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Love Where You Live: How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home

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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 ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Shauna Pilgreen That's a great book! But that one is This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are by Melody Warnick. Love Where You Live: How to Live Sent…moreThat's a great book! But that one is This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are by Melody Warnick. Love Where You Live: How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home is written from a Christian perspective and is part memoir and part guide. I hope you'll take a look at it! (less)

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Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have always had a heart for reaching other people and helping them. At one time, I thought about being a missionary. . .I was sure that missionaries were extra loved and special as they did their work overseas. Shauan Pilgreen in Love Where You Live encourages us to be missionaries wherever we are and that we can all be used by God.

In Love Where You Live, Pilgreen divides this book in to three parts: What Is Living Sent?, How to Live Sent, and The Hope Of Living Sent. She shares stories from
Lindsey Pilgreen
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even though I heard many of the stories as they happened, I love how Shauna has woven them altogether to tell the story of what God has taught her over the years. But the stories and wisdom of this book don’t stop with Shauna. They are applicable to each and every one of us regardless of where we live or how long we have lived there. I think everyone who reads this book will be encouraged to step into where God has them and the gifts He’s given them.
Candace Collette
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love where you live is fun to read and apply in your life. I found it very refreshing and practical too. Shauna gives you creative and specific ways to do the things that have been on your heart. The content will also inspire to try things you haven't yet thought of. It is real truth for real life and people who want to make a difference. It will help you love bigger, serve better and step up your obedience. The author is so winsome and transparent, you'll feel like you know her. I highly ...more
Suzie Waltner
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Rachael Wade
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love Where You Live was such an inspirational read. The author uses her personal experiences and gives practical ways you can love your city and the people in it. As a city dweller, I find it hard to "love where I live " all the time. Shauna makes it clear that it's ok....God will meet me right where I'm at, and use me if I lean in to him. One of the quotes from the book that hit me right in the heart was,

"Remember the faithfulness of God, abandon the fear of man, fight the urge to flee, and
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-city, placemaking
This book will make you think about where you live in a new light. Rather than taking your neighbours and streets for granted, Pilgreen challenges you to live with intentionality and purpose wherever you find yourself living right now. Whether you wanted to move to your current address or not, Pilgreen asserts that you are there for a reason. She offers thoughtful questions and interesting stories from her own life about moving to San Francisco and all the joys and challenges of raising kids in ...more
Elisabeth Waters
Shauna and I go to the same church, and when I heard she was writing a book I offered to help. She asked me to be part of her book launch team, so I got to read an advance copy.

The first thing I realized when I started this book was that I can still name ten families who lived on the street where I grew up, but I can't name any of the other occupants of the ten units on the floor of the building where I live now. I'm what Shauna describes as an introvert: the ones she interacted with "on those
Brittany L
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a military spouse, it's easy to see your life as nothing but a bunch of beginnings and endings. It's easy to see a town, city, country or territory as nothing more than the "next duty station." Quite frankly it's hollow, unfulfilling, and lonesome to live from that heart posture.

With Shauna's gift for writing, personalized stories, and most importantly biblical guidance you will find yourself seeing where you live from an eternal perspective. Saying "good-bye" is transformed to "see you
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was filled with little nuggets of wisdom and practical advice about loving where you live and intentionally living "sent." It was a powerful reminder that none of us are anywhere by chance, but God desires to use us in the place we are to show His love. I enjoyed the personal antecodotes as well as the practical tips. I did find the book to be largely city-oriented.
Nicole England
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Such good wisdom contained within this book. It has really given me a lot to think about. Highly recommend for anyone trying to figure out how to love their community the way that Jesus taught us.
Amanda Hunsberger
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I like the topic, but it didn't have enough depth. It had a sort of chummy feel.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
"Love Where You Live: How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home" is a book about home, community, and missional living, written by Shauna Pilgreen, a pastor's wife, mother of four, and small town girl now living in San Francisco. Pilgreen discusses the importance of place and putting down roots wherever you are, of investing in your community and culture, of intentionally loving and meeting the needs of people around you, and of building relationships and taking opportunities to share the hope ...more
Jenn Conwell
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My husband and I talk about moving from time to time. We’ve lived in the same place for the last 9 years. Growing up, I moved almost every 2 to 3 years until my parents finally settled down to where they live today. I was almost getting used to moving and expected it. Sometimes, I still do! There are things about where we live that I really struggle with. The busyness, the people, the lack of jobs, you name it. Again, moving seems to be the easy way out. But will moving make the difference that ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Somewhat practical in theory, but impractical in application

In her new book, “Love Where You Live: How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home,” Shauna Pilgreen lays out a plan for basically blooming where you’re planted as far as reaching out to the people in your neighborhood and vicinity.

Published by Revell Reads, her 272-page book, however, is not so much about loving where you live or living sent as it is doing “the work of an evangelist” to “fulfill your ministry” (2 Tim. 4:5) Throughout
Rachel Dodge
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you love where you live? It's a great question and one we all should ponder. In her wonderful and inspiring new book love where you live, Shauna Pilgreen reminds us that we are EXACTLY where God wants us to be, right here, right now.

I confess I sometimes look around my house, my street, my town, and think, "ugh, I wish this place was more like this or more like that." I can easily look at my work, my plans, my kids' school, my community and say, "if only . . . “ But "if only" is a dangerous
Aminata Coote
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a trumpet call to all believers in Jesus Christ everywhere to heed His Great Commission. It is a story of not just looking for a mission field, but to see the mission field where you live, whether it be in a rural area or a large city. The author begins by saying that she was from a small town in the Midwest and was happily ensconced there with her family. But God called her and her family to live in San Francisco, a big city with a lot of problems. So, from her experience, she ...more
Aurelia Mast-glick
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
"What we do in our land is what the next generation will inherit. What is seen and unseen. What we build, shape, and create will be what others step into."

