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Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by [Gray, Bonnie]
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Move beyond Surviving to a Rejuvenating Place of Soul Rest
"How 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, she made an important discovery: we all need "spiritual whitespace."
Whitespace." It's the space on a page left unmarked. Untouched. Whitespace makes art beautiful. It gives the eye a place to rest. Just like beautiful art, our souls need balance and beauty.
With heartbreaking honesty, Bonnie guides you to discover a better story for yourself, one that feeds your soul and makes room for rest. Infused with biblical encouragement and thought-provoking prompts, this book shows us how to create space in the everyday for God, refreshment, and faith--right in the midst of our stress-frayed lives.

"Whitespace is soul grace. Bonnie Gray ushers weary women into the real possibility."--Ann Voskamp, "New York Times" bestselling author of "One Thousand Gifts"
"Women need this message. If you want to hear Jesus speak more tenderly to your soul than ever before, this is the book for you."--Lysa TerKeurst, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Unglued
"We live in a culture that brags and boasts about being busy. Into that reality steps Bonnie with a new idea."--from the foreword by Jon Acuff, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Start
Bonnie Gray is the soulful writer behind faithbarista.com, serving up shots of faith for the daily grind. Her work is featured on DaySpring (in)courage and nationally syndicated on Crosswalk.com. After graduating from UCLA, Bonnie served as a missionary, ministry entrepreneur, and Silicon Valley high-tech professional. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Eric, and their two sons.

Named by "Crosswalk" as one of the Best Books for Christian Women in 2014
"This is a soul-stirring book that takes you on a journey to make space in life to nurture your heart with God and dream dreams in new ways. This book will give women permission to say yes to God, practical ways to say yes to rest and find the spark in their hearts again."--Kelly Givens, editor of iBelieve
"Gray, a popular blogger at Faith Barista, set out to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing a book. When she began, however, repressed memories resurfaced and the book turned into a reluctant account of her journey through unrecognized post-traumatic stress. The author relates the heartbreaking childhood experiences that led to severe panic attacks, insomnia, and fear. Helping her through her confrontation with her own past are a supportive husband, a good therapist, and whitespace--places in her life like the blank areas of an artist's canvas--where she can rest and tend her soul. She offers intriguing insights into Scripture and on how God views his flawed but beloved creations. At each chapter's end, journaling prompts help readers identify areas where they need to create white space. More than just a memoir, this is an invitation to walk the difficult road to self-discovery and healing with a fellow traveler who understands. Learning how to identify stressors and eliminate emotional clutter will benefit anyone, not just those suffering from PTSD."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review

About the Author

Bonnie Gray is the founder of Faith Barista, a contributor to Crosswalk.com, and a featured writer for DaySpring's popular (in)courage blog. Her writing is nationally syndicated and has been spotlighted in Christianity Today and McClatchy-Tribune News Ser

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3136 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800721799
  • Publisher: Revell (27 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #310,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bonnie Gray is the writer behind Faith Barista.com, a lovely blog on spiritual topics themed to all things coffee: quirky and imaginative. She has written the book Finding Spiritual Whitespace about her inspiring, heart-breaking journey to find rest, which garnered Publisher's Weekly starred review. You can get a copy HERE. I have just finished it, but this is not a book to read quickly: quite the contrary.
I need to start over. I need to re-read - especially the pages, the many many places, I have pencilled in notes and underlinings and reminders to stop. and think. and revisit.
Bonnie's book is a journey she has taken involving revisiting painful events in her life. She bravely shares the messiness, the pain and the subsequent healing of memories buried so deep that she didn't know they were there.

But her body did. She carried those hurtful words and experiences for four decades before she realised how they were affecting her. She became so broken, afflicted by post-traumatic stress disorder, that she could no longer function normally. In the hurt and pain, she rediscovered Jesus' spirit deep within her.

This book, however, isn't just show and tell. Bonnie speaks as friend, inviting the reader in to discover healing and wholeness with her. She speaks of reawakening the soul through stillness and rest and discovering Jesus in new and deeper ways. Facing questions of desire and loss; feelings of desolation; going beyond the obvious.

Bonnie writes tenderly from many different perspectives as she draws us into discovering Jesus in fresh new ways. She encourages the reader to take time to rest; to listen for Jesus' voice; to rediscover innate creativity; and above all, to revisit painful memories in the loving companionship of the Spirit of God.
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By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2015
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This is a beautitully written book about the need for spiritual rest. Bonnie Gray wrote this book out of a personal crisis and paid a price for the lessons contained therein. She does overplay the 'whitespace' metaphor a bit, but it is a good one. Personally, I thought she needed a bit more distance between her problems and actually writing the book but there are valuable lessons to be learnt from it.
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I have been enjoying this ladie's blogs for a while now. I found the book resonated with me- I like a book by another woman.I had no idea her childhood was as bad as I read. there are exercises to help me/us think about our stresses/situations and try to find a better approach. I found it to be restful and deep.
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I'm LOVING this book. Trouble is I can't work through it first time around to get the best out of the suggested exercises because I'm too hooked on reading Bonnie's own story to process my stuff. I'm desperate to read what happens to her next and can't think about me until I've seen how things turn out for her. I'm sooo glad she wrote this story and I'm sure I'll go back through it afterwards to make sure I am able to use her experience of God's healing power, towards receiving some for myself.
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