The opportunity to tour Israel came at a good time. For months, my life has been a mindless plodding through necessary routine, as monotonous as an all-night shift on an assembly line. Life gets that way sometimes, when nothing specific is wrong but the world around us seems drained of color. Even my weekly worship experiences and daily quiet times with God have felt as dry and stale as last year's crackers. I'm ashamed to confess the malaise I've felt. I have been given so much. Shouldn't a Christian's life be an abundant one, as exciting as Christmas morning, as joyful as Easter Sunday?
With gripping honesty, Lynn Austin pens her struggles with spiritual dryness in a season of loss and unwanted change. Tracing her travels throughout Israel, Austin seamlessly weaves events and insights from the Word . . . and in doing so finds a renewed passion for prayer and encouragement for her spirit, now full of life and hope.
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Table of Contents
1 Leaving Home and Ho-Hum 9
2 The Wilderness of Zin 19
3 The Judean Wilderness 33
4 Crossing the Jordan 55
5 Jerusalem 77
6 The Temple Mount 103
7 Holy Week 127
8 The Judean Countryside 155
9 Galilee 179
10 The Far North 205
11 Sabbath Rest 217
12 Going Home 231
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"I've decided to accept the churning waves as an invitation from God to draw closer to Him, to dig deeper into His Word, to seek Him with all my heart and soul and strength. Most of all, to begin to pray to Him in a better way. Perhaps I will find a compass or a book of sailing instructions, or at least a life preserver. Maybe, just maybe, this pilgrimage to Israel will get me started on that new journey." (p. 14) Historical fiction author Lynn Austin embarks on her first non-fiction work, "Pilgrimage", where she documents her experiences on a two-week trip to Israel. Austin traveled with a tour group starting in the southern end of Israel and eventually worked their way toward the north. She shares historical information about the places they visited combined with relevant Scripture passages and her own personal insights as to what those things meant to her. The book gripped me from the start. Austin candidly explained that some recent personal changes resulted in a certain measure of spiritual upheaval. As she entered into this particularly dry season, she was looking for some times of refreshing and seized the opportunity to tour Israel when the chance presented itself. The story of how her journey began was compelling and relatable. The historical information and Scripture passages, combined with her personal insights added wonderful depth to well-known passages and gave a greater context for how to read the Bible. When she explained the Jewish concept of Sabbath and the Passover meal, it made me want to study my Bible more in the context of the Jewish faith in order to glean further insights. The book included a number of illustrations depicting various landmarks and items around Israel. They added a nice touch to the book itself and helps the reader to have a better picture of some of the things that she is talking about. I've been a fan of Lynn Austin for a long time and really enjoyed this non-fiction work. She did a spectacular job of really making Israel come alive by weaving together history, Scripture, and her own insights. I highly recommend this book! (I’ve received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers through the Book Blogger program in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own.)
Where do I begin? Truly, I never thought I would begin a review with those words, but today I find that I am. What can I say about this book, Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked, that would convey to you just how moving and impactful and meaningful it is? I don't know that my words can do it justice. Still, I will try to express something that might spur you on to consider reading this book. From the moment I began reading Lynn Austin's book, I was taken in by the words that she wrote. Not only were her words poetic and personal, they were also alive in that they evoked emotion. Her experiences, her accounts, her journey itself was happening right in front of me. I could easily place myself right alongside her, climbing, searching, seeking, looking... I loved how Ms. Austin used Scripture references, geographical landmarks, and historical perspectives to better paint the picture of her pilgrimage. I appreciated her insight and her prayers. She took me from the external considerations of life to the internal examinations of self. She made me appreciate how important honesty, intimacy, and sincerity in worship are as we live out our faith in the common and uncommon occurrences of life. This book was powerful in a way that so few books are. It spoke. It taught. It challenged. Most of all, it inspired. Without a doubt, I would not hesitate to recommend this book to others. I believe it would be of great benefit to anyone who desires to journey into the heart of their faith. This is the kind of book that you will want to revisit time and time again. It is a keeper...of the hard copy variety, to be sure. A complimentary ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The words I have expressed are my own. I was neither expected to write a positive review, nor compensated for it. The words I have communicated are my own.