Sobering words they are. What legacy am I leaving? What faith journey am I writing for others to read and follow? Shauna and her pastor husband left family and comfort in the Midwest and moved to San Francisco to start a church. Now she is surrounded by concrete and people and working to reach out and touch lives where ever she goes. They work
Benjamin Liles
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-book-reviews
I want to say for Shauna Pilgreen's book Love Where You Live is an intentional book about loving others as God first loved us. It's every page is littered with thought provoking and ground-breaking thoughts that support scripture, such as where Paul says, "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shauna Pilgreen's "Love Where You Live" reads more like an autobiography of Pilgreen's experience of following where God leads and finding a way of acceptance and enjoyment. Raised in Georgia, she and her husband moved to the Midwest where he served as a pastor, and she grew comfortable in the role of pastor's wife and mother to their three small children.

When God calls her husband to start a church in downtown San Francisco, Pilgreen had to find a new normal out of her comfort zone. "Love Where
Beverly Jones
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shauna Pilgreen and her family know how to "live sent." What this means is that they know how to serve God in the place where He has sent them. Throughout moves and changes, Shauna and her family learned to adjust and adapt and let God lead the way. Shauna shares that everyone can have this outlook on life. You might not always be in your comfort zone, but you can rejoice in knowing that you are serving God to the best of your ability.

Shauna's message in this book is an important one. Her
There were many personable anecdotes that were easily relatable regardless of where you feel God has led you - whether it be a brand new place where you have no established attachment and experience (think small town girl, big city) or somewhere you've been rooted for 20 years. It was a great reminder to see our own neighbourhoods and communities - and the people within - as opportunities to shine brightly and make connections through everyday interactions. I felt at times the author poked a ...more
Frances Paola
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've lived in the Bay Area for 7+ years now and as a true introvert, I would rather stay in my bubble where I don't have to introduce myself or stay for small talk. I never thought (and I mean never) that I would utter "please let me meet my neighbors" in my prayers. Have you ever read a book so inspiring and encouraging that it compelled you to act? Halfway through Shauna's book, something started to shift in me. I started asking God to give me opportunities to meet the people who live in our ...more
Hallie Szott

It’s easy to feel stuck in the mundanity of day-to-day living and miss the opportunities each day presents. Or at least, that’s true for me. In Love Where You Live: How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home, however, Shauna Pilgreen invites readers to reorient their perspective and see how God can work in place and community—and use His people to do so.

Throughout her book, Pilgreen shares stories from her family’s experience in San Francisco and expounds on the idea of “living sent.” She
Evelyn  Fonseca
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shauna takes you to a deeper place with "Love Wher You Live." Using personal experiences and the lessons God has taught her about loving her city, Shauna brings up truths you may have encountered and others you had never thought about. It's not about changing cities, or places whenever you want to escape something but about learning to love your neighbor and showing them Christ. Shauna gives practical tips on how we can start loving our cities. Loving our home is about loving our neighbors.

Barbara Repan
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Love Where You Live is about living intentionally where God has sent you. Shauna tells her story of her family’s journey to San Francisco and living sent.

Love Where You Live helped me realize several things about our next move as we consider and pray about where God would lead us.

The book isn’t for those planning a move, but it’s for anyone who wants to serve God right where they are and be Jesus to those around you.

The chapter ‘The Comfortable Life’ really had me thinking since we are
Tammy G.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not a nonfiction reader but every once in awhile a book grabs my attention and I need to read it. Such is the case with this most excellent read.
I've always been happy with the place where I live but because of some unexpected bumps in our lives I recently experienced a, maybe we need to do more/we should move.
Then I began reading love where you live and now I feel that the Lord would use us to be a blessing where he has us.
In the section, It's a lifestyle, Shauna tells the story of how
Patti Nelson
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In her new book, Love Where You Live, How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home;
author Shauna Pilgreen lays out the welcome mat. She welcomes the reader in to
her busy life, as a pastor’s wife, mother, friend and teaches how to see the place we call home through a different lens.

My family and I have lived in many different locations, with a recent return to Seattle after living in San Francisco for four years. Clearly what worked for us in the past, living in the suburbs of both Seattle and
MaryAnn Bell
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Synopsis: See your surroundings with fresh eyes and renewed energy. Through her personal experience and stories of God's redemptive work in communities and neighborhoods, Shauna Pilgreen gives readers the skills and guidance they need to live out the gospel in the places they call home.

My Thoughts: This book is a good reminder that we all need to get out of our comfort zones. The author reminds us that when we do get too comfortable we sometimes tend to get dissatisfied with life, and we tend to
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love where you live by Shauna Pilgreen

I have enjoyed reading this book, I have lived in the same place for most of my life this book has given me a new outlook on living in the same place. This is such an inspirational read if you are feeling stuck, the author tells her story throughout the book of following where God has led her. If you want to go from just existing in your neighborhood and home this is the book for you! I love her reminder that its a lifestyle and you have to choose to stay
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Raised in rural Georgia, Shauna Pilgreen now finds herself immersed daily in the reality of doing life in a global city. She and her husband, Ben, started Epic Church in the heart of San Francisco in 2010 and have been "living sent" ever since. Shauna is a coach, speaker, and writer to ministry families across the country. She is the mother of three boys and an adopted daughter from India. Learn ...more