Review: When God Says Wait

 When God Says Wait: navigating life’s detours and delays without losing your faith, your friends, or your mind
Are you in a season of waiting? I’m waiting for answered prayer, so this book grabbed my attention. I’m so glad I opened its pages, as it is a treasure trove of honest encouragement. Elizabeth Laing Thompson writes with warmth, humor, creativity, and wisdom. You feel as if you’re having a conversation with a friend.

Each chapter begins with a creative retelling of a person in the Bible who endured a season of waiting. Then, Elizabeth shares personal anecdotes and stories from her friends’ seasons of waiting. She offers fresh insight into Bible passages which will help you grow and thrive, no matter how long your season of waiting lasts.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from When God Says Wait:

  • Waiting is not a punishment from God; it is a part of life. Everyone waits for things, even the most righteous of people.
  • Worship proves especially powerful in times when God feels distant and our prayer life feels blocked.
  • Don’t just sit around waiting for the life you want; fill the days you have. Try new things. Take new risks. Remain social. Get out of the house. Keep your life fun and interesting.
  • Heartache and hurt drove David closer to God, not farther away; disappointment and delay made him better, not bitter.
  • Praise reminds us of His power; gratitude reminds us of His goodness. Together praise and gratitude protect our hearts and restore our hope.

This book will inspire new hope and greater faith, no matter what your season of waiting looks like. I hope you choose to add When God Says Wait to your reading list!

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Questions for reflection:

What season of waiting are you in right now?

Which quote from the book encourages you?

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  • Sounds like a good book. I like the quote about David- so true that while waiting is not easy, God can use it for good. We may not be able to change our circumstances but we can choose our attitude.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks Lesley! Blessings on your week.

  • Kym Thorpe

    Looks like another very good book! Waiting can certainly be difficult during so many seasons of our lives.

    • Sarah Geringer

      I read more of it yesterday on my lunch break. It is packed with applications, and it’s one of the best books I’ve read for a while!

  • This sounds like a book that will be great for all of us as we all have to wait for things. Thank you for reminding us to praise and be grateful during the wait.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Penny, thanks for visiting! That’s what I’m doing today…praising and thanking God during my wait.

  • We could all use a little more of God’s perspective in our waiting seasons. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Barbie, thanks for reading! I’m always glad to linkup with you!