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The In-Between Place: Where Jesus Changes Your Story

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Jesus’ journey to the woman at the well in Samaria offers insights and hope for women today to make peace with the past, find hope in the present, and step into the future.

God wants us to move toward the goodness He has planned for us. But what do we do when challenges stop our forward momentum? What’s the next step when we fall into a pit of despair with the determination
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Thomas Nelson
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Kristen Pool
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In her second book, Kat Armstrong proves two things about herself: first, she is a lover of and diligent student of God's Word; second, she is a keen mentor and friend to 21st century women who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus. Across the book, Armstrong majors on typological and thematic elements that run though Scripture. Her expositions related to Dinah & the Samaritan woman's stories ("Jesus is better than Jacob in every respect") and Moses & the Samaritan woman's stories ("Now ...more
Lanie  Walkup
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kat is one of those writers whose excitement and love for Jesus and the scriptures jumps off the page. The In-Between Place is filled with wisdom and brilliant insights. It was a timely read for me in the middle of ALL. THE. THINGS. (*waves hands around*). I'm grateful for Kat's witness to believers through her writing, message, and her faithful actions. ...more
Traci Rhoades
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Her book is just as I know her to be on social media; the author is a great encourager. Weaving her story in with shepherding words for her readers, Armstrong walks us through the story of the woman at the well in John 4. Readers can walk away with renewed hope in God, who is still at work among us.
Kaley Harper
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much Kat Armstrong for writing this book and there could not be better timing! We all seem to be facing an in between place. Thank you for this encouragement that God meets us in our dry places and fills us with His living water. It encouraged me and I hope it encourages many other!
Courtney Birkbeck
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you feel like you're in the hallway, unable to see which door you have next to walk through and the door you walked through to get to the hallway is long gone, you might feel confused, hurt, frustrated and alone. That's the in-between place. That place where purpose seems put on hold, where you feel like you're suspended in motion and nothing makes sense. This book takes you on the purpose behind the in-between place and I can't recommend it enough. I've been in a season of being in-between ...more
Carmen Imes
This is a delightful read! Kat generously shares stories from her own life alongside the story of the woman at the well in John 4 to demonstrate how Jesus meets us in our in-between places. Her book is empowering and full of hope.
The Lord has really been speaking to me lately through the written word, and one of those books is The In-Between Place by Kat Armstrong. I have heard the story of the Samaritan woman in John 4 many times in my years as a Christian, but Kat gives a fresh perspective to a tale that is so easily overlooked, diving deeper into the text, and showing us that Jesus can change us no matter where we are, or where we've been.

From the first page you can feel Kat's passion for this message. She has went th
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
When was the last time you were in an "in-between place?" You know, the moments when one big thing has ended and the next big thing hasn't happened? Times of change, loss, suffering, transition. We've all faced those. And those in-between places bring up a lot of emotion, of fear, of challenge. We don't know how long it will take before they're over and things change. And how do we get through them? We might try to power through in our own strength; or ignore them; or try to fill the spaces with ...more
Connie Saunders
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've read the story of the Samaritan woman at the well many times but this new book has given me a deeper understanding of John 4. The In-Between Place reminded me that this woman who had been judged by so many and cast aside was actually a woman whose life had been altered by tragic circumstances. She was in an "in-between place', a place that certainly wasn't where she had hoped to be. Suddenly, a man who knew all about her, who seemed to understand her as no one ever had, was talking to her! ...more
Janelle Cole
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This time in our world, the right now, the 2020, 2021 – this period of “history” (it will one day be) is a tough time. Many are being affected by unexpected loss, illness and more. This is on top of the normal day to day struggles. It is no wonder so many people are wondering if this is all these is.

