The In-Between by Jeff Goins {Book Review}

The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing: A Spiritual Memoir

The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing: A Spiritual Memoir by Jeff Goins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Overview

In The In-Between Jeff has created a book that is part Auto-Biography, part Inspirational, and part Christian Living. This eight-chapter read will make you laugh, provoke your thoughts, cause you to reflect on your own life, and challenge your future. The main thrust of this book is to aid you and I in embracing the moments of life when we are “in-between” what we deem as important times. It is a dose of encouragement to not endure the phases of waiting, but to enjoy them.

The In-Between Book Review by MandyJHoffmanThe Readability

Jeff Goins is a master of words and has an amazing ability to make ordinary events come to life on the page of a book. The 159 pages of this book are easy to read and each chapter can stand alone, yet builds on the overall theme of the book. It is the perfect work to read when you only have a few moments because it is easy to start and stop and still truly follow the flow of the book.

The Highlights

I was really challenged by this book over and over to stop and take a good look at my own life. I’m sure this is because I feel that my life is in one of those “in-between” moments, but I do think that even if you feel like you are in a “big” moment you will still have your thinking challenged by reading the insight that Jeff shares. I personally loved how he took the ordinary events of his life and made them deep and thoughtful.

The Downside

While I really enjoyed this read, and though it is billed as “Christian Living”, it really is no more than just another person’s opinions. Goins does provide some great advice and points to ponder, but I urge the reader to pick-up this book with the idea you are about to have a warm conversation with a friend, not sit down for some quiet time with God.

The Recommendation

I encourage those who are feeling frustrated by being “stuck” in a waiting phase of life to read this book because it did help me adjust my perspective on how these moments are just as important as “the next big thing” in life. The In-Between is a good read for the person looking for some encouragement from someone who knows what it’s like to wait and is learning from those times in life.


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I received a review copy of this book from Moody Publishers, however, the opinions expressed are my own.

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