Born to Wander: Recovering the Value of Our Pilgrim Identity

Moody Publishers, 2018
ISBN: 9780802496447
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Why are we so restless?

All of us have a little wanderlust—a desire for that next thing, that new place, but this competes with our longings for security, control, and safety. We don’t like how it feels to be unsettled and uprooted. Whether we’re navigating a season of transition, dealing with the fallout of broken relationships, or wrestling with a deep sense of restlessness, we are all experiencing some form of exile. And most of us do whatever we can to numb the feelings of unbelonging, powerlessness, and unsettledness that come with it. But the truth is that exile has a profound purpose if we can just learn to lean in.

Over and over again Scripture tells us that the people of God are exiles and wanderers. And this is good news because exile is what transforms us into pilgrims. In Christ, we are no longer directionless wanderers, but pilgrim followers who have a clear purpose and a secure identity. In Born to Wander, Michelle Van Loon weaves together personal stories and keen insights on the biblical themes of pilgrimage and exile.  She will help you embrace your own pilgrim identity and reorient your heart toward the God who leads you home. Engaging and thoughtful, enhanced with practical suggestions, prayers, and questions, Born to Wander will teach how to trust God even when you don’t understand what’s happening around you and follow Him even when it hurts.

If you keep chasing security, you’ll never find it. Embrace the purpose behind the wandering and discover the freedom and safety of resting in God alone.

“Every one of us carries a restlessness that runs as deep as the marrow of our born-again bones. Our relationships shift like tectonic plates. We change jobs. We switch churches. And our culture tells us the cure for our restlessness is to buy a new mattress, a new car, or a new tube of toothpaste.”

From the Back Cover

Why are we so restless?

All of us have a little wanderlust—a desire for that next thing, that new place—but this competes with our longings for security, control, and safety. We don’t like feeling unsettled and uprooted. But the truth is that God has a profound purpose for leading us into times of wandering.

Born to Wander reminds us that God's people have always been exiles and wanderers. And this is good news because exile transforms us. In Christ, directionless wanderers become pilgrim followers who have a clear purpose and a secure identity.  A master storyteller and Jewish follower of Jesus, Michelle Van Loon examines the deep scriptural roots of pilgrimage using stories from her own life and the Old Testament. She will help you own your pilgrim identity and reorient your heart toward the God who leads you home.

If you keep chasing security, you’ll never find it. Embrace the purpose behind the wandering and discover the freedom and safety of resting in God alone.

Includes reflective questions and prayers at the end of each chapter

Product Details

  • Title : Born to Wander: Recovering the Value of Our Pilgrim Identity
  • Author: Van Loon, Michelle
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • ISBN: 9780802496447

About the Author

Since coming to faith in Christ at the tail end of the Jesus Movement, MICHELLE VAN LOON'S Jewish heritage, spiritual hunger, and storyteller's sensibilities have shaped her faith journey and informed her writing. She is the author of five books, including If Only: Letting Go of Regret, Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith and the forthcoming Born to Wander: Recovering the Value of Our Pilgrim Identity. Michelle is a regular contributor to Christianity Today's women's blog, In Touch magazine, and is the co-founder of www.ThePerennialGen.com, a website for midlife women and men. She's married to Bill, and is mother of three and grandmother of two. Learn about her writing and speaking ministry by visiting her website, www.michellevanloon.com.

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