A powerful and actionable guide to finding rest in God.
Author Jenny L. Donnelly skillfully walks readers through a comprehensive journey through the pains, frustrations, and chaos of daily life and the transformative power and grace that is ours if we invite God into our hearts. As she explains, “The pocket is where you are enveloped in the love of God so completely that nothing is blocking his voice and all that he has for you.”
A central message is one that Christians have heard many times. Let go and let God. But the simple concept can be difficult to grasp and implement.
Still - 7 Ways to Find Calm in the Chaos provides a distinct roadmap, including all the road signs, traffic lights, and detours. Each of the seven actionable steps is explained with excellent clarity and applicable Bible verses. Ms. Donnelly weaves many examples from her life, including bruises from her childhood. Her life now is filled with every reason to be a stressed mess - as a successful businesswoman, nonprofit founder, and a married mother of five. Yet, she describes that finding REST is a place, not an action. It doesn’t mean escaping your chaotic life. It means finding God’s refuge within it.
Still is a timely book for today’s chaotic lifestyle. The guidance is applicable for those living within the most chaotic circumstances to those chilling in retirement. It’s for anyone looking for a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God. The resources in the Appendix provide even more tools to support the journey.
With all the great books in the Christian market, they can start blurring together with their common themes. I admit that I assumed Still would be 'just another one', but it wasn’t. What stood out for me was the distinct roadmap – the clear explanation and directions, the action steps, the homework assignments, and the bible verses. All the elements worked together to create a tool that truly has life-changing potential if the reader is open-minded and willing to put in time and effort. As a book reviewer, I didn’t have the luxury of time to savor the book as it’s intended to be, but I will be re-reading to fully absorb and apply the message to my life. I've made strides in letting go, but I'm still a work in progress.
Ideal readers for Still (*affiliate link) have a hard time finding God or fitting Him into their chaotic lives. I personally think the message is valuable and applicable for anyone who’s looking for peace or trying to strengthen their relationship with God.
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Jenny L. Donnelly is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Her Voice Movement, a national community gathered for the purpose of equipping and empowering women to live and lead biblical truth. She is a cofounder, with her husband, of The Collective Church in Portland, Oregon, and also founded Tetelestai Ministries, which exists to develop biblical leaders. She and her husband, Bob, live in Oregon with their five children.
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