Read Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home Online Free - To be human is to long for home. Home is our most fundamental human longing. And for many of us homesickness is a nagging place of grief. This book connects that desire and disappointment with the story of the Bible, helping us to see that there is a homemaking God with wide arms of welcome―and a church commissioned with this same work.
"Many of us seem to be recovering the sacred, if ordinary, beauty of place," writes author Jen Pollock Michel. "Perhaps we're reading along with Wendell Berry, falling in love with Berry's small-town barber and Jayber Crow's small-town life. . . . Or maybe we're simply reading our Bibles better, discovering that while we might wish to flatten Scripture to serve our didactic purposes, it rises up in flesh and sinew, muscle and bone: God's holy story is written in the lives of people and their places."
Including a five-session discussion guide and paired with a companion DVD, Keeping Place offers hope to the wanderer, help to the stranded, and a new vision of what it means to live today with our longings for eternal home.
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March 22, 2017
The Inklings were, one and all, guilty of the heresy of the Happy Ending. They rejected the modernist aesthetic of dissonance and estrangement, and instead longed to reclaim a world of beauty and goodness-a world of enchantment. In their stories of hobbits and orcs, fauns and beavers and Father C...
May 25, 2017
I may not agree with everything Jen writes (or believes) theologically, but she's an outstanding writer. This story of home is well researched, well told and well worth any (Christian) reader's time.
August 03, 2017
Keeping Place is an important book on the topic of home. Author Jen Pollock Michel writes about our longing for a place to belong. She weaves a history of home and the meaning of place through the stories of Scripture.
The second half of the book covers the work of home. Pollock bemoans the fact t...
May 26, 2017
All of us carry a deep longing for home. Michel writes, "Home represents humanity's most visceral ache—and our oldest desire." In Keeping Place, the author explores this longing and traces it directly back to our never-quite-satisfied hunger for God. Michel is one of the smartest writers of today...
October 16, 2017
One of the best non-fiction "Christian living" books I've read in a while. I very much enjoyed the blend of memoir and Scripture analysis/reflection. I found this book refreshing in its examination of God as homemaker, the One who makes a home for his people. I listened to the audiobook, which is...
May 09, 2017
Jen Pollock Michel's beautiful, thoughtful, new book is rich with profound but accessible ideas about the physical, relational, and spiritual homes we make.
In Keeping Place we begin to understand why we long for home so deeply. Not just the houses we grew up in, the people with grew up with, but...
June 13, 2017
A Theology of Home
Rootedness was always the thing that both repelled and intrigued me. I left my parents’ home at the age of seventeen and pictured a life unleashed — no commitments. I copied all my record albums onto small and portable cassette tapes (dinosaur alert!) and prepared for the unencu...
August 26, 2017
I didn't love this book, but it has some solid material. I appreciated that it wasn't a Wendell Berry-esque adulation of place and rootedness--it comes, rather, from an author who's mostly lacked those things in her life, which gives some weight and texture to her reflections. It *is*, as the tit...
June 27, 2017
If you like a book that is relatable but also meaty, one that will challenge as well as encourage you, I highly recommend this read. Michel brings together so many different voices into this dialogue and together they come to an understanding both our longing for home and how to be instruments in...
September 18, 2017
Jen Pollock Michel’s ponderings on home provide the perfect setting to reflect on the Kingdom of God. She creates beautiful word pictures to bring intangibles into focus. Weaving personal stories of loss as well as joy with biblical illustrations, she eased me into the deep waters of the theologi...