April 13, 2016

Book Review: A Place to Belong

A Place to Belong: Out of Our Comfort Zone and Into God’s Adventure, by Lisa Troyer is an inspirational non-fiction book about finding a place to belong…and then thriving there. 

In the Foreword of this book, Carol Kent shares, “Lisa has created a ‘Circle of Friends’ that can be duplicated all over the country as women learn the concepts of (1) acceptance, (2) authenticity, (3) affirmation, (4) accountability, and (5) action.  The principles you will learn in this book will give you the ability to develop a biblical, transformational, and encouraging ministry to the women within your own sphere of influence….  This book will change the way you think about doing God’s work in this world—and you will soon discover that you have engaged in the adventure of a lifetime.” 

A Place to Belong features the author’s personal experiences and reflections on life, as well as Biblical stories.  There are five main sections divided into twenty-nine chapters.  As listed on Contents pages, before the Foreword, the main sections are the following: 
  • Acceptance – “We welcome you to embark on an adventure in relationship.  Come as you are.”
  • Authenticity – “We invite you to exchange the familiar for the extraordinary.  It’s worth the risk.” 
  • Affirmation – “We dare you to enrich the lives of those around you.  No one else is you."
  • Accountability – “We encourage you to receive the comfort of companionship.  Be set free!” 
  • Action – “We pray you will step into your journey.  Walk in your purpose.”

In addition to these five main sections (and the twenty-nine chapters), there are Reflection questions, Discussion Guides, and other resources, including the One-Year Bible Reading Schedule, Tips for Leading a Small Group, Tips for Setting Goals, Small Group Accountability Questions, and Recommended Reading.  Plus, the words to seven songs have been shared throughout the book, as well as the opportunity to download two free songs.

The basic layout of the book is a bit distracting from the material, particularly the questions and quotes scattered throughout the book.  Maybe those features, such as the boarder and font color for the quotes, will be updated in future editions.  However, the actual material in A Place to Belong is worth reading and reflecting, and this book is geared towards women of all ages, from teens to older generations.

Note: I received this book from B and B Media, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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