Waking Up Slowly: Spiritual Lessons From My Dog, My Kids, Critters and Other Unexpected Places by Dave Burchett
Published March 7, 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers
Genres Nonfiction, Christian, Memoir
What if we are stubbing our toes on the sacred every day and not realizing it?We are the most connected culture in history but arguably the most disconnected from the awareness of God’s presence. “Waking Up Slowly” is author Dave Burchett’s personal challenge to live “in the moment” and find the everyday joys he misses in disconnected busyness.What moments of joy do we inadvertently miss as we stare at our screens? What performance idols destroy our ability to appreciate God’s gifts?Dave Burchett sets out to find out how life might look differently if he awoke each morning consciously looking for the easy to miss “postcards from God.” “Waking Up Slowly” is an intimate, warm, and touching story of discovering how to more fully appreciate living in the moment. During his discovery, the author finds regular reminders of daily joys from his Labrador pal, Maggie.”Waking Up Slowly” challenges the reader to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the ways that God reveals himself daily. Through regular people, everyday situations, cuddly creatures, and stunning nature, God’s presence is real and discoverable. We just need to wake up to it.
I really enjoyed this book and also enjoyed the author’s idea of looking to unexpected places for spiritual lessons. One of the things the author talks about it this book is turning away from technology and paying more attention to the things around us and God’s lessons in those things. I think this is something that can be applied to almost everyone’s life since we live in a world where technology is so dominant these days. I really enjoyed his writing style and how easy it was to read. There are 21 chapters that deal with different topics and different spiritual lessons. Each chapter also has several different scriptures listed that go along with the topics, as well as a section at the end of each chapter titled “God’s Take” and “A Dose of Grace”. “God’s Take” is scripture that goes along with the chapter’s topics and “A Dose of Grace” deals with how to apply the topic discussed in the chapter to your own life. There are a great of stories and even pictures throughout the book the help the reader connect with each topic and apply it to their own life.
Overall, I really liked this book and think it is something that is easily applied to most people’s lives. Most of us could benefit from disconnecting from technology a bit and being more present in our lives, whether that is with our spouse, kids, family or friends. I enjoyed the author’s writing style, as well as the scripture in each chapter that went along with the topic, which I found to be very useful. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced reading copy of this book.