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In The Land Between, author Jeff Manion uses the biblical story of the Israelite’s journey through Sinai desert as a metaphor for being in undesired, transitional space. After enduring generations of slavery in Egypt, the descendants of Jacob travel through the desert (the land between) toward their new home in Canaan. They crave the food of their former home in Egypt and despise their present environment. They are unable to go back and incapable of moving forward. The Land Between explores the way in which their reactions can provide insight and guidance on how to respond to God during our own seasons of difficult transition. The book provides fresh biblical insight for people traveling through undesired transitions (e.g. foreclosure, unemployment, parents in declining health, post-graduate uncertainty, business failure, etc.) who are looking for hope, guidance, and encouragement. While it is possible to move through transitions and learn little, they provide our greatest opportunity for spiritual growth. God desires to meet us in our chaos and emotional upheaval, and he intends for us to encounter his goodness and provision during these upsetting seasons.

“After fourteen years of friendship, I’m consistently amazed with the largeness of Jeff’s heart---you begin to wonder if the whole world can fit in there. You’ll feel and sense and hear that heart in these pages.” ---Rob Bell, author of Drops Like Stars and Velvet Elvis -- Rob Bell, Author“If the many tear stains on my copy of this book could speak, they’d tell you how very deeply I connected with Jeff’s words. Jeff is a dear friend and an amazing pastor, and he writes with the eloquence and depth I’ve come to appreciate in both his sermons and the conversations our families have shared around the dinner table. When you find yourself in the land between, and at some point you will, read this book.” ---Shauna Niequist, author of Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet -- Shauna Niequist, Author“Plant your feet on the soil of The Land Between and one thought comes to mind: ‘This place will either kill my faith, or make it stronger.’ Jeff Manion’s insights into the biblical narrative will guide you through the land between on a path away from resentment and into gratitude and growth.” ---Dr. Mark Beeson, senior pastor, Granger Community Church -- Dr. Mark Beeson, Senior Pastor In The Land Between, author Jeff Manion uses the biblical story of the Israelite's journey through Sinai desert as a metaphor for being in undesired, transitional space. After enduring generations of slavery in Egypt, the descendants of Jacob travel through the desert (the land between) toward their new home in Canaan. They crave the food of their former home in Egypt and despise their present environment. They are unable to go back and incapable of moving forward. The Land Between explores the way in which their reactions can provide insight and guidance on how to respond to God during our own seasons of difficult transition. The book provides fresh biblical insight for people traveling through undesired transitions (e.g. foreclosure, unemployment, parents in declining health, post-graduate uncertainty, business failure, etc.) who are looking for hope, guidance, and encouragement. While it is possible to move through transitions and learn little, they provide our greatest opportunity for spiritual growth. God desires to meet us in our chaos and emotional upheaval, and he intends for us to encounter his goodness and provision during these upsetting seasons.

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  • PDF | 208 pages
  • Jeff Manion(Author)
  • Zondervan; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (July 31, 2010)
  • English
  • 9
  • Christian Books & Bibles

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  • By CatLady88 on September 1, 2014

    With my husband and I having experienced a sort of free-fall of disaster, despite the efforts of well-made plans, I sought counsel in redefining our lives. I found it here, and shared my readings with my husband. There is always a solid, underlying biblical message, but it is applied in such a way that we, as 21st century people, can relate. A year later, we are coming out of this difficulty, but I still often refer to the book. As Jeff Manion writes, you can read a thought-provoking book, but it is not until you are in the pain of transition that you transform permanently. The book provides an excellent guide. I believe the insights apply to those who are more open and spiritual, as well as those who are specifically Bible-based. If you feel that you need change as you are marking time in the metaphorical (or real) desert, this book will help clear your vision and offer perspective.

