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Whispers of Rest: 40 Days of God's Love to Revitalize Your Soul Paperback – May 23, 2017
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"Women need this message. If you want to hear Jesus speak more tenderly to your soul than ever before, this book is for you."―Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author of Unglued on Finding Spiritual Whitespace
"We live in a culture that brags and boasts about being busy. Into that reality steps Bonnie with a new idea."―Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Start and Do Over
"Bonnie's...an immensely powerful writer."―Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes from a Blue Bike
"[Gray] offers intriguing insights into scripture and on how God views his flawed but beloved creations...this is an invitation to walk the difficult road to self discovery and healing with a fellow traveler who understands."―Publishers Weekly, starred review of Finding Spiritual Whitespace
"Bonnie Gray is the guide you've been looking for as you journey with Jesus to a new place of peace and freedom in your life."―Holley Gerth, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of You're Already Amazing
"Whitespace is soul grace."―Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts on Finding Spiritual Whitespace
"In our noisy, nonstop life of busy, Bonnie Gray's Whispers of Rest is a balm for soul. Treasure this book, as I have."― Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Author of Design Your Day and Entrepreneur, ClaireDiazOrtiz.com
"In an culture where we wear busyness like a status symbol, slowing down and resting can feel uncomfortable, like failure. In reality, we're wearing ourselves out, inviting anxiety and restlessness in. Whispers of Rest calls us to a counter-cultural way of understanding rest -- as something deeply good and deeply essential to our flourishing."― Kelly Givens, editor of iBelieve.com
"Bonnie inspires us to spark joy, experience God's peace, and celebrate the beloved that we already are. This intimate book of rest will draw you to Jesus in fresh and meaningful ways."― Rebekah Lyons, author of You Are Free and Founder of Q Women
"If the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, WHISPERS OF REST is a map to that peace uninhibited."― Rebecca Marie Jo, former Managing Editor at RELEVANT Magazine
"Bonnie has bravely journeyed and shares her insights with us so we can learn alongside. She has spoken words of encouragement to me that have changed how I love my husband, children and friends and the way I live every day. Her heart is true and beautiful. This book will change lives."― Lisa Leonard, Founder, Creative Director lisaleonard.com
"The thing I love most about Bonnie Gray is that she lives every word she writes. Bonnie boldly goes first, so she can guide the rest of us into sacred spaces of rest along paths she has already taken. A 40-day journey with this book with lead you through soulful and scriptural practices that remind you what it feels like to be God's beloved, and will stir things in your soul that have laid dormant, waiting for the right time to come back to life. Reading this book will help you feel like you can breathe again."
― Mandy Arioto, President and CEO MOPS International
"Although we live on opposite sides of the continent, Bonnie and I have walked the same journey of finding peace with Jesus, even through anxiety. In WHISPERS OF REST, Bonnie does a masterful job of guiding readers to the quiet corners of our hearts, where we can hear the still, small voice of our Father reminding us that we are His beloved. A welcome reminder to distance ourselves from the cacophony of our daily lives, WHISPERS OF REST is like a 'reset' button for a worried, hurried heart."― Josh Wilson, award- winning Songwriter/Recording Artist, This Was Then, This Is Now
"With soul- stirring insights, thought-provoking reflections and biblical encouragement, Bonnie Gray helps us see our deep need for spiritual rest and offers practical ways to find it in the midst of our everyday lives. WHISPERS OF REST created a place for my heart to breathe and couldn't have come at a more perfect time!"― Renee Swope, best-selling author of A Confident Heart
"WHISPERS OF REST is a wonderful resource to detox from life's busyness or hurts while learning how to practice good soul care. It provides inspirational tips to bring deeper intimacy with God and becoming renewed daily."― Stephen Arterburn, New York Times bestselling author of Take Back Your Life, Founder of New Life Ministries and radio talk- show host of New Life Live!
"There are so many ways that I love this book. I adore Bonnie's gentle approach to invite the one who has been walking with Jesus for decades as well as the spiritual novice. She has made room at the table for each of us to have an encounter with the Living God in a new, fresh and surprising way using the most ancient of practices. WHISPERS OF REST will be a part of my regular rotation of devotionals. Highly recommended."― Kathi Lipp, best-selling author of Overwhelmed and Clutter Free
About the Author
BONNIE GRAY is author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace. An inspirational speaker and retreat leader, she has touched thousands of lives through storytelling, visual arts, nature, prayer, and meditation. Bonnie's writing is featured in Relevant Magazine, DaySpring (in)courage, and Christianity Today. She lives in California with her husband and their two sons. Visit her at TheBonnieGray.com.
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Each day is an invitation to be still before God.
Each day is a reminder that you are God’s Beloved.
Read Reflect. Pray. This is the format for each day.
