- Title: Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest
- Author: Bonnie Gray
- ISBN: 9780800721794
- Page: 497
- Format: Paperback
Move beyond Coping and Surviving to a Rejuvenating Place of Soul RestHow many of us find ourselves exhausted, running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God Bonnie Gray knows exactly what that s like On the brink of fulfilling a lifelong dream, Bonnie s plans suddenly went off script Her life shattered into a debilitating journey throughMove beyond Coping and Surviving to a Rejuvenating Place of Soul RestHow many of us find ourselves exhausted, running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God Bonnie Gray knows exactly what that s like On the brink of fulfilling a lifelong dream, Bonnie s plans suddenly went off script Her life shattered into a debilitating journey through anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia But as she struggled to make sense of it all, she made an important discovery we all need spiritual whitespace.Spiritual whitespace makes room room in one s heart for a deep relationship with God, room in one s life for rest, room in one s soul for rejuvenation With soul stirring vulnerability and heartbreaking honesty, Bonnie takes readers on a personal journey to feed their souls and uncover the deeper story of rest Lyrical writing draws readers into Gray s intimate journey through overwhelming stress to find God in a broken story and celebrate the beauty of faith.Guided by biblical encouragement and thought provoking prompts, Gray shows readers how to create space in the everyday for God, refreshment, and faith She also offers practical steps and insights for making spiritual whitespace a reality, right in the midst of the stress frayed stories in every season of life We live in a culture that brags and boasts about being busy Into that reality steps Bonnie with a new idea Whitespace is an important concept and Bonnie has captured it perfectly If you re exhausted with being exhausted, read this book If you feel too busy to read this book, then that s probably the best sign of all that you need it from the foreword by Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Stuff Christians Like
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I seem to be in the minority, but something about this book fell flat for me. I think it's because the book lacked clear focus, in my opinion. Bonnie Gray began writing with plans to create a book about rest and whitespace. But she was interrupted by traumatic memories from her childhood that chose this time to resurface. As she dealt with the memories and struggled to move beyond her PTSD and panic attacks, Gray realized she had to start over on this book, incorporating what she was learning fr [...]
FINDING SPIRITUAL WHITESPACE by Bonnie Gray is a “Must Read” for women (and men), of all ages! An inspiring book, one you will want to refer to frequently, as you begin your journey—to finding your soul’s much needed, spiritual whitespace—a place to rest in order to find balance and beauty. Move beyond surviving. Make room for you. For God. For rest.First, prior to relaying my thoughts about this beautifully written book, would encourage readers to visit the author’s website and blog [...]
I think this book is unusual, but not for the reasons the foreword says it is.Many self-help style books are authored by people who seem to write from a lofty position as if they have all the answers. Perhaps publishers and marketers think their authors won't have enough credibility if they don't come across as 'super pastor' or 'super psychologist' who aim to tell us how to be as strong and together as they are. I've been getting a bit tired of the mold, but Bonnie Gray is different. She has be [...]
Bonnie absolutely NAILS it with this book!! Her courage in going to the deepest, darkest places of her life, and allowing the healing touch of Jesus to saturate her every fiber is astounding! Her gentleness while encouraging her readers to go to the deepest, untouched places of their heart, is incredible. Her passion, for sharing God's truth regarding rest is relentless, as she points her readers to Christ every step of the journey. This book is like water to the weary soul: quenching the [...]
This book is more like an intimate journey with a close friend than any other book I've ever read. It's taken me ten months to finish it, and I've been so blessed and changed by the experience. Thank you Bonnie for sharing your life and story.
About the Book:Move beyond Coping and Surviving to a Rejuvenating Place of Soul RestHow many of us find ourselves exhausted, running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God? Bonnie Gray knows exactly what that's like. On the brink of fulfilling a lifelong dream, Bonnie's plans suddenly went off script. Her life shattered into a debilitating journey through anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. But as she struggled to make sense of it all, she made an important disc [...]
I received this 2 days ago and have already read through it. I am going to go back through it and work through some of the suggestions per chapter. I happened upon Bonnie Gray's blog about the time she started writing again and wowwhat an incredible story she has. It offers such hope and joy! It's not about doing more to find rest.lly a book that encourages resting to get rest!!
Christian publishers appear to be putting out a lot of books about how to rest or relax. It makes me wonder if the busy doing of Christian life is finally wearing down the church. Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray is a different sort of book.It’s written blog-style. Like I said in my original assessment, blog-style won’t make the grammar patrol happy, but those who can set aside their stringent rules will find enjoyment and rest in this book. What makes [...]
While Bonnie's Gray writing style took me awhile to get used to, I think her book is timely. There are many Christians burnt-out by the rigid systems and thought patterns we've adopted in modern Christianity. For those who may have trauma and abuse in our past, it's time to let the light and grace of Christ walk us through all the unhealthy and untrue thoughts we've accepted as true about ourselves, others, and God. Bonnie walks readers through her own story, but also offers the tender, gentle, [...]
I couldn’t put this book down. Bonnie drew me in with her compelling and transparent stories of the heartaches she suffered as a child, but as she related those stories, she also found ways to show how the heart issues behind her struggles were universal. With the kindness of a dear friend, she challenged my notions of what it means to truly rest in Jesus. She offers the gentle encouragement that rather than it being lazy or selfish to take time to rest your soul in Christ, it communicates val [...]
Bonnie is doing this scared-brave. Sharing her ugly, mess, and chaos in hopes of helping others. Bonnie’s words serve as our “guidebook” through our hard places. Words full of grace that offer to sit with us as we take the time we need to process. I love what she encouraged her book club to do in taking only “2 chapters a week to savor and listen to their hearts as they read…to journal the questions”.
