The In-Between

I like the concept of The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing.  I also thought the foreward by Shauna Niequist was thoughtful.  I was impressed that the author got blurbs from people like Tsh Oxenrider, Crystal Paine, and Michael Hyatt.  Unfortunately though, I found the book underwhelming.

Goins attempts to use his memoir-style writing to draw out deep thoughts about the concept of learning through the tension of waiting.   However, I thought the whole thing fell flat.  I can’t put my finger on why–Goins was essentially aiming for the type of writing that Niequist delivers so successfully in her books–but the whole thing just felt undeveloped.  At several points I contemplated putting the book down entirely, but always wound up with it when I had nothing else to read.

It’s not a fabulous way to start the year–with a post about a blah book I can’t recommend.  Although I don’t make reading resolutions, I’m thinking that this year I need to get better about not feeling compelled to finish mediocre books.  Life is short.  If you have a hankering for insightful memoir, try Bittersweet or Bread and Wine.


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