Read God’s Story. This section includes Scripture verses. As you read each story, you are invited to hear God’s whispers to you. Maybe there’s a verse that seems to speak directly to you. Is God reminding you of the dreams He placed in your heart as a child? Have you become so caught up in your to-do list that you haven’t taken time to nurture those dreams and instead stuffed them way back down? Do you need to resurrect those dreams?
Reflect on your story. Bonnie offers questions related to the focus on each chapter. An example is a chapter titled “Choose Joy”. One of the questions asked was “What have you enjoyed getting lost in doing, that once gave you joy? Why did you stop?”
Pray and rest. Bonnie recommends taking time to pray using simple practices such as visual imagery, praying Scripture, kneeling, and surrender.
Each day has a Beloved Challenge. Take a fruit break, sip a cup of tea, go for a walk, sing a worship song are a few of the challenges.
Each day ends with Soul Care Trail Notes. Bonnie includes ways to take care of your soul. She cites many studies about the benefits of hugging, aromatherapy, creating art, coloring, and prayer walking.
I loved this book. It was just what I needed at this time in my life. During a very busy season, I took time each morning to read and rest. I almost felt like it was a mini-vacation despite being a preschool teacher at the end of a the school year. I found myself being more in the moment throughout my day. Yes, I had the required to-do end of year list but I began to cherish the moments I still had with the little ones in my class before they moved on to the next grade level.
On my way to work I pass a small arena where riders are exercising their horses. I often think that one day I need to take time to stop and watch. So one morning I put into practice Bonnie’s soul care trail notes. I stopped and observed the horses and riders. I found myself smiling watching the graceful movements of the horses as they galloped round and round.
I would highly recommend this book. If you are in need of rest this is a book for you. Although you may not be able to stop your life, you can choose to make changes in how you live each day.
Spring is the perfect time to begin a new spiritual journey with "Whispers of Rest" as the perfect travel guide. The book's subtitle is "40 Days of God's Love to Revitalize Your Soul." Bonnie guides you on this journey with scripture, quotes, questions, practices and prayers. Enter into a rhythm of rest with each step you take, as you move deeper into the experiential knowledge of God's love.
Do you want to learn how to hear the whispers of God in your soul? One word from God can alter your day and your future. Change begins within the small routines of our everyday life. Living under the resting place of the love of God provides a safe place for your soul to be beloved and to breathe.
Come join Bonnie Gray on her journey with a new perspective on self-care and movement into hope through prayer, creativity and rest.
This journal/devotional is arranged in a forty day sequence rather than the popular 30 day readers, because as the author points out "there's something special about forty". Bonnie Gray explains that "in forty days, Jesus found His voice in the wilderness intertwined with God's words. In forty weeks, the seed of life in a woman's womb transforms into flesh, a baby with a heartbeat and a name. For forty years, God whispered 'Good morning' by sending manna falling like dew, nourishing the body and soul." This concept of the significance of the number forty has always intrigued me, and therefore, this book was an automatic draw. I was not disappointed.
Whispers of Rest is meant to be read on a daily basis. The idea is to develop (or redevelop if you've gotten out of the habit) a quiet time with the Lord whereby you will hear God's personal words to you. The book also instructs the reader to take time for Him to hear your expressed heart in return through "private conversations" with God. The author also challenges the reader to work through the devotions with friends.
The daily reading of scripture, reflecting on where you are with God through journaling, praying, and resting enough to refocus on Christ are the model Gray provides. She uses inspirational quotes and scripture, prayer prompts, a daily prayer, a one word prayer (to be a touchstone from Scripture throughout the day), a soul care tip and practical suggestions to decrease stress in your life.
My takeaway from this 40 Day Devotional is what you would expect...and then some. In a noisy world of hurried, worried, competitive, social media frenzy this book will give you permission to stop and shut the door on all of it...if only for 30 minutes a day. During this time, you will be transformed; you can not help but be changed as you quiet your heart and mind and openly come before the throne of God. The scripture that floats into my head from Romans 12:2 seems ever so fitting to describe this book.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
This book is a winner! In fact, I liked the book so much, that I ordered an extra copy to give a friend so that we can experience the closeness of Christ together. Bonnie Gray has successfully managed to communicate who we are as a child of the most high King. We are BELOVED. We are Christ's BELOVED sons and daughters and as such, we have the distinct honor of abiding in that love. While dwelling in the love of Christ, it is there that we will learn to live as a beloved child of the Lord. Taking this 40 day journey through Whispers Of Rest by Bonnie Gray has the potential to rekindle a flame in your heart, renew and refresh a latent passion, and to "dare, dream, and shine" as Christ whispers His good, pleasing and perfect will into your life!
Whispers of Rest by Bonnie Gray will be released on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. If you would like to preorder at an amazing price, you can do so by clicking here.
Thank you to Faith Words a division of Hachete Book Group, Inc for this review copy of Whispers of Rest by Bonnie Gray. I was not required to write a favorable review, but rather to give an honest evaluation of the work.