A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging

by Kate Motaung

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Kate Motaung’s life experiences left her wrestling with the question, “Where is my home?” She watched “home” slip away again and again—through her parents’ divorce, a foreclosure, two international moves, ten rental homes in ten years, and her mother’s terminal battle with cancer. Add in the challenge of a cross-cultural marriage, and Kate was constantly adapting to a new environment. When home is supposed to be synonymous with love and comfort and safety, unpredictable and unwelcome life events—even the chosen but challenging ones—can rock you to your core.
“But maybe this tension is how it’s supposed to be,” Kate writes. “Maybe this home isn’t meant to feel safe. Perhaps we’re supposed to squirm in discomfort and groan with longing for the only place where moths and cancer ‘do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.’”
Journey with Kate across two continents to answer one of life’s great questions: no matter where we go or what we do, this world is not our home. Whether you’ve had experiences similar to Kate’s or very different ones, everyone has a longing to be safe at home. And, as Kate found, there’s really only one place that is truly safe—the arms of Jesus.

Kate Motaung grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan before spending ten years living in Cape Town, South Africa. A freelance writer with a host of articles in multiple magazines and online publications, she's married to a South African man. They currently live in Holland, Michigan, with their three children.

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A satisfying read that connects at deep levelsReview by Liz H, Wisconsin
A beautifully written memoir that I didn't expect to finish so quickly. Started it and hope to savor because her words are so precious, but I couldn't put it down. The story of finding Grace and home in Jesus and our eternity with him is something that connects each of us deeply. Her writing style matched my own personality and I felt like we were just talking over coffee. (Posted on 1/8/2019)
Her life beautifully articulated for readers everwhereReview by janeanderson
I admit that I buy a lot of books - ALOT of books. But I start them, and never finish. That was not the case with this book. I was drawn in from page one and while I didn't finish the book in one sitting, I finished the book in a few days. I took it with me everywhere because I wanted to see "what comes next" in Kate Motaung's story. I cried with her during her visits with her mom who had cancer. I applauded her decisions to follow her heart. I saw devotion to her husband Kagiso and their love of their three children. Growing up in Michigan and settling in South Africa is intriguing to me. I wanted to read more and know more. The dialog was beautiful with descriptions of places and events that opened the windows to what Kate wanted readers to experience as she experienced them. Throughout the book, Kate chose the perfect passages of scripture to support her story. Every time a passage was woven into the paragraph, I thought, 'Yes. Yes, that one is just right for this moment." Many of the verses, prompted me to think about how my life might be affected and I had to write them down. While this book wasn't intended to be a text book, it taught me things from the textbook on life. (Posted on 3/28/2018)
Awesome storyReview by Del
Kate is a talented writer who so beautifully weaves her personal story with the Word of God ~ a gift not bestowed to all. Her story takes you from one tender experience to another in such a captivating way, that you can't wait to flip from one page to the next. A must read to guide you in your life if you too are struggling to find your place to land. (Posted on 3/24/2018)

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Features & Details

Features & Details

Product Code: JR881
Language English
ISBN: 978-1-62707-662-3
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Publish Date: Mar 6, 2018
Carton Qty: 48
Trim Size: 5.375" x 8"