I really enjoyed this book. I did not do everything she talks about but I found most of it helpful. This book truly changed me and helped me walk through some tough things in my past.
Transparent and vulnerable, Bonnie shares her holy journey of healing from childhood ptsd
i really wanted to love this book, because i am a fervent believer in rest. But I only liked it. I am not a fan of blog-style writing in a book (perhaps because of my age). It took me a long time to get going in the book, mainly because I was put off by the style. But I persevered and was eventually won over by Gray's honesty, and by my connection with the trauma in her life. I think she has a great message for the busy church, but it was not in the best package for me.
I've just finished re-reading for the fifth time. I feel that Bonnie's approach is one that reminds us life doesn't fit into small neat boxes, but is messy and interconnected. If you want a quick fix inspirational book, this is probably not the book you're looking for. Bonnie invites you on a journey into her messiness. I personally have found this book incredibly helpful. It's an invitation to whitespace which does not happen quickly. Like a good coffee it requires brewing.
This book meant so very much to me. I am a very fast reader but I found myself reading a paragraph or maybe a couple of pages at a time and simply absorbing it all and letting it rest in my spirit and praying through everything.I am so appreciative of women who tell their stories - especially when they aren't picture-perfect lives - because there is such great healing when we tell our stories - for ourselves as the storytellers and for others as the listeners.
I have been reading some good books lately after a few that I had to abandon. This book is another gem in that the author had so much to offer in a new perspective, a dig in deep spirituality that I require and need. I can relate to so much of Bonnie Gray's childhood and I think that her experiences paved the way for her being able to help and encourage others. Our own stories of brokenness and pain is never an empty cave but one that can shine God's light and love when it is given over to Him.
There was something about it - I couldn't get into the book. Granted, I have not experienced trauma to the same depth that she has but I didn't think the author did a great job of pulling me in, of being relatable (to me). There are obviously many readers who resonate with her words and experiences, but I was not one. The first 6 chapters really felt like reading the same thing over and over to me. Maybe it was my mindset or life timing, but the book just felt flat to me.
This book not only helped me recognize when God is trying to get my attention, but also the need to create those moments of spiritual whitespace to listen to Him. I've never been good at resting, and this has made me redouble my efforts to make sure I do. Her story resonates so well that I've purchased numerous copies as gifts for others.
Some very encouraging points, but overall a bit "fluffy" and very autobiographical. Sometimes I found the ideas hard to grasp and use to change me because they were not practical ideas, but abstract thoughts.
I found this book difficult to relate to and didn't feel like it matched the synopsis. However, it's probably a great book for people suffering from PTSD.
About the Book: Move beyond Coping and Surviving to a Rejuvenating Place of Soul RestHow many of us find ourselves exhausted, running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God? Bonnie Gray knows exactly what that's like. On the brink of fulfilling a lifelong dream, Bonnie's plans suddenly went off script. Her life shattered into a debilitating journey through anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. But as she struggled to make sense of it all, she made an important dis [...]
"Finding Spiritual Whitespace" was a stunning and emotional filled journey as Bonnie Gray, shared raw emotions and memories of her childhood while inter-spacing her revelations with scripture and prompts to encourage the reader, themselves, to explore both biblical and emotional, the blockades that are keeping us from having that rich and deep relationship that Christ craves with each of us.As I read through the book, it is a slow but methodical journey of how Bonnies personal memories presented [...]
Do you find yourself often worn out from your busy life? Are you struggling just to keep up, and often feeling like you are failing at that? There is hope for regaining the peace that your life needs. Bonnie Gray has written an achingly beautiful book that will guide you as you make space for spiritual whitespace. "Spiritual whitespace makes room in our hearts for a more intimate relationship with God, rest, and soul rejuvenation." I couldn't wait to begin this book, because I knew that I needed [...]
Every once in awhile a book comes along with the capacity to change you, touch you, breathe new life into what you thought you already knew. It messes with your preconceived ideas about who you are and what you are doing. It slowly seeps into your soul the way tea disperses itself in all of it’s magnificence into hot water. You find yourself awakening to the beauty of the truths that speak out from the pages.Every once in awhile a book comes along that has the power to convey truth in a way th [...]
For any woman desiring to find soul rest in this messy world, Bonnie Gray is a kindred spirit, and her book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest is a wonderful companion. Bonnie has been struggling for a long season to understand the chaos that assaulted her life in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder, stemming from her broken childhood. She is someone who knows what it’s like to try to “take care of it all.” Someone who wants to hold on tightly to a nice neat [...]
Bonnie Gray in her new book, “Finding Spiritual Whitespace” published by Revell helps us Awakening Your Soul to Rest.From the Back Cover: Move beyond Surviving to a Rejuvenating Place of Soul RestHow many of us find ourselves running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God?Bonnie Gray knows what that’s like. On the brink of fulfilling a lifelong dream, she saw her plans shatter into a journey through painful memories and anxiety. In her search for answers, sh [...]
This is a book born out of a woman’s what-she-thought-was-normal-and-productive life being rudely and painfully interrupted by PTSD. She had no choice but to squarely confront what lay behind the PTSD with the help of God, community, and therapy. What she discovered was a sick soul that had been under extreme stress since she was a little girl: trauma frozen in time.She discovered there was a new tier to spiritual life that she had not known was missing or necessary. It was called soul rest an [...]
Finding Spiritual Whitespace is author Bonnie Gray’s personal story, but it is every woman’s story too. Every woman searches for rest for her soul, significance for her days, hope for her future, and courage to live out her story. Bonnie defines whitespace as the crucial space for a soul to breathe, rest, awaken and savor. She also encourages readers to follow God into this sacred place, where he is already waiting for us.Bonnie takes her readers with her on her personal journey through the [...]
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