Kat Armstrong is a woman who is not afraid to dive into tough topics like this and help us navigate to a better, healthier place.
When we are wondering if there is more, and we look to media, news, fr
Becca-Rae Weidel
As I first started diving into this read I was enjoying it and had high hopes for it. As someone who is currently living in a situation you might consider an “in-between place” I had high hopes. As much as I wanted to love it though, I felt myself growing increasingly uncomfortable with some of the statements and claims that were made. The chapters seemed unfocused to the topics at hand and seemed to all cycle back to complaining about men. There were Bible stories connected that I felt uneasy a ...more
Kendra Neal
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Life for so many has been at a "Stand Still" for the past year. Many
times in life, we all seem to "get stuck". Kat Armstrong calls this
"The In-Between Place".

We know we need to get ourselves moving forward and "out of
the rut", sometimes though it is a struggle. Kat Armstrong has been
at "The In-Between Place" herself and this book is her story of
her struggles. Kat Armstrong tells how the Samaritan woman who
had lost all hope, but gained it all back when meeting Jesus at the well.
Kat Armstrong
Randi Sampson
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
With the past year that we have ALL had, chances are many of us have felt as though our lives have in many ways been put on hold... and that we're just kind of in-between the before and whatever comes next. Covid aside, I think many of us also find ourselves feeling this way at one point in time or another. This book is for the women in those moments.

Kat Armstrong takes a deeper look at John 4 and the woman at the well. Combined with biblical truths and personal stories, this book offers encour
Barbara Gray
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I’m always trying to push forward to the next place I’m “supposed” to be in my life, even though I know in my heart of hearts that it’s the journey, made up of the in-between places, the places where I sometimes feel stuck, and that my hands are tied, that matters the most. Kat Armstrong asks in this book: “What if each step in our journey has purpose?” If we can look back and see the big things, little things, good things, hard things- and how God has led us, we can grower closer in ...more
Jan 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
Absolutely terrible. The writing had compelling moments but any time she approached the Bible I felt whiplashed by the rapid fire of combining so many bible stories that would leave someone new to scripture baffled, and leave an experienced student feeling like she was desperately scraping for content to make a point by pulling every example out of context.
She makes huge leaps in interpretation and then used this interpretation as if it’s fact.
She spent large amounts of the text complaining ab
Kelly Barton
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The In-Between Place is the book version of the friend who meets you for coffee, and asks the hard questions — but does it in a way that feeds your soul and undeniably points you to Christ. Kat encourages the reader to really think about the in-between places of their lives, the ones that make life feel difficult, or disappointing, or hopeless, and to identify how God makes use of these places in the past, the present, and the future. Kat is a champion for women and a champion for Jesus, and in ...more
Brittany Turner
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Vulnerably and authentically, Kat shares from her experiences in a way that helps you to not just relate, but want to know more about the God who has guided her through both the ups and downs of her own story. Being in the middle is not foreign to any of us, but having someone to help you navigate your faith in it is invaluable. Thank you Kat for penning this beautiful book full of both your story and Biblical truth. Thank you for carefully laying down stones for us to walk on as we traverse you ...more
Abby Mullaney
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have ever found yourself “stuck” in life, you need to read this book. Kat dives fearlessly into the story in John 4, Jesus and the Woman at the Well, and uses it to remind us that Jesus will always meet us where we are. This book illustrates how there is no person, no situation, that is too “messy,” or too “unreedemable” for our Savior, and encourages us all to ask the hard questions in order to walk forward boldly in the Truth.

I really love Kat’s connection of this text to others with p
Brittany Goff
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is for ANY WOMAN. I've been so intrigued and uplifted with every chapter. I love how Kat illustrates the story of the Samaritan woman from John 4 and relates it so beautifully to our lives. We are bound to face hardship, regret, and disappointment throughout our lives and Kat's words meet us there and remind us we are exactly where we need to be. We have peace, comfort, and the fullest life right now, today if we choose to see it and fight for it. Kat helps us to practically embrace ou ...more
Katie Nguyen
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kat expertly and lovingly weaves together a narrative that is equal parts pastoral, encouraging, and is exegetical, illuminating teaching. As a woman working in ministry in the "in between" transition place from 2020 to 2021, I couldn't help but feel like certain parts were solely written for me. The way Kat brings light and depth to the teaching of the woman at the well has been absolutely groundbreaking for words on the book to everyone I know have essentially been that if you are a wo ...more
Gina Fox
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely one that is needed right now! Most of us are at an in-between place. Kat does an amazing job of bringing the story of the Samaritan woman for a present day woman to relate to. Kat takes the readers through making peace with their pasts, finding hope in the present and stepping confidently into their futures. She also does a summary at the end of the three sections with some vital takeaways. This book will speak to the hearts and minds of every woman who picks it up. I rec ...more
Patti Pierce
Kat Armstrong does an amazing job of writing a book suitable for women of today. Everyone deals with time of being in the “in between” and needs to be able to deal with it. When things seem to be falling apart, turning to Jesus brings the peace and relief people need.

