The back cover of this book opens with this verse “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24
I was hooked. I’ve long loved this verse and I whisper it often as a prayer all of its own.
I turned the pages and as I read, I was again reminded of how much I appreciate story, memoir, and learning by listening to others share their stories.
For All Who Wander felt like a conversation with a friend. I may have never met Robin Dance, but that didn’t stop me from resonating with her feelings and questions as she navigated the nuances of life. I’m always amazed at how much my life circumstances may differ from another woman’s and yet how often we fight the same fears, wrestle similar emotions, and flounder against the current of angst and anxiety.
The back cover of the book began with the deep soul cry of “Help my unbelief!” and closed with this sentence. “As you walk through Robin’s story with her, you’ll discover that sometimes wandering is the path that leads you back to God.”
I found so much to muse on, encouragement to clutch close, and the constant faithfulness of God as Robin wove her story through the twenty-five chapters in For All Who Wander.
This quote from Chapter 22 stood out as especially meaningful right now when our world seems a bit turbulent. “Storms reveal who we really trust when we’re pushed beyond our breaking points.”
I laid down the book as these questions entered my mind. Who was my hope in? Who did I trust? Who do we find faithful?
I don’t believe having faith means we never waver or cry or wonder or wander. I think this is part of what makes faith, Faith. Wrestling in our wandering, asking in our wondering, calling out to the God of Jacob and finding our answers when the storms buffet.
As I closed the book cover and I sat down to tap away at my keyboard, I thought about who might want to pick this book up. Here’s a quote from Chapter 17 “A wanderer can be blind to truth because her vision is obscured by credible lies.”
The answer is For All Who Wander. Robin shares her words with wisdom and grace, glorifying the gift of God’s faithfulness to each of us. She shares ups and downs, questions and answers, misplaced dreams and good things turned idols, as she walks us along her path of wandering.
I enjoyed each chapter and was inspired by the questions and lessons Robin’s story gives. I was especially drawn to how each chapter points us back to the undergirding of the faithfulness of God.
For All Who Wander has an accompanying Journey Guide. This resource offers a Read, Reflect, Resolve, and Pray section for each chapter of the book.
The Reflect section contains questions and lines for answers and journaling. The Prayer section contains written prayers to pour out to God.
The book and the Journey Guide make a great set, but it’s still very impactful if you read the book alone.
Have you read For All Who Wander? I’d love to hear what was meaningful to you!
I received a copy of this book to review from B&H/Lifeway and all opinions are completely my own! 🙂