Uprooted: A Guide for Homesick Christians by Rebecca VanDoodewaard, a pastor’s wife, is a helpful resource for relocation. She shares her own journey of homesickness after relocating from Scotland to the Midwest United States, and the lessons she learned counseling others who are homesick. Chapter three includes advice on what to do before you leave and she writes “spiritual preparation is the most important aspect of fighting homesickness. If your soul is not still and quiet before the Lord (Psalm 131:2) this move will be turbulent, whether or not you have professional movers doing the work.” Then she shares a plan to put into practice before you move.
Rebecca VanDoodewaard offers helpful ideas for connecting in your new community, helping children adjust, and staying connected with people you left behind. She outlines several scripture-based solutions to rooting yourself in a new community. Uprooted: A Guide for Homesick Christians is a helpful book for going away to college, moving in your ministry work, or even helping someone else who is homesick. The book is short and not burdensome… so you can focus on packing and planning your move, while reading a short chapter and preparing yourself spiritually.
I enjoyed the book and look forward to sharing my copy with a missionary friend. Later when my children leave for college, I hope to send them off with a copy of this helpful book. Then when they call home for advice, we can discuss homesickness and how to feel rooted wherever God plants us. If you’re in transition, have kids on college or recently moved… get a copy of this book.
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