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Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Abingdon Press
|Publication Date: 2016|
Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God's Timeline - Leader GuideMarlo SchaleskyAbingdon Press / 2016 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Wrestling With Wonder: A Transformational Journey through the Life of MaryMarlo SchaleskyZondervan / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn't Give You What You WantAnn SwindellTyndale House / 2017 / Trade Paperback$9.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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Its easy to believe God when a promise is new. Its hard when the years pass and nothing changes. Its even harder when desperation strikes, your plans backfire, and still God does not fill the emptiness. But what if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?
Join author Marlo Schalesky on a unique, contemplative journey to reveal the wonder that is often missed when we find ourselves struggling to wait well. Walking through the life of the biblical character Sarah, one who knows what it means to wait, you will discover a glimpse of Gods character that will give you strength to keep hoping and praying for the desires of your heart.
Waiting for Wonder is a journey into the heart of God where you will wrestle with personal questions, think deeply about Gods true character, and learn to appreciate His divine work as you discover your own path to the promised land. Recapture your hope, restore your soul, and renew your vision of a wondrous Savior when you learn to live on Gods time.
Leader guide also available.
Marlo Schalesky is an award-winning author of ten books, including Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God's Timeline and a companion leader guide, Wrestling with Wonder: A Transformational Journey Through the Life of Mary. A regular speaker and columnist, she has also published nearly 1,000 articles in various Christian magazines, including Focus on the Family, Todays Christian Woman, In Touch, and Marriage Partnership. Marlo lives with her husband, six young children, nine horses, two dogs, five cats, two parakeets, ten rabbits, two chinchillas, three hamsters, and a bunch of fish in a log home in Salinas, California. Find out more at VividGod.com.
Miriam Jacob5 Stars Out Of 5Waiting for Wonder - Learning to Live on God's Timeline - by Marlo SchaleskyAugust 2, 2017Miriam JacobQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sarah, wife of the Biblical patriarch, Abraham, waited for wonder in her wilderness. Weary and worn-out with endless waiting, she had given up all hope of ever seeing the promises of God fulfilled in her life. With rich insights and refreshing hope, this book transforms the deep-rooted weariness of Sarah into stunning, eye-opening wonder to see the sacred plans and purposes of God unfold in her personal wilderness of waiting. The decades-long, wearisome wait for Gods promises to happen in the life of Sarah is heartrending and utterly riveting. New hope springs up in her heart to see God at work, hemming her in with wonder, as she waited for Gods wonder-working power to unfold, when the trials of life hit home mercilessly, threatening to engulf and submerge her in its devastating deluge. Waiting for Wonder is all about hope in the midst of despair as we read the passionate story of the agonizing heartache, bitter struggle and seemingly endless waiting of Sarah upon God.
The timing of God is not our own. We believe God when His promise is new but as the long, seemingly endless years pass by and nothing really changes, desperation strikes our hearts. Yet, as we are Waiting for Wonder, God calls us to experience the Wonder of Waiting. We miss the wonder of Gods plan when we struggle to wait. Sarah knew what it meant to wait. God gives us strength to hope against hope and pray for the desires of our heart to be fulfilled. Waiting for Wonder takes us into the heart of God to ask questions and discover Gods answers, to appreciate Gods plan for our lives and refresh our spirits, to rekindle our hope and renew our trust in Gods promises, and to learn to wait for Gods time.
Rich spiritual insights in this life-transforming book will fill you with wide eye-opening wonder as you clearly see Gods divine purposes in your wilderness of waiting. As you wait for the wonder of the promises of God to be fulfilled in your life, fresh new hope will spring up in your life, when God hems you in with wonder on every side. This inspiring book touches our hearts as we wait for wonder from God. It is all about hope, faith, love and trust. The real life story of the bitter heartache, struggle and forever waiting of Sarah upon God turns into a precious lesson for us to trust Him with our lives. If God wants us to wait as Sarah did, we must learn the lessons she did. This engaging story inspires us to come closer to God, dig deeper into faith and trust even more deeply in the God who will never let us down. In the instant world of today, waiting is considered to be a waste of time. But in the divine world of God, waiting is a priceless treasure to be discovered.
