The Making of Us

The Making of Us❮Reading❯ ➸ The Making of Us Author Sheridan Voysey – Beautifully written and deeply poignant The Making of Us allows readers to walk alongside author and radio personality Sheridan Voysey during a transformational moment in his life journey Picking up w Beautifully written and deeply poignant The Making of Us allows readers to walk alongside author The Making ePUB ½ and radio personality Sheridan Voysey during a transformational moment in his life journey Picking up where Resurrection Year Turning Broken Dreams Into New Beginnings left off Sheridan helps us process what we can learn about our identities in the face of disappointment and change Life had not gone according to plan for Sheridan Voysey and his wife Merryn When infertility ended their dream of becoming parents they uprooted their lives and relocated from Australia to Oxford England so Merryn could pursue her professional goals But the move meant Sheridan had to give up his well established career in Christian radio and though he was experiencing some success as a writer he couldn’t reconcile his expectations for his life with the reality he was living Lost and directionless he came to a sobering realization I don’t know who I amFollowing the example of many a seeker Sheridan decided to pair his spiritual journey with a literal one a hundred mile pilgrimage along the northeast coast of England Inspired by the life and influence of the monk Cuthbert who was among the first to evangelize northern England in the s Voysey and his friend DJ traveled on foot from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to Durham where the famed Lindisfarne Gospels were on displayWhat makes us who we are What shapes our hopes and dreams and how do we adjust when things don’t go as we hoped Can we recover if we make a choice that’s less than perfect Voysey tackles these uestions and others as he deftly weaves together Cuthbert’s story the history of early Christianity in England and his own struggle to find his identity and purpose His introspective writing leads readers to consider their own stories and reflect on how God calls each of us to an identity bigger than any earthly role or career Part travel memoir part pilgrim’s journal The Making of Us is a uiet story including a chapter by chapter reflection guide of trust in God’s leading for our lives no matter where our paths take us.

Sheridan Voysey is a writer speaker and broadcaster on faith and spirituality He is the The Making ePUB ½ author of seven books including The Making of Us Who We Can Become When Life Doesnt Go as Planned March Resurrection Year Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings Resilient Your Invitation to a Jesus Shaped Life and the award winning Unseen Footprints Encountering the Divine Along the Journey.

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  • The Making of Us
  • Sheridan Voysey
  • 09 June 2015
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10 thoughts on “The Making of Us

  1. says:

    The Making of Us is no pull yourself up by your bootstraps eight days to Christian maturity workbook It doesn’t offer much in the way of answers Rather many soul searching uestionsAs we follow Sheridan Voysey and his companion DJ on their eight day pilgrimage in the footsteps of 6th century Celtic monk Cuthbert we discover the author to be a humble man who has made mistakes and faced shattering disappointments but who has the audacity to reflect deeply on life’s choices and omissions fates and fortunes As the hike progresses and the hikers interact with many colourful locals the pilgrimage becomes something of a live parable Which path should we take at the fork How do we overcome the frustration after taking a wrong turn Can we persevere in spite of our aches and weariness Is it all worth the effortVoysey seeks to learn from the giant personages who trod those paths in earlier ages How did those ancient monks gain the inspired wisdom and courage to face hardship and aggression to counsel kings mediate conflicts minister to poor peasants draw many a searching soul into the arms of a loving heavenly Father and pen their insights for posterity What moved other forgotten strivers to build great monuments in the hope of gaining vain fameAnd how in this day and age should we set about discovering the right path for our lives in the face of possibly misguided pressure from parents and teachers; our own youthful blunders or afflictions; the tragic loss of a loved one or a failed career choice; deception or opposition on the part of others Curious about how their trek will develop and without realising where the author is leading us we are drawn on from the practicalities of hiking with blistered feet over sand flats and moorland trails to the overarching Big uestions Does God have a plan for my life Has He a particular mission for me to fulfil How can I become the man or woman He wants me to beBeware The Making of Us is an inspiring book with some beautifully crafted passages; it’s hard to put downI received a complimentary copy of this title but this is my own fair and honest review

