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Recipient of Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review!On the move . . . again? Wondering when you will “arrive”?Sometimes God leads people out of familiar territory so he can tell them who they are. That moment you depart, you experience reinvention, renewal, and freedom. You get a redo on the adjectives associated with your name. Almost There is for those on the move and those who feel restless right where they are. It’s for those who struggle with not belonging, with feeling unsettled, with believing that home is out of their reach, at least for the moment. And Almost There is for those who find themselves in a transient lifestyle they didn’t expectsay, moving across the country for a new job or the military or an opportunity to begin again.With imaginative storytelling and witty, relatable prose, Bekah DiFelice offers wisdom for those struggling to belong in a world where home is constantly shifting. When our hope of home is rooted in an unchangeable God, we are not uprooted, lost, or made homeless by change. We become found ones on the move.
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About the Author
Bekah Difelice is a writer, wife to a former Marine, and mom to two kids. In Almost There, Bekah shares her story of discovering pieces of home in the most unexpected places. With imaginative storytelling and witty, relatable prose, Bekah offers wisdom for those struggling to belong in a world where home is constantly shifting.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Adrift xiii
Chapter 1 Gila Bend: On Leaving Home 1
Chapter 2 Empty Rooms: On Moving In 17
Chapter 3 When I Stopped Running: On Legacy and Identity 27
Chapter 4 Steadfast: On Marriage 43
Chapter 5 The Front Door: On Fear 59
Chapter 6 Making Room: On Homecoming 75
Chapter 7 The Rickety Table: On Building Community 89
Chapter 8 The Most Homesick Day: On Church 103
Chapter 9 Almost There: On Faith and Doubt 117
Chapter 10 Where Our Parents Left Off: On the Pull to Move Bock 131
Chapter 11 Outpost: On Hospitality 139
Chapter 12 Never a Native: On Life on the Move 153
What People are Saying About This
Among the stories and thoughts that Bekah DiFelice shares in her debut book are her joyful passion and earnest quest to live life fully. Almost There is packed with so many relatable themes, including fear, longing, doubt, and identity. Bekah’s story will not only help you discover big and small pieces of your own story but will also encourage and inspire you to pursue your own new adventures, wherever you are. A beautiful storyteller whose heart for God and family shines, Bekah gives us all a gift of light and love in Almost There.
“Are we there yet?” No, not until you pick up this book and start reading. I expected to skim through these pages, on the way to somewhere else. I had to stop. And laugh. And savor. And wonder. This is a trip I hope many take, because Bekah DiFelice brilliantly shows us where to finally hang our hatsand our hearts.
Our path to maturity in Christ is often accelerated when we find ourselves dealing with change that is thrust upon us rather than chosen. Through the lens of military life, and with animated style, young wife Bekah chronicles life on the move for herself and her husband, Mike. With her captivating take on the unexpected elements she found embedded in marriage, moving, injury, deployment, and pregnancy, Bekah enlists us to share in her inmost responses of faith. Her story is an enjoyable read that touches the deep places of faith many young women experience.
Almost There reads like a long-awaited letter from a long-lost friend. It’s immersive, as the best kind of storytelling should be. It’s honest and warm, as the best kinds of friends are. DiFelice writes about home as it’s lived and lost and loved. An impressively crafted, inherently appealing, consistently engaging, and compelling read from first page to last.
Bekah DiFelice writes beautifully and profoundly about our longing for and journey toward a true sense of home. This book is for all who are yearning for a belonging deeper than this world can offer. When I read the middle sections of Almost There, I was at that time overwhelmed by a family crisis and was feeling desperate, orphaned, and lost. Bekah’s chapters on fear and on faith and doubt reached out to my brokenness . . . and I began to stumble back to my true home where my Abba was waiting with his secure love. Wherever you are in your pilgrimage, Almost There will meet you and embrace you, and it will provide intimate, heartfelt companionship for the rest of your journey.
If you’ve ever left something behind, you’ll find a friend in Bekah DiFelice as she invites you on a quest to find home. Bekah shares her adventures (and misadventures), helping us all discover that even transplanted roots can go deep.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I read the book Almost There by Bekah DiFelice thee were many emotions running through my mind. I served in the Army on Active duty for over six years, and I saw many young military spouses struggle. They were struggling with being away from home for the first time, their spouse being deployed, etc. Military spouses are truly the unsung heroes of the United States. In the book Bekah is honest about her struggles. She discusses the loneliness she felt during her husband’s deployment, how infrequent communication with her husband made her feel, and a struggling to regain a sense of normalcy when he came home. During those hard times when it seemed she was at the end of her rope she discussed how she reached out to God. She discusses how it is ok to struggle, it is ok to question, and doubts are a normal part of the Christian life. She discusses how through these trials and periods of questioning that our faith grows to new heights. I recommend this book because it contains questions that we all have dealt with at one time or another. We all have experienced loneliness. We all have experienced doubt, and we all have struggled in our faith. Bekah does a great job of exploring these issues in her own life, and encourages others who are experiencing them now.
I highly recommend this book! I could tell you about the storyline or what you'll find inside, but I'm sure other reviewers will do so. Here's what I'll say: 1. Until stumbling upon this book, I had never heard of or read anything by Bekah DiFelice. So... without knowing anything about her, here's what I can say about her writing: The book is honest, vulnerable, and very well-written. Bekah is a wonderful story-teller. She found a beautiful balance of wisdom and humor. 2. I'm 24, single, and from Florida/Alabama. I don't relate much to her life (stay-at-home mom of two, military wife, from Colorado/Arizona/California)... and yet I saw myself in her story. It's incredibly relatable simply because of how she tells it. 3. Personally, I love to write in books. I'll scribble something in the margin, underline a sentence, star a paragraph, etc. However, unless I know the author's writing well and am certain I'll be marking up a book all the way through, I wait. I don't want to highlight something in chapter two and then realize at the end of the book I haven't marked anything else. Since I didn't know anything about Bekah, her writing, or what the book would be like, I waited. By chapter 4 I knew I would go back and re-read this book, marking and highlighting sentences in each chapter. There are so many things Bekah shares and thinks through (within the book) that I want to go back over! If I, knowing nothing about Bekah or her story, found myself excited to re-read the book again - while only through the first few chapters - then trust me: this is a good book. I finished it, immediately shared about it on social media, and then said out loud to a friend in the room: I want to be Bekah's friend and I want to read all of these words again because they made me think, they invited me into the story, and it was truly an enjoyable read.