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Love Where You Live Review 

Despite being part of one of the most mobile societies in history, it's easy for us to feel stuck where we are. Whether because of a recent move or because we're still in the exact same place we've been for years, many of us just aren't where we thought we'd be or doing what we thought we'd be doing. Sometimes we may wonder if God knows what he's doing. How can this be part of his plan?

With enthusiasm and contagious joy, Shauna Pilgreen assures readers that, yes, God does have a plan and a purpose for them--right where they are. In fact, he sent them there. She invites readers to "live sent," showing them how to see their surroundings with fresh eyes and renewed energy. Weaving her own remarkable story with biblical habits readers can incorporate into their daily routines, Pilgreen equips us to reach out into our communities with God's love, knowing that our efforts are never in vain.

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In Love Where You Live, Pilgreen tells the tale of her family’s move to San Francisco to start a church. As a person who spent much of her life in a town with six traffic lights, this was quite a change for her. Pilgreen encourages her readers to start connecting with the persons in their communities—wherever they may be—as this is a part of the commission God has for them. She gives snapshots from her  experiences and others she has come in contact with while interspersing it with Bible teachings.

Know God: Throughout Love Where You Live, Pilgreen refers to God as the sending God. I like this reminder because many times we acknowledge that God calls people but we don’t focus so much on the fact that He sends them as well.

Know yourself: Pilgreen was very transparent about some of her reactions to the persons and situations she came in contact with and readers are invited to do the same.

Run your race: To live sent is an invitation to every believer. Each person should do their part to show the love of Jesus to the persons they come in contact with most often—their neighbors, service providers and even those at their local gym.

I understand what Pilgreen was trying to do in Love Where You Live—she was trying to get us excited about connecting with the persons whose lives intersect with ours—but I felt this would have been better as a documentary. As a film, I would have been able to walk the streets and meet the people as she invited her readers to. 

Instead, I felt like a voyeur looking at an over-excited person who was sharing about her exotic vacation by flashing a thousand pictures and reeling off sometimes disconnected stories. Even though this was a retelling of her story, it felt impersonal and philosophical and at times I was left with more questions than answers.

I enjoyed the dweller tips at the end of each chapter and did pick up a few tips that I look forward to implementing.

Favorite Quotes from Love Where You Live

A fear of missing out is not from God. He wants us to stay in our lane, in our place He has for us, doing what He’s called us to do.

I need this reminder often because sometimes I look over the fence. I forget that God calls me to live sent where I’m at.

We give or home a name that is symbolic of how God has provided or moved… We choose a Scripture that declares a promise or truth that we want present in every room of our house. These are written on post-it notes hung in discreet places.

I like this idea as it shows how we can invite God into our homes to dwell with us.

A testimony is telling your story, testing it out. Your faith story matters.

This is a reminder that all of us need to hear because sometimes we forget. 

In Love Where You Live, Pilgreen tells the tale of her family’s move to San Francisco to start a church. As a person who spent much of her life in a town with six traffic lights, this was quite a change for her. Pilgreen encourages her readers to start connecting with the persons in their communities—wherever they may be—as this is a part of the commission God has for them. She gives snapshots from her experiences and others she has come in contact with while interspersing it with Bible teachings. 

Know God: Throughout Love Where You Live, Pilgreen refers to God as the sending God. I like this reminder because many times we acknowledge that God calls people but we don’t focus so much on the fact that He sends them as well.

Know yourself: Pilgreen was very transparent about some of her reactions to the persons and situations she came in contact with and readers are invited to do the same.

Run your race: To live sent is an invitation to every believer. Each person should do their part to show the love of Jesus to the persons they come in contact with most often—their neighbors, service providers and even those at their local gym.

I understand what Pilgreen was trying to do in Love Where You Live—she was trying to get us excited about connecting with the persons whose lives intersect with ours—but I felt this would have been better as a documentary. 

As a film, I would have been able to walk the streets and meet the people as she invited her readers to.  Instead, I felt like a voyeur looking at an overexcited person who was sharing about her exotic vacation by flashing a thousand pictures and reeling off sometimes disconnected stories. Even though this was a retelling of her story, it felt impersonal and philosophical and at times I was left with more questions than answers. 

I enjoyed the dweller tips at the end of each chapter and did pick up a few tips that I look forward to implementing.

Thanks to Baker Books who provided a copy as part of the Revell Reads Program.

Have you read Love Where You Live? What was your opinion? Get your copy of Love Where You Live: How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home on Amazon.

About Shauna Pilgreen

Shauna Malcom Pilgreen is a rural-raised Georgia girl who now loves living the city life with her pastor husband and 4 kids! She loves being at home in San Francisco with her favorite word 'hi' and has yet to meet a stranger. You can connect with her at www.shaunapilgreen.com

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