I can not recommend this book enough. I have enjoyed Lynn Austin’s writing for years, especially her five book series based on Biblical books of Chronicles and Kings. She made those Old Testament characters come to life. Therefore, it was with great anticipation that I read PILGRIMAGE, and it exceeded my expectations. In this non-fiction account of her most recent trip to Israel, she shared her own faith journey, her thoughts and emotions while seeing and experiencing her Israel tour, appropriate Bible verses, and her own, heart-felt spiritual insights as her trip unfolded. I have never been to the Holy Land and read within arms-reach of my computer to enable to see pictures of the places she described. I loved sharing her thoughts and feelings as I vicariously joined her in her journey. The book is written in an almost conversational, very readable style, and I appreciated my time on this pilgrimage with her. I received an advanced copy of the book through The Book Club Network for my honest opinion.
Interesting, made me look deep within my life.
I like this book and I love lynn austin!
The first chapter grabbed my attention immediately as I can relate to the author’s situation. However, I had different expectations about how the book would unfold and was disappointed during chapters two and three. As I continued reading, I began to alter my expectations and really enjoyed the book. I actually thought it would be a good book to read before traveling to Israel because Ms. Austin did a nice job of explaining each city she visited and then expounding on some of the Biblical history of each place. I also appreciated how she applied the Biblical perspective to her own life and made it relevant for the reader. Her descriptions aided in my visual imagination; for example, “I’m carrying two water bottles that slosh like lapping bloodhounds as I walk.” I thought she concluded the book well by making an analogy about a plant that outgrows its pot and the need for a change. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Bestselling author Lynn Austin takes readers on a nonfiction journey in her latest book, Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land that Jesus Walked. Spiritual lethargy is something most Christians experience sometime in their Christian lives. When the cares of the world threaten to overcome them and it seems like they are stale and dry. Austin's simple, yet poignant portrayal of her own struggles with these issues makes for an incredible read. Her journey through to the places where Jesus lived and walked was a renewal to her faith and picturesque descriptions breathtaking. Readers will take courage in her writing and final a freshness in their own faith walk in reading Austin's story. What I liked: I think we've all been there at one time or another, when we start to wonder... is it all worth it? When our Christian lives become hum-drum and not quite as exciting as it once was. The question is not when this will happen, but what will we do when it does. I loved the fact that readers of Lynn Austin's wonderful Christian historical books get to see Lynn as a person in this book. A person just like them who struggles with her faith, just like everyone else. It's often nice to know you aren't the only one. I have never been to the Holy Land. I have often dreamed that I would love to visit the places where Jesus lived and walked. After reading Lynn Austin's descriptions of those places I have read about in the Bible many times over, I have a renewed passion for learning more about what God's people experienced and how they coped with God's will. Sometimes He calls us to do things we never imagined and Austin does such a remarkable job of letting readers know about these places and what happened there and how the Biblical figures we have read about really lived. It was just a joy to read. I could feel the emotions that Austin was experiencing through her writing. She makes the reader feel like they are right there with her on this journey, in the physical places and in the spiritual realm. I thought she explained her situation in such a way that it was easy to relate to her and sympathize with her while still letting her words resonate with the readers own situation. What I didn't like: In the first chapter of the book Austin lets the reader know exactly what was causing the dryness and even depression that she was feeling. I think I would have liked to know more about how each of those situations resolved themselves in her heart, throughout her journey. It was kind of like only having part of the story. It did not take away from the book in any way, it was just a person thing that I wished the author had gone into more detail about. Bottom Line: There are so many that could benefit from reading this wonderful nonfiction journey from Lynn Austin. Those who are struggling in their faith, those who long to know more about the Holy Land, readers who want to know more about Lynn Austin as a person. I truly enjoyed her spiritual re-awakening and found that it prodded me to search my own heart. I don't want to just go through the motions. I want to be awake for the journey.
Beautifully written and wonderfully descriptive, this book follows the author's journey through Jerusalem. We see the sights she sees, hear the sounds she hears, smell the smells she smells. Spiritual analogies are made as Austin makes new discoveries in Israel. Quotes from both the New and Old Testament are brought to life as historical and geographical context are put in their proper place. Additionally, the culture of the Jewish people come out as Austin describes the Weeping Wall, the communal Sabbath, traditional dress, and much more. There are hand drawings interspersed throughout the book. However, the pictures do not always line up with what is being discussed in the same few pages surrounding the picture. One thing missing is photographs, which would have surely made the book stand out more.