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"This is the equation of my life," writes Bostrom: "One husband plus two jobs plus three children plus half a dozen projects all going on at once." It's no wonder that she feels exhausted, and she is not alone in such fatigue. How can women find spiritual refreshment in the midst of laundry, bills, school conferences and work? The Bible, says Bostrom, offers wisdom for finding "calm in the chaos" as early as the opening verse of Genesis, when God creates the earth from a formless void. Bostrom doesn't want this devotional to add to the stress that women already feel, or become just another item on their never-ending to-do lists. To this end, it has a slightly different sensibility than other Christian devotionals: rather than incorporating the obligatory scripture du jour, Bostrom uses a single scripture for an entire week. This way, she says, readers can really delve into the passage and let its meaning wash over them for a substantial period of time. Also, she wants readers to engage in a weekly "Sabbath celebration," to set Sunday apart as a true respite from the clamor of the week. She speaks openly from her own experiences of being busy and tired, noting that she suffers from a chronic illness that forces her to choose only those activities that are most meaningful. Literary readers will enjoy the well-chosen quotations from the likes of William Sloane Coffin, Madeleine L'Engle, Thomas Aquinas, Wendell Berry, Thomas Merton and Frederick Buechner.
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"In this inspiring book of devotions, Kathy Bostrom becomes our daily companion and guide. Her delightful reflections are grounded in her very real life as a woman, a mother, and a minister. This book is a gentle and stress-free way to take moments of quiet reflection, even in the busiest of lives." --Denise Roy, author of My Monastery Is a Minivan

"The reader will want this book for the collection of quotations alone, but Kathy Bostrom has given us much, much more. She has lived the pushing pulling chaos of life, and yet she has emerged with a voice of calm faithfulness. Her warm personal stories relating carefully chosen weekly scripture, poetry, prayer, quotation and Sabbath Celebration to the unrelenting everydayness of women's lives is a reminder of God's gifts: the incredible availability of God and a peacefulness that is ours for the taking, an inner God-blessed peacefulness. --Ann Weems, author of Kneeling in Bethlehem, Searching for Shalom, and Psalms of Lament

"Kathy Bostrom’s new book is a superb addition to the spiritual treasury of the church. Within a practical daily prayer discipline she provides a rich resource of readings - prayers, poetry and prose - drawn from the saints both ancient and modern, and also a series of personal meditations, rooted in daily life, which reach deep into the soul and the life of faith. I was enchanted, and found it hard to resist the temptation to read ahead." --J. Barrie Shepherd, author of Diary of Daily Prayer

"Kathleen Bostrom sets forth her intent early--to help us "create calm in the chaos, not add to it" by simply giving us one more thing to do. She succeeds. This is not one of those trite devotionals that wraps everything up nicely with a bow on top and leaves you longing for something deeper, more lasting. I found myself eagerly strategizing a way to carve out my next few moments (I have four kids and a neurotic dog!) to sit with that day’s devotion and let Kathleen’s words soak into my soul like rain into thirsty soil. Kathleen offers a grace-filled practical plan that guides us through each week, creating space for God to cultivate His peace, His calm in our lives." --Lisa Espinoza Johnson, speaker, recording artist, and author of Days of Whine and Noses--Pep Talks for Tuckered Out Moms

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (November 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664229166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664229160
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathleen Long Bostrom is an accomplished author who has written numerous children's books, including Sunrise Hill and Mary's Happy Christmas Day. She lives in Wildwood, Illinois, with her husband and three children.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Leah B. Wyckoff on February 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Kathy Bostrom has written a wonderful devotional book that encourages readers to reflect on and engage with scripture and prayer in their daily lives. One of the book's strengths is that Bostrom has the reader reflect on one scripture in a variety of ways over the course of a week. New understandings and ideas may be revealed with each day's reading of the scripture. At the end of each week is a Sabbath Celebration, a time to incorporate light, prayer, scripture and silence into one's personal worship. I appreciate Kathy Bostrom's writing, which illuminates the sacred in daily living and encourages the reader to enjoy the gift of daily devotional time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. N. Miller on November 9, 2006
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This devotional is truly exceptional. It is written using a weekly format that makes it easy to use, with some variety in the components of the weekly devotions. There are personal anecdotes that are full of warmth and wisdom, scripture lessons, and much wisdom. I have loved this book so much that I've started giving it to friends as gifts. I highly recommend it!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex S HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on January 24, 2012
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This book was given to me last year by a friend, who somehow thinks that I am busy and have a bit of chaos in my life. Hmmm, I think she is right.

I love the way the book is organized. The first day of each week, begins with a single short Scripture passage which is the focus of the week. The way the book is organized, it is designed to begin on the first day of the week, then end on the day you celebrate as the Sabbath.

There is a monthly focus (so you need to remain within the month), then weekly it follows a pattern:
Day 1: Scripture passage/Spirit Boosters for the week
Day 2: Devotion
Day 3: Poem
Day 4: Prayer
Day 5: Devotion
Day 6: Quotation
Day 7: Sabbath Celebration.

The organization means that you need to adjust your mindset. You can't just whip out the devotional and read a passage for the day. It is designed, instead, to help you keep your focus throughout the week. By using a single Scripture passage for the week, it does help.

There are four weeks of passage for every month, so the book is designed to where you can begin any given month of the year. However, if you do the math, you realize that there are a total of 48 weeks, not 52. Since the author did not address this issue, I begin each month on the first Monday of the month, then continue through the four weeks. This means (gasp) that I might actually be reading some of the devotions in the following month, or that on certain months I take a week off.

The idea is to make it easy to follow, but it can be a bit confusing if you don't think it out before you begin.

I should mention that I am also a "busy pastor" like Kathy Bostrom, and this particular organization helps me to remember to have my own Sabbath rest, even if it is held on a day other than Sunday.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna LaFont on December 29, 2009
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I love the way this book helps the reader to chew on scriptures from different angles, a single scripture at a time. Great for busy women!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By egretta345 on September 11, 2013
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I was hoping for something a little deeper, This is a bit "surfacy". Although it's nice that each day is just a short thing, I still need spiritual depth. Not sure if I wasn't using the book as intended, but just wasn't for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Darvas on January 19, 2011
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Good format for repetitive review. Small bites of information to meditate on. Easy to understand and follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yahtahay Bama on September 21, 2011
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I like the format in some ways I found myself wanting more some days on the topics than was given. It was almost an empty feeling. I love the way they had more time however on Sundays and I have never seen that in any other book and found this format very intriguing and spiritually uplifting
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty Boop on September 16, 2011
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I purchased for my sister in law who has been suffering from anxiety. I haven't read it myself but thought that it would help her some. She says that it does. Makes a nice gift.
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