Where Am I Going?
Moving From Religious Tourist to Spiritual Explorer

by Michelle Cromer

Balboa Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-452-53374-2.
Reviewed by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
Posted on 02/09/2012

Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration

"The need for truth—and the fear of truth." Cromer's father wrote these words which would spur her to take a series of trips searching for "meaning." She felt she was stuck in the middle of a meaningless existence and she wanted out. She wondered "Is this it?" Shouldn't life be about more than just working, trying to make money, buying stuff, and traveling? These questions began to dominate her every action, decision, thought, and moment in her life. Was Cromer the only one who felt this way?

The "Is this it?" question led her toward self-discovery—an inner transformation where she found her own truth—that deep understanding of who she was and what she could become because of that knowledge.

Prayer was also important to her because she wanted to have a relationship with God. She learned that when she prayed, she didn't need to ask or plead for things; she could just surrender the need to control the outcome of events. Cromer said, "I think most people try to worship a God that they can define so that God then behaves in a way they can expect, but God is a complete mystery." Each of us must ask ourselves "Who is God to me?" and then take time to understand the answer.

Cromer muses "Who were we born to be?" We are all writing the story of our lives, hoping that, before we arrive at the end of the story, we will have found something deeper, richer, and more meaningful. We want to know that our lives are not wasted—that our lives matter—that WE matter. She explains to us that we can find meaning in our lives by determining our purpose, doing work that makes a difference to others, developing meaningful relationships, and serving one another and a Higher Power.

Where Am I Going? is about Cromer's journey and what worked for her—which may not work for everyone. But perhaps it will help us along our own path. The Buddha said, "Don't believe me, don't believe anybody, don't accept anything based on tradition." Read this book and find what works best for you.

Michelle conducts workshops in which participants learn how to tap into a deep well of spirituality, serenity, and purpose. She lives with her husband and two boys in El Paso, where you can't walk to the mailbox without stumbling into a mountain. Visit her website.

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