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To Belong: A Novel

“Judy takes us into her fascinating world, one that few have the privilege to know.” –Joel C. Rosenberg

In this contemporary story of hope and compassion, an Israeli woman named Tamar is fiercely loyal to family, friends, and faith. But below the surface emotional scars fester from her childhood in a kibbutz children's home, separated from her parents. She dreams of fulfillment as a mother of a large family. When a group of Sudanese refugee children come to Tamar's nursing clinic, their predicament tugs at her heart. She becomes obsessed with thoughts of rescuing a small brother and sister abandoned by their mother at the desert refugee camp.

As followers of Jesus, Tamar and her family walk carefully as they live in community comprised of Messianic Jews, secular Jews, former Orthodox Jews, Holocaust survivors, and immigrants from various countries and cultures--all seeking an identity, to know "who they are." As this unlikely group of family and friends enfold the children and seek justice for them, new possibilities begin to open for healing of all kinds. Read this unique and refreshing story. You'll see:

  • tradition both ancient and modern
  • faith that is living and embodied
  • even the intimate experience of the land itself

all molding and holding together a supportive, sometimes suffering but always hopeful, multi-cultural community. You'll be glad you took the journey, and you may never see the world quite the same after this "inside view" by multi-book author, Judith Galblum Pex.

Waves lap quietly against the rocks and migrating birds add a joyful sound as you dive into the heartfelt pages of Judy’s book. Set where desert mountains meet coral reefs, this touching story depicts love that perseveres amidst the risk of deep loss. Facing difficult questions with empathy and inspiring faith, To Belong makes me feel at home.

What other people have to say...

Reviews

"Judith Galblum Pex tells the story well, and we get emotionally involved in the lives of her characters. She also introduces other individuals who are searching for their own sense of belonging...But I think the thing I loved most about ‘To Belong’ is the authors setting. Eilat is described so well, it’s spectacular beaches, coral reefs and marine wildlife. The mountains, wadi’s and deserts that surround this oasis. The heat and the flash floods The warm sea to swim in and the beach to relax on. The people, the tourists, and the lifestyle."

Joy Margetts, Author of Christian Historical Fiction

Auteur naam

“Come, Stay, Celebrate! is a breath of fresh air in a world full of strife. It’s the story of a hostel in the southern reaches of Israel, a place where travelers, hikers, drug addicts, and refugees of various generations and wars gather to find hospitality and acceptance. Each world conflict of the past four decades leads to new waves of people coming through the Shelter Hostel, and Judith Galblum Pex presents their stories with grace.”

Eric Wilson, NY Times bestselling author of Fireproof, October Baby, and Field of Blood

 “Judy Pex is a verbal camera. She describes in such exquisite detail the vast Israeli wilderness as well as the noisy Israeli cities and towns that you feel both the concerns and the delights of such a remarkable trip. But much more, she communicates her deep love for both the land and the people, a love that accepts both the difficulties of the trail and the various and colorful individuals she and John encounter as they cross Israel from bottom to top.”

Sam Nadler, President, Word of Messiah Ministries

“This spellbinding book which gives the reader a heart-wrenching look into the lives of five special human beings who have suffered incredible persecution puts a human face on the statistics we hear concerning Sudan.”

Fran Boyle, DirectorCLIM (Connecting Lives International MissionUSA

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