Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal

Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal (Herald Press, 2013).

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In a fast-paced world full of distractions, this book offers fresh ways to find everyday personal renewal. Each chapter explores a different spiritual practice—from classic disciplines of Scripture reading and prayer to less conventional approaches like having fun and living simply. Through personal stories, scriptural insights, historical examples, and practical suggestions, this book serves to guide us into new connections with ourselves and others, with creation, and with God.


Sacred Pauses helps you participate in an interactive life with God. In fact, it is hard to finish the book because you want to put it down and simply engage in each down-to-earth, versatile practice!”
Jan Johnson, Retreat Leader and Author of Abundant Simplicity

“A superb survey of practices we can use to help us in Sabbath-taking throughout our busy lives —not just on Sundays.”
J. Brent Bill, Quaker Minister and Author of Awaken Your Senses: Exercises for Exploring the Wonder of God

“Modern life often runs us ragged, with little space for us to catch our spiritual breath. Sacred Pauses offers creative opportunities for connection with the transcendent in the midst of the everyday.”
Albert Y. Hsu, Author of The Suburban Christian

“I love Yamasaki’s personal, real-life stories, which draw me into her exploration of ways to draw close to God.”
Christine Sine,Executive Director of Mustard Seed Associates and Author of Return to Our Senses

“April Yamasaki’s stories and practical advice not only show us how – they make us want to pursue spiritual practices.”
Gordon Houser, Author of Present Tense

“Rooted in Scripture, and drawing from a rich breadth of other sources both historical and contemporary, Sacred Pauses offers a feast of insight into spiritual discipline with wisdom, honesty, humility, and thoughtful clarity. April Yamasaki probes deeply into the heart of what it means to walk with God, blessing us with a gift for both renewal and transformation.”
Barbara Nickel, Poet and Author of Young Adult Fiction, Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Arthur Boers

1. Creating Space
2. Slowing Down
3. Becoming Quiet
4. Engaging Scripture
5. Praying It Like It Is
6. Getting Outside
7. Being Alone Without Being Lonely
8. Valuing Relationships
9. Giving
10. Praying the Lord’s Prayer
11. Making Music
12. Fasting
13. Having Fun
14. Paying Attention
15. Confessing
16. Praying Scripture
17. Living Simply
18. Ending Well

Afterword: Going Deeper
Recommended Resources
The Author