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The Sacred Pulse: Holy Rhythms for Overwhelmed Souls

The Sacred Pulse: Holy Rhythms for Overwhelmed Souls

The Sacred Pulse: Holy Rhythms for Overwhelmed Souls

The Sacred Pulse: Holy Rhythms for Overwhelmed Souls


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Contemporary life is leaving us frazzled, overwhelmed, and out of sorts.

Our life's rhythm is often borrowed from the pace of life around us. Humans have created such a loud, fast tempo of perfection and production that we often forget--if we ever knew it at all--the rhythms designed for our well-being. In The Sacred Pulse, pastor and author April Fiet invites us to examine the frantic patterns of our lives to reclaim the deeper, sacred pulses that pattern our days. Through stories, scripture, and practical guidance for daily living, she lays out twelve rhythms--including gardening, handcrafts, friendship, and holidays--that are both sustainable and sustaining. Everyday acts like mealtime and shopping, and sporadic rhythms like the occasional snow day: reclaiming these patterns can remind us of the holy movement of God in the world.

In a world of hustle and bravado, silencing the noise takes practice. The Sacred Pulse shows us how to strip away all of the competing beats we have settled for so we can tap into the joyful, holy rhythms of life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506469096
Publisher: Broadleaf Books
Publication date: 12/14/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 616,895
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

April Fiet is a pastor, writer, and blogger. She co-pastors the First Presbyterian Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, with her husband, Jeff, and is a member of the editorial board of In All Things. Her work has appeared in Mutuality and Reformed Journal, and her guest posts have appeared on many blogs. Fiet holds degrees from Wheaton College and Western Theological Seminary. Her blog, At the Table with April Fiet, delves into the spirituality of everyday life, including handcrafting, baking, gardening, and feeding her backyard chickens. She and her husband and two children live in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Connect with her at

Chuck DeGroat is a professor at Western Theological Seminary, as well as a therapist and author of Wholeheartedness: Busyness, Exhaustion, and Healing the Divided Self.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

Part I The Dance of Time

1 Drumbeat of Time: The Holy Rhythm of the Day 13

2 Symphony of the Seasons: The Holy Rhythm of Gardening 31

3 Cadence of the Kitchen: The Holy Rhythm of Mealtime 49

Part II The Dance of Intentionality

4 Tempo of Transactions: The Holy Rhythm of Shopping 67

5 Composition of Making: The Holy Rhythm of Handcrafting 83

6 Breath Mark of Snow Days: The Holy Rhythm of Free Time 99

Part III The Dance of Belonging

7 Movement of Community: The Holy Rhythm of Interdependence 117

8 Harmony of Friendship: The Holy Rhythm of Relationships 133

9 Requiem of Grief: The Holy Rhythm of Loss 149

Part IV The Dance of Renewal

10 Crescendo of Celebration: The Holy Rhythm of Appreciation 167

11 Repetition of Rest: The Holy Rhythm of Restoration 183

12 Counterpoint of Holidays: The Holy Rhythm of the Church Year 197

Acknowledgments 213

Discussion and Refection Questions 217

Notes 223

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