December 29, 2016

Waiting for Wonder
"Waiting for Wonder"
Marlo Schalesky

What if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?
It’s easy to believe God when a promise is new. It’s hard when the years pass and nothing changes. It’s even harder when desperation strikes, your plans backfire, and still God does not fill the emptiness. But what if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?
Join author Marlo Schalesky on a unique, contemplative journey to reveal the wonder that is often missed when we find ourselves struggling to wait well. Walking through the life of the biblical character Sarah, one who knows what it means to wait, you will discover a glimpse of God’s character that will give you strength to keep hoping and praying for the desires of your heart.
Waiting for Wonder is a journey into the heart of God where you will wrestle with personal questions, think deeply about God’s true character, and learn to appreciate His divine work as you discover your own path to the promised land. Recapture your hope, restore your soul, and renew your vision of a wondrous Savior when you learn to live on God’s time.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  Marlo's Schalesky take on Sarah's story is so original.  I loved reading how she imagined the way Sarah felt and what she was going through.  There were many things I learned from reading this book.  "Waiting for Wonder" was exactly what I needed, as I am in a period of waiting myself!  I was encouraged and strengthened by reading this book and allowing God to use it to teach me.  
Read more about the book here. 

December 16, 2016

Getaway with God 
"Getaway with God"
Letitia Suk

What if a simple day away could transform your life?
Does spending time with God sound like just one more thing to check off an ever-increasing to-do list? How are you supposed to fit in anything that threatens to be more time-consuming? Too often there’s simply no room to experience the intimacy, grace, and peace that God offers us.
Getaway with God does more than invite you to step away from life’s pressures to take a personal retreat. It shows you exactly why you must–for your sake and for your family’s.
With grace and warmth, Letitia Suk provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman on any budget to plan time away, whether it’s a quick, half-day break or a weeklong time of restoration. You’ll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you’ll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.
No matter what your season in life, the time for retreat is now!

"Getaway with God" is a an easy how-to book for how to schedule time to actually getaway with God.  This book encourages you to actually make a plan and do it.   

While this is a great reminder and encouragement, I was expecting it to be more of a devotional.  

This book is an easy read and has a lot of tips of how to make a way for one to actually spend more time with God.  I believe we all know how to do it, we just don't make the time to do actually spend time with God.  That's what this book is about, actually putting our knowledge into action and getting alone with God!   


Read more about the book here.