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A job, a true love, a baby, a cure. . . We’re all waiting for something from God. And the place between His answers can feel like a wasteland where dreams—and faith—go to die. When we’re waiting, we wonder, “Why?”, “Why me?”, and “How long?” But the truth? . . . When God says, “Wait,” He doesn’t tell us for how long. When God says, “Wait,” we face one of life’s greatest tests. A job, a true love, a baby, a cure. . . We’re all waiting for something from God. And the place between His answers can feel like a wasteland where dreams—and faith—go to die. When we’re waiting, we wonder, “Why?”, “Why me?”, and “How long?” But the truth? . . . When God says, “Wait,” He doesn’t tell us for how long. When God says, “Wait,” we face one of life’s greatest tests. When God says, “Wait,” we have decisions to make. When God says, “Wait,” we can control only two things: how we wait, and who we become along the way. Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who had to wait on God. . .imperfect heroes like David, Miriam, Naomi, Sarah, Joseph, and others. Their stories will provide a roadmap for your own story, helping you navigate the painful, lonely territory of waiting, coming out on the other side with your faith, relationships, and sense of humor intact. They might even help you learn to enjoy the ride. This book is about the journey of waiting, the space between answers, and the people we become while we live there. 


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A job, a true love, a baby, a cure. . . We’re all waiting for something from God. And the place between His answers can feel like a wasteland where dreams—and faith—go to die. When we’re waiting, we wonder, “Why?”, “Why me?”, and “How long?” But the truth? . . . When God says, “Wait,” He doesn’t tell us for how long. When God says, “Wait,” we face one of life’s greatest tests. A job, a true love, a baby, a cure. . . We’re all waiting for something from God. And the place between His answers can feel like a wasteland where dreams—and faith—go to die. When we’re waiting, we wonder, “Why?”, “Why me?”, and “How long?” But the truth? . . . When God says, “Wait,” He doesn’t tell us for how long. When God says, “Wait,” we face one of life’s greatest tests. When God says, “Wait,” we have decisions to make. When God says, “Wait,” we can control only two things: how we wait, and who we become along the way. Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who had to wait on God. . .imperfect heroes like David, Miriam, Naomi, Sarah, Joseph, and others. Their stories will provide a roadmap for your own story, helping you navigate the painful, lonely territory of waiting, coming out on the other side with your faith, relationships, and sense of humor intact. They might even help you learn to enjoy the ride. This book is about the journey of waiting, the space between answers, and the people we become while we live there. 

55 review for When God Says "Wait": Navigating Life's Detours and Delays Without Losing Your Faith, Your Friends, or Your Mind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    It's not often that I read a non-fiction book, simply because I find that I enjoy a lot of fiction books. However, this one came across as one that I could really use and it was. This devotional book was written from a female perspective for females mainly. I can see where it would benefit male readers as well. Utilizing popular Bible stories, Elizabeth Laing Thompson uses Miriam, Sarah, Hannah, Naomi, David, Jacob, Ruth, Mary, Gideon, Joseph, Martha, and Abraham to explain how sometimes in our It's not often that I read a non-fiction book, simply because I find that I enjoy a lot of fiction books. However, this one came across as one that I could really use and it was. This devotional book was written from a female perspective for females mainly. I can see where it would benefit male readers as well. Utilizing popular Bible stories, Elizabeth Laing Thompson uses Miriam, Sarah, Hannah, Naomi, David, Jacob, Ruth, Mary, Gideon, Joseph, Martha, and Abraham to explain how sometimes in our lives, God does say, "Wait". Each of these Biblical people faced uncertain dilemmas in life and had to wait for the right time before receiving answers they were searching for. Some of my favorite quotes from this book include: "When battles change us, even wound us, we can use our scars for good: They are reminders of God's power in our weakness." "...build a life where he is in that moment." "The ability to comfort others who are going through a similar trial. The ability to sympathize--and strongly." "Never forget this: Our suffering becomes our story. God's nos are a much a part of our testimony as His yeses." There is also great advice given in this book. Something I often struggle with is remaining positive, especially when it feels like the world is crumbling down around you. The author suggests to write down three things that happened in a positive way or three ways you saw God at work. Do this daily before going to bed each night. Focus on these things and keep your mind from wandering to the negative, especially before bedtime, but also to help you wake up refreshed and more positive for the coming day. I appreciate how the author used these situations we read of in the Bible to remind me that, first of all, I'm not alone. Waiting can be so hard, no matter what it is you may be waiting on. Secondly, this book helped me to refocus my thoughts on Biblical matters and I found a deeper connection with these people by re-reading their stories and struggles. Third, I found this book to be very encouraging. Not only will it have you spending more time in the Word, but also reflecting on different situations you and your loved ones may be facing. Be encouraged to know that whatever it is you are going through, you are not alone in the wait. It can seem like it at times but remaining faithful and true to the Lord will reap bountiful rewards in the end. I do hope that you will find encouragement in this post! I would recommend this to anyone hurting from the wait of your answer. I encourage you to have your Bible handy and read these accounts from the Bible, then read the devotional and commentary on each situation and apply it to your life. Be prayerful while reading this as well....I found myself having an even more active prayer life during the reading of this book and even since then. Finally, reach out to someone to pray for you, encourage you, whatever you need...you're not in this alone!! Thank you to Barbour Publishing and the author for a complimentary review copy made available to me on NetGalley.com. What you have read are my honest thoughts and opinions on this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    Really good, thought provoking read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    TIffany

