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What Are Readers Saying About “Return From Exile?”
“Return from Exile is a road-map through the wilderness of loss.”
[I learned that]…“our lowest low is the very time that God is making His greatest investment in us.”
How are loss, failure, and personal setbacks an exile?
Literally, exile is when a person, or a people, are banished from their country. Metaphorically, exile is when life throws you a curve and you end up isolated, disillusioned, and disoriented, mourning the loss of what you once held close. You find yourself in an emotional place you never anticipated. It leaves you scared and alone, wondering if you will ever return to “normal.”
What kind of losses makes an exile?
Exile could be from a relational breakdown, like divorce. It could be from the death of a loved one. It could be from a setback in health, like cancer. Or it can be from the various seasons of life-like a job loss, infertility, the empty nest, or an emotional condition like depression or anxiety.
Loss comes in many forms. But most people are unaware of the deep impact it has on their lives. As a result, they live with a nagging ache in their heart, having no idea how to deal with it.
How will “Return from Exile” help me recover from my grief and depression?
In “Return from Exile,” F. Remy Diederich draws on the many examples of exile in the Bible to help you return from your exile. It’s written with forty short chapters that serve as a daily devotional to help you process your loss and get your life back on track.
These devotionals explain the impact loss has on you, how God can use your personal setbacks to develop you as a person, and then how God wants to bring you out of your exile to restore your joy and sense of purpose.
“Return From Exile” will flip your thinking to see that exile can be a season where God actually ADDS to your life through your grief and loss. God uses the suffering and pain to do a work in you that can’t be done any other way.
Readers have summarized “Return from Exile” by saying:
“I appreciated that the first 26 days helped define “exile”, inviting me to identify times of loss in my life (when it felt like God didn’t care and wouldn’t- or couldn’t- help). Then the final 14 days provided guidance on how to find my way “out of exile”, to find hope and joy restored!”
“I found myself highlighting a lot in this book to go back and revisit, but I also found the book highlight some things in my life to go back and revisit.”
“In this book Remy offers incredible insights into loss, spirituality, and self-compassion that are interwoven with some of the great Bible stories. It is accessible and contains much practical wisdom that can be used immediately.”
Don’t waste your grief and loss.
If your setback has caused you to lose hope and direction, then “Return From Exile” will help get your life back on track. Don’t waste your grief and loss. Let God use them to transform your life for good.