Almost There: Searching for Home in a Life on the Move

Almost There: Searching for Home in a Life on the Move

by Bekah DiFelice

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Overview

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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 expect—say, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631464713
Publisher: The Navigators
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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

Acknowledgments 167

Notes 171

What People are Saying About This

Jessica N. Turner

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.

Leslie Leyland Fields

“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 hats—and our hearts.

Dana Yeakley

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.

Jen Pollock Michel

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.

Catherine McNiel

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.

J. Kevin Butcher

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.

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