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Waking Up Slowly: Spiritual Lessons from My Dog, My Kids, Critters, and Other Unexpected Places Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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For the threescore years and some change that I have been on this planet, I have operated like the George Harrison lyric, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” Of course, I have a daily to-do list. But every morning I wake up and basically let daily circumstances affect my mood, my productivity, and my happiness. I suspect I am not alone.
If only I took my cue from my rescued Labrador friend, Maggie, who can capture a playful moment at the drop of a hat―er, toy. Just now, Maggie walked through the room, spotted her red, oversize squeaky bone, leapt through the air to grab it, and started a game. That is living in the moment.
Maggie’s ability to live fully and joyfully in the moment amuses and even inspires me. The sad reality is that I dismiss my canine friend’s talent to enjoy each moment. I rationalize her skill as entirely due to a lack of a calendar, a smartphone, and a spouse or significant other.
But is that true? Is my slavish addiction to performance, attention, and (gasp) devices robbing me of the joy, smiles, kindness, and affirmation that my heavenly Father desires for me―and for all of us―to enjoy each day?
We live in the most connected culture in the history of the world, but it’s arguably the most disconnected from God and one another. So today I embark on a journey to intentionally live more fully in the moment and to be more connected to God, others, and myself.
Is this goal even possible to achieve? Can a very old dog learn a pretty radical new trick to live more consistently in the moment?
―DAVE BURCHETT, from the Introduction
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The book offers deep thinking and sound theology - in real language and from a tender heart not hiding from the real world. This book is a great read if you're looking for a mix of good stories and beautiful grace; it makes a good gift for those reasons, too.
I love this, too: "I found my refuge in reading and research. I learned that you never stop learning. And something incredible happened in my life - I realized the miracle of how God can use anyone, even a slacker like me." Thank you Dave Burchett
What makes all of Dave's writing so eminently readable and relatable is his willingness to hold himself up as an example, for better or worse, in unsparing and often hilarious fashion. This fearlessness is on display from the opening paragraph of "Waking Up Slowly" - a book whose subtitle could be "Be patient. God isn't finished with me yet." I recommend this, as I do all of Dave's books, to anyone at any stage of belief or unbelief. You will immediately begin to appreciate the seemingly mundane, and gain insight and perspective on the apparently insurmountable. Laughing all the way.
I really enjoyed the insight that the author offered in the introduction. His early morning, "before coffee" Good Morning prayer. He mentioned that he wrote it down so that he could remember it when he might still be getting over his early morning waking up fog. At the end of each chapter is a short section called, "God's Take" and " A Dose of Grace."
One of my favorite chapters had to do with "stinking thinking", it was quite the revelation. There was even a list of symptoms, which I didn't expect to see. Another thing that I liked about this book was that there were suggestions made but there weren't overwhelming.
And yes to answer people's questions, there will be scripture
Another favorite chapter is about seeing life through the eyes of a child. The author made mention of a statement by Betty Smith from "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". It really got my attention because its something that has been brought to my attention more than once lately. And this is it, "Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first time or the last time." That is the part I am trying to keep reminding myself. The quote did go on to say that, "Thus is your time on earth filled with glory. ''
On another note, I did notice that each of the chapters weren't really long but they did contain nuggets, that made it worthwhile.
How have I woken up to the ways God reveals himself in my life? This may sound kind of ironic when it comes to waking up to God but one of the major ways, is that I pay attention to my dreams at night. When I wake up in the morning, I often find that God is trying to speak to me as I sleep. I have a pen and paper next to my bed to jot things down.
I also keep an eye on God showing me patterns in things happening around me. Lastly, I on purpose look for little surprises throughout the day. Things that made me smile, a bit of favor shown here and there. Anything good, I know came from God. It makes me even more thankful. God knows what I like.
To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I need to mention that Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
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