  2. says:

    About two years ago I came across Sheridan Voysey in connection with mutual interests we share including pilgrimage and the arts He is an Australian who has been living in the UK for some time and is a writer and broadcaster I have just finished reading his latest book The Making of Us It is the story of a pilgrimage he made with his friend DJ from Lindisfarne to Durham and records their experiences along the way and the conversations they had as they walked togetherPilgrimages are an opportunity to take stock and reflect on life’s journey indeed a pilgrimage can helpfully be thought of as a metaphor for your whole life with a beginning a middle and an end I have led pilgrimages which have included reflections on the stages of life So for example on the first day we reflect together on the names we were given and their meaning and about the stories we have been told about our birth I don’t think Sheridan and DJ went that far back in their conversations but they do reflect back from childhood about significant life events and how they have shaped them Inevitably as you read you start reflecting and comparing your own life experiences Sheridan Voysey writes beautifully Here is his description of his first steps from Beal to Lindisfarne “The water is cool on the toes I venture out a few metres A centimetre of receding tide still covers the sand and has turned the mudflats into a mirror that stretches for miles I am standing on water I am walking on sky I slosh forward making ripples in upturned clouds Lead me God Lead me”There is another presence on the journey who is often referred to and that is St Cuthbert Incidents from his life illuminate conversations such as this one about the legacy we will leave behind us Sheridan refers to an incident where Cuthbert saw a woman clutching her dying son to her chest in a plague ridden village He approached the woman took the boy in his arms and prayed and blessed and kissed him “Do not fear or be sorrowful” he told the woman “for your child shall be healed and no one else of your household will die” The boy lived and Sheridan comments in this way “Books in his honour Churches in his name A city built on his shrine But perhaps eternity will record Cuthbert’s legacy like thisA mother noticedA body heldA forehead kissedHoliness”This is a book that will be especially helpful for those who have found that life has not turned out uite as they had hoped or planned for “Perhaps the company folds the marriage ends or the kids leave home or the accident happens Any idea we had about our place in the world vanishes like mist and we find ourselves asking What am I here for all over again” Sheridan and DJ open up to each other sharing their struggles and weaknesses but encouraging each other and the reader to press on through All this reflects the physical side of the journey The first part which includes Lindisfarne Cuthbert’s Cave Bamburgh the Farnes and the beauties of the Northumberland coast is fairly upbeat but as blisters and aching muscles take their toll at the same time that they walk through the industrialised coast north east of Newcastle they have uite a struggle to keep going Fortunately renewed inspiration from the legacy of Bede at Jarrow and determination to reach the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition at Durham Cathedral before it closes sees them through At the end there is an excellent reflection guide with uestions about each chapter which as well as being helpful for individuals makes the book ideal for a group to study together This book will be a great help and encouragement to many

  3. says:

