Do you sense a missing piece in the deepest piece of your soul? A longing for something more? Author Bonnie Gray introduced me to the idea of a spiritual whitespace as she shared her story of brokenness and restoration in Finding Spiritual Whitespace.
When I opened Finding Spiritual Whitespace, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be a wordy epilogue of another’s faith journey? Would it be a how-to guide for carving out time alone with God?
What I found in Finding Spiritual Whitespace was an invitation to set the past free and allow myself to be truly broken before Christ. An invitation to let go of the hurt, to quit hiding behind my faith, and to be healed in the deepest parts of my soul.
To be honest, during my initial read of the book, I didn’t allow myself to internalize the words on the pages. I could see that doing so was going to take me out of my safety zone and reveal my brokenness, and I wasn’t ready to go on that journey yet.
This is a book that, if you allow yourself to be vulnerable and broken, can be used by God to restore your soul as He takes you to the desolate places of your heart in order to heal your hurt and sorrow.
As I read Finding Spiritual Whitespace, I kept a pen and paper nearby and jotted down some quotes that stood out to me or that helped me to better define what spiritual whitespace is:
“Spiritual whitespace makes room – room in our hearts for a deeper, more intimate relationship with God, room in our lives for rest, room in our souls for rejuvenation.”
“When we make room for spiritual whitespace, we step into the beautiful journey of letting go to discover what’s really worth holding on to.”
“Deep, soulful rest is the harder path. It touches the innermost you. When we enjoy whitespace, we whisper, God, I want the innermost me to be with you… This is not easy because I often prefer safety over intimacy.”
“What if our brokenness revealed more about God’s love for us than our efforts to cover it up? Painting whitespace into our lives is extravagance.”
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Finding Spiritual Whitespace from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. You can purchase your copy at your favorite bookseller or buy it on Amazon.