Packing Light: Thoughts of Living Life With Less Baggage by Allison Vesterfelt
[The context: Think about the New Testament incident of the “rich young ruler” who approached Jesus with a question about Heaven. Then think of the incident where Zacchaeus climbed a tree to better see Jesus as he walked by. The “rich young ruler” was told to sell all his possessions and follow Jesus. The young man walked away. Zacchaeus voluntarily offered half his possessions returned to those he wronged to make amends. Jesus affirmed his salvation.]
“Because Jesus doesn’t care about our stuff nearly as much as we do. In fact, often He likes to bless us with it. He just doesn’t want the stuff to become the point.Because when stuff becomes the point of our life, we miss out on the greatest blessing of all: the freedom we feel when we’re fully engaged in the push-pull of life, the letting go and the holding on.”
Packing Light by Allison Vesterfelt is not just a travel memoir, nor is her book a how-to manual for living life. It is not a Bible study with lessons all neatly outlined for the student. In truth, this book does have all these elements to a certain extent, but it moves far beyond that in scope. It is the honest and poignant voice of a seeker opening the door to her heart for her readers to understand her personal journey for something more in life than the safe routine she had become accustomed to. It is her story and her insights. It is gutsy, open, brutally honest, and humble. She doesn’t pretend to be a perfect Christian, but a traveler on the
It wasn’t exactly what Allie and Sharaya were doing or the events of their fifty state road trip that was so remarkable. Yes, they had bumps along the way, and monetary troubles, which led to taking risks when looking for places to stay overnight. What stood out to me were the reflections Allison voiced in the journal. Her perceptions are youthful and insightful, and will encourage the reader to ponder how and why we so willingly shoulder our baggage, metaphorically as well as physically.
I don’t think I could read this book in one sitting. Allie’s writing style is conversational but pithy. Some of the story reads like fiction, with humor and grace. That part moves along quickly, but you are going to want to sit and ponder some of the reflections she pens. Each chapter has many quotable quotes in them, as she examines multiple facets of life from many viewpoints. Her voice rings true, and I think this tome will resonate with many young people…even those of us who are young at heart.
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