She shows her heart for the Lord through the pages of this book. Truly it is one that brings hope, joy, and peace to the readers. So check out this book for yourself.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way i
Megan Sjuts
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kat’s writing always gets me...and this book is no different! I love how Kat recounts the intentional journey of Jesus to meet the Samaritan woman at the well. It is a beautiful account of how Jesus sees us as women and meets us where we the in between places of our lives. I truly needed this message of hope in the midst of one of the hardest seasons of my life. Kat’s words have been a gift my soul deeply needed.
Angie Robertson
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Maybe this year has felt entirely like an in between place, or maybe years of your life have felt in between. Kat reminds us that Jesus is in all of it, from a quick transition to the next season to a transition that may take years and years. I’ve been in both. He is faithful. Through Kat’s words you’ll be encouraged and feel like a faithful friend is walking alongside you through your in-between. Keep pressing forward.
Lindsey Johnson Edwards
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kat is such a gifted writer and storyteller! I had the privilege of listening to Kat teach about "in-between places" in our Sunday school class last year, and I could not be more excited that she penned this message for all of us to read! Kat so beautifully weaves together insightful commentary on the story of 'the woman at the well' and stories from her own life, allowing her audience to learn and grow both intellectually and spiritually as they navigate their own in-between place. ...more
Sarah Norman
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kat Armstrong’s second book, much like her first, did not disappoint. I’ve read the story of the woman at the well many times, but never made the connections made in this book. I’m thankful for Armstrong’s voice speaking into the pain that so many feel. She’s not afraid to tackle difficult subjects and bring Jesus right in the middle of it all because that’s where he’s suppose to be. This is a book I will come back to again and again as I go through life’s difficult phases.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever found yourself in the middle — the in-between — questioning and searching for purpose and redemption, this book is for you. Its organization is clear and digestible; its contents are richly theological and personal. Through Kat's scholarship, we better understand the biblical accounts of Dinah and the woman at the well and are encouraged to dare to hope, knowing God is *with* us in our stories and places too. ...more
Kate Boyd
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a needed companion for uncertain times. With well-told anecdotes and deep dive details from one of the most compelling stories in Scripture, she unpacks how Jesus sees us, meets us, and changes everything when we need it most. If you need the comfort of Jesus in your season right now, this book will show you how he does that and more in every kind of circumstance.
Angela Fry
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If anyone needs a warm hug of reassurance that Jesus will meet you right when you need it most; in the in between moments, dive right into The In Between Place. Kat has the ability to bring Bible truths to life like an old best friend. If there ever was a “must read” book after a really tough 2020, this is it!
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kat's first book "No More Holding Back" offered me the wind in my sails to launch into some new platforms personally, and to spur on other women in my life to do the same. So to say I was excited about this book was an understatement. And it doesn't disappoint!

Listening I was struck by how much we allow our joy and our hope to be stolen, especially me. I'll leave you with two quotes that hit me in the gut. And then tell you how encouraged I was to hear Kat empower, remind and encourage her read
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KAT ARMSTRONG ( is an innovative ministry leader, sought-after communicator, and the cofounder and executive director of Polished (, a network that gathers young professional women to navigate career and explore faith together. Kat and her husband, Aaron, live in Dallas, Texas, with their son, Caleb, and attend Dallas Bible Church, where Aaron serves as ...more

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