Think you don't have time or space for spiritual stuff? That intimacy with God is impossible?
Here's how-in the life you already live-you can make time and space for God.
GODSPACE offers seven practices that help busy Christians pay attention to God. They help us align our sometimes messy daily lives with our spirituality. And they strengthen our most important relationships, giving our lives meaning, significance, and purpose.
It's not holding a set of beliefs, reading the Bible, going to church, or even praying that determines how we connect with God. It's our pace of life. When we live hurried and distracted lives, we miss the chance to experience the intimacy we desire with God.
Experience God more deeply and live more joyfully by exploring these seven spiritual practices:
- Critical thinking
With abundant wit, humorous anecdotes, and authentic sharing of her own joys and struggles, KERI WYATT KENT guides us toward a deeper and more meaningful faith in the midst of our overcrowded, cluttered lives. A lay pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, where she has been a member for thirty years, Kent is the author of eleven books. She speaks at events and retreats around the country. Learn more at www.keriwyattkent.com.
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About the Author
KERI WYATT KENT is the author of ten books and the co-author of many more. She continually writes for a variety of print and digital publications, including Christianity Today, Gifted for Leadership, The High Calling, SmallGroups.com, and Today's Christian Woman. She also serves as lay pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, where she has been a member for almost 30 years.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Book to Savor “The way I found God space—sacred moments in which we encounter the holy—was to begin to see all of my life as lived in space of God.” This is the premise of GodSpace: that we open ourselves up for more God moments when we realize he is all around us in our daily living—and look for him there. (I received a copy of GodSpace from the publisher for review purposes, but the opinions are my own.) Kent covers seven spiritual practices or disciplines, whatever you wish to call them. She picks some you may not have encountered in your normal spiritual discipline readings and weaves the seven together as building on one another. (Men, there is plenty of meat in this book for you; don’t let the girly cover keep you from it.) I have always appreciated Kent’s writing and have read several of her earlier books, so I was eager to dig into this one. While not difficult to read at all, I found myself moving slowly through the book, underlining key sentences (sometimes every other one), savoring her words, mulling over the concepts and her suggestions, and tweeting like a crazy woman. So to give you a taste, I’ll name her seven practices and give you one quote from Kent. Sabbath: Space in My Calendar “Sabbath invites us not just to take a day of rest but to embrace a theology of trust in God’s provision, a theology that posits we have enough resources that we can afford to stop accumulating and striving for a day.” Hospitality: Space in My Home “Hospitality should never be confused with entertaining … Rather than seeking to impress people, it aims to welcome Jesus, disguised as an ordinary person.” Worship: Space in the World “Worship recalibrates our hearts, giving us a right-sized view of ourselves, particularly in relation to God. Ideally, it removes us along with our worries, fears and ambitions, from the throne of our lives and puts God back on it.” Simplicity: Space in My Soul “The biggest barrier to true simplicity is not a messy desk or an overcrowded closet. According to Jesus, what keeps us from simplicity is the sin of worry.” Generosity: Space in My Budget “‘Enough’ is a state of mind. It’s less about how much you have and more about how you see what you have. If you fear you don’t have enough, the best thing to do is give some of it away. It breaks the grip of fear on your heart.” Gratitude: Space in My Relationships “When we are grateful and give thanks, we experience grace. And that grace flows from us to the people around it who are hungry to taste more of God.” Critical Thinking: Space for Faith and Doubt “Certainty is not the destination of the faith journey. It is awe and awareness that there are no easy answers.” GodSpace will help you reorient your life toward God at work in and around you. Don’t miss it.
In her book, GodSpace, Keri Wyatt Kent shares seven practices that will help busy Christians draw closer to God. The seven practices are: Sabbath, Hospitality, Worship, Simplicity, Gratitude, Generosity, and Critical Thinking. In each chapter of this book, Kent takes one of these practices and offers her advice on how to draw closer to God through that practice. There is a lot of solid advice and helpful ideas for drawing closer to God. I did find some useful information in GodSpace to help me grow closer to God. I could relate to some of Kent's personal stories and the Bible information that she shared. However, I did think GodSpace was a little dryer than I expected. The cover says that Kent shares "with abundant wit and humorous anecdotes," so I expected to find some humorous anecdotes amidst the copy, but I didn't find myself chuckling at anything humorous. That being said, it was still a good book for learning to draw closer to God and grow in intimacy with Him. I would recommend GodSpace to anyone looking for a book with that aspect of it. I received GodSpace from Faithwords/Hachette Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for this book.
God Space: Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God by Keri Wyatt Kent is a wonderful book that explores how we can increase our intimacy with God. This is an area that many of us struggle in, especially in our contemporary society. We often spend the majority of our time on the go and a fraction of our time being still and quiet before God. Keri examines six vital areas in our lives where we can find more time to spend with God. Those areas are our calendar, our home, the world, our soul, our budget and our relationships. In each chapter, Keri shares a number of examples from her life of how she was able to be more intimate with God in those areas. One of the things that I enjoyed most about this book is that it’s filled with sound biblical principles throughout. This further confirms that the concepts Keri is addressing are founded in biblical truth. There were plenty of helpful tips and ideas that I collected as I was reading this book. One of the greatest insights that impacted me was the explanation Keri gave of what true worship is really about. It truly opened my eyes and gave me a renewed perspective of what it means to worship God. This book is sure to be a great guide for anyone who has a desire to shed the distractions in their life and really give God the time and attention that He deserves. If you have that desire, this book will be very beneficial to you. I received this book free from the publisher through their book review bloggers program and I was not required to write a positive review.