Book Giveaway: Sacred Pause

Dear clergy colleagues,

Congratulations, you made it through the Lenten marathon and across the Easter finish line!

Thank you for the many ways in which you led and journeyed alongside others through this sacred season: in congregations and on blogs, in hospitals and on campuses, by protesting and by preaching, in coffee shop presence and in the quiet of your own heart. Thank you for your faithful attention to the experiences of life & death & renewal in scripture and the world.

In gratitude and as a gift for your own renewal in bearing the Word Made Flesh into the world, I’m delighted to announce a drawing for the free giveaway of a signed copy of my book Sacred Pause: A Creative Retreat for the Word-Weary Christian! If you’ve not yet perused its pages, Sacred Pause is a book that will surprise your spirit and encourage your faith, a book that RevGalBlogPals’ reviewer said “will change your life. Not might. Not could. Not may. Will. Change. Your. Life.”

So if you’re a minister, drop me a message with the subject “Sacred Pause Giveaway” and tell me your name & place of ministry. If you’re not a minister but there’s a minister in your life you’d like to gift Sacred Pause to, send me a message with the same subject and tell me your name as well as the name & place of ministry of the minister who you hope might receive this book.

sacred-pauseAll submitted names will be placed in a hat for a random drawing at 5:00pm eastern on Sunday, April 23. I’ll contact the winner for a mailing address to send the free signed copy of Sacred Pause.

Send me an email to enter!

(None of the email addresses received as a result of folks entering the book giveaway will be shared, and you won’t receive unsolicited emails from me after the giveaway has ended.)

Monday Muse: Why Pause?

“Think before you speak.” Such a simple admonition to be mindful with our words is easier said than done — not merely because we are hasty or lack an attentive spirit, but because we’re not accustomed to thinking about our words at all. We’re accustomed to using our words.

That may not sound like a significant difference, but using our words is second-nature while thinking about our words is an infrequent exercise. When we learn new languages and new vocabulary, we pause to think about each word carefully — to intentionally relate the new words to our lives and to our existing vocabulary. When we use familiar words, on the other hand, they tend to unfold, flow, speak, write, type by unconscious processes; we don’t pause to. consider. every. word. in. every. sentence.

But imagine if you did pause, not only to think about what you’re trying to communicate, but to consider the words themselves as you use them. Imagine if you paused to consider the words you take for granted in your faith life: words of scripture, hymns, prayer, worship. Imagine the sacred encounter you might experience in such a pause.

My newest book, Sacred Pause: A Creative Retreat for the Word-Weary Christian, is a beautiful (if unexpected) devotional experience that invites you to think about words and, in doing so, to experience sacred pauses that refresh your faith.

+ Sacred Pause is for those whose faith has been running a little dry.

+ Sacred Pause is for those who enjoy creative spiritual practices.

+ Sacred Pause is for those who are seeking a Living Spirit amid dusty old Thee’s and Thou’s.

+ Sacred Pause is for those who have been hurt by the words of the church but still hope for a redeeming outlook on the religion they long to love.

+ Sacred Pause is for those who tweet during worship, post the occasional #SelfieSunday, and instagram liturgical art.

+ Sacred Pause is for those who love beautiful coffee table books. (That’s right, this devotional book is pretty enough for your living room table!)

+ Sacred Pause is for those who are inclined to treat themselves to a Christmas present. 😀

+ Sacred Pause is for lovers of words and lovers of liturgy (no matter high or low), for those who are convinced that it matters how we articulate our faith.

+ Sacred Pause is for preachers and church leaders interested in simple methods for enlivening worship.

+ Sacred Pause is for all and none of the above; it’s a deceptively light-hearted book with a deeply refreshing approach to faith.

Sacred Pause: A Creative Retreat for the Word-Weary Christian will be released from Paraclete Press in mid-December. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

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