    This is a book about pilgrimage and there are two inherent dangers with such writing Too much geography and history and it becomes a travelogue; too much introspection and navel gazing and it becomes self indulgent Thankfully Sheridan Voysey’s account of his walk from Lindisfarne to Durham with his friend DJ is neitherThe two men took 8 days to make the journey following in the footsteps of Cuthbert but also learning from the life of Bede and other Celtic saints Both felt the need for some time out and an opportunity to reflect; hopefully to gain a sense of what God was doing in their lives We are invited to walk with them and share their journey minus the blisters We are welcome to eavesdrop on their conversation and learn from their discussions More importantly we are given the opportunity to start our own inner journey a pilgrimage of the heart as we read and reflectThis is a beautifully constructed book Sheridan is a wordsmith of high calibre He paints pictures with words so that we can imagine ourselves on the road with them He is also a deep thinker a man with mature spiritual insight who has had to work through his own disappointment and heartache A master storyteller he shares openly and honestly with us from his own experience and that of others As we read it feels as if he is speaking directly into our soul Every chapter is like a session with a wise and understanding spiritual directorSheridan writes for those who are in transition moving from one phase of life to another He has in mind those who are rebuilding their lives after dreams have been shattered and life has not turned out as planned He directs his words to those who are looking for meaning and a new purpose who feel adrift as he did like a plastic bag blown aloft by the breezeSome big themes emerge The uestion of finding our true identity runs like a thread through the narrative – knowing we are loved by God helps us find acceptance in who we are not what we have or achieve Understanding God’s will for our life and recognising how God guides us is another theme Through their conversations and the happenings on the journey we are led to consider what it means to live for the glory of God to understand and value the uniue gifts God has given us We begin to learn how God weaves a tapestry in our lives from all the broken pieces and how even suffering and adversity can be used for good – indeed in the making of usThis is an enjoyable read but in no way is it lightweight It is best read at least twice Once simply to enjoy the story itself Then again to ponder what it is saying and let it speak to you It will make an excellent companion to a retreat or as the basis of a study groupI see only one thing missing – a map would have been very helpful to get a sense of the journey and the places visitedI hope ‘The making of us’ will be widely read it’s story enjoyed and its message taken to heart

  4. says:

    I wanted to read Sheridan Voysey’s book The Making of Us as the action takes place on a pilgrimage and I have done several so enjoy reading about the experiences others have while walking He walked from LindisfarneHoly Island to Durham and it didn’t sound as though he had done much preparation as the physical experience was demanding and tough and blister making I was expecting some of that and it gives some dramatic impulse – will he and his friend be able to make it in time to see a certain exhibition in Durham before the closing date Along the way as the two of them walk and ponder they learn of the ups and downs not just of walking a long distance but of the adventure of life itself And how God can make the parts of life which appear to us to be almost disastrous and certainly painful into something which helps us to grow go deeper find ourselves And become ourselves The book is an easy read; and one could just read it for the pleasure of an interesting walk through the countryside of north east England But there is much to savour and think through; I had to read it twice – once for the walking interest and once to go deeper into some of the thought provoking ideas that challenged me and helped me reconsider some of my own painful times of life and how they had in fact become the making of me I received a complimentary pre launch copy of this title and this is my own review

  5. says:

    Our own words for expressing our thoughts yearnings fears dreams and hoped for paths can often be inadeuate or in my case almost AWOL so we search for a song or a psalm and let those words become ours They can be words of worship or words of gut wrenching pleas Or just words that help us process what’s going on around usI’ve never been on a physical pilgrimage but thin wafers of my life have been spiritual pilgrimages and I’ve often been lost trying to find the words I need Sheridan Voysey’s book “The Making of Us” pulled together ribbons of words that became prayers psalms and songs – and that became mine and made sense of many pieces of my life’s journey so farPilgrimage can be muddy boots and tired feet or fresh air and history Or pilgrimage can be speechless opening of the soul Or it can be both and can become a little bit of “the making of me”“The Making of Us” is far beyond a journal It’s actually a place it’s where our conversations and cries to God can unravel #TheMakingOfUs

  6. says:

    As an EnglishScots flying Kiwi now based in Australia I was always disappointed that I never got to see as much of England as I wanted to I lived there for Among many reasons was the horrendously expensive train fares on the British rail system which means that for many UK residents it's cheaper to travel to destinations overseas than within their own countriesSo I was rather envious of the author having the opportunity to do this pilgrimage And I loved going on the journey with him through this bookHaving read his work before Resurrection Year Resilient and blog wwwsheridanvoyseycom and having heard him speak at public events and on BBC Radio 2 I have always thought he was an excellent communicator However it's clear here that Sheridan Voysey's writing has gone to the next level you really feel like you are travelling with him there are so many wonderful details here For example in the first chapter he skillfully weaves the story of the beginning of his journey right down to descriptions of the other passengers on the carriage respectfully and kindly done because he is clearly a good soul with updating details on what's been going on in his life in the last few years after he published Resurrection Year and moved to Oxford so that his wife could pursue her career related dreamsthen moving on to conversation with a taxi driver and the various details of his accommodationI would recommend this book to any spiritual seekers who feel like they are at a crossroads especially those in their 30s40s50s60s andor those wanting a great book for Lent or Advent reading What I like most about the author's work is that he clearly has a strong faith but he doesn't provide cheesy easy Christianese y answers to all your problems

