Oh, the Places You'll Go!

I recently tweeted, “Travel every chance you have, to every place you can. After reading, it’s the best way to stay in school.”
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Many responded in one way or another with the following question: “Where are the best places to go?”

In what may be my most overlooked book, but one my editor called the best I had ever written, I listed nine places that I had been to throughout my travels that had the greatest impact on my life. Through each I took readers, to the “best” of my ability, to not only a place, but a strategic life-lesson.

The genesis of the book was simple: if I were to pour into another person’s life, how would I do it? When first asked that question, I knew. I would take them to various places around the world, using the time of travel and destination as a means to speak not just information, but hopefully wisdom into their life. Then, once at our destination, I would work to reveal all that the place held for Christian life and thought, and then follow-up with all the mentoring application I could muster.

InterVarsity Press took the bait, and “A Traveler’s Guide to the Kingdom” was born.

So what were my nine places?

I unashamedly hope they intrigue you:

*The “Eagle and Child” pub, Oxford, England

*The Isle of Iona, Scotland

*St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai Desert, Egypt

*The Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

*Chartres Cathedral, France

*The Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, North Carolina (USA)

*Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, Germany

*The ten Boom House, Haarlem, Netherlands

*The Dachau Concentration Camp, Munich, Germany

The larger conversations each afforded, through the book, proved to be profound:

*You are converted

*You are spiritual

*You can hear God

*You are called into community

*You are sexual

*You have a calling

*You can make history

*You can trust God

*You will have doubts

I’ve now written, or contributed to, over twenty books. I don’t say this often, but I will now.  I truly hope you buy this book and read it. It’s one of my most personal and, I believe, helpful. 

But after reading it, do one more thing.

Go to some of the places.

You will never be the same.

James Emery White




James Emery White, A Traveler’s Guide to the Kingdom (InterVarsity); click here to purchase on Amazon.