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Bonnie Gray is a native Californian living in the heart of Silicon Valley with her husband and two boys. She is a speaker, writer, (in)courage contributing writer and the blogger behind Faith Barista, where she explores how faith shows up in everyday life, inspiring audiences to discover faith behind the daily grind.
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Whilst I commend the author for her courage in writing this book it falls woefully short of what it could have been. There is entirely too much focus on her personal circumstances and the book is more of a cathartic download of her personal misery than anything else.
The title drew me in because it sounded full of hope - in the midst of busy lives finding spiritual whitespace is something that I believe a lot of us crave. This book will not help you find it.
Read Annie Downs / Holley Gerth ... any of the myriad of christian authors who have written books that sprinkle in some of the personal but don't allow it to overtake the topic.
For any woman desiring to find soul rest in this messy world, Bonnie Gray is a kindred spirit, and her book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest, is a wonderful companion.
At first I wasn’t sure how I could relate to Bonnie’s memoir-driven book. Her story, carefully woven throughout the pages, proved moving and heart-wrenching. But my childhood was filled with love, happiness, and security. Not at all like her’s past of childhood trauma. What lessons could we share?
And it’s true, not all of Bonnie’s experience will be shared by you or me. They are uniquely hers. But many of the lessons of soul-connection and spiritual whitespace that she gleaned from those experiences and her journey through Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are for everyone.
After all, who doesn’t feel soul-ragged from time to time (or all the time)?
If you didn't experience a traumatic childhood similar to Bonnie's, there may be sections of this engaging book you feel less connected to. Let me urge you to hang in there to the end. Don’t skip out early!
I found the most important part of Bonnie’s book for me to be the section on Whitespace Killers near the end because I’m a rule person. I gravitate toward scheduling my time and checking off lists. It’s great if all goes well, but get a bit behind and unrest and frustration grab hold of my heart. And it kills spiritual intimacy.
Thanks to Bonnie and Finding Spiritual Whitespace, I now realize more fully my need to come to God fully exposed to “engage [my] heart in a relationship. In intimacy. With Jesus.” And now I have some practical ideas, tips, and challenges to help me get nearer that goal.
Bonnie has journeyed long to get to a place of engaging intimately with Jesus. She now opens her heart to you and me. To be our expert guide on this path to find soul rest.
And she does so fabulously.
If you are weary deep down, pick up a copy of this book. You will certainly find help and encouragement in its pages.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.)