In Waiting for Wonder, the deeply soulful and insightful wisdom of Marlo Schalesky is revealed as she passionately probes the unexplored landscape of the wilderness journey of Sarah, in the hollow canyons of the mountains and deep valleys of waiting, exposing the ever-present barrenness teetering at the precipice of doubt and despair. The life of Sarah is a silent testimony to how she fervently hoped against hope, trusting and believing in the endless years of waiting, that God would find a way out to illuminate the pure wonder of waiting, until He fulfilled His glorious promise to her.
The hard-won courage of Marlo Schalesky, wrested from the heart of despair, lights our hearts with love, inspires us with hope and illuminates our eyes to the pure wonder of waiting. Waiting for Wonder helps us to understand God, whose ways are not our ways, and trust Him still. Marlo sees very human people behind Bible characters, studying their lives for soul-transforming truth, saying it gracefully in all humility. Waiting for Wonder reveals the devotion of Marlo to the truth of the Word of God as she discovers wonder-filled moments of the grace of God. The spiritual truths in this book open our eyes in breathless wonder to see God in our waiting.
At the heart of Waiting for Wonder - Learning to Live on Gods Timeline, lies an important spiritual truth. In our waiting, God calls us to more. Waiting is hard and learning to wait well, even more so. At first, we all wait well, with new-found faith and hope, expecting God to meet us at our point of need, to answer our persistent questions and bring our fledgling dreams to life. But what happens in the timeline of God, when troublesome days turn into wearisome weeks, tiresome months, and seemingly endless years? Do we still wait well or flag in zeal and become discouraged? Waiting on God is where we all want to be. Though we believe God when a promise is new, it gets so much harder as the long years pass by with no significant changes. Thats when desperation strikes and plans backfire, causing tremendous pain and distress. In the midst of all this waiting, God calls us to more.
Studying the life of Sarah, who learnt to wait the hard way, we glimpse the character of God, as He works in the lives of Abraham and Sarah in their long wait for Isaac, the promised child. Like them, as we wait for wonder, we wrestle with wonder. As Marlo Schalesky wisely points out, in our lives, God loves to redeem the deepest sorrow, the worst guilt, the most agonizing pain, transforming them into platforms for His glory to be revealed. When we are so deeply hurt that we feel the pain will never pass, so bitterly frustrated to see the fragments of our carefully planned lives crumble into dust, can we trust God to bring overwhelming good out of the devastation of evil. This awesome and inspiring biography of Sarah will encourage and refresh your soul as you wait for the God of all hope to reveal His glory in your life.
In Waiting for Wonder, Marlo gently dislodge deeply-wedged rocks of doubt and despair to transform our understanding of Sarahs eventful life into the fullness of Gods glory. Gifted with the unique God-given ability to bring Biblical characters to life, portraying them as very humane people, Marlo sifts through their lives to glean rich gems of truth, revealing her selfless devotion to Gods Word, and her ability to discover lifes transforming wonder.
Waiting for Wonder ponders Biblical truths to reveal how God infuses wonder into waiting. Sarahs life was filled with decades of promises still not come true, of desperate prayers of long, agonizing months turned into endless years. Sarahs heart ached with the hope of a whole world blessed as she wrestled with the wonder of waiting. The God of waiting makes impossible promises, then asks Sarah and Abraham to wait, without even a glimmer of hope, and only the myriad stars to see in the silent sky. He is the God of long intervals, painful delays, and yet-unanswered prayers.
To grasp the wonder of the God of the waiting room, we must find Him in the wilderness of waiting, where He seems most absent. Nothing is too difficult for the Lord. He brings laughter when it seems too late. He is the God of wonder-while-you-wait. The life of Sarah is a soul-seeking journey of disappointment, doubt, and detours to discover God in the wilderness of life, believing in His commitment to bless all the families of the earth through her. Like Sarah, God calls us to wait for wonder, to laugh in the face of the impossible, to claim a blessing for the whole world, as we patiently wait for His time. Discover this God of waiting, of a whole world blessed through the amazing life of Sarah, in Waiting for Wonder by Marlo Schalesky.
