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Have you ever had to wait for something? Have you ever been in an airplane that was placed in a "holding pattern" in the sky? Holding patterns for aircraft arise when conditions are not favorable for them to land safely on the ground. These aircrafts must remain in the sky, waiting, until the control tower indicates that conditions are safe for them to land. Holding patterns, a term used throughout this book, is used to describe times of waiting in our lives.

Did you know that God orchestrates some of the holding patterns that we encounter? How should we respond to God's holding patterns? The Blessedness of Waiting on God: How to Deal with the Stress of Holding Patterns helps to answer this question. Providing direction and encouragement during periods of waiting on God, Verna Foster Harvey explains:

  • the purpose of holding patterns
  • how to wait on God while experiencing a holding pattern
  • how to find strength in the midst of a holding pattern
  • what happens when we choose to release ourselves from a holding pattern
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Date:April 12, 2010
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Richard R. Blake
Waiting on God A Time of Preparation for ServiceChristian Counselor and author Verna Foster Harvey has created a unique interactive study guide, a balanced combination of instruction and inspiration in her book The Blessedness of Waiting on God: How to Deal with the Stress of Holding Patterns. The book also provides devotional thoughts and prayer meditations. Harvey writes from her own personal experiences as she describes the holding pattern of waiting on God throughout in various seasons of her own spiritual journey. She relates how blessedness can develop during this time of preparation for service. She talks about how this can produce clarity during the training process. Harvey uses examples from Old and New Testament characters that experienced similar periods of waiting, or being held in a holding pattern as they were being prepared to fulfill Gods purpose for their lives.I found Harveys applications both practical and relevant. The chapter titled Experiencing Holding Patterns in Todays World resonated with me. In this chapter Harvey discussed topics including weight loss plateaus, unanswered prayers, and terminal illness. She also addressed issues of perseverance and focus. She included important resource tools available to read and reflect on during the waiting period. Each chapter provided a helpful worksheet with application questions which provided opportunity for introspection and direction for moving forward in readiness for service.The Blessedness of Waiting on God conveys a powerful message of expectation and hope for anyone in the experiencing a dry, seemingly unfruitful season during a holding pattern of uncertainty. Harvey writing is filled with compassion, empathy, and understanding. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.
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