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Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices For Personal Renewal

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In a fast-paced world full of distractions, spiritual practice can help us become more centered-more in touch with ourselves and others, more in touch with the world around us, more in touch with God. Sacred Pauses is an introduction to this more centered way of life.

The author, a pastor in British Columbia, begins with her own longing for personal renewal. What would it t
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Paperback, 189 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Herald Press
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Gloria
Apr 01, 2013 Gloria rated it really liked it
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A female Canadian-of-Chinese-descent Mennonite pastor shares spiritual practices that are in many ways a Christian version of the subject of mindfulness. Each chapter is an essay and thus this should be read in small portions in order to absorb all its goodness. The tone is friendly and kind, and the messages should appeal to people of almost any belief system. It has a contemporary feel and the suggestions are all appealing. This isn't necessarily breaking new ground, but she has collected here ...more
Rosalie
Jun 28, 2015 Rosalie rated it really liked it
What a great book! It is sectioned off into such readable chapters, where you can easily skip some if desired (I didn't). April weaves her own experiences with suggestions, reflections and challenges. The entire book is easily digested and enjoyable to read, yet challenging if you so choose. Reading it feels like talking to April in person. I particularly enjoyed the last few chapters. I would probably give this book a 4.5
Leigh  Kramer
Feb 26, 2016 Leigh Kramer rated it liked it
I appreciated Yamasaki's look at spiritual practices and her tips on how to incorporate them into our day to day. The first chapter was the most thought-provoking to me, as I don't recall seeing that practice mentioned in other resources.
J. Bill
Mar 06, 2013 J. Bill rated it really liked it
It's a superb survey of practices that we can use to help us in Sabbath-taking throughout our busy lives -- not just on Sundays!
Mattmarie Mast
Feb 24, 2014 Mattmarie Mast rated it really liked it
I used this book in a woman's formation group...I highly recommend it. It keeps giving even after one reads it.
Michelle Bodle
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Perhaps one of the most approachable books on spiritual disciples that I have read
Danny
Aug 25, 2014 Danny rated it it was amazing
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First of all I have to admit my bias. I know April personally. I also have to admit that this book exceeded my expectations. This is not because I know April, but because I have read many books on spiritual discipline and thought, foolishly, that my understanding of the topic was exhaustive. This book helped me to take the years of gathering information and add these practices to my life in a more natural way then any other attempt.

I have started using this book in my mentoring appointments an
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April Yamasaki is a writer and pastor who loves encouraging people on the journey of faith.

Her website, Writing and Other Acts of Faith, features weekly articles on everyday acts of faith, like choosing faith instead of worry, finding a healthy rhythm of work and rest, how to pray on difficult days, and other articles on practical spirituality.

As April shares some of her experiences, what she's re
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