and then later young man) dealing with death causing it to lack real perspective. Probably my greatest criticism of this book is that there should have been not only more testimony but also that it should have gone into more depth.
While Goins chapter structure was excellent, his overall structure was a little shaky. This is a normal transition that one might expect from someone who goes from blog writing (Gions’s specialty) to full-fledged, non-fiction, book writing. This is most apparent in the middle of the book when Goins talks about his experiences as a writer, what it takes to be a writer, and what that meant in his life. Again, this was not surprising to find in his book since it is a topic he often talks about, but it was only vaguely on point to the crux of the book. It ultimately came off as either something he had pulled in from another writing project to beef this book up to 179 pages or his book didn’t have a good through-point: Either way it’s a weakness, but one that is later overcome.
Goins saves his book, and brings his points altogether, with his images of his newborn son. This allows him to explode out of the minimalistic issues of angst-ridden teen years and finding-myself college years. Here his book stops being for teens and starts being for a far wider audience. What makes this part of the book so compelling is that it captures how the hard, everyday challenges grow us into the person God wants us to be.
While Goins doesn’t out-and-out state this, I think he touches on the idea that by embracing the little moments of growth throughout our lives we endear not only ourselves but also Christ to the unbeliever. The unbeliever definitely sees how we, as Christians, deal with death, the loss of a job, and persecution, but these instances are few and far between. What they truly see is the little moments – the moments when God breaks us and remakes us, one act at a time, into the person He wants us to be. They see the struggle and they see the growth and in the end (with a little luck) they see the Lord.
This is a good book and if you have a hard time in the middle, hang in there, there are some big payoffs at the end. It is my firm hope that Goins comes back and re-releases this book in 20 years. If he does, I bet this book will shift from good to astounding.
Trent Nicholson, Ph.D., D.Min.
Desert Bible Institute, President
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- Enjoy the Waiting!
Over the past year I have been obsessed with productivity and making sure my time is spent doing the right things and getting a lot done. Other than the scripture, the book Getting Things Done by David Allen has been my playbook.
So when I got my copy of The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins from christianaudio Reviewers Program, I was sure that the book would help me be as productive as possible between projects. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
If you are looking for productivity tips, this isn’t the book you are looking for. But you should still probably read it!
Goins takes the time to write about the value of the waiting in between the busy-ness of our productive lives. And he takes his time doing it. This, in my opinion, is what gives such value to this book. Goins is a storyteller and uses stories from his life to highlight the value of waiting during the “in-between” times. Story forces us to take our time to get to “the point” and allows us to enjoy the journey as well. And this is the point he trying to make.
I listened to the audio version of the book and the author was the narrator. This can often spell doom for an audio book. However, in this instance, the fact that the book is mainly stories from the life of the author, it seems to give even more personality to the stories themselves. It’s almost as if these stories were meant to be told rather than read. Goins does a nice job narrating the stories and I found myself looking forward to every chapter.
If you find yourself constantly searching for the next project, uncomfortable with downtime, this book is for you. If you love to hear a good story told, this audio book is for you.
I wholeheartedly recommend The In-Between and was glad I had the chance to take some time to slow down and wait.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review purposes from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
- In The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins, the author shares numerous stories about how he has learned to enjoy the time of waiting between what was
In The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins, the author shares numerous stories about how he has learned to enjoy the time of waiting between what was and the next big thing. Many times, we don't like waiting–we want to get that dream job or we want to have that new product now, but Jeff Goins challenges the reader to embrace the waiting. Jeff Goins shares stories from his life and experiences where he learned the most in the waiting.
I really enjoyed this book. As a college student I know my life can get really busy and I just want to get done with certain things at times. Maybe for you it is getting that dream job or getting the latest product you ordered now, there are so many times that I don't like to wait and Jeff Goins challenged me to savor the moments and see what God is teaching me through the waiting.
If you have read any of my other audiobook reviews, you will probably know that I like books read by the author the best because I think it adds something to the book. I was really excited to find out that this title was read by Jeff Goins and I really enjoyed his narration.
As I said, I really enjoyed this book and I am glad I listened to it. It challenged me to view life differently and to try to take the most out of every moment.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.
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