Jul 12, 2022

Far From Home by Mabel Ninan: Book Review + Giveaway

 

Far From Home JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Far From Home by Mabel Ninan, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Title: Far From Home 
Author: Mabel Ninan 
Publisher: Iron Stream 
Release Date: July 12, 2022 
Genre: Christian / Non-Fiction / Spiritual Growth


Explore the intersection between culture, identity, and faith in this new release from an earthly immigrant who gained a spiritual perspective.


What is my purpose? Why do I exist? A sense of self and belonging are two questions many of us struggle to answer. 

 And what if you are a foreigner in another land? 
 
How does one adjust to a new culture? Discover their place in a new society?

 For Mabel Ninan, born and raised in India and an immigrant in America shortly after marriage, the search for those answers sent her on a journey that led to an unexpected and exciting discovery. 

 God revealed she was not only an earthly immigrant but also a spiritual one, created with a unique calling to impact His kingdom. Mabel’s renewed perspective imbued her with joy and hope, urging her to share the message with others. 

 Drawing from her personal experiences and by examining the lives of biblical heroes, Mabel sheds light on what it means to live as a citizen of Heaven on earth. Far from Home will inspire you to: 

 • Embrace your identity as a foreigner on earth. 

 • Make your home with God. 

 • Find community and common purpose with fellow sojourners.

 

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Review:


Mabel Ninan writes a simple, easy to read book that any one can understand. While it is easy to follow along with, it also has rich biblical truths. It is broken up into three sections: our identity in Christ, our true home in Heaven, and finding a godly, diverse community. Each chapter within the sections ends with Reach In, Reach Out, and Reach Up. The Reach In section includes several introspective questions pertaining to the content before. The Reach Out section provides practical ways to reach out to your friends, family, and church to encourage them or spread the Gospel. Lastly, Reach Up concludes the chapter with a thoughtful prayer.

Mixed within, many personal experiences about the alienation that comes with looking differently provides a relatable tone. It is a wake-up call that the Lord saves all types of people: brown, white, black, rich, poor, American, Indian, young and old. These are our family members and we should do our best to be united and serve one another. The ending has appendixes that help you with tips on loving your immigrant neighbor, on an individual and church scale. 

Overall, this quick read was wonderful! It is important for us to remember that our home is not here on Earth, but while we are here, we should reflect Christ to everyone (including our immigrant brothers and sisters). I appreciated Ninan's insights and look forward to reading more from her. You can check out her website here. You can purchase your copy at the link below. 

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:


"Fixing our thoughts on God, the only constant in a transient life, keeps us from being swept away by winds of change. A crisis of identity can become an opportunity, or a gift that sparks spiritual growth and creativity." 

"Our new identity is anchored to Christ, not to our family, profession, country, or culture. It cannot be altered, negotiated, or withdrawn. Our spiritual identity is permanent and secure."

Thank you to JustReadTours for a digital copy of this book.

My Rating: 4/5 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Born and raised in the minority Christian community in India, Mabel Ninan moved to the US in 2008 shortly after getting married. In nearly thirteen years of her marriage, her family has called ten different places across two continents and seven cities home. The challenges Mabel faced as an immigrant on the move led to a spiritual crisis that drew her nearer to God’s side where she learned valuable lessons about how to live as a citizen of heaven. Her mission is to inspire believers to embrace their pilgrim journey on earth and boldly pursue their heavenly calling. A contributor to Guideposts' All God's Creatures: Daily Devotions for Animal Lovers 2022, Mabel’s writings have appeared in The Upper Room, CBN.com, Leading Hearts Magazine, and (in)courage.me. She hosts a YouTube podcast called Immigrant Faith Stories where she shares testimonies of immigrants, refugees, missionaries, and cross-cultural ministry leaders. She has been serving in various roles in women's ministry for almost a decade. Mabel enjoys reading, traveling, and dancing, but nothing gives her more joy than having conversations about the Bible. Mabel is pursuing M.A. in Theological Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She lives with her husband, son, and Maltese pup in Northern California.

CONNECT WITH MABEL: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a paperback copy of Far from Home, a customized notepad and bookmark (eco-friendly products made by rural artisans in India help sustain endangered art forms and secure livelihoods), access to digital resources (including a recipe booklet, teaching videos, and audio prayers), and a $30 Amazon gift card.

 

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight July 11, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 18, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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12 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing! I'm adding this to my tbr!

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  2. I look forward to reading this.

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  3. Far From Home is a valuable book that will open both our eyes and our hearts.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  4. Far From Home sounds like a book that I need to read, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Busy Moms Read, Too!, for sharing your review! Have a wonderful day!

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  5. I love the quotes you pulled out of the book - thanks for sharing your review!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your review of Far From Home, this sounds like an inspirational read and I am looking forward to it

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  7. Fabulous review! This is one I need to read.

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    1. I hope you get around to it, Cindy! <3

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  8. I enjoyed reading your review, the book sounds great

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