- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: FaithWords (May 23, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455598208
- ISBN-13: 978-1455598205
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 154 customer reviews
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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
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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Being the Beloved: Embrace your true identity
Choosing as the Beloved: Reclaim your self-worth
Dreaming as the Beloved: Reignite your passion.
Healing as the Beloved: Deepen Intimacy with Jesus
Daring as the Beloved: Being Known in Community
Shining as the Beloved: Celebrate your calling
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.
If one truly uses this book in the manner it is intended, it will change your life perspective. I honestly feel this is a timeless devotional. Whether you choose to do each of the activities or not, just truly pondering and praying will bring you closer to God's peace in your life. No, your problems won't disappear like magic. That is not how this works. But in taking the scriptures to heart, you will develop surer footing emotionally and spiritually.
*I have received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of giving a review. However, I have also purchased another one for a friend to share the journey.