Whispers Of Rest

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Have you ever felt tired and weary, that your soul is craving rest?

I’m sure we’ve all been there.  The pressures of life and the burdens of our responsibilities are often relentless, and can easily overwhelm us.  The noise of the world and the cacophony of different voices around us can deafen us to God’s gentle whispers.

“Whispers Of Rest,” by Bonnie Gray is a 40 day devotional journey to rediscover the power of rest- to allow our hearts to be renewed as we take time and space to withdraw and tune our ears to God’s gentle whispers of love.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the launch team for this book as it tied in so well with my word for the year, which is Voice, and I wanted to make the space to listen better to what God had to say.

Also, I was tired.  Life was feeling too full of pressure and I knew I needed to take a step back and make some space to be still.

I found Whispers Of Rest a helpful guide for this journey.  Bonnie’s writing is soothing and poetic.  Each day’s devotion consist of a short reflection on a Bible passage, some words that God whispers to us and a prayer to whisper back to  him.  There are also questions for reflection and journaling, and a challenge- something practical to incorporate into the day to make space for rest.  These are simple but effective- for example, going for a 10 minute walk, listening to a worship song, taking a photo of something beautiful, or buying some flowers.

Working through this book definitely helped me slow down: to stop and notice the beauty around me, to prioritise time where I could pour out my heart to God through prayer and journaling, to make more space for things that bring me joy.

Here are a few of my takeaways from the book:

  • There will always be more to do, but we have to choose to make time for rest in the midst of it.  In Mark 6, Jesus and his disciples are busy.  There are so many people demanding their attention that they don’t even have time to eat, but Jesus calls the disciples to step away from the crowd and rest.

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  • Frequently when I want to hear God, it is because I am seeking direction- I want to know what God wants me to do- but often God’s whispers are not to tell us what we should do, but to let us know that we are loved.

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  • If God has given us a dream, it is not hard work or our own efforts that will bring it to fruition; it will happen God’s way, in God’s time.  Our part is to draw close to God and listen to his voice.

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If you are weary and looking for rest, or you simply want to develop practices to help you be still and hear God’s voice more clearly, I would definitely recommend this book.

You can find out more here, or order on Amazon at these links: UK, US.

Whispers of Rest: 40 Days of God's Love to Revitalize Your Soul by [Gray, Bonnie]

There is also a Whispers Of Rest online book club beginning on Monday 5th June.  As well as the chance to work through the book in community, it features six weekly teaching videos from Bonnie to supplement the book.  It’s free, and you can find out more here, or by watching the video below.

Finally, if you need a moment to rest just now, here is a short playlist of songs I put together that help me to rest.  Why not take a few minutes to listen to one of them and be still in God’s presence?

Be Still My Soul- Kari Jobe
Whisper- Laura Story
Rest- Matt Maher
Breathe- Jonny Diaz

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35 thoughts on “Whispers Of Rest

  1. I love this, Lesley: “There will always be more to do, but we have to choose to make time for rest in the midst of it. ” Also the point about how often God whispers to let us know we’re loved.

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  2. Rest has been a theme in my life for about the last month so I appreciated reading this review. I will be adding this to my “to read” list for sure. I recently enjoyed 7 Days of Soul Care by Dolly M. Lee – also very good and deals with the same subject of rest.

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  3. This sounds like a beautiful devotional book. I’m glad you were part of the launch team so you could share your takeaways. I love reading books about rest and have written about it too. But I am learning that rest is a place of abiding and inviting God to be with us. It’s not just the physical rest but it is allowing God to be part of our lives. We need to recognize that it is from Him we are able to grow and do the work that He has chosen for us. Hope you are well Lesley! Blessings!

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    1. Yes, it’s true that we can find rest in God, even when life is busy. It’s remembering God’s presence with us and drawing on his strength and wisdom that is the key, I think. Blessings to you too!

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  4. I love your review, Lesley. I find this book so helpful as well. It’s interesting to read the various insights different people have. We so need to learn to rest in the arms of Jesus and listen to His Voice, don’t we? Love and hugs to you!

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    1. I am enjoying reading different people’s reflections about the book. Yes, I think it’s an ongoing process of learning to rest in God and listen to his voice. Love and hugs to you too!

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  5. Hi Lesley,
    I love hearing what other readers gleaned from the book because I think it widens our own views and broadens our perspectives when we share our thoughts! I love how Bonnie wove together all the creative ideas and prayers and journaling so that every reader would have a personal treasure trove to reflect on. Loved your takeaways!

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  6. Lesley, this sounds like such a good book! I had so many different thoughts as I read your post. One of them was that there will always be more to do. We have to choose rest, or else we will never truly be at rest. It’s a discipline, and I’m still figuring out how to incorporate it into my days.

    Thanks for sharing this! You’ve given me some things to think about.

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    1. Thanks, Jeanne, I’m glad it has given you things to think about. I was challenged too that we have to be intentional about. choosing rest. If we wait for our to-do list to be done we’ll never get there!

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  7. Hi Lesley! This is the third or fourth blogger who is on Bonnie’s launch team. She has a mighty group of women to help her!
    The topic of her book is so relatable, who can’t use the reminder that rest is important? I know I often feel like I’m being lazy when I want some down-time. But as she says, there’s always more to do, someplace else to be. But present to myself? Hardly makes the list for the day. This would be a great book for me!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. There are a lot of posts out there about the book this week! It’s true, we can sometimes feel we’re being selfish to want to rest, but really we have more to offer to others if we take time to be refreshed ourselves.

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  8. Hi Lesley,
    what a great review of this book! I loved the parts you chose to share. I love the thought that God’s whispers are to tell us not what to do but that we are loved! Thats such a good thought! So glad to meet you here at your lovely blog!!

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  9. Lesley, This book sounds like restful things to do to better hear and focus on God. I love your point that there is always more to do. So true, and something I need to remind myself of or I work to much. Thanks for reviewing this book. Sounds wonderful.

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    1. Thanks, Theresa. I think we have to be intentional in making time to rest, otherwise it’s too easy to just keep going. Praying that you find some moments of rest today.

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  10. Lesley, thanks for sharing a review. I didn’t realize this was a 40 day book. I’m planning to take some time to rest and recharge this summer and this might be a good fit. I’ve always enjoyed Bonnie Gray’s writing voice. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 ((hug))

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. I think it would be a good book for helping you find rest and refreshment over the summer. Hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it!

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  11. “If God has given us a dream, it is not hard work or our own efforts that will bring it to fruition; it will happen God’s way, in God’s time.” This is what I needed to hear today, Lesley. This sounds like a wonderful book … thank you for this review. I hope you have a restful weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Lois. It’s a great book. I doubt I’ll have a very restful weekend as I’m away with 44 kids! 🙂 I’ll hopefully rest well on Sunday night. Hope you find some time to rest.

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