Several years ago, I was telling a friend that I felt like I needed to reconnect with God, but I wasn't sure what to do. This friend suggested that I get away, by myself, and spend a day with God. I thought it was a great idea, and I even planned to go to a local park that Saturday, just me, my Bible, and God. Then I was offered free Cornhusker football tickets, and, rightly or wrongly, the Huskers took precedence.
I actually hadn't thought about that in years, but when I heard about Getaway with God, that memory came rushing back, and the concept of a personal retreat began to really appeal to me.
What if a simple day away could transform your life?
Does spending time with God sound like just one more thing to check off an ever-increasing to-do list? How are you supposed to fit in anything that threatens to be more time-consuming? Too often there's simply no room to experience the intimacy, grace, and peace that God offers us.
Getaway with God does more than invite you to step away from life's pressures to take a personal retreat. It shows you exactly why you must---for your sake and for your family's.
With grace and warmth, Letitia Suk provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman on any budget to plan time away, whether it's a quick, half-day break or a weeklong time of restoration. You'll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you'll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.
No matter what your season in life, the time for retreat is now!
Getaway with God is a really practical guide to making a personal retreat happen. It's basically a guide for creating your own retreat. The first section deals with the "whys" of taking a retreat and tells how to do a day or weekend retreat. The second section goes into greater detail as it lays out a possible 5-day retreat.
Throughout the book, there are quote sections with real women's experiences. Each section goes with whatever Suk was just discussing, and while I found these women's perspectives to be helpful, it also became distracting. I think this is more due to the formatting of the book than anything else. Formatting usually isn't something I'd comment on in a review, but in this case, it really detracted from the book. This is because as Suk would wrap up one point and head into the next, she would often preview what was to come. But then a quote section would follow that preview, and after I read the quotes, I had forgotten how the new section connected to the previous one, so I'd have to go back and reread the end of the previous section.
Despite the formatting issues, I found the book to be very helpful, and I'm now convinced of the importance of going on a personal retreat. I'm sure I'll be pulling out this book when I do. 4 stars.
Letitia Suk invites women to chase the Intentional life. She writes and speaks of God's renewal and restoration and offers platters of hope to women in each season of life. Tish is also a personal retreat guide and life coach in the Chicago area and moonlights as a hospital chaplain. You might run into her walking by Lake Michigan, browsing resale shops, or making up a new tradition. She blogs at hopeforthebest.org and is also the author of Rhythms of Renewal.
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