Why I read this book: As one who loves to write and read about the dynamics of home, I had just come out of a month where God was constantly highlighting to me the idea of belonging. It was during that time I published an article and a video called The Power of Undeserved Belonging. In the following weeks, I stumbled upon this book on Instagram and immediately wanted to read it. I’ll admit, I’ve never read memoir, so I wasn’t sure how it would go. I am so glad I did. Here’s the run down.
This book in a sentence: “Home is more than just a place – it’s a promise.” – Kate Motaung
What the book is about:
Kate shares her story and her search for “home” through her parents’ divorce, a foreclosure, two international moves, ten rental homes, and her mother’s terminal battle with cancer. The story is full of twists and turns, and explores the challenges of a cross-cultural marriage, motherhood, and adapting to both the welcomed and unwelcomed events of her life. But it’s not a journey without hope. Kate writes, “But maybe this tension is how it’s supposed to be. Perhaps we’re supposed to squirm in discomfort and groan with longing for the only place where moths and cancer ‘do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.’”
My favorite parts of the book were…The wordsmithing. Kate is a writer’s writer. You don’t feel like you are reading dry facts. She draws you into the story like a novel would, but with the truth and authenticity of an inspiring non-fiction. While there were themes present that I have no personal experience with, I found myself in the pages. It’s hard to imagine a person that could not relate to this book in some way.
The hardest thing about this book was…It’s not a light read. I often read books to relax. While I would usually be either learning about something or filling my heart with inspiration, the stories in this book took me for a wild emotional roller coaster ride. I felt plunged into the deep, and I love the deep. So much of this book resonated with many different parts of my own story. Nevertheless, it felt different than the books I would typically read for that reason.
You may want to read this book if…You want to have a greater understanding of what it means to live on earth like citizens of heaven, our one day forever home. You’ll also like this book if you love the power of story and are willing to walk through themes like divorce, cancer, loss, and looking for a place to belong.
You may not want to read this book, at least for now, if…themes like loss and divorce are currently negative triggers for you, unless you’re willing and ready to let God use even the tears you cry reading this book to bring hope and healing in a way you didn’t see coming.
When and where you can find the book: The book releases April 1st, but you can pre-order now. You can also read the first chapter of A Place to Land for free on Amazon. The book is available in both print and Kindle formats.
More about the author: Kate Motaung is the author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging (2018), A Start-Up Guide for Online Christian Writers, and Letters to Grief. She is the host of Five Minute Friday (fiveminutefriday.com), an online community that encourages and equips Christian writers, and owner of Refine Services (refineservices.com), a company that offers writing, editing, and digital marketing services. Kate blogs at Heading Home (katemotaung.com) and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.