  7. says:

    This the story of a pilgrimage on foot from the island of Lindisfarne Holy Island to the Shrine of St Cuthbert at Durham Cathedral is also a Christian inspired self help book enabling readers to reflect upon their own life journeys Following the rhythm of the two pilgrims the author Sheridan Voysey and his friend DJ we can visualise the scenes he describes and feel the spiritual highs and the physical and emotional lows of the journeySheridan himself is originally from Brisbane in Australia though he now lives in Oxford in the UK I find his observations about Brisbane and Sydney particularly poignant as I lived in Brisbane myself for four and a half years before returning to live in the UKThrough the medium of this physical journey Sheridan teaches us much deeper values which may apply to our own lives especially those of us who may define ourselves by perhaps who we know or by our possessions our status our dreams and ambitions or job titles His journey through the woods and fields and paths and roads of Northumberland then starts to parallel our own life journeys During his description of the walk he reflects upon periods in his own past life story Places he and DJ visit give rise to memories of people he has known whom he now sees in a new lightIn all this Sheridan’s purpose seems to be to shift our own value systems our vision of what really matters about our lives here on this earth He interweaves biographical information about the Celtic saints Aidan and Cuthbert into his pilgrimage giving us the opportunity to relate aspects of their journeys to our own One of the most striking sentences in the book is “Maybe when identity is lost we can discover who we really are” And the most challenging uestion “Could you be content having your contribution to the world left unknown or forgotten yet known by God and pleasing to him”At the end of the book Sheridan gives a series of uestions to reflect on for each chapter and several blank journalling pages if you wish to use the book as the basis for a much in depth project of self knowledge; and the book can be used as a group or individual resource He also offers a contemporary “Creed” which you may download from his website sheridanvoyseycom Highly recommended

  8. says:

    Not only was this book food for my soul but it was nourishing and life giving It spoke to me on a deep level whilst also being an easy read perfect for this busy Mum of 4 living life in Africa But don't let the phrase 'easy read' put you offSheridan weaves deep truth and important reflections into the journey of his pilgrimage It is a book you can read and re read I read some paragraphs and pages multiple times as I was stopped in my tracks; almost compelled to reflect on what I was reading and knowing this could would change me I have read other of Sheridan's books and his message is important even essential for our culture that measures so much on external values and appearance This book for me was like breathing in lungfuls of cool fresh air and exhaling deepBuy this book make a large mug of your favourite beverage grab a blanket and begin your own journey as you follow Sheridan on his Enjoy and breath deep

  9. says:

    Sheridan’s book is a lyrical piece of beauty His heart resonates on every page Honest refreshing and masterful

  10. says:

    If you’re secretly thinking ‘what should I be doing with my life’ or even ‘is what I do enough’ then this book is a must read Sheridan is a writer who manages to give space for those big uestions of our identity and purpose especially for those over thirty and offers gentle wisdom and refreshing spiritual perspective The real joy of the book is how he does this through a memoir of walking and talking with his friend along a pilgrimage path in the North East of England walking in the steps of Saints Hild Bede and Cuthbert learning from their wisdom and mistakesPart travelogue part memoir part exploration of saints and part Christian practical wisdom it’s all masterfully woven together and beautifully written This felt like a precious and timely gift to me Outstanding memoir – highly recommended

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