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New readings for the new year

You know what one of my favorite things is? A new book. You know what’s even better? Two new books! With this post, all I wanted to do was share with you two books my husband got me for Christmas that I’m totally digging. They are speaking to the part of me that needs fresh reminders to slow down and soak in more of God. Once you hear the titles, the rest will be quite telling. I know on blogs people include affiliate links for sales (nothing against that process), but there is no background reason to sharing other than I want to pass along fun new resources I’m using during my morning reflection times! I will include the title, a short description, and then a quote or two to give you a sense of the book.

Unhurried by Amy Jackson: This study has a simple weekly reflection with small daily activities to try.

“Though our social lives came to a stop, our minds and hearts were as hurried as ever. And when we have difficulty slowing our hearts and minds, we have difficulty hearing from God.”

“This year has revealed to us that living an unhurried life has more to do with an inward peace than with an empty schedule.”

Abundant Simplicity by Jan Johnson: This book is balm for the busy soul. It’s fantastic. If I had to recommend one or the other, this would be it. It’s a tool to help readers dig deeper in their relationship with God and remove layers that obstruct the ability to rest with God.

“We’re trying to breathe in the oxygen of real life with God without breathing out the daily chaos that chokes out such interaction”

Isn’t that something? We are trying to breathe in more of God, but we haven’t looked at things in our lives that choke out opportunities for such connection. We are invited to rest with God. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matt 11:29.

We don’t have to fill our schedules to the max.

We can make mindful choices of what we say “yes” an “no” to.

We can be aware of what fills us, and what drains us.

We are called to rest with God.

Happy rooting, everyone!

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