Since Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal was released in February, it’s taken on a life of its own which makes this a difficult question to answer: so how is the book doing? I don’t often get to see its immediate impact the way I can see people react to a sermon or talk to them within minutes after a worship service.
But the book is in its second printing, so that’s good. It’s already being used for discipleship training at a local Bible college. Another college professor thousands of miles away is using it as a resource now and plans to assign it as a student textbook next year. It’s being used in small groups here in Abbotsford and in Pennsylvania, and I hope elsewhere too. I’m hearing from readers who have read it on their own and recommended it to family and friends.
So how is the book doing? As readers, you might be able to answer that question better than I can. Is it speaking into your life? Has it encouraged you to pause? Are you putting it into practice and sharing it with others? I’m always happy to hear from readers, so please feel free to leave a comment to this post or contact me.
This is the most surprising email I’ve received so far:
I am the senior chaplain at a U.S. Army military base in Louisiana, and as such have the responsibility for the training and continuing education of the chaplains and chaplain assistants on our installation. I just wanted you to know that we will be taking a journey over the next year as a team of chaplains through Sacred Pauses. I recently finished the book and knew it would be a great tool and source of blessings for our chaplains here. We’re going to look at one chapter per month (skipping just a few chapters), with one chaplain each month facilitating a conversation on the ideas presented. I’m really excited about this and know it’ll be a great benefit to all of us.
My favourite response from a college student:
This book was an amazing read and an incredible help for me spiritually as it really opened my eyes to the power of God and showed me just how prominent his spirit and presence is in not only my life but in everyone else’s as well.
The most recent Sacred Pauses blog review and perhaps the furthest from where I live, posted November 12 in South Africa on The Leaders’ Table:
This book is not the solution to my, or your, workaholism or over-busyness… but it does gently provide signposts towards more sustainable living as a Christian and to finding a better life-rhythm as a leader. Space won’t allow a full review but I particularly found Sacred Pauses helpful in that it set the example of Jesus’ life-rhythm as an example to follow. . . .
These are some Sacred Pauses I am seeking to build into my life-rhythm… slowing down, engaging Scripture, embracing solitude, having fun and living simply. I aspire to integrate these (and others from the book) into my approach to life and leadership, as I seek to be consistently renewed and energised so I can be more effective.
If you are being crippled in your effectiveness by simply being too busy… then I invite you to pause with me, and allow God to lead you into a spacious place where you can discover a more sustainable rhythm to life.
My favourite magazine review from the Mennonite Brethren Herald:
What would it take to feel renewed every day? What if we could take time out every day to be refreshed by God?
If you think a life like this is beyond your reach, if you’re too busy to read a book that asks these questions, or are concerned doing so will simply add to your to-do list and your sense of guilt that you should be doing more, then April Yamasaki’s new book Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal is the book for you.
My favourite blog review from RevGalBlogPals:
One of the excellent aspects of this book is Yamasaki’s biblical work. Each section, which describes a different spiritual practice, has multiple Bible verses and stories. These notations flow in and around her writing in a smooth style, supporting and moving the narrative along.
The best feature of this book is Yamasaki’s tone. There’s no shaming or pressure to instantly CHANGE and IMPROVE one’s devotional life. Instead, she is gentle and compelling about why sacred pauses are crucial for spiritual wellbeing.
So how is the book doing? This is just a sampling of responses I’ve received so far. How would you answer the question? I’d be honoured if you’d let me know by leaving a comment, posting on your blog, writing a review on Amazon or Goodreads, or contact me. Thank you for your interest!
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