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It was almost 2 years late for Mike and me, but this book was still helpful in what seems to be our never-ending transition from the mission field back home. It was written about 20 years ago, so there are a few things funnily outdated; however, the overall message is clear and effective.
The re-entry for a missionary is hard, no matter how great you think someone’s handling it. There are a lot of issues and oftentimes it’s not something others can understand. This is when it’s very important to be closer to God than ever.
There weren’t a lot of “ah ha” moments, but it was reassuring seeing all our emotions, thoughts and changes described to a T on paper. Of course we knew there were others out there – we didn’t feel alone, per se, but to read about it in an organized fashion with great clarity and suggestions for coping/adjusting…well, it was just quite good for us.
Not only do missionaries returning need to read this (before leaving the field, ideally), but if local Stateside church members and/or family members did, missionary transitions would be so much smoother for all parties.
Fortunately, I’m glad to report that a lot of the pitfalls the book warns against were things we personally avoided. Partially because were are still full-time missionaries and partially because we have become so involved in our local church.
It’s a simple book. A very quick read. The font size is strangely big, making it harder to read, but grammar and punctuation were accurate, which unfortunately my eyes are always editing… 🙂 If any missionaries (short-term or long-term) have returned and are just now hearing about this book, I recommend still reading it!
Make the transition from missions to life at home as smoothly as possible. Buy it here.
P.S. There is a more recent book out there on the same subject, but the author used the same analogy in the book description online as Re-Entry and for some reason that bugged me. I don’t know, perhaps they are friends or even relatives and the later person had permission. It just didn’t seem original, so I stuck with the book that has been recommended to me. 🙂