Book Review: This Homeward Ache

Book Review: This Homeward Ache

About the Book:

That sudden yearning you feel when you see a sunset. That pang of longing you sense deep in your bones when you attend a funeral or even gaze at a poignant piece of art. Those experiences that sting you to attention in moments of beauty, peace, or sorrow—the ones you can sense are offering you a twinkling, piercing hint of heaven:
 
Are these meant to do more than point you to eternity?
 
What if they could enable you to live more fully on the way there? 
 
Through personal reflections, evocative stories, and profound writing, author Amy Baik Lee offers This Homeward Ache, inviting you to remember the times you’ve been deeply moved by a glimpse, a spark, of something you know is beyond the visible present—moments that other cultures and times have called Sehnsucht, saudade, hiraeth, or galmang. In each spellbinding chapter, Amy traces her own brushes with this longing, unfolding her discovery that it is designed to enrich and alter every area of our lives: our valleys of pain, our relationships with other people, and ultimately our reception of the love of God.
 
If you’ve ever wondered how to keep going in this world while holding on to the hope of the world to come, This Homeward Ache offers you courage, companionship, and a stirring sense of the scope of our journey home to Christ.

My Thoughts:

Here’s yet another book that I’m late reviewing. I’ve had trouble moving through this one and it’s not the book, it’s all me and where I find myself these days. I love Amy’s writing. She’s a master at a beautiful turn of phrase. I’ve been following her online for a few years. I was really looking forward to this book, but it came at a time when I just haven’t had the mental space to be as present to the writing as I think this book requires. At first I thought it was just trying to read it on kindle, but then I bought a hard copy and still struggled. It’s definitely a book that requires something of you in the reading.

The subject matter is good and it’s one I’ve spent quite a bit of time reflecting on over the years. It’s a mix of communicating ideas about how we journey and personal stories from the author’s own journey. I like the fact that you are invited to jump around and not to feel compelled to read it in order, though I wonder if that’s part of what is keeping me from moving on to the next chapter. It seems like each chapter is unto itself in some ways and there is a need to read reflectively so it’s maybe a little easier to put it down that a book where every chapter is urging you on to the next. I do appreciate what I’ve read so far (about 35%) and I’m hoping that sometime soon I’ll be able to give this book the focus that it deserves.

Have you read it? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book.

I received a free digital copy and purchased a hard copy of this book.