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Getaway with God
by Letitia Suk
The everywoman's guide to personal retreat.
Overworked and overwhelmed, many of today's Christian women live their lives at an exhausting pace---without any margin for refueling. Even in their strongest spiritual seasons, most long for more intimacy and time with their heavenly Father. But with the demands of modern life, simply getting up earlier in the day to fit in a devotion is no longer a viable---or fulfilling---option.
What if there was a way to plug in and recharge your soul, not just your smartphone? What if a simple day away could transform your life? Getaway with God invites readers to step away from the incessant pressure of deadlines and demands to spend time with God. More to the point, it walks women through each step of designing their own retreat---whatever kind is needed.
Letitia Suk provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman to plan an extended time away on any budget. Part one offers detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and templates for how to use each hour. Part two focuses on designing a five-day life-review retreat, including guided questions and ways to bring the retreat home. The practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide a checklist for what to bring.
Suk's warm, mentoring voice will assure readers that, no matter what their season in life, the time for retreat is now.
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free paperback copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, I was very surprised by this book. Maybe my brain read more into the title than what was intended, but I thought maybe it was a devotional and would be a 'deep' study of the word. Maybe I should've read the back cover copy before I jumped!
OK, so now that we got failed expectations out of the way I will review it on what it is instead of what it is not. :) Ms. Suk is a retreat junkie by her own admittance. She goes to multiples ones a year. And when none is scheduled when she wants one... well, why not? Her first unscheduled retreat was at a convent. Cool! But she was a bit put out by the lack of a schedule. I'm supposed to do what when? and where? How?
Ms. Suk also seems a very organized type, and having a lack of a planned itinerary to follow made her plan her own. Once she was satisfied, she spend a lot of time in the word, resting and relaxing.
Later, Ms. Suk invited a friend to go on an unscheduled retreat with her to a bed and breakfast. Her friend came armed with bubble bath and little else, and her retreat focused on pampering herself the entire time. Ms. Suk was a bit judgmental at first, (she admitted it) but came to realize that was exactly what her friend--a busy mom--needed.
I am not a retreat junkie. My idea of a retreat is Sunday evenings after church services are done and enjoying a book, a bubble bath, time in the word, maybe a nap, and NOT working. I don't even fix dinner. You're on your own Sunday evening. I need those few hours of quiet a week. I have five children and am a pastors wife and I homeschool, and the thought of all the work that would have to go into me leaving home for a couple days is -- wow, overwhelming. And then all the catchup work when I get home. And being in a strange, unfamiliar to me place? No. Just no. Clearly I am not the intended audience for this book.
If you are a retreat junkie, this is hands down a book you must have to help you plan your own retreat--complete with an already planned for you itinerary. Ms. Suk is very detailed and this book will save you a lot of stress work. She does it all except book the facility and pack your things.
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Meet the Author
Letitia Suk is an author, speaker, and life coach. Her previous works includes Rhythms of Renewal. She regularly blogs at LetitiaSuk.com and makes her home in Evanston, Illinois.
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