In The Land Between, author Jeff Manion uses the biblical story of the
Israelite's journey through Sinai desert as a metaphor for being in
undesired, transitional space. After enduring generations of slavery in
Egypt, the descendants of Jacob travel through the desert (the land
between) toward their new home in Canaan. They crave the food of their
former home in Egypt and despise their present environment. They are
unable to go back and incapable of moving forward. The Land Between
explores the way in which their reactions can provide insight and
guidance on how to respond to God during our own seasons of difficult
transition. The book provides fresh biblical insight for people
traveling through undesired transitions (e.g. foreclosure, unemployment,
parents in declining health, post-graduate uncertainty, business
failure, etc.) who are looking for hope, guidance, and encouragement.
While it is possible to move through transitions and learn little, they
provide our greatest opportunity for spiritual growth. God desires to
meet us in our chaos and emotional upheaval, and he intends for us to
encounter his goodness and provision during these upsetting seasons.
A guide for those dealing with major life challenges, and assurrances of God's care during those times.
I was a member of a small group who worked with this book as a guide for a study of several months. It was so reassuring to know that God could and would use the 'dessert times' to teach me more about His nature and His love. I learned to no longer dread the 'barren times' of the land between, but rather to see them as another special opportunity to see God at work in me, during my struggles, not in spite of them.