Thursday, March 16, 2017
Waking Up Slowly, a book review
Waking Up Slowly: Spiritual lessons from my dog, my kids, critters, and other unexpected places, written by Dave Burchett, is a down-to-earth, extremely relatable look at the amazing things surrounding us that point us to God. The trouble is, for most of us, we are took busy, too distracted and too self-involved to even notice these things exist, let alone are trying to tell us something. Dave challenges us (and himself) to disconnect from our ever-constant digital devices and look around, spend some time soaking in, and waking up to, those glimpses of God's pure love and grace. In his delightful story-telling, Dave offers us anecdotes from his own experiences and challenges, ranging from working in a mostly secular career field to the trials and joys of being a grandpa. By the way, fellow Texans and baseball enthusiasts... Dave Burchett is the television coverage director for the Texas Rangers!
What I really enjoyed about this book was the way Dave feels like a friend, not someone lecturing or pointing the finger. He cheerfully admits that unplugging is hard for him, too (and that technology is necessary, so you can't just give it up completely). He offers scripture, biblical advice, real-life application and encouragement in each chapter, revolving around a variety of topics.
This book helped motivate me to log off of Facebook, put down the phone and step away from my computer more often in order to be more present with my kids. They are always vying for my attention, not just against each other, but also against my devices. They deserve my full and undivided attention, and not to have to compete with a piece technology. I see them growing before my eyes, developing and maturing into amazing people... I'd hate to miss that because of a glowing screen. Thanks for the gentle reminder, Dave!
I received a free copy of this title from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review.