The Making of Us Paperback

Who We Can Become When Life Doesn't Go As Planned

by Sheridan Voysey

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Helping you get closer to your identity and resilience for tough times, Sheridan Voysey shares nuggets of wisdom from his own journey of life and faith. 

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The Making of Us

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  • Feel like life hasn't gone as planned?
  • Sheridan Voysey shares his story of transformation and pilrimage
  • A personal insight into where our hopes and dreams come from
Writer and radio personality Sheridan Voysey offers an intimate exploration of the search for identity and calling as he undertakes a hundred-mile pilgrimage along the northeastern coast of England.

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 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 am.

Following 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 600s, Voysey and his friend DJ traveled on foot from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to Durham, where the famed Lindisfarne Gospels were on display.

What 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 questions 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 quiet story including a chapter-by-chapter reflection guide of trust in God's leading for our lives, no matter where our paths take us.

The Making of Us by Sheridan Voysey was published by Thomas Nelson in March 2019 and is our 1257th best seller. The ISBN for The Making of Us is 9780718094232.

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Author's Note

1. A Soul Adrift

2. Sand and Stars

3. Caves and Crossroads

4. Visions and Whispers 

5. Castles and Ashes

6. Rivers and Streams

7. The Space in Between

8. Losing and Birthing

9. Gifts and Graces

10. Pathways and Providence 

11. A New Creed


Reflection Guide

Journaling Pages


About the Author 


Travelling with his friend DJ and the invisible figure of Saint Cuthbert (a favorite of mine), Sheridan also journeys with the God he has been struggling to understand and hear clearly. Through typically honest and wonderful descriptions of his surroundings and inner musings, Sheridan warmly welcomes us to join this rich experience. An exceptional read. - Adrian Plass, Author of The Shadow Doctor and The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass series

The Making of Us causes us to consider some of life’s most searching questions: Who am I? What should I do with my life? I found it a beautiful book, not just in its lyrical writing but in its gentle yet firm encouragement to press on with our journey, even when we are doubting, fearful and tired. This is a book to nourish our souls. I highly recommend it. - Rob Parsons, OBE, Founder and Chairman, Care for the Family

Who are we when we lose the status of a significant job, when we don’t hit milestones alongside our peers, when our best laid plans don’t come to pass? Sheridan’s hard-won wisdom is a gift to all of us who wrestle with these questions—to those at crossroads, to those who need help discerning the loving voice of God. This beautifully crafted and lyrically written book is destined to become a cherished friend and companion to many.  - Jo Swinney, Author of Home

Sheridan Voysey knows well the art of telling a story that takes you on a journey far away from where you are now. His latest book, a pilgrimage to rediscover himself, is just such a lyrical achievement. More importantly, though, his tale appeals to the journey of heart that all of us grapple with. Indeed, The Making of Us might just be the making of you.  - Claire Diaz-Ortiz Bestselling Author and Speaker

In The Making of Us Sheridan takes us on a beautiful and compelling trek to reveal how dissonance and disruption can call us into the delight of God. Brew a good mug of tea, wrap yourself in a warm blanket and let this pilgrimage take you to the wonder that you too have been on, are, and will always be on a great adventure to the Face of beauty. - Dan Allender, PhDFounding President, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology

Sheridan Voysey’s reflection on the literal steps of his journey in search of the Lord’s direction is a beautiful, evocative reminder that our lives as Christian saints are part of an eternal community, one not merely of our own place and time, and of a much larger story, one not merely of our own making. - Karen Swallow PriorAuthor of On Reading Well and Fierce Convictions

From his first question about where we fit into the world, to his last about how we desire to be remembered, Sheridan fills us with hope as he recounts his own search for purpose and calling, guided by the deep truth that we are always with God. This beautiful book will challenge you, guide you, call you to the countryside and bring you back home to the truth that you too are always with God. - Becca Stevens, Founder of Thistle Farms, Author of Love Heals

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThomas Nelson (March 2019)
Number of Pages240
Thickness16 mm
Height216 mm
Width139 mm
Product Code4683212
Page last updated 19th March 2019
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