When you’re a woman with as much passion as there is water on earth, self-care is an imperative part of our faith journey.
I began going on prayer walks because the world’s punches landed too hard on my spirit. At first, my walks were small hikes from work to the nearby Starbucks or the nearby CVS. On these walks I realized I was slowly growing weary of mentally walking with Jesus. The next three months would unfold into a promising conversation between myself and the Most High.
Whispers of Rest: 40 Days of God’s Love to Revitalize Your Soul came at a time when I also wanted to give up on prayer walks. I love Bonnie Gray’s approach to daily living with simple, focused acts of connection. The hook for me was when she explained how the disciples were called from their work to leave their nets and follow him.
“Jesus was calling them to leave something they all had a lot of experience doing – and instead say yes to something they had no experience doing” (Gray).
It resonated with me on my writing faith journey. It gets hard but it’s never a call to stop. I’m grateful for that reminder.
Whispers of Rest was alike her previous book in style, approach, and tone. I expected a different avenue of thought but was not terribly disappointed. The book is a call to journal, to unearth passions stirring inside you. She ends each chapter with a reflection, prayer & rest, and a challenge. Some challenges include journaling for ten minutes, taking a ten-minute prayer walk, and more.
Permission to allow God to move in your life slowly and deliberately is exactly what I felt of Bonnie Gray’s approach. This book is a kind companion to your daily walk. It is permission to rest. It is a call to allow yourself the delight of enjoying the little things in life because each challenge is accessible. On the last day of the challenges, I purchased flowers. It felt like a fresh start.
I recommend this book and would share with a friend.
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