Last week Marilyn Gardner released her first book. I wanted to post this the day of the release but between travel and continents and trying to remember which time zone I’m in, which money I should use, and how to order coffee in America, it has been an overwhelming few weeks and I’m late to the party.
But you don’t have to miss the party! You can purchase and enjoy her book, Between Worlds, any day.
This is a beautiful book, it reads like a gift from a gentle, wise heart to Third Culture Kids.
Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging (click to pre-order from Amazon)
Between Worlds is a book for Third Culture Kids and anyone who knows and loves them. The essays are brief and evocative and probe deep matters of the heart and soul. Marilyn is including a study guide and I highly recommend families or schools or organizations read the book and go through the study guide questions together. I, for one, will be doing that with my kids and my spouse. Essays range in topic from providing a meaningful welcome to a boarding school kid who comes home during a school break to figuring out how to raise kids in the United States when you, the parent, weren’t raised in the US.
Marilyn is a kindred spirit. I can vent and rejoice to her, bounce ideas off her and tell her about the days I want to quit, and she receives it all with grace. Her wisdom is hard-earned and stems from a solid foundation of thoughtful faith. I’m so excited for her book launch day and for the people who will read this book and be helped, challenged, and encouraged by it.
Here’s what I said about Between Worlds:
Between Worlds is a kaleidoscope of memory and family, grief and celebration. Marilyn explores the experience of both being and raising Third Culture Kids and raises topics that will serve as valuable conversation starters among expatriate families and organizations. Especially for TCKs, this book will read like a homecoming and offers the gift of multiple me, too, moments. For anyone living ‘between worlds,’ this is a treasure trove of wisdom and perspective from a talented writer.
Here are what others are saying about it:
“To read this remarkable collection of essays is to journey with Marilyn Gardner between the worlds of East and West, home and not-feeling-like-home, touching with her the boundaries of culture, the inspirations of faith, and the comforts of loved ones. Her stories are compelling and unforgettable. And while her essays will instantly resonate with those, like Marilyn, who have lived between worlds, they speak volumes to those like me who have not. Every one of us has been at some point between two worlds, be they faith and loss of faith, joy and sorrow, birth and death. Between Worldsis a luminous guide for connecting – and healing – worlds.~Cathy Romeo, co-author,Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses
“Drawn from her honest, penetrating blog writings, Marilyn Gardner’s Between Worlds invites us into her memories with loving hospitality, connecting the various and vivid threads of her fascinating life without over-sentimentalization. She is a wise raconteur, knowing that memories are living, formative things. Her richly evocative descriptions of the places that have formed her engage every sense (and will likely leave one a bit thirsty for chai), and the book is delightfully adorned with her daughter’s pen drawings. Throughout her essays, Marilyn presses in on the questions with which every human soul wrestles, particularly our God-given desire to belong, and to live securely and coherently with oneself and others.
In a world that has grown ever more globally connected, her recollections engage us all to think through how “God uses place” — and, at times, acute feelings of displacement — to make us into the people we are. Adult third culture kids will find in Marilyn a compassionate, empathetic friend, and anyone who has lived “between worlds” will appreciate her gentle approach to the more disorienting facets of a globally nomadic lifestyle.” Laura Merzig Fabrycky, The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture