When God Says Wait: Navigating Life's Detours and Delays of Life with a Biblical Perspective
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* Are you waiting on God for an answer to prayer? Sometimes negotiating the wasteland where dreams are put on hold is frustrating. Here's help and hope! Inviting you to walk alongside David, Moses, Miriam, Naomi, and other biblical characters, Thompson equips you to traverse the interlude with faith, patience, perspective, and humor. 224 pages, softcover from Shiloh Run.

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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. 

Author Bio

Elizabeth Laing Thompson writes at LizzyLife.com about clinging to Christ through the chaos of daily life. As a minister, speaker, and novelist, she loves finding humor in holiness, and hope in heartache. She lives in North Carolina with her preacher husband and four spunky kids, and they were totally worth the wait.
 

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"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. N. Christopher
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    So Good
    July 28, 2017
    N. Christopher
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    A book I did not know I was waiting for. I have read waiting books and they are not always my cup of tea. They can be condescending or a useless diatribe that goes round in circles. This is NOT those books. This book is encouraging and uplifting and funny. I would describe this book as a much needed conversation with a girlfriend over coffee as you laugh, cry, get angry, pout for a little, you get honest and raw but at the end of it all walk away stronger and equipped for what you are still going through.

    There are twelve chapters in this book, each tied to a character in the Bible who waited and their story. Now some of the characters we know and recognize their wait we know their story but some you may not recognize the wait or the journey of the wait but then you get into their story and you see it and recognize it. Each chapter ends with further reading (Bible verses for the character), Journal prompt(loved this) and Prayer prompt (Psalms).

    This book had me scribbling verses to look up and spend time with during my quiet time. Highlighting and taking notes. Shaking my head and nodding all at the same time. I love to journal and this book was a great catalyst for that, besides the journal prompts I just found myself working out and working through so many things.

    The author was real, sharing her own story along the way, encouraging us the reading while sharing in our journey.
  2. impy
    Garden Grove, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    When God Says Wait
    May 14, 2017
    impy
    Garden Grove, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    God always has an answer to our prayers. However, the answer is not always "Yes" or "No." Sometimes it seems like a "Maybe," but when we think it's a "Maybe"...God really means "Wait."

    In a profound and intriguing book, Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson explores the options of "When God Says Wait."

    Using seven women and five men in scripture, the author takes us on a journey of how these Biblical Characters learned to wait on God to answer their prayers. She also uses real life situations, her great sense of humor, spiritual wisdom and personal experiences to communicate to her readers the importance of standing strong, having persistence, patience and trusting God to do what He knows is best for his children. The author writes in such a personal way, that I felt as if we were sitting in her living room, talking together about our anxious moments, fears, feelings of defeat, the many tears shed as well as the joys felt during the wait period. She shares much, from her own personal experiences in what it truly means to wait on God.

    Waiting can be tough, as we wait for God to reveal his purpose, plan and answer to our prayers. However, we can learn so much from these Biblical characters as they become "Champions" in the waiting game.

    I highly recommend "When God Says Wait" as a "Must Read"! It can also be used as an excellent Bible Study to strengthen our faith and trust in God for his perfect plan for our lives.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  3. eLynda
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing Perspective on Waiting
    April 11, 2017
    eLynda
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
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    Patience is not a quality that I naturally possess; it is a struggle for me at every turn. So when an opportunity came to read and review this title, and as I am experiencing a season of waiting at this very moment, it was a given that I should read it and add to my arsenal for times where I must wait.

    Reading this book is like talking to a friend across the table with a good cup of coffee cradled in my hands. All those thoughts I have been too scared to voice? She addresses them. Without judgment. Not only that, but she allows me the freedom to ask my questions and reminds me that God is big enough to handle them.

    There are so many places where I could relate to the material and felt comforted knowing I am not alone in my struggles. Thompson's frequent reminders that "God sees. God knows. God cares." were a balm to my soul and directly refuted the lies that the enemy would have me believe. And the simple statement that "everyone waits" for something at some point in time, that it is not a punishment from God, helped me to look at my own waiting through a different lens.

    Packed with additional devotional material including Bible passages to focus on, journaling prompts, and a prayer focus, this book is an excellent tool for those of us who struggle with waiting. There is a lot of excellent, Biblical information here, plenty of experiences readers can relate to, and ways to refocus our thoughts on truth when the wait seems endless. This is a book that will remain on my keeper shelf, and I plan to reread it often when I need some encouragement in the wait. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review, and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
  4. 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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    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.
  5. 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.
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