I don’t know exactly when I first discovered Jeff Goins’s writing, but since that day I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything that I’ve read.
Writing with both conviction and familiarity, reading Goins is like having a conversation with an old high school buddy. You instantly know that he cares not only about what he’s writing, but that he also cares about you too, the reader. You find yourself nodding in agreement and smiling because you feel like you’ve known him for a long time, even though you’ve never met.
That’s why I was thrilled when I got my hands on an advance copy of his latest book, The In-Between, which is set to release on August 1. Published by Moody Publishers, The In-Between takes you through the seemingly most mundane and typical seasons of the author’s life, with a twist. He chronicles studying abroad, a train ride home, courtship, his wife’s pregnancy and a ton more by seeing the day-by-day as the true engine of growth.
By the middle of the book, let alone the end, The In-Between had me wanting to slow down and take in all the sights and smells that I’ve been too busy to notice before. It made me want to linger, to cherish.
Perfectly subtitled, “Embracing the tension between now and the next big thing”, Goins’s latest work spins his tales with the art of a Twain and philosophizes with the pointedness of a CS Lewis. He wins by making you want to slow down and live. To treasure the moment and memorialize it in your mind instead of capturing it with your iPhone.
He makes you think by writing, “God is less concerned with exactly what I’m doing and more concerned with who I’m becoming.”
He echoes the biblical truth that it’s better to give than to receive by reminding us, “…when we pour out our gifts and talents, we receive abundantly more than we ever provide.”
But for me, the quintessential Goins-ism was this one:
Our journey is full of rest stops – park benches and airport terminals – that signal the arrival of things we anticipate. Sometimes they’re worth the wait; other times, the glory doesn’t shine quite like we’d hoped. Regardless, we need to learn to live in this tension, to appreciate what we have and still hope for. This process isn’t easy; we all know that. But it’s part of being human and it’s what connects us to each other.
If it were a hard copy that I read, I’d tell you that I couldn’t put the book down, but since I had the Kindle version, it’s more like, I couldn’t turn it off.
My only complaint? I would have preferred a little more “how” and “why” in exchange for a little less “what”. I’m not fussing, but I could’ve had a few more classic lines like this one:
In the waiting, we become.
And, just a little bit less narration.
So, if you’re the kind of person that’s moving from one thing to the next with neck breaking speed…if you are that guy who can’t relax on vacation because of the strict time schedule that you’ve imposed upon your entirely family…if you’re at all like me and what I’m trying hard not to be, then walk, don’t run to the book store on August 1st or 2nd or 3rd and pick up a copy of The In-Between.
Take your time, but do it. You won’t be sorry.
A special thanks goes out to Moody Publishers for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for this review. Really, thank you.