Early Reviews of The In-Between: How 89 People Deal with Waiting

Last night, my wife took me out to find my new book at the local Barnes & Noble. We tried to do this last year, and the whole thing ended in disaster. But this time, the results were different.

The In-Between
Photo by Ashley Goins

Not only did we find a copy of the book in store, we found five. And we know there were at least a total of ten, because my mother-in-law bought five just the day before yesterday.

While I was taking ridiculous photos with my own book at the bookstore, someone approached me, asking if that was my book. When I replied it was, he explained he was a reader and told me he was going to buy my book.

And then he asked for my autograph.

Yes, it’s crazy to think this is now my life (thanks to Josh, by the way, for making my night). And although I feel funny with some of the marketing stuff you have to do for books, I don’t feel funny about this part โ€” the part where I share how this message is changing people’s lives.

It’s amazing to hear how this little idea of learning to embrace the in-between is setting others free from just waiting for the next big thing.

Early feedback on my new book

As you may know, last week was launch week, and Amazon is already astir with 50+ reviews (most of which are 5-star). On top of that, I’ve started to make the rounds with guest posts and interviews about the book.

We also did something unique with this book launch by offering a free digital copy to anyone who pre-ordered the book. So by the time The In-Between was released, a handful of readers had already read the book and were talking about it.

I asked some of those readers to consider writing a blog post or tweet to share their own “in-between” moment and the lessons they were learning. If you’re still on the fence about getting the book, check out what these readers have to say. Maybe they’ll help steer you one way or the other.

Word on the tweets

What the blogs say

Lots more to come!

And that, my friends, is just the beginning. You can also follow the discussion via the hash tag #theinbetween on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Oh, and check out this nifty Pinterest board I made just for the book.

More interviews, guest posts, and other fun things to come โ€” very soon!

In the meantime, consider picking up a copy of The In-Between wherever you like buying books. Just make sure you do it before Aug. 10 to get your bonuses. And if you’ve already read it, be a buddy and please leave a review (those things are as good as gold to us authors).

Lastly, please tell your friends! These first few weeks of a launch are crucial to the long-term success of a book. If you want to lend a tweet or Facebook share, that would be much appreciated (click the links to spread the word). Thanks!

Now it’s your turn: Write about how you manage your times of waiting. Share in the comments (by posting the whole piece or a link to it).

43 thoughts on “Early Reviews of The In-Between: How 89 People Deal with Waiting

  1. Congratulations! I am going to pick up a copy very soon. I read “Your Are a Writer” and I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to read this one.

  2. Congratulations and thank you, Jeff. Loved, loved, loved being part of the early readers group. I am honored to have been able to read it and write about it at a difficult time. The book is a real perspective changer. You show the way to hope and joy when we are at risk of drifting and drowning in our In-Betweens.

  3. Jeff, life has been incredible busy, so I have not been able to check out the bonuses. I have been WAITING on the copy I ordered to arrive. It is supposed to be here Wednesday.

  4. It is fun to read your articles. I enjoy following your writings because you seem so real and natural. Thanks.

  5. Forgot to put in what I do while I am waiting. I am looking, seeking, developing. becoming. A flower cannot make itself bloom, but it needs to point to the sun to get the nutrients. It also needs to look to the rain to receive the water. The roots need to go down to search for the food in the earth as well. Activity is happening even though it may not always look like it on the outside. I rest too. Enjoy just being,

  6. I am now going back through the audio book and the pdf as well and picking up new things still ! The most significant point for me is in truth to DO something while I’m “In-Between” which I hadn’t been. I have had many illnesses and pain from injury that too often has put me ‘out of commission’ as it does to many more than myself! The in-betweens can be long – sometimes short, but rather than saying when I feel better or after … I will then do it … like prayer to God when we ask we forget we still have to do something in-between! We don’t know when the answer will come, but I had forgotten all the blessings I did see and too many more I missed while failing to live in my “in-betweens”. Thank you Jeff and I enjoyed the many memories I had brought to mind by you! I particularly enjoyed your comment about people’s memories differing … Boy, can they! Rick =)

  7. Whose job is it to keep the books in alphabetical order at your local B&N? Graham Quotes is in the wrong place, and it seems that Goll should be to the right of Goins, not to the left. Or is there some sort of inscrutable method to this madness?

  8. Good luck with the book. I’m sure you have put your soul in it. Can’t wait to read the book and tell you my impression about it.

  9. When I was in Franklin earlier this year I stopped by the Barnes & Noble. Part of me expected to see you or Jon Acuff there…not sure why. Glad it is in stock, but guessing they won’t last – mine is being delivered this week!

  10. I bought the book via Amazon, and since I’m in the Philippines and shipping costs way too much, I had the book delivered to a friend’s address in New Jersey. Not knowing that it was me who sent her the book, she posted a photo of the book on her Facebook wall and said, “whoever sent me this.. thank you!” ๐Ÿ™‚ She even posted some quotes from the book.

    Couple of days later, I revealed to her that I was her mystery sender. She loves the book and now some of her friends are buying it too.

    As for me. I downloaded the e-book version. Reading it makes me wish I wrote the words myself! You’ve captured a universal emotion in writing, Jeff–how it feels to wait–and a lot of us can relate because all of us are going through that motion, whether we’re aware of it or not. Thank you for generously sharing your life and your thoughts to the world. God Bless You! ๐Ÿ™‚

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