his past week has been a humbling and healing time, which, in time, I will write about, but is part of my delay in writing this review for the blog tour (this was due last week). I was reading this book throughout some major home renovations and heart renovations, making this an especially wonderful God-ordained time to read, Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray. I’d like to encourage you to click that link and not even read any further. Order the book now! It’s that good. There’s hardly a page in my book without a marking on it. And, I can see it as one for anyone, where ever you may be with God. It was written from a broken heart in such a personal way that can touch a heart very personally, like it did mine.
I felt many times I was sitting at a coffee shoppe with Bonnie, saying, “oh yes, I have/am there too . . . yes, I struggle with panic attacks and dreams and struggles from the past…things I want to shove aside, forget“, and Bonnie would respond,
Perfect peace from God isn’t found by forgetting. Peace is ours if we dare to remember our pain and our sorrow, and experience our fears fully with Jesus. Shalom peace from God is a putting back together.
Shalom is the movement to recover pieces of ourselves that have been abandoned, a putting back together of what we’ve left behind, to find Jesus with us in our memories.
….Shalom peace is now my place of faith. My journey to find rest is now a journey toward wholeness. A putting back together that includes broken pieces.
The journey of rest is leading me to recover all of my soul. This peace makes no detours around reality.
Finding Spiritual Whitespace page 76, 77
Bonnie and I could easily understand together how “[b]ehind every pain lies a lost dream” and how we need to allow Jesus to repair the nets of our dreams we’ve left behind and allow God to fill them full, and overflowing. I imagine there will always be the knots in nets that have torn, but we can find the beauty even from those snarls and snags in our lives.
I can go on and on about Finding Spiritual Whitespace. Her words are so much better than mine here, so I invite you to read her book. I believe you will be greatly encouraged!I
Finding Spiritual Whitespace was provided courtesy of Baker Books,
in exchange for my written, honest review of this Book.
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