My wife’s new book Uprooted is now available in the U. S. Here’s a taste from the preface:
“I’ve moved a lot. Not as much as some military wives, but still, a lot. Once every two to three years, on average. When I was six, my family moved a thousand miles inland from the Canadian east coast. It was the first move I really remember, and it was tough; my mother spent many evenings mopping up the tears. But later moves came and went with minimal trauma. I started thinking that homesickness was for kids—or the faint of heart.
Then, when I was married with a baby, we moved from Scotland to the midwest United States: from mountains, castles, and the sea, to flatness, Wal-Mart, and a creek full of pop bottles. That was hard. I cried for nights on end, after my husband had fallen asleep. I wanted out—preferably back to Scotland. But even Canada would do! I hated where I was, and loved where I had been. And nobody except my husband even understood what I had left. Half the time I did not know how to answer the question, “Where are you from?” because I had lived in so many places. A terrible feeling of rootlessness set in…
It is all right to feel homesick in an earthly sense—to miss family and friends, even places and houses—but if that is where it ends, it will simply be a bitter and empty thing. But when, through prayer and reliance on God, we use our homesickness to remind us of spiritual realities, it can actually be a blessing. The very things that are so hard about moving and living far away are the same things that can, by grace, be catalysts for spiritual growth and development. God is good to allow us feelings that bring us to the end of ourselves. When we put our homesickness to good use, it can become a tool that shapes us more and more into the image of Christ.
My homesickness is not over. It probably never will be. But looking back at what I have gained from the work and the tears, and knowing that there is probably more in store, it is all well worth it…”
If you have ever moved away from home or know someone who has, this book will encourage and help through the time of feeling rootless, whether that is temporary, or something that will last for years.