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With all that is occurring in our country and in our world, quiet seems to be elusive. There is so much talk and social media just keeps scrolling and shouting.

It was for this very reason, I picked up the book Finding Quiet by Jamie Grace. The author has struggled with anxiety disorder and Tourette’s Syndrome for most of her life. Both have made it most difficult for her to find “quiet” in the midst of her day.

The book is an inspiring memoir in which the author shares her struggles with a transparency that acknowledges the struggles, and does not deny them. In that acknowledgement, she has come to learn how to manage her struggles while trusting in the goodness and promises of God.

A few of my favorite thoughts from the book are:

  • “I’m able to hear the voice of reason and rationality, and I want to live a life where it speaks louder than fear and doubt.”
  • “It’s likely that if we look into our own lives, we can see the results of God’s grace, mercy, love, truth – and fixing.”
  • “I want to do better at knowing that God has plans for me … to put that knowledge into action and continue to exercise the muscle of letting go.”
  • “We cannot allow the pain and heaviness of our present to outweigh the significance of what God says about our future.”

The book is an easy read as the stories are engaging. It will bring encouragement and words of hope on these days which can be hard and discouraging.

I most appreciated the reminder of the daily fight we find ourselves:

“Every day that we wake up, we are faced with the choice of pursuing our calling and our purpose, or giving in to doubt, negativity, and the schemes that are against the very thing we should be living for. We have to choose between chasing good or bad, dark or light, things that are evil or things that are heavenly.

What are you fighting for?
Who are you fighting for?

(from Finding Quiet by Jamie Grace, page 195)

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies,
but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world,
against mighty powers in this dark world,
and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
(Ephesians 6:12, NLT)

The author chose to fight and find hope in and through her Creator, and her words will encourage each reader to do the same!


*** I received this book from Bethany House Publishers. The opinions I have expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links.  If you click through and make a purchase, I will receive a small percent at no additional cost to you.

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