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Sarah's Barrenness in Light of God's promised BlessingJanuary 31, 2017richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Sarahs Barrenness in Light of Gods promised Blessing
In her book Waiting for Wonder Learning to Live on Gods Timeline, Marlo Schalesky takes the reader on Sarias journey from the shame, guilt and pain of barrenness, through years of dryness, the promise of a new start, a new dream, and a new life. And then the disappointment of living in Canaan as a foreigner and sojourner; Sarai questioned the promise but remained faithful to the only true God, Elohim. Abrams fear and deceit in Egypt led to more shame for Sarai and then the promise restored. Sarai waited. The promise of a son in her old age, hope restored. More detours, more dryness, more shame, and finally a son, Isaac, Elohim fulfilled the promised blessing. Faith rewarded.
Marlo is a gifted communicator with spiritual insight. She blends the key elements of the story with a keen sense of Biblical application and relational theology. Marlos writing is thoughtful, warm, sensitive, and down-to-earth. Sarais story reads like a novel.
Waiting for Wonder is written for readers searching for hope in the midst of disappointment, doubt, crisis, and heartbreak, looking for signs of hope of promise and purpose restored; to experience the deep indescribable joy of freedom, redemption, and the promise Gods faithfulness for a fruitful future.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5insightfulJanuary 14, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Waiting. Waiting is such an annoying, yet smart word. And Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God's Timeline by Marlo Schalesky is a book filled with personal insights and wisdom of the term. Using Sarah's story in the Bible, our Book of Truth, the author guided us in diving into Sarah's story of waiting. It is the kind of book that will enlighten you every time you dive into it, even if it's a repeat, because there is joy in the wonder.
In truth, before the first chapter, the first pages of the introduction connected with me on a personal level. I too, like the author struggled with the wonder of waiting, sometimes with anger, with frustration and even hope. Yet, it is through waiting that we can see the revelation.
"He is the God who calls us at the very place of our deepest shame, our deepest pain, and transforms that place into something with breathtaking beauty. No one but God...would dare do such a thing." (9)
Waiting for Wonder is a source of encouragement through Biblical references - guiding us towards a God that promises as we wait, restores as wait and in turn gives us much more because we waited. The wonder of waiting is in Him. The waiting for wonder is for Him. Who is He, seek, and wait.
"Wait for Him. He will change your world, and because of that, you will change the world around you." (81)
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Ponder Alone Or Study WIth A GroupDecember 22, 2016MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A great book to help you release your doubts about God's infinite wisdom and His timing.
Many wait and wonder about God's timing in their lives and wish they knew the answers.
Marlo includes personal stories followed and backed up by scripture that will refresh your spirit.
A great book to take time and ponder alone or with a group.
A leaders guide is available.
I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse
Kelly Kiggins-Lund5 Stars Out Of 5Waiting for WonderDecember 21, 2016Kelly Kiggins-LundQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Waiting for Wonder: Leaning to Live on God's Timeline, a new release by Christian author Marlo Schalesky, takes a unique look at waiting on God's timing. Let's be honest. How many of us are good at waiting? Through waiting for wonder, Marlo looks at the long wait Sarai had to endure while waiting for God's promise to be fulfilled. In Genesis 17:19, God promised that Sarai would bear a son to Abraham. This promise wasn't fulfilled until she was 90 years old! How was she able to endure such a long wait? Did she doubt God's promise? Did she wait patiently? Did she try to take matters into her own hands? Did she get discouraged? Did she grow weary?
While we are enduring trials, suffering, and in the midst of what can feel like a spiritual drought, waiting can seem like an impossible task because the situation is completely out of our control. Let's face the truth. None of us truly like letting go of our control over our lives. In unraveling Sarai's story for her readers, Marlo helps us learn the value in waiting. Waiting not only draws us closer to God but the true wonder is that in our waiting His glory is also revealed for all to see. We become a living testament to His works in us and through us. Marlo reminds us of this not only through Sarai's story but also through myriad other Biblical characters whose waiting served a far greater purpose than they could ever imagine: the blind beggar, the Samaritan woman at the well, King David, Noah, Daniel, Joseph, and Lazarus. He is the God of miracle. He is the God of you.
If you find yourself in a place of waiting or have ever wondered why God makes us wait, I recommend you read Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God's Timeline by Marlo Schalesky.
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