When God Says Wait: Navigating the Disappointments and Delays of Life with a Biblical Perspective
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1683220129
ISBN-13: 9781683220121

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A job, a true love, a baby, a cure. . .
We’re all waiting for something from God.
And the place between His answers can feel like a wasteland where dreams—and faith—go to die.
When we’re waiting, we wonder, "Why?", "Why me?", and "How long?"

But the truth? . . .
When God says, "Wait," He doesn’t tell us for how long.
When God says, "Wait," we face one of life’s greatest tests.
When God says, "Wait," we have decisions to make.
When God says, "Wait," we can control only two things: how we wait, and who we become along the way.

Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who had to wait on God. . .imperfect heroes like David, Miriam, Naomi, Sarah, Joseph, and others. Their stories will provide a roadmap for your own story, helping you navigate the painful, lonely territory of waiting, coming out on the other side with your faith, relationships, and sense of humor intact. They might even help you learn to enjoy the ride.

This book is about the journey of waiting, the space between answers, and the people we become while we live there. 

Editorial Reviews

"When God Says, "Wait" is a must-read. Elizabeth gives us confidence and courage in times of waiting, ensuring that we will be ’better because of the wait.’ We are better because of this book, too! With solid scriptural advice, practical prompts, and unmatched wit, Elizabeth helps us find faith in times of uncertainty. Whether you’re a mom, student, business owner, or wife, this book is for you!" 
–Lara Casey Isaacson, Author of Make It Happen

"In When God Says, "Wait," Elizabeth captures readers through previously unexplored anecdotes of familiar Bible stories and then connects you with these ancient icons, venturing deeper into their narratives. With Elizabeth’s own graceful confessions and by linking our own emotions to those of these past heroes, we internalize so much more than just the moral of their stories. We take on their hope, their insight, and their love for God in a way that helps us navigate this ’lonely, unmarked territory’ that is waiting. We have known Elizabeth and her husband Kevin for many years. We value their guidance, direction, and most of all their genuine desire for a relationship with Christ. This book is the culmination of years of grappling with questions and faith-testing waiting with practical insights of the way God works in these times."  
–Pauli and Chip Wade, Lead Creative at Wade Works, Star of HGTV’s "Elbow Room" and "Curb Appeal"

"Elizabeth Thompson is a kindred spirit. I love her writing style, heart, and quirky humor. She writes with authenticity and wisdom. When God Says, "Wait" gives practical, biblical precepts, but it also unites our hearts with beloved biblical characters. Thompson masterfully paints scenes from these characters’ lives in such a way, you feel you're there. Time is removed. Rather than biblical saints, they become people just like us. Their stories are ours. It's a must-read for anyone struggling with God's timetable. Healing, hopeful, and filled with grace to help us trust God as we wait on Him."
–Andy Lee, Author of A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called

"It's hard to be the example, but someone's gotta do it! Thank goodness it is Elizabeth—her journey through waiting, wit in expressing it, and wisdom to learn from it. This book is not only a beautiful testament of one woman's faith, but a reminder of the many Bible heroes who God told to wait. Oftentimes life leaves us in the gap between what is and what will be. Thank you, Elizabeth, for refining the gifts that can only be given as we wait. Those gifts and this book will be a gap-filler and hope-giver to women all over the world."
–Laura Whitaker, Executive Director, Extra Special People, Inc. 

"As Elizabeth writes, when speed is our cultural priority, ’wait’ feels like a bad word. Thanks be to God that this does not have to be the case and that through When God Says, "Wait" we can uncover a roadmap to prayerful, humble, practical, and hopeful waiting—even in the midst of heartbreaking trial! Any reader will feel indebted to Elizabeth’s fearless take on the misconceptions of waiting, sharing from a deep well of scripture-rich wisdom. While most authors dealing with such tender topics may shy away from hard-to-swallow truths, Elizabeth guides, challenges, and encourages just like a best friend—with vulnerability and humor—so that your heart can fall deeper in love with a God who sees, hears and cares."
–Marilisa Schachinger, Founder and Event Planner, Martel Events

