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by Ruth ONeil category: Book
After the death of her father, painfully shy and introverted Shelly finds her world turned upside down. She is forced to speak with people and she may even have to move from her comfortable apartment. Sorting through her father’s possessions at his house brings back many memories, including how they would research her mom’s genealogy so that in a way, she could get to know her mother’s family, who are all deceased. Shelly wonders why her dad never researched his own family and she never remembers any family events. Why? She begins a journey that takes her to places she never dreamed. Throughout the entire story, God nudges Shelly to get out of her comfort zone. That’s easy for some, but for Shelly it may almost be impossible.
Sometimes we need to
step out of our protective comfort zone and into a more blessed life that God
has waiting for us.
What other readers have said:
"Written in a very easy to read style, Shelly's character is developed over time--from a shy, withdrawn, unsociable young lady blossoming into a spiritually growing woman who enjoys sharing her gifts with others. Stepping out of the comfort zone to move forward in Faith is hard for all of us. Shelly shows how this can be done in small steps while being obedient to God. Even though the book was written in an easy to read style, there are many lessons we can learn from "Belonging", including the blessings we can receive even while going through difficult circumstances. The story itself was simple and light, and lessons from Scripture were also used appropriately. This book was encouraging and uplifting."
"I enjoyed this story of Shelly who had been held captive most of her life by her shyness and being such an introvert. Through the tragedy of losing her father and other circumstances she was gradually able to come out of her shell. The story gives us all hope of overcoming problems in life if we are faithful to God and let Him help us. I liked how Shelly was able to still have the influence of her father through his devotional book to help her with all the decisions and choices she had to make. Everybody needs someone like another character, Professor Yates, in their life. A friend/mentor that they can confide in, be there for them and to help them over the bumps in life. "Belonging (What a Difference a Year Makes)" had twists and turns, like life, to make it an interesting read. I hope there is going to be a second book."
"A sweet story of discovery. Shelly discovers parts of herself she never knew, discovers new faith in God as she 'steps out of the boat', and finally, discovers a family she never knew she had. A little predictable in spots, it was still fun to read and had many little gems of wisdom. As a shy person myself, I could relate to Shelly's struggles to overcome her fears and anxiety when dealing with others. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a pleasant way to pass a few hours."
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