Friday, September 9, 2022

Where You Are & How to Get There by Nolan Recker Blog Tour

About the Book

Book: Where You Are & How to Get There

Author: Nolan Ryan Recker

Genre: Lifestyle

Release date: August 4, 2022

Have you ever had the thought or asked yourself the question, “How did I get here?”

You know, the kind of question examining the indirect decisions and circumstances that led you to the point life that you even need to ask such a question.

One of the oldest questions ever recorded in human history speaks to this very question we ask ourselves in moments of doubt. What if that ancient question was a question we ought to ask ourselves on a regular basis?

Journey with me as we wrestle with a question that if meant for us, today, would change everything about we view the life we choose to live.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

I appreciate that Recker emphasizes the importance of questions and how they help us make sense of the world. I like his use of the question God asked Adam and Eve. Each of us needs to ask where we are, what it means, and where we go from there.

I had a little difficulty following Recker's material. He seemed to jump around a bit rather than follow a clear progression of questions and subsequent teaching. I found his writing style hard to follow at times. “The over-arching purpose of this book,” he writes, “ is to guide you in the right direction of becoming aware of your proximity with yourself, your Creator, your people, and your purpose.” (1202/2116) I have no idea what “proximity “ with myself means. There were times when I did not understand Recker's use of grammar. “Jerry is in their 20s. They came to me...” (1408/2116) The story he tells about Jerry contains a mixture of single and plural pronouns. The pronoun issue again, “Who I am . . . is what we give the world.” (1612/2116) And then there is, “If both me and my wife. . . “ (1935/2116) Some additional editing might have been beneficial.

This book may help some but Recker says the ultimate answer to discovering why you are the way you are is counseling for an extended period of time. (827/2116) There is some good teaching in this book but Recker's writing style may be hard for some to follow. It would be a good book for those biblically illiterate as he takes particular care with stories from the Bible.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

About the Author

Nolan’s toughest and rewarding opportunities are being a husband and a father. As a husband and a father, Nolan wants his family members to discover and live a flourishing life. Nolan’s life experience has covered the spectrum from being a camp counselor to a school teacher to a custodian to a Lead Pastor of a church. This, is why he writes. If he wrestles with the ideas he writes about, maybe others wrestle with the same things, and if they do, would they benefit from a different perspective? He’s honored to listen to anyone who graces him with their time to tell their story; especially if it involves coffee or pizza.

More from Nolan

Hi there! The name’s Nolan & I love this book.

Seriously, it was a labor of love.

Sometimes writing for the sake of the enjoyment and scrutiny of others can lead to some pretty sad writing days. One of my favorite writers recently said something along these lines, “Sometimes, writing is opening up a blank word processor, staring at it for eight hours, closing the processor, and not writing a thing. It still counts!”

For me, I used to seek perfection in much of what I attempted to do. I wouldn’t try something if the odds weren’t favorable. It wasn’t until I learned that life is a lot like staring at a blank word processor. Even though I didn’t accomplish anything on a specific day or season of life, the fact that I showed up is what counts.

Learning to live life in this way. Discovering rhythms of creating, rest, consuming, pain, work, play, purpose, and my people; helped me to rediscover a life-story worth living.

A life-story worth writing.

I am so many things and wear so many different “hats,” but first and foremost, I am a loved human being, created in the Image of a loving and creative God.

I enjoy being a husband and a father.

I love the passion of writing. 

When something comes together, there is no greater treasure than to put something into the world that brightens someone else’s experience of this life.

Wearing the “hats” of Pastor, Teacher, Coach, Friend, Advocate, etc. time and I again I would have conversations with people regarding the very things you will read in “Where You Are & How To Get There.”

We are all on this life journey together, and I am glad to journey on with all of you.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 9

Texas Book-aholic, September 10

A Reader’s Brain, September 11 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 12

Inklings and notions, September 13

Splashes of Joy, September 14 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, September 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 15

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 16

Spoken from the Heart, September 17 (Author Interview)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 19

For the Love of Literature, September 20 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, September 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 21

Cats in the Cradle Blog, September 22

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)


Rita Wray said...

Thank you for the review.

Stormy Vixen said...

Congratulations on your release of Where You Are & How to Get There, Nolan, your book sounds like a great book to read! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me!

Thanks, Avid Reader, for sharing your review!

Have a splendid TGIF!

Dana Banana said...

Thank you for the very generous giveaway

Dana Banana said...

I hope everyone has a great weekend

slehan said...

Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the contest. 

Nolan said...

Thank you for taking the time to read and review it!☺️

traciem said...

Sounds like a great read and I am excited to read!