Growing up in Virginia, I had friends whose parents were in a branch of the military, FBI, CIA or a host of other jobs requiring their families to move frequently. I was always amazed at how quickly and often skillfully, they were able to dive into a new environment at school or church.
As I grew older, I also heard stories from military wives (at the time women were rarely deployed) of the difficulties they faced while their husbands were deployed and when they returned. It is a tough life, no matter how much support the military gives them.
So, I was interested when offered the chance to review Almost There: Searching for Home in a Life on the Move by Bekah DiFelice. Billed as a book “helping readers to find their home by realizing it is rooted in God” (paraphrased) is really not the best description of this book. While not totally inaccurate, the marketing department of the publisher blew it on this one.
This is not a Bible study or a book filled with practical godly tips. While it does include some godly take homes the author learned along the way, ultimately this is a story of the author’s journey as a military wife. It doesn’t mean the book has no value, just that the marketing for it is a bit misleading.
Ultimately, this book is one woman’s story as a military wife. She covers everything from receiving their first orders before their wedding to living on a remote base to her husband’s deployment and return. She’s a great story teller, so the book is an interesting read.
The book does have tips about some of the lessons she learned along the way. It does emphasize things like the value of quickly finding a church home when you move. Quite a few opportunities are missed though if you want a detailed Bible study of finding your home in God or practical tips for handling faith or life issues if you move frequently or your spouse is deployed.
This book might be helpful to a new military wife. She covers many of the topics these women face (I’m not sure the experiences are as similar for military husbands who may face different challenges.). She does give some tips she learned along the way. The main value of her story though, is understanding how things work and that you are not really as alone as this journey may make you feel.
If you aren’t a military wife, but your family moves frequently, you may find a couple of helpful tips. If you want an interesting read on what life is like for at least one military wife, this one will hold your interest. I am just not sure it quite lives up to the billing by the marketing blurbs on the back cover.
This book was given to me for free in exchange for my honest review. An affiliate link is included for your convenience.