14 July 2022

Far From Home | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Explore the intersection between culture, identity, and faith in this new release from an earthly immigrant who gained a spiritual perspective.

What is my purpose? Why do I exist? A sense of self and belonging are two questions many of us struggle to answer.

And what if you are a foreigner in another land?

How does one adjust to a new culture? Discover their place in a new society?

For Mabel Ninan, born and raised in India and an immigrant in America shortly after marriage, the search for those answers sent her on a journey that led to an unexpected and exciting discovery.

God revealed she was not only an earthly immigrant but also a spiritual one, created with a unique calling to impact His kingdom. Mabel’s renewed perspective imbued her with joy and hope, urging her to share the message with others.

Drawing from her personal experiences and by examining the lives of biblical heroes, Mabel sheds light on what it means to live as a citizen of Heaven on earth. Far from Home will inspire you to:

• Embrace your identity as a foreigner on earth.

• Make your home with God.

• Find community and common purpose with fellow sojourners.

Publisher: Iron Stream
Release Date: July 12, 2022


For all my confusion, this much was true—the more time I spent with Him, the more my concerns faded away into the background. Being in His presence satisfied me. My laundry list of problems, requests, and challenges sunk to the bottom of my heart, and His love, grace, and faithfulness floated to the top. Studying the Bible rekindled in me a passion for God’s presence. I craved His company.

What I failed to do with my human mind and efforts, He managed to accomplish for me—He made me feel at home.

It mattered less and less where I lived or belonged when spiritually, I found shelter, permanence, and peace in God. Intimate fellowship with God is home. No other place or person can satisfy completely my need to be rooted because I am made in His image, imprinted with a desire to cohabit with Him. The human soul can feel completely at home only when it is entwined with God’s Spirit, intimately and wholly.


Born and raised in the minority Christian community in India, Mabel Ninan moved to the US in 2008 shortly after getting married. In nearly thirteen years of her marriage, her family has called ten different places across two continents and seven cities home. The challenges Mabel faced as an immigrant on the move led to a spiritual crisis that drew her nearer to God’s side where she learned valuable lessons about how to live as a citizen of heaven. Her mission is to inspire believers to embrace their pilgrim journey on earth and boldly pursue their heavenly calling. A contributor to Guideposts’ All God’s Creatures: Daily Devotions for Animal Lovers 2022, Mabel’s writings have appeared in The Upper Room, CBN.com, Leading Hearts Magazine, and (in)courage.me. She hosts a YouTube podcast called Immigrant Faith Stories where she shares testimonies of immigrants, refugees, missionaries, and cross-cultural ministry leaders. She has been serving in various roles in women’s ministry for almost a decade. Mabel enjoys reading, traveling, and dancing, but nothing gives her more joy than having conversations about the Bible. Mabel is pursuing M.A. in Theological Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She lives with her husband, son, and Maltese pup in Northern California.


(1) winner will receive a paperback copy of Far From Home, a customized notepad and bookmark (eco-friendly products made by rural artisans in India help sustain endangered art forms and secure livelihoods), access to digital resources (including a recipe booklet, teaching videos, and audio prayers), and a $30 Amazon gift card.

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight July 11, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 18, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Great excerpt, Far From Home sounds like a brilliant book to read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

  2. thanks for being part of the tour!

  3. Sounds like a fabulous book. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hallie, I appreciate you participating in the tour and helping me spread the message.

  5. I enjoyed the excerpt, this sounds very good