The Road to Becoming: Rediscovering Your Life in the Not-How-I-Planned-It Moments

The Road to Becoming: Rediscovering Your Life in the Not-How-I-Planned-It Moments

by Jenny Simmons
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The Road to Becoming: Rediscovering Your Life in the Not-How-I-Planned-It Moments by Jenny Simmons

No matter how great or how terrible life is going, one thing is for sure--it's going to change. Sometimes it happens in an instant--you get married, you have a baby, you lose a loved one, you lose a job. Sometimes, it happens over time--you drift away from a friend, you discover you're not the same person you used to be, you find yourself struggling with doubt. But no matter what, we must deal with both the change we choose and the change foisted upon us.

Jenny Simmons is no stranger to both kinds. In this thought-provoking book, she shares her final days as the lead singer of the band Addison Road and the subsequent journey that led her through seasons of change, lostness, and finding new life. The result is a painfully vulnerable, laugh-out-loud, honest, and hopeful reflection on life's uncertain times. This encouraging book invites readers to view their not-how-I-planned-it moments as holy seasons that didn't catch God off guard at all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493400591
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Jenny Simmons is a dynamic storyteller and lover of people who sees God's redemptive hand at work in the world around her. She is a sought-after musician and speaker who has garnered a devoted following on her blog ( As the lead singer of the former band Addison Road, Jenny traveled the country performing alongside her husband, Ryan, for over a decade. Jenny and Ryan live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their daughter.

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The Road to Becoming: Rediscovering Your Life in the Not-How-I-Planned-It Moments 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LNCarlton More than 1 year ago
Caution...once you pick up this book, it will be hard to put it back down. I felt as though I was traveling alongside Jenny through the ups and downs of her journey. Jenny's words are honest, raw, and inspiring. Definitely recommend this one!
JLT1000 More than 1 year ago
This book will take you on a delightful journey! My eyes have been opened to examine loss, grief, and waiting with different eyes. Jenny Simmons (formerly of "Addison Road") has written a book that will be like healing balm for those who find themselves in a painful season. You will find yourself laughing one minute as she takes you on a delightful journey with her enduring stories and crying the next as you feel the emotions jump off the page. This book is well worth your time.
Amaack More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in about 48 hours (binge reading is not so possible with a teething, 9 month old baby in the house). And I could hardly put it down. Jenny (I feel like we're friends and on a first name basis now) writes from a place of such honesty and transparency that you feel like you are walking down The Road to Becoming with her. I connected with each section of her story, from The Dreaming and Destruction, to the Burying, the Lostness, the Waiting, and finally the Becoming. This book will easily relate to any person experiencing any kind of loss in life, the loss of a dream, a career, a loved one, all because Jenny experienced it all and learned how to walk through the grief that life hands us and to be able to come to the other side recognizing that it is God who got her through and God who positioned Himself in her life in order to help her use the tragedy to be blessed by Himself and others and to in turn pass that blessing on to others.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
Embrace the Detour The prosperity gospel is deep in my bones — not that I technically hold with any kind of “blab it and grab it” theology or the idea that God owes me a BMW. I do know better than that, but truly, I just want to be able to tell you that God has always answered my prayers the way I would have expected, and that I understand His ways. Reading The Road to Becoming, I felt as if I were looking over Jenny Simmons’s shoulder as we struggled together to untangle the cause and effect of righteousness and blessing, the mystery of dreaming big dreams for God and then mourning the destruction of those dreams. Do I trust the Storyteller when the narrative arc seems to veer off course? Jenny’s story began with singing — and a well-laid plan for a musical career. When she and her husband formed the band, Addison Road, c.d. sales, songs on the radio, and a full schedule of concert tours indicated that success and prosperity were just down the road. Who could have predicted that the road instead would be paved with set-backs, disaster, and a season of loss? Jenny opens her heart to her readers, revealing insecurities about her role as a wife and mother, doubts in her relationship with God, and questions about her calling. I would challenge her to bring her language choices into alignment with the sweet and sincere heart that shines through in her ministry to other women, but I also applaud her skillful weaving of a broad spectrum of quotations from well-known authors in which words from Henri Nouwen, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, and Richard Foster (among many others!) appear like seasoning in a fragrant stew. Jenny emerges from her season of wondering ready to embrace and to give thanks for the less-than-perfect. The truth is that on the road to becoming, mountaintops are few and far between. The landscape is varied, but often ordinary and occasionally treacherous. The challenge presented in The Road to Becoming is to stay on the road and to embrace the detours, knowing that an all-wise Guide is leading the way. This book was provided by BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is seriously one of the most relational and wonderful books on walking through a valley or desert. Jenny is very good at showing you her world and the things God taught her through a long desert season. It really spoke to me to encourage me in my own desert, not yet become season.
elischulenburg More than 1 year ago
Do you remember what it's like when a book really surprises you? When you agree to read it because someone asks you to, but honestly, you just read Jen Hatmaker, so how good can this book possibly be? And then. Well, let's just say you nearly forgot Jen Hatmaker. Because this one was SO good. In both content and technique, this is one of the superior books I have read in 2015. Jenny Simmons brings truth and beauty to a subject we have all experienced - the death of a dream, and the fear of what happens next. So many times in the course of reading, though our experiences are nothing alike, I could relate so completely with the words on the page. Jenny Simmons is honest and funny and lyrical and breathtakingly real as she tells her story, which feels in the strangest way like mine. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. One of the best parts about being a reader, for me, is finding that hidden gem - the title you didn't know, the book you didn't expect, the author you can't wait to follow for their entire career. This is one of those moments of thrilling discovery for me, and I would be surprised if this wasn't one of my favorite books of the year.