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Whispers of Rest is a detox for the soul, a peaceful journey inward to the comfort that a deeper awareness of God's love provides. This 40-day devotional guide and journal will refresh readers' spiritual lives and enhance their every day. Combining uplifting words of scripture, devotions on themes of identity, calling, and intimacy, and prompts for prayer and journaling, Whispers offers readers a soul-soothing time to experience a greater connection with God.
Noteworthy: This author is one of a special group of women who writes for(in)courage, the popular online friendship community. Every day they take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their every day, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives. If you read the (in)courage blog online, then you'll be sure to enjoy this title.
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8 X 5-1/4 (inches)|
Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to RestBonnie GrayRevell / 2014 / Trade Paperback$0.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 18 Reviews
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This beautiful guidebook will create space for your soul to breathe:
- Soul Care Tips & Trail Notes - Reduce stress and nurture your body and spirit.
- Daily Beloved Challenges - Brighten your day by taking simple soul care actions.
- A Simple Prayer Practice - Deepen your intimacy with God through easy-to-enjoy prayer prompts, inspired by classic devotional practices.
A lot can happen in 40 days. A new rhythm. A new heart. A renewed faith.
Transform your life as you take the journey to say yes to God, embrace your true identity, rediscover your dreams, and begin your healing. Dare to enjoy each day fully and celebrate your calling as the beloved.
"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 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
"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
Marie5 Stars Out Of 5Go Deeper with the Greatest, Most Gracious GodAugust 6, 2017MarieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In this very special 40 day devotional book, the author shares many ways she overcame PTSD by resting in the LORD. Although the book has been utilized to help even severely wounded military warriors recover, it would be helpful for anyone who has been wearied by various types of storms and battles encountered throughout life. In a simple, eloquent, yet straightforward way, the author shares how to 'get your shine back' in tried and true fashion through strategic, power-packed Scripture verses and .fun soul care methods that spark joy! You will be transformed to be, dream, heal, bloom and shine as Gods beloved creation, all the while creating along with Him, the Ultimate Creator. It appeals to all ages and stages of life. It is a gentle, thorough, practical and pleasant program that provides needed reminders of God's Great Love for His greatest creations, people. It is set up to encourage interaction, whether confidentially through journaling through the pages of the book, or in tandem with the associated Facebook club website. An added bonus to signing up to participate in the private book club is the wonderful fellowship and prayer support blessings to be experienced together in this very welcoming online community, which the author personally facilitates. I cannot say enough good things about this book and its accompanying program. I have highly recommended and gifted it to friends, and am looking forward to personally facilitating small groups utilizing the soon-to-be released study guide. May all who choose it be blessed with rest in Christ that encourages a deeper relationship with Jesus that promotes healing, and makes following the Golden Rule easier and more graceful all around, thanks to the Supernatural Power of the Holy Spirit.
ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5the best devotional I've read this yearJune 28, 2017ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Whispers of Rest is like no other devotional I have read. It is encouragement, a bible study, factual and touching. The daily readings are like Jesus Calling combined with a powerful lesson all while having coffee with a friend.
I cannot think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from Whispers of Rest. It is for the college student, the young mother, the business woman, the empty nester, and the seasoned woman. It's for the forgotten, the broken, the healed, the happy, the sad, the poor and the rich.
With the powerful use of scripture, Bonnie teaches the reader to listen for God's whisper. One of my favorite parts is Daily Beloved Challenge where she offers practical steps toward living out that day's teaching.
I've got so many highlighted quotes but a few of my favorites are:
"If we turned back to only what we know, we would miss out on the beautiful journey God has for us now." (Pg. 19)
"Tomorrow can be different. God will make a way when there seems to be no way." (Pg. 201)
"Jesus tells us he is that Someone, lovingly whispering your name I remember you, Beloved." (Pg. 171)
Bonnie Gray has an amazing talent for taking devotional learning a step further, sharing the Whispers of Rest to the reader's heart. I have absolutely loved this book and can say I highly, very, very highly, recommend it.
Kim Hazer5 Stars Out Of 5Whispers of RestJune 21, 2017Kim HazerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Bonnie has captured God's heart for His children amazingly well! Whispers of Rest is a 40 day devotional unlike most I have read. Each day provides a touching story, quote, verses, prayer and journaling prompts and more. She creates beautiful imagery with her words, and adds grace and biblical truth throughout. A quiet rest with God each day, a pause in the busy, a time of reflection and healing, have been what I have discovered as I have walked through this book.
Deanna WiseburnRandleman, NCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Whispers of Rest is an invitation to intimacy with GodJune 21, 2017Deanna WiseburnRandleman, NCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Whispers of Rest is an invitation for intimacy with God. The book is like a tour guide to help you to learn the unforced rhythms of Grace. (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG) It is a 40 day journey to experiencing God more fully as you embrace how He cares for you.
The devotions are longer than the traditional devotion taking about 5 pages. There are different aspects and many different prompts (Soul care tips, challenges, and prayer practices) to take as you look to go deeper into the days topic. Honestly there are so many options available that I doubt any one person could reasonably want to apply them all on the same day. Yet that is the beauty of it. Its not about following the book but about choosing the way that God guides you to go as you experience more of God.
This book has really marked my life already. Using the prompts and the words I have travelled into a more intimate journaling with God confiding all that bothers me and brings me joy. I have always journaled but never have I been in a place where I could be so open and honest and feel ok about it. God always meets me there and then speaks to what I share. That alone made this book a winner for me.
You can tell that she has prayed over every page and I am seeing many people find healing in the pages of this book as they experience God in different ways. It is a process to be loved and to really identify yourself as beloved. Will this book alone fix that...No. But it opens the door to explore what is stopping you so that you can begin to live a more authentic life with God.
*Received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Slow Down And Listen To God's WhispersJune 2, 2017Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Whispers of Rest: 40 Days of God's Love to Revitalize Your Soul by Bonnie Gray is more than just another collection of devotionals to lift your spirit. Here, Bonnie has compiled full quiet time lessons and exercises to help you reconnect with the little girl inside that found it so easy to be carefree and confide in God, before life's hectic schedules and responsibilities started inching their way into your world and squandering what little freedom you had left.
Each day's entire lesson revolves around a different focus word / phrase, and follows the same easy-to-use format:
1) focus word / phrase - yes, choose joy, gather, remember, play, light, etc
2) inspirational scripture / quote
3) personal story / lesson
4) re-telling and explaining of a Bible story
5) God's whispers to you - thoughts to reflect on
6) daily prayer
7) things to give yourself permission to do - prioritize your well-being, take a break, open up, etc.
8) reflection questions
9) one word prayer
10) soul care challenge & trail notes - music therapy, taking a bath, looking at trees, girls' night out, etc.
Whispers of Rest is written in such a way that each day's lesson could easily take 45 minutes or so to complete, or you could break it down and turn each day into a 2-3 day adventure, if you don't have time. But honestly, the point of the book is to make time. It's to help you relearn how to slow down, breathe, and take life in one glorious moment at a time, while praising God for all that He has provided for you.
Overall, I'd recommend this book to any Christian woman who feels as though she's wandered some or gotten caught up in the daily grind enough that she's not feeling God's whispers of love as strongly as she once did. However, for those who have deep-rooted pain and a feeling that their relationship with God is more than just a little weak or off course, this book may leave them wanting. 3/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*