Not All Who Wander (Spiritually) Are Lost

A Story of Church

Traci Rhoades, Foreword by Jerusalem Greer

May/2020, 152 Pages, PAPER, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640652798



Winner of a Silver Medal - 2021 Illumination Book Awards

A delightfully-written exploration of faith for those who are searching and for those who are settled

What if we stopped trying to find the perfect church in the right Christian tradition and intentionally explored our faith with all our Christian brothers and sisters? Can Christians embrace God fully by exploring other faith traditions? In Not All Who Wander, we discover that we do indeed find Jesus in a church, and traces of him in our everyday lives as well.

Not All Who Wander walks readers through the author’s faith journey, and how her experience with churches in a number of traditions has left her longing for more of Jesus than any one church offers. It also presents stories from other believers to give readers a sense of how alike, and different, our spiritual experiences can be. Rhoades has developed a passion for discovering all the ways we worship Jesus and invites readers to join her. With utter delight, she’s discovered no matter which traditions she worships with, Jesus meets her there.

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Traci Rhoades is a writer and Bible teacher. She is the author of Not All Who Wander (Spiritually) Are Lost. Connect with her online at or @tracesoffaith on twitter. She lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"Christians looking for community will relish this memoir of embracing differences."
Publishers Weekly

“Traci Rhoades’s faith journey beckons us to travel with her, and along the way we are transformed as is she. Rhoades takes us by the hand and shows us that the power and love of Jesus cannot be contained within one Christian tradition. Her pioneering perspective, engaging stories, and warm metaphors, fresh as a spring day, make this a must-read for both the seeker and the settled.”
—The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Geitz, author of Spiritual Truth in the Age of Fake News, Fireweed Evangelism, and more

“In Traci's debut book, she takes us on a warm tour of church. Not only does she include her own experiences, but those of others. I read and was constantly nodding my head as she shared her nostalgic memories while also alluding to the problems inherent in church communities. What she demonstrates well is that orthodoxy is generous; there are plenty of godly, Christ-loving, people that span our Christian denominations. Each one of us can learn from Traci's teachable spirit—one that has allowed her to learn from brothers and sisters from throughout Christendom.”
—Marlena Graves, author of The Way Up Is Down

“With a wealth of stories from others’ lives and her own, Not All Who Wander (Spiritually) Are Lost is a testament to Traci Rhoades’s love for the Church. She invites readers to a friendly conversation on commitment to church community, exploration of different Christian traditions, and how, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can grow in service to God alongside fellow Christians whose practices of faith are different from our own.”
—Bonnie Kristian, author of A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today

Foreword: Jerusalem Greer

Introduction:  Let’s be Friends                     

Chapter 1        Safe and Secure

Chapter 2        Storm-Tossed

Chapter 3        Early Expeditions

Chapter 4        Family of God

Chapter 5       Home Church                                                 

Chapter 6       My Daughter’s Church                                             

Chapter 7        More Wandering to Do

Epilogue:        Better Together




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