Thursday, December 15, 2016

Getaway with God: The Everywonan's Guide to Personal Retreat by Leticia Suk


 About the Book:
Getaway with God (Kregel, November 2016)

What if a simple day away could transform your life?

Does spending time with God sound like just one more thing to check off an ever-increasing to-do list? How are you supposed to fit in anything that threatens to be more time-consuming? Too often there’s simply no room to experience the intimacy, grace, and peace that God offers us.

Getaway with God does more than invite you to step away from life’s pressures to take a personal retreat. It shows you exactly why you must–for your sake and for your family’s.

With grace and warmth, Letitia Suk provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman on any budget to plan time away, whether it’s a quick, half-day break or a weeklong time of restoration. You’ll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you’ll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.

No matter what your season in life, the time for retreat is now!

Learn more and purchase a copy.

 About the Author:
Letitia invites women to chase the Intentional life. She writes and speaks of God's renewal and restoration and offers platters of hope to women in each season of life. Tish is also a personal retreat guide and life coach in the Chicago area and moonlights as a hospital chaplain. You might run into her walking by Lake Michigan, browsing resale shops, or making up a new tradition. She blogs at and is also the author of "Rhythms of Renewal."

Margie’s Comments:
Ever since we first moved to Colorado a little over 20 years ago, I’ve had the perfect place to go for my personal retreats—our family cabin, a place I’ve been going to since I was a very little girl. But even though I could have benefitted from them, I didn’t actually start purposely taking them until about 15 years ago. By then my daughter was in college and my son in high school. Both had summer jobs, and while I was teaching school, summer was the perfect time to getaway. (Plus the cabin is a little difficult to get to once the snow starts flying!) Then we moved away, and my getaways didn’t happen, except on vacation, but then I was always with my hubby. Not a bad thing, but he was always in the background. 

Then in February this year we moved back to Colorado, and one of my first thoughts was that I would be able to get in a personal retreat at the cabin once again. However, with limited access to a vehicle (we have one between us, and mostly hubby needs it for work), I haven’t had as many as I would like. Still, when I saw Letitia Suk’s book Getaway with God: Everywoman’s Guide to Personal Retreat, I knew I wanted to see what she included in her personal retreats with God. 

This book is exactly what it says it will be: a guide to personal retreats, getaways with God. She has great ideas of where to go on personal retreats from bed-and-breakfasts to hotels to retreat centers. (One reason I like the cabin so well—my phone gets little to no cell service at 9,000 ft. in the Rocky Mountains! And while the cabin is near a very popular trailhead, it sits up the mountain away from the road, and during the week very few people go by the entrance to the cabins.) Also, she includes several ideas of what to include in your retreat—journaling, reading, praying, taking walks/hikes, enjoying nature, etc. Many of these things I’ve done. (Sometimes I’ve been so drained, all I do is sit on the porch just soaking in the peace and quiet. Or I go down to the stream and sit on a rock near the water and let the sounds rush over me. The water is usually too cold for me to stick my feet in, except on the very warmest of days and sitting in the sun!) Every time God meets me and I come home with a renewed sense of purpose and a little better understanding of His character. 
If you are feeling drained, overwhelmed, or ready to give up, I highly recommend a getaway with God. Even if you’ve done personal retreats before, I still recommend you get Leticia’s book for some great suggestions of how to conduct and personalize your own retreat.

NOTE: Make sure you sign up for the author giveaway. See the previous post for links.

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