I’ve never done a “formal” book review before… and I hesitate to call this one. Regardless, it’s my attempt at honoring the work of another talented author by sharing some of my thoughts and encouragements (to you, my reader) to check it out!
You are called to something so much higher than a good self-esteem. –The Longing
I was so grateful when Joey trusted me with his new “baby” for review! I’ve had it in my possession way too long (the whole busy-mom thing) but at last I have joyfully completed my task!
It is now my deep honor to introduce you to The Longing: Embracing the Deepest Truth of Who You Are
Unless we know whose we really are, we will live like orphans who’ve long given up the dream of ever being chosen, loved, and accepted by another. –The Longing
In The Longing, Joey takes the reader on a journey through many life experiences that just about anyone can relate to- and some that we are glad we can’t relate to yet (Joey- my husband has asked that I not ever need to hand-write my books! HA!) He defines the ache and longing that we all feel or have felt. With tears in our eyes (or hearts) reminiscing our own struggle to belong and know we have value, he guides us to a solution for that emptiness we feel. Through a really good mix of quotes, scripture, and modern day banter Joey makes the Bible truths and principals palatable for the current culture.
Despite what you’ve been told or have experienced, you are not the sum total of your gifts and talents, your strengths and weaknesses, your victories and defeats. You are not your job. You are not your status, your inflated fantasies of greatness or lowest levels of self-hatred. You are not your roles as husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter, boss or employee, sinner or saint. You are not your net worth in homes, assets, or possessions. Your net worth is in the invisible, inestimable, immeasurable love of God. –The Longing
The Longing even worked as a read-aloud! Feeling bad that I’d taken so long to read the book, I took it on a long family trip. The hours flew by (thank you God, and thank you Joey) as I read some deep and meaningful reminders of who we are and whose we are. My husband commented on how refreshing it was to hear things he knew in his mind and heart but often get tucked away in the busyness of life. The Longing is a call to slow down, give ourselves permission to embrace the ugly in our lives, find acceptance in spite of it, healing because of it, and freedom to be who we are meant to be.
After creating the world in six days, on the seventh day God rested. When you and I don’t rest, we are one day ahead of God, metaphorically speaking. –The Longing
I have also been reading 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp – slowly- as I simmer in the truths of my need for a slower-paced life, a quiet heart, and a constant seeking after gratitude. I loved how Joey also touched on the need for living in the moment to truly relish what we’ve been given. I don’t believe in coincidence, so the fact that both books are speaking this message into my life right now comes with a need to heed.
It is in community where we silence all the noise thrown at us throughout the day and affirm our true spiritual identity. In community, our hearts receive the ongoing restoration they so desperately need. –The Longing
I don’t know who you are or what stage of life you are in. But I’m pretty sure that whatever season of life you find yourself in, The Longing is a book that will answer deep questions of your value and gently guide you to a place of confidence and peace- regardless of the circumstances surrounding you.
Ever since we were children, our hearts have longed to belong. This is the longing… We have all longed to be longed for. Our hearts have always wanted to be wanted by others, but what all of us have experienced, in different ways, is rejection. –The Longing
Joey O’Connor has written 19 books and is currently the Executive Director for The Grove Center for the Arts and Media. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and his website.
You can buy The Longing at Amazon, Barnes n Noble, and Sony’s E-Bookstore.