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Friday, September 9, 2022

About the Book

Book: Where You Are & How to Get There

Author: Nolan Ryan Recker

Genre: Lifestyle

Release date: August 4, 2022

Have you ever had the thought or asked yourself the question, “How did I get here?”

You know, the kind of question examining the indirect decisions and circumstances that led you to the point life that you even need to ask such a question.

One of the oldest questions ever recorded in human history speaks to this very question we ask ourselves in moments of doubt. What if that ancient question was a question we ought to ask ourselves on a regular basis?

Journey with me as we wrestle with a question that if meant for us, today, would change everything about we view the life we choose to live.


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About the Author

Nolan’s toughest and rewarding opportunities are being a husband and a father. As a husband and a father, Nolan wants his family members to discover and live a flourishing life. Nolan’s life experience has covered the spectrum from being a camp counselor to a school teacher to a custodian to a Lead Pastor of a church. This, is why he writes. If he wrestles with the ideas he writes about, maybe others wrestle with the same things, and if they do, would they benefit from a different perspective? He’s honored to listen to anyone who graces him with their time to tell their story; especially if it involves coffee or pizza.

More from Nolan

Hi there! The name’s Nolan & I love this book.


Seriously, it was a labor of love.


Sometimes writing for the sake of the enjoyment and scrutiny of others can lead to some pretty sad writing days. One of my favorite writers recently said something along these lines, “Sometimes, writing is opening up a blank word processor, staring at it for eight hours, closing the processor, and not writing a thing. It still counts!”


For me, I used to seek perfection in much of what I attempted to do. I wouldn’t try something if the odds weren’t favorable. It wasn’t until I learned that life is a lot like staring at a blank word processor. Even though I didn’t accomplish anything on a specific day or season of life, the fact that I showed up is what counts.


Learning to live life in this way. Discovering rhythms of creating, rest, consuming, pain, work, play, purpose, and my people; helped me to rediscover a life-story worth living.


A life-story worth writing.


I am so many things and wear so many different “hats,” but first and foremost, I am a loved human being, created in the Image of a loving and creative God.


I enjoy being a husband and a father.


I love the passion of writing.


When something comes together, there is no greater treasure than to put something into the world that brightens someone else’s experience of this life.


Wearing the “hats” of Pastor, Teacher, Coach, Friend, Advocate, etc. time and I again I would have conversations with people regarding the very things you will read in “Where You Are & How To Get There.”


We are all on this life journey together, and I am glad to journey on with all of you.


Why am I here and what is my purpose? I know that I have asked this question many times and never fully received an answer. It comes from a place of not feeling like I belong since I was a child.  The first few pages of this book gives you many questions to think on and begin to point you towards seeking the answers of “Who am I and what is my purpose?” 

One of the points the author makes is how we can lose our focus. The author talks about the parable of the prodigal son. This is perhaps one of my favorite stories from the Bible. It reflects that no matter what you do there is forgiveness waiting for  you. I did start to find myself being confused when the author started talking about a god-being and goes on a tangent about scientists and how the earth is tilted. I don’t quite understand his point of  taking about “celestial patterns that mark the created order of time.” 

 But in the midst of the book I did find some useful information that helped me look at myself and understand that “we are not to live alone.” God  wants us to have personal time with us but also desires us to fellowship with others. The author does get one point across that is very important. That point  is to develop meaningful friendships that will encourage you, forgive you and love you unconditionally. The author also says, “The moment you  discover what your purpose to be and to do in life is when this whole living experiment becomes real? 

I’m glad I didn’t give up on the  book because towards the end, I was able to connect with the author and begin to see what he was unraveling for each of us. God loves us and wants us to be happy, prosper, find like minded people to fellowship with and deepen our relationship with Him. “What He spoke into us at our creation will accomplish all He wants us to become —in the end.” 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 9

Texas Book-aholic, September 10

A Reader’s Brain, September 11 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 12

Inklings and notions, September 13

Splashes of Joy, September 14 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, September 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 15

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 16

Spoken from the Heart, September 17 (Author Interview)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 19

For the Love of Literature, September 20 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, September 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 21

Cats in the Cradle Blog, September 22


To celebrate his tour, Nolan is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. That is a question that I think everyone has asked at least one point in their lives. I'm interested in reading your book and finding out your take on it! Thanks for sharing Where You Are and How To Get There with me!

    Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review!

    Have a marvelous weekend!

  2. Thank you for sharing your review of Where You Are & How to Get There, this sounds like an inspirational and motivational read and I am looking forward to it

  3. This sounds like a good and very interesting read. Thank you for your review,

  4. IT sounds like he has an interesting perspective. Thank you for the review! :) HAVE A GREAT DAY! :)

  5. Thank you for reading and reviewing it! ☺️

  6. Do you have any pets?

  7. I could use some help with direction on where to go at this time in my life. I hope this book lends some of that.

  8. Do you have any plans for the weekend?