the in-between

happy august 1! man, are you like me in feeling like summer has blown past so freaking fast?!??

today feels like a hinge day on my calendar, for a bunch of reasons:

  • i just wrapped up a crazy few weeks of travel, and am going to be at my desk for a week
  • there are a bunch of projects i’ve pushed off until now
  • i have a few significant deadlines (a book manuscript, a major program for a consulting client, and others) due sept 1 or thereabouts; so this is final push time
  • school starts soon, which means: my daughter heads off to college, and my son heads back to high school. and my now-8th grade guys small group starts up again (this “holy crap! it’s already august! school’s about to start!” thing is why we’re running a “free shipping on orders of $25 or more” deal over at The Youth Cartel store).

the in between with outlineand, today is also the official release of my friend jeff goins’ new book, The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing. i’m stoked about this book; but i have to admit: i’m biased. not only is jeff my friend, but i’m his literary agent. and in that role, i have walked this road with jeff for a little over a year, shaping the initial framing of this book, speaking into things like title and cover and other bits. not to take anything away from jeff at all — he’s a great writer, and i love the storytelling in this spiritual memoir. i just feel a little extra emotional connection to this book than i do with most books i read.

this is exactly the sort of book i’d want to take on a spiritual retreat — something that will cause me to reflect on my life and on god. stories and encouragement and challenge and perspective.

here’s what the book’s about:

We’re an “instant gratification” generation, but the trouble is, most change happens gradually.

Most of us spend our lives searching and longing for something more than what is in front of us. Whether it’s traveling abroad or chasing cheap (or expensive) thrills, we’re all looking for medicine to satisfy our restlessness. And, so often, we’re looking in the wrong place.

The In-Between is a call to accept the importance that waiting plays in our lives. Can we embrace the extraordinary nature of the ordinary and enjoy the daily mundane-what lies in between the “major” moments?

Moments of breakthrough are not where life’s greatest transformation happens; the stuff that God uses to shape us often lies in the in-between. It’s the bus stops and layovers and DMV lines and moments of unintentional pause that force us to become better people.

That’s not to say there aren’t moments of epiphany. There are. It’s just that most of us find ourselves living somewhere in the in-between. Learning to live in this tension, to be content in these moments of waiting, may be our greatest struggle-and our greatest opportunity to grow.

and i love this trailer (part of why i love it is because the little kid SERIOUSLY looks like he could be jeff goins, the author, as a little kid!):

here’s the book’s website. i seriously encourage you to check it out. heck: i encourage you to get it and read it, not just check it out! ’cause, in so many ways, early august IS the in-between!

3 thoughts on “the in-between”

  1. I was just telling my mentor this a few months ago…! I was tired of the in-between and dying to know the outcome of some life altering possibilities. Deeply longing to be “settled” in and not waiting on anyone or anything. Where would I be? Where was I going to land? I wrote on my calendar months ago on the October 2013 page…”Where are you now?” in anticipation of some major changes. As I turned the page today to pencil in a few October events, I saw what I had written months ago. Guess what? I know now. I landed. Finally.

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