Pilgrimage by Lynn Austin

Having just finished an intense study about Jesus, that was filmed in Israel, this book really had my attention from the start.  The idea of someone taking a journey through the places that Jesus walked, which I just spent 12 weeks studying (in depth!), really seemed like a great extension to what I’ve been learning.  The book is filled with hand-drawn pictures of things/places that are being discussed (a grapevine, a courtyard stairway, and more), and each chapter ends with a “A New Prayer for the Journey”.

The way the author tied each location she visited into places Jesus was, the Israelites were, the places where leaders of old went (King David, Moses, etc.), and more, really helped to make the places come alive for me.  Her stories of personal struggles, and changes she went through, were all really great.  She was honest and open about her experiences, tied them into the stories she was telling about Bible characters, and helped to show how she was able to get a time of “spiritual renewal” at a point where she really needed it.  What an encouragement to each of us, that the times when we feel empty or dry, those can be the exact points where we can find renewal too.  We just have to be willing to be open to it.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.  I was in no way required to write anything positive – the thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.

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