Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Still by Jenny L Donnelly

Jesus called us to rest but how can we when life is crazy? Donnelly shares her experience of learning to rest in the midst of chaos.

Donnelly teaches in the context of story and experience. She shares much of her own story in the first part of the book, such as her parents' divorce, losing her virginity in college, unresolved trauma causing bouts of crying. Her suggestions for developing rest come from the experiences of her children, a late night television show, a picture her daughter drew, an experience on a flight, and more. Scripture is then applied to the lesson.

This is a good book for people who like teaching developed within the context pf personal experience. This senior citizen matured on books teaching straight from the Bible. This one, developed through experience, is probably better suited for young people or new Christians not very familiar with the Bible. Young mothers would especially identify with many of the stories Donnelly tells.

Her description of being in the “pocket” while spinning is certainly a wake up call to be fully in the Lord's presence. I was glad to see a helpful Appendix with practical ideas for developing that practice.

Donnelly knows how to obtain rest within a busy life. She and her husband have five children, she owns a business, and she is a minister. Her teaching is not mere theory. She has lived it. She provides practical ideas and exercises to develop a heart that rests in the Lord.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Jenny L. Donnelly is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Her Voice Movement, a national community gathered for the equipping and empowering women to live in biblical truth. She is the cofounder, with her husband, of The Collective Church in Portland, Oregon, and also founded Tetelestai Ministries, developing biblical leaders. She and her husband live in Oregon with their five children.

Revell, 224 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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