Giveaway: The In-Between

The-In-BetweenLast week I mentioned a few books that helped me process and understand my  quarter life crisis. (For the record, I still feel stupid every time I write that phrase.) Honestly, none of them were Book Saviour of my situation. Nothing I came across carried the epiphany that solved my broody inner conflict.

This book is also not that book. (Sorry.)

But, in a sense, the book is more than that. The whole premise of it is, as its subtitle says, embracing the tension between the now and the next big thing. It talks of the discipline of valuing the awkward in-between. Don’t worry, the book is not as painful as that sentence made it sound. Jeff shares how he has learned to find meaning and value in the times of waiting.

It’s something I’ve tried to get better at.

As I was reading this book, I thought, “this book would be good for people going through a quarter life crisis.” I also started wracking my brain of people who were in an in-between phase so I could recommend it to them.

And then I had a horrifying realization. I have been in the in-between state in certain areas of my life, too. It was better when I didn’t realize I was waiting and hoping for things. Now I feel like I’m in this purgatory and CAN’T GET OUT! Suddenly the book went from being something I wanted to pass on to someone who could benefit from it more, to something I was thinking about regularly, practicing often and ended up reading a second time.

The In-Between is a story of growth and change. The glimpses the author gives us could very well be from your life or mine. He’s adventurous and goal-oriented. But no matter how hard we work to get somewhere there are always times of waiting. How we respond to this waiting, Jeff says (and I totally agree), can say more about us than where we’re going.

Go leave a comment answer the question: What was your most recent ‘in-between’ moment or most difficult time of waiting? Then sign up for your copy of The In-Between by Jeff Goins! 

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  • CK

    I think I’m currently going through an in between time while waiting to see if and when I’ll be moving and what I will be doing when I get there. So much is up in the air and it’s hard not to be consumed with that.

  • Tim Chan

    I’ve had a quarterlife crisis as well – it seems to be more and more common (random fact: there are 2 movies titled “quarter-life crisis”… one produce in Canada, both not rated very good). Here’s to hoping that having a quarterlife crisis means not needing to have a midlife crisis…

    • Jess Versteeg

      Yes! Here’s to hoping!

  • Lindsay Fleetwood

    Current quarter-life crisis: seeing the end of school and not knowing what comes next! But school isn’t quite over yet so I need to somehow stay in the ‘present’ while staying hopeful for the future.

  • Sid S.

    I definitely had a quarter life crisis. And the in-between is a place I feel like I’m forever in. I don’t feel at home no matter where I am.

    And I would like a hard cover if I win. Which I’m really hoping would happen! lolz

  • Elizabeth Michelle

    My quarter life crisis happened earlier this year. I serve as a recording artist in a music group made up of full-time missionaries. Some transitions in our ministry in the spring caused us to lose the director of our group, thus leaving us in limbo and in a complicated position, as the six members were employees of a missions organization, but recording artists on a record label, with no management.

    March-June were really hard months for us, as we had to go back to basics and re-evaluate if we felt we’d been called to be a group in the first place. I felt lost, confused and almost useless. Everything I’d known had been radically changed in a very short amount of time! Talk about a quarter life crisis, I was barely 25!

  • Madiken Scholl

    I’ve been “in waiting” for a few years and didn’t really even know that this was something other people experienced!

  • Vicky McPhail

    My in-between is sort of pathetic when I think about it, since it isn’t really all that terrible, and not nearly as monumental I suppose as a quarter-life crisis – but right now I’m at a stage where my one of my kids is out of naps and the other is still an infant, so all of our life is sort of wrapped around that – it makes it hard to get anything done educationally for my oldest, or get any projects or cleaning done around the house other than the bare minimum, or read/listen to (adult) music/catch up with the news… I’m looking forward to when they are both able to play together so they can enjoy each other’s company, and give us all a bit more freedom. I’m trying to enjoy the baby stage too. Even though it’s not my forte…

    • Jess Versteeg

      Vicky, I think the worst part about the ‘waiting’ time sometimes is that we know it’s dumb. Even quarter-life crises are dumb! We know we’re blessed to even have the problems in the first place, but it doesn’t change the fact that we find the current state hard.

  • Tim Chan

    My most difficult in-between moment was waiting for my depression to lift.

  • Katy Parks

    My in-between time lately has been waiting to become licensed for counseling. For a while I worked full time and did school part time, starting in Fall 2010. The journey to finally finish graduate school and become licensed has been a long one, with a few rough bumps, but I’m finishing up as a full time student. I’m finally starting my practicum as a student intern, and after May I can begin applying for licensure. Of course then I have 3000 hours before I go from Licensed Professional Counselor–Intern to just LPC…so that will be a whole other in-between! But I’m glad to be getting there.


    I’m deep in the ‘in-between’! I thought finishing college would be the answer to everything, but it’s left me lost, confused and in debt. For a minute, I thought I’d have my dream job at the start of this summer, but that process came to an abrupt end due to their “budget”. Since then it’s been disappointment after disappointment and I’m just waiting for that chance to break out of this minimum-wage misery and start doing something I’m good at/enjoy. I’m not in poverty (yet), but it’s been excruciating on my ego. *sigh*

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  • Samantha Buxton

    I think I’ve felt “in between” for the last 3 years. It seems like I’m waiting until my life is in order, it makes sense, and I’ve “got it all together”. THEN my real life will start. Until then, it’s just the practice, the warmup.

    • Jess Versteeg

      I can relate. I used to think “when I get to University” and then it was “when I get married” and now it’s like “real life probably isn’t until I have kids” or whatever. Maybe that’s because people always say “You think your life is busy now? Just wait until ______!”

  • Karina

    CEGEP was “in between” high school and univeristy. Bachelors degree was “in between” CEGEP and the future. This summer was “in between” my degree and the unkown. Right now, I’m “in between” summer and getting onto campus. “In between” being a student and a grown-up. “In between” a young adult and someday maybe a mother.

    We so often find ourselves thinking we are “in between” two things, always worrying or looking forward to the future, and remembering the past. Maybe we should learn to enjoy the gift of the present?