  • By Kevin L. Nenstiel on October 27, 2010

    Times of transition and paths of difficulty give us an opportunity to become bitter and hard, or to trust in God and grow in faith. Jeff Manion wants you to understand the difference. While the world rewards us (briefly) for self-pity, we have a choice, if we believe that God uses our trials as a chance to build our souls for Him.Manion draws several images from the Hebrew Scripture. Consider how God used Israel's desert wanderings to build a nation of covenant and trust. Manion dramatizes the early Hebrew struggle, from Abraham to David, as object lessons in God's vision for how difficulty strengthens us in holiness and faith. Jesus and Paul make appearances, but Manion makes more and better use of the Hebrew Scripture than I've seen in a Christian book in quite a while.This book's friendly, conversational tone leads us to trust in Manion's godly guidance. He admits his own struggles to trust in God's grace, offers telling and intimate anecdotes, and makes us feel like he is on this journey with us. I feel stronger for having read this book. Jeff Manion has his fingers on the modern Christian pulse, he has identified a real faith need, and his vision could really push us back closer to God.

  • By John Gibbs on November 24, 2010

    When the Israelites escaped from slavery in Egypt and headed for the Promised Land, it took them a lot longer to get there than they had anticipated. Most people experience times in their lives where they get caught in the wilderness between what their lives used to be like and what they hope their lives might one day become. Jeff Manion has written this book about it.The author has himself spent plenty of time in "the land between", with the book relating the story of how his family was thrown into chaos when his mother was killed in a car accident, and then the story of how his church struggled through a difficult period when plans to build a proper church building were delayed for several years.The book is divided into five parts, labelled complaint, meltdown, provision, discipline and growth. Time spent in "the land between" can be an opportunity to grow closer to God or to grow further away from him; the author's advice is that you choose the former rather than the latter. In my view this book is likely to be helpful to Christians regardless of whether they are currently going through a difficult period, as everyone from time to time gets to visit "the land between".

  • By Penni L. Smith on March 10, 2011

    I've been in a place of transition for a few years now, so I could definitely appreciate the subject. Still, haven't we all heard about the Exodus as an illustration for our lives and heard these difficult times called being in the wilderness? I didn't think I'd find much new.In one respect, I didn't. The author takes us through the Exodus and brings up key lessons along the way. Yet...there was something wonderful and new here. It wasn't just the usual points.One thing he'd did excellently was to intersperse the journey of the Israelites with modern stories of people in transition.I also appreciated how he emphasized that the wilderness can build our faith, but it can also destroy it. He talked about it being our choice. He also discussed the difference between complaining ABOUT God and complaining TO God, how it's okay to be honest about what we are going through as long as we are going to God to seek him in the midst of it.Another important point was made early on: "For the story to work its intended transformation in our lives, we need to see ourselves as prone to the same weaknesses, capable of the same failings, and tempted by the same sins. It is imperative to associate with the characters in the story even when they are misbehaving, rather than placing ourselves above them." (location 216) We can only learn if we are willing to face our own weaknesses and sin, not if we think ourselves above it.I definitely recommend this book.

  • By Nancy on February 29, 2016

    I really enjoyed this book. Handling life difficulties when you are stuck in a "wilderness" is very inspiring. I started reading this book right after I broke my ankle and was waiting to go into surgery. It had been recommended by a pastor I heard some years ago. I found it refreshing. The author talks about life's difficulties without being all sugary sweet but also without being a Debbie downer. I really enjoyed it and it has helped me through this hard time in my life

  • By Guest on December 5, 2017

    Usually we don't get to choose whether we will experience challenges in life. However we fo get to choose if we will trust God's character in the trials. The Land Between is a uniwue place that transforms. Either negatively, leading to bitterness, or positively leading to exponential Growth. The Land Between is a unique opportunity to know God's faithfulness as many prominate Bible as characters did. A very encouraging read especially for those in "wilderness" experiencrs.

  • By christ2u4life on November 10, 2017

    The author takes his readers to the "Land Between. " It's not a fun place like Disney or the Promised Land though. However, don't zone out or you'll miss an amazing journey and an amazing transformation. A short and easy read for sure.


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