Friday, December 16, 2016
Getaway With God
Getaway with God: The Everywoman's Guide to Personal Retreat by Letitia Suk is a no-nonsense guide to do just that: go away on a personal retreat with just yourself and God. When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to be a more esoteric guide to "getting away" with God; ie, carving time into your daily schedule to relax and experience God. However, this is an action plan to go on an outside retreat with God. The back cover reads:
"What if a simple day away could transform your life?
Does spending time with God sound like just one more thing to check off an ever-increasing to-do list? How are you supposed to fit in anything that threatens to be more time-consuming? Too often there's simply no room to experience the intimacy, grace, and peace that God offers us.
Getaway with God does more than invite you to step away from life's pressures to take a personal retreat. It shows you exactly why you must--for your sake and for your family's.
With grace and warmth, Letitia Suk provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman on any budget to plan time away, whether it's a quick, half-day break or a weeklong time of restoration. You'll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you'll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.
No matter what your season in life, the time for retreat is now!
"Getaway with God is a gem!"
--Karen Burton Mains, author of Open Heart, Open Home, director of Hungry Souls"
Getaway with God is a short book and a quick read (just about 150 pages), but it packs a punch in its pages. Letitia has a soothing yet straightforward writing style that is easy and enjoyable to read. I've never gone on any type of solo retreat (just a yearly marriage retreat with my church), but this book makes me want to break out of my box, so to speak, and give it a try. I've been feeling a bit dry and dull in my relationship with God lately, and this seems to be the prescription. The book provides a day-by-day, step-by-step plan to personalizing and customizing your own person retreat with God. It also includes several appendices including a selection of retreat exercises, a section on how to approach prayer, several different prayer models, designing a group retreat, and a collection of links to help you find a retreat center in your local area. I highly recommend this book to any Christian woman longing for a little alone time with God, or any woman who is curious about what a personal retreat is, what it looks like, and how it works.
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in order to provide an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.