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  1. Terry
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent! I will read this book again and again..
    March 19, 2017
    Terry
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    When God Says 'Wait' is a book that you will read once, because the cover or the title catches your eye, but is also a book you will hold on to and read again and again based on what you are going through in life. Elizabeth Laing Thompson has done so many things right with this book, it's hard to know where to start. Most importantly, this book is grounded in Scripture. Check that, this book is FILLED with Scripture. A friend and mentor of mine tells me all the time (literally ALL the time) that I need to match my "say-so" up to God's "say-so." Since I believe this is true, why would I take or even want ANY advice that isn't grounded in Scripture? What Thompson does in this terrific book is take an aspect of waiting that we might be discouraged by or need help in, and brings us to the Bible for help. For example, in her chapter on Survival Skills for Spiritual Waiting, she takes us back to the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel. She provides the story, from Scripture, explains the story in plain English, and then shows us what we can take away from that story that will provide us with survival skills. Just in this chapter alone she provides 8 survival skills, all backed by Scripture (numerous Scriptures, not just one verse). She also ends each chapter with something she calls Waiting Room Reading. In Waiting Room Reading she first provides a topic for further study - that is, additional Scripture we can read to understand more about Hannah's story, in this example. Then Thompson provides Journal Prompts - questions for reflection to help guide us in journaling about the topic. Lastly, she provides a Prayer Prompt, which is Scripture we can pray through. Sure, there are personal anecdotes in the book, and modernized applications to things like social media, ice cream, football, and New Jersey(!) but understand that you aren't taking advice from Elizabeth Laing Thompson in this book. You are taking advice from the Living Word of God. You are learning to match your say-so with His say-so. And trust me, you can't go wrong when you do that!

    I received acomplimentary copy of this book fromBarbour Publishingand was under no obligation to post a review.
  2. DebReads
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Read this while waiting
    March 16, 2017
    DebReads
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    Such an excellent book! We all have experienced disappointments in our lives and many periods of waiting, some significant and life changing. Reading this book will help you to navigate through these times. It will also help and encourage you to not just survive, but to thrive.

    Lessons learned from the twelve biblical characters studied in this book are combined with current folks waiting on God for their hearts desires. This is so well done and proves once again how very relevant the Bible is for us today!

    As your personal journey of waiting takes you through the struggles, the tears, the petitions, the prayers, the longings and the unplanned road trips of faith, you can still choose joy, patience, gratitude and hopefulness.

    Always remember...God sees, God hears and God cares.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  3. Kerry
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Waiting
    March 12, 2017
    Kerry
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    "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."

    As every Christian knows there are times when we find ourselves waiting; waiting for answers, guidance, blessings, healing ...waiting. How we handle these periods of waiting will deepen our walk and our witness and will strengthen our faith. Thompson looks at Biblical characters and their times of waiting and how God choose to answer. She also adds personal experiences with deep honestly. Her time of infertility hit close to home .

    I did not find myself compelled to read When God Says Wait in one setting nor even in several but I would read a chapter, reflect on it and then set the book down . Thus said I think this would be an excellent small group or woman's Bible study guide.
  4. Rndmaas
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    "Yes, No, Maybe."
    March 12, 2017
    Rndmaas
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book offers ways to make the wait for anything easier. God answers prayer with one of three answers ("Yes, No, and Maybe.") When the answer is "Yes" there are no problems for obvious reasons. The other two options are met with a wide variety of responses.

    Without any "thou shalt not's" the author helps the readers to understand other options and the reasons why those responses will help you be more contented. There are as many options for responses as there are people to do the responding. God has a plan for everyone. We are not privy to that plan. Patience is often difficult but the author has many examples of all the problems we may encounter. The feelings we experience for whatever disappointments or problems, happiness or gifts we receive are completely normal. The author gives us a chance to realize what we are feeling, then she helps us to reevaluate our thoughts and see other possibilities.

    We are not privy to God's major plan or even His plan for our own life, so the only thing we have control of is how we react to what happens to us. There are few people who enjoy waiting, especially when you have no idea how long or exactly what you are waiting for. It may seem simple to some people but when you read the book a sense of calm comes over you with the knowledge that you are like so many other people

    . You realize while reading this book that you have permission to live your life while waiting for whatever response God sends you. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  5. Flossie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    When God Says Wait.
    March 6, 2017
    Flossie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Really enjoyed reading this book. So many times we ask why? He gives examples of people in the Bible who had to wait. He doesn't always say yes, no, sometime sits wait. You will find this book very helpful.
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