And we are off on a week of bookish adventuring… and I have a GiveAway or two for you. Let’s begin with A Place to Land by Kate Motaung. I have a friend who wrote a book… how exciting is that? And it is the perfect book to launch our week of books.
I love reading memoirs, the truth is that we all have a story to tell but we don’t all write our stories down. We all have a life full of hopes and fears, dreams and tragedies… and on the surface it may look like everyone has everything together, but the truth of it is, we are all “just holding it together” in our own way. I have a feeling that the more we read biographies and memoirs the more we will realise that our own stories are actually okay. They don’t all match up to flashy media lives and they don’t all match up to our perceived perfection of the “neighbours.” But somewhere within all our stories we discover kindred spirits. Whether we are stepping forwards in bravery or trepidation, we are all on a journey.
This book is a heartwarming story, written by an actual real life friend. Someone that I have known for years and years. Our children grew up alongside each other and we attended the same church for years, I have met her courageous mum, while she visited in Cape Town, and loved her enthusiasm for life. This book is the story of Kate, who through so many trials learns that there is a lot of truth to the expression “Home is Where the Heart is…” The story is about her personal journey of longing for home and a place to settle, not to mention her longing for the people she loves not to live on opposite ends of the earth, quite literally.
Set your heart on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2
When she was young, her parents were divorced and her home was divided in two… leaving her longing. She grew up and felt her heart pulling her to a life of missions. After years of feeling shattered by her own world and the loss of her family home, it was only when she began going on college mission trips that she realised that the world was not quite as she expected. The realisation that folk in circumstances very different to the circumstances that she had grown up in could be happy and content, and on the same journey to serve the Lord was in itself a revelation to her. Even so, she never imagined that she would end up serving on the far side of the world, in a place far far from her home in Michigan, working on a campus on the slopes of Table Mountain in the city of Cape Town.
Her ministry became a team ministry, when one the students she was working alongside became her husband… and now her heart truly lay on far sides of the world. Home with her husband in Cape Town and their small children, or home with her mom and sister in Michigan. Add to the mix a multicultural family, a couple of kids, their own and adopted… and a desperately ill mom, fighting cancer on the far side of the world. This was indeed a difficult journey for Kate to be on. Her story is one of strength and endurance… overcoming the relentless obstacles placed in her path and her secure knowledge that her faith is in Christ alone.
A Place to Land
a story of longing and belonging
The thing I really love about this book is that not only does it describe Kate’s story, her journey so to speak, but it covers a world that overlaps with my own world… we have friends in common, a church in common and a faith in common. It’s touching to read about real live folk that you know and love in a book… I was drawn into this book and while it is almost 300 pages long, I had to read it in a sitting. In Kate Motaung’s book you will find a kindred spirit… a sojourner that will inspire and encourage you.
Our GiveAways are open to everyone: Just leave a comment below… before 30 July 2018.If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you! Good luck and happy commenting!!!
I would really like to thank Kate and her publisher Discovery House in the United States and Discovery House Distributors in South Africa for providing us with a copy of the book review and GiveAway. We would like to declare that this is not a sponsored post and all the opinions are as usual, entirely my own.