Born to Wander – Book Review

The past month or so has been crazy busy in the Wilharm home as all our attention has been focused on the Summer of ’67 theatrical release. We were carried over another week, so we’re still in the midst of that, but as things slow down just the tiniest, I’m squeezing in a book review that got lost in all the movie madness.

Book Summary:

Born to Wander book reviewAll 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.”

Book Review:

Born to Wander is a  unique approach to our Christian walk. As a Jewish Christian, author Michelle Van Loon focuses on our pilgrimage as Christians and our desire to roam. Combining personal anecdotes and Biblical stories, she shares how God uses our wandering natures to strengthen us as Christians. At the end of each chapter she includes discussion questions, scriptures, and prayers.

I love this quote from the back cover. “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.” If you’re wandering around in search of meaning and purpose in your life, Born to Wander will be a solace and inspiration.

I received a complimentary copy of Born to Wander in exchange for an honest review. All opinions shared are my honest opinion.

Author: Sharon Wilharm

Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker with over a decade of industry experience. She and her husband, Fred, just released SUMMER OF '67, their seventh feature film. Their movies have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the globe as well as multiple television networks. They've accumulated dozens of festival accolades including many Best of Fest awards and 4 ICVM Crown Awards. Sharon is passionate about visual storytelling, branding, and marketing and would love to speak at your upcoming event.

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