The Sacred Slow by Alicia Britt Chole


From the book:


Ours is a hurried age, in which speed is deified and waiting is demonized. Ours is a cluttered age, in which noise is the norm and images constantly clamor for our attention. And in our hurried, cluttered age, faster has become synonymous with better, and experience has become a substitute for intimacy.

Welcome to The Sacred Slow: A Holy Departure from Fast Faith. Formatted as fifty-two experiences in unhurried honesty with God, The Sacred Slow reminds readers on every page that God never wanted to use them; He always wanted to love them. The tone is personal, practical, and penetrating. The fruit is sustainable (as opposed to event-based) nearness with God.

Experienced devotionally or in small groups, each chapter features a short but thought-provoking reading and two options for application: a thought focus or a heart exercise. The content is the overflow of Dr. Alicia Britt Chole’s thirty-plus years as a spiritual mentor to leaders and learners.

My review:

I’ve been thinking about thankfulness a lot in the past few weeks. ‘Tis the season, after all. I’m thankful for so many things great and small: for family, for friends, for a beautiful place to live, for those of you who (for some strange reason 🙂 ) have chosen to follow my blog and read my reviews…thank you! For the past few months, I’ve been nursing my mom back to health after complicated back surgery, drug mix-ups in the hospital, and useless physical rehab stays; it has been uber-stressful, to say the least! But all of that has made me so thankful for God placing me where I am, so that I can be here to help her.

In the midst of all that has gone on lately, I find myself thankful for one more thing: The Sacred Slow by Alicia Britt Chole. This “Holy Departure from Fast Faith” has been such a blessing: a heart-searching, mind-focusing, stress-releasing exercise in slowing down and paying attention to God, that I have been savoring.

And that is exactly what this book is meant to do: it “invites you to willfully live in Him moment by moment by faith” (p. 9). It helps to remind you that you experience God not just in those big, exciting moments in that big, exciting church service or revival meeting, but in the quiet, peaceful moments curled up in your bed, simply talking to Him or reflecting on the path He has led you down. He is always there; you need to slow down and feel for Him, look for Him, listen for Him.

It’s so easy to be distracted in this world we live in. Dr. Chole’s book is an invitation to step away from all of that and reclaim the devotion, the peace, the quiet yet powerful love that God offers us every moment of every day. I am so grateful that I have this book on my desk, to remind me to take some time with Him. And I look forward to growing my faith throughout the “fifty-two experiences in unhurried honesty with God” that it provides. I definitely recommend you pick up your own copy today!

Many thanks to Handlebar Media for the copy of this amazing book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂


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