{When You Long for Rest} A Spiritual Whitespace {Face}Book Club

Are you longing for rest?  (me too)

What doest rest look like in your season of life?  What holds you back?

We were made for more than just surviving — going on auto-pilot mode — exhausted and soul-weary.

We were created as God’s works of art.  And beautiful art needs lots of whitespace.  Without whitespace, artwork becomes cluttered.

Just like a beautiful painting needs whitespace for colors and images to come alive on the canvas, we need spiritual whitespace.  We need rest. To be known and real.

I am hosting an Online Spiritual Whitespace Book Club where we’ll explore how to make space in our hearts and schedules to experience soul rest.

You can join three ways (it’s free!):

Just order a copy of my book and get a fresh journal ready!

1) You can join anytime by reading the archived blog posts found at the bottom of this page.

2) If you’re here between Jan 22-Apr 30, 2015, simply like my Facebook page.  I’ll post the book club on Facebook using hashtag #soulrestbookclub — and you can get updates live!  

3) Sign up to host an in-person Spiritual Whitespace Book Club Gathering in your home or your church.  

As a host, you will receive a FREE Small Group Guide and extra, exclusive Handouts with Spiritual Whitespace activities to do with your group, to draw you closer to God and each other!

Hundreds of women hosting Whitespace Groups have used these resources. You’ll love them!

 You can join anytime. Just jump in and participate. You’re invited!

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 12.48.07 PMThis will be an intimate gathering to uncover our stories and read Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest together – named by Crosswalk.com as one of the Best Books for Christian Women in 2014

Explore how you can create space for rest uniquely in your season of life. 

Launch the new year refreshed with a renewed intimacy with God.

So grab a friend.  Pull up a chair. Prioritize your well-being.  You’re invited!

The 411

FindingSpiritualWhitespace_BookDaySpringThe book club is free.  If you don’t have a copy of the book yet, order your copy here!

Do you know friends who’ll enjoy the encouragement?  Invite them and do the book club together!

Here’s a special video that shows how a Spiritual Whitespace Book Club brought four women who didn’t know each other to make room for God and discover something deeper when they shared their stories with each other.

{ } If you host an in-person Spiritual Whitespace Book Club gathering , you’ll receive an exclusive Small Group Guide (currently offered free) and extra resources.

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Click here to sign up as a Book Club Host.

Do you know friends who long for rest in this stress-frayed, fast-paced life also?  Share this page to invite them along. I wonder what we’ll discover together.

Live life refreshed. Like beautiful sand dollars washing up onto shore, let’s return to rest.

Let’s do it.  Let’s awaken and refresh our souls with rest.

Endorsements

Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp

New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts
“Whitespace is soul grace. Bonnie Gray ushers weary women into the real possibility.”
   
Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa TerKeurst

New York Times bestselling author of Unglued
“Women need this message. If you want to hear Jesus speak more tenderly to your soul than ever before, this is the book for you. I love Bonnie’s honest and unassuming voice. I will be recommending this message to many friends.”
 
Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff

New York Times bestselling author of Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters
“We live in a culture that brags and boasts about being busy. Whitespace is an important concept and Bonnie has captured it perfectly. If you’re exhausted with being exhausted, read this book. If you feel too busy to read this book, then that’s probably the best sign of all that you need it.”
 
Holley Gerth

Holley Gerth

bestselling author of You're Already Amazing
“If you’ve ever been hurt and needed healing, if you’ve ever been afraid and needed courage, if you’ve ever been weary and needed room to breathe, then Bonnie Gray is the guide you’ve been looking for as you journey with Jesus to a new place of peace and freedom in your life.”
Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh Oxenreider

author of Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World
“Bonnie’s story captured me from the first chapter–she is an immensely powerful writer with a gift for taking her reader on a journey of experience. I felt like she was giving me permission to seek real, honest answers about my own walk through depression. Her story about loss, life, and love is worth its telling and I’m glad she told it.”
 
Rebekah Lyons

Rebekah Lyons

author of Freefall To Fly: A Breakthaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning
“Bonnie’s journey toward surrender led her heart from brokenness to beauty. Her words are bold, passionate, and life-giving on every page. May we all embrace the kind of rest that heals and restores.”
 
Angie Smith

Angie Smith

bestselling author of Chasing God and What Women Fear
“Bonnie’s courage, heart, and determination to share her struggle are inspiring to me. To look back, gather pieces of what seemed unredeemable, and truly surrender them to the Lord is one of the hardest and most God-honoring things we can do in this life, and Bonnie does it beautifully.”
 
Stephen Arterburn

Stephen Arterburn

bestselling author, host of Newlife Live, and founder of Women of Faith
“Bonnie’s story is a moving example of what God can do with our toughest struggles if we give him access to our hearts and minds. It also provides insightful exercises that will help you with whatever you are struggling with.”
Sarah Mae

Sarah Mae

author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
“I just adore Bonnie’s heart and her vulnerability as she allows us into her pain-filled, hope-filled story. Her willingness to open wide in order to help and encourage her sisters to find rest and spiritual ‘whitespace’ is brave and beautiful. If you’ve been looking for rest and you could use some practical ideas for finding spiritual whitespace, this book is for you.”

About The Book

reviews-star-19bStarred review praise from Publisher’s Weekly —  “[Gray] offers intriguing insights into scripture and on how God views his flawed but beloved creations… More than just a memoir, this is an invitation to walk the difficult road to self-discovery and healing with a fellow traveler who understands.” (read full review)

Move beyond Surviving to a Rejuvenating Place of Soul Rest

How many of us find ourselves running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God? Bonnie Gray knows what that’s like.  On the brink of fulfilling a lifelong dream, Bonnie’s plans shattered into a journey through painful memories and anxiety. In her search for answers, she made an important discovery: we all need spiritual whitespace.

Whitespace. It’s the space on a page left unmarked. Whitespace makes art beautiful. It gives the eye a place to rest. Without it, clutter takes over. Just as beautiful art needs whitespace, our souls need spiritual whitespace — a place to rest in order to find balance and beauty. With heartbreaking honesty, Bonnie guides you to discover a better story for yourself, one that feeds your soul and makes room for rest. Infused with biblical encouragement and thought-provoking prompts, this book shows us how to create space in the everyday for God, refreshment, and faith—right in the midst of our stress-frayed lives.
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