    Took me a long time to read this book not because it was boring or didn’t proceed it’s title, but simply because I wanted to savor every moment and truly allow the subject at hand to really sink in. A really good read and very encouraging!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    Insightful w/a Twist of Humor You know when something happens or something is said at the exact moment you need? Yeah, that was this book for me. We all go through ups and downs, we all wait and we all have moments when we lose patience in the wait. Why? Because we are all human. My favorite part of this book is the humanity the author brings to each person mentioned in the bible. We often forget that they, too, struggled with the emotional turmoil that we do.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Ney

    I really needed this book. I am NOT a patient person! Elizabeth Laing Thompson weaves beautiful descriptions of stories shared in the bible, and combines them with real-life experiences as well as suggested lessons or practices we might apply in our own lives. Her sense of humor and humble examples from her own periods of waiting made this an enjoyable and easily relatable guide. Each chapter closes with additional suggested readings, journal prompts, and prayers specific to each type of waiting I really needed this book. I am NOT a patient person! Elizabeth Laing Thompson weaves beautiful descriptions of stories shared in the bible, and combines them with real-life experiences as well as suggested lessons or practices we might apply in our own lives. Her sense of humor and humble examples from her own periods of waiting made this an enjoyable and easily relatable guide. Each chapter closes with additional suggested readings, journal prompts, and prayers specific to each type of waiting we may experience. This book offers true comfort and wisdom making it a wonderful addition for both individual and group study! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    Patience is not a quality that I naturally possess; it is a struggle for me at every turn. So when an opportunity came to read and review this title, and as I am experiencing a season of waiting at this very moment, it was a given that I should read it and add to my arsenal for times where I must wait. Reading this book is like talking to a friend across the table with a good cup of coffee cradled in my hands. All those thoughts I have been too scared to voice? She addresses them. Without judgme Patience is not a quality that I naturally possess; it is a struggle for me at every turn. So when an opportunity came to read and review this title, and as I am experiencing a season of waiting at this very moment, it was a given that I should read it and add to my arsenal for times where I must wait. Reading this book is like talking to a friend across the table with a good cup of coffee cradled in my hands. All those thoughts I have been too scared to voice? She addresses them. Without judgment. Not only that, but she allows me the freedom to ask my questions and reminds me that God is big enough to handle them. There are so many places where I could relate to the material and felt comforted knowing I am not alone in my struggles. Thompson's frequent reminders that "God sees. God knows. God cares." were a balm to my soul and directly refuted the lies that the enemy would have me believe. And the simple statement that "everyone waits" for something at some point in time, that it is not a punishment from God, helped me to look at my own waiting through a different lens. Packed with additional devotional material including Bible passages to focus on, journaling prompts, and a prayer focus, this book is an excellent tool for those of us who struggle with waiting. There is a lot of excellent, Biblical information here, plenty of experiences readers can relate to, and ways to refocus our thoughts on truth when the wait seems endless. This is a book that will remain on my keeper shelf, and I plan to reread it often when I need some encouragement in the wait. I cannot recommend it highly enough! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review, and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Raquel Evans

    This book has a lot of emotional honesty--as in, I was going to read through it in a couple afternoons, but it made me cry so much I had to take it a lot slower instead. On the downside, there are a lot of smaller statements I disagree with. For one example, she talks about God's timing as though it's in competition with Him listening to our prayers. Fairly, she puts an emphasis on the fact that He listens to our prayers, and our prayers can affect the world, but I personally believe that God This book has a lot of emotional honesty--as in, I was going to read through it in a couple afternoons, but it made me cry so much I had to take it a lot slower instead. On the downside, there are a lot of smaller statements I disagree with. For one example, she talks about God's timing as though it's in competition with Him listening to our prayers. Fairly, she puts an emphasis on the fact that He listens to our prayers, and our prayers can affect the world, but I personally believe that God took all those prayers into account in the first place when He set His perfect timing. No tension between the two. There are quite a few other similar points in the book, where I was really hesitant to fully agree with a point she was making. That said, I still really appreciated the main thrust of the book, which is a lot of practical help in how to always lean in closer to God during the rough parts of life, instead of pulling away.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Henderson

    We never like waiting and sometimes we have to wait for answers. In this book, the author reminds us that God answers yes, no, and sometimes "wait". This book is full of valuable, common sense information that can be used daily. The author refers to stories from the Bible and relates those stories to today's world. I enjoyed this book. This book would be a great study for a group or an individual. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to We never like waiting and sometimes we have to wait for answers. In this book, the author reminds us that God answers yes, no, and sometimes "wait". This book is full of valuable, common sense information that can be used daily. The author refers to stories from the Bible and relates those stories to today's world. I enjoyed this book. This book would be a great study for a group or an individual. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Daws

    This is one of those authors that God brought to me at the perfect time--as I sit in a waiting season (this book) and am beginning to hear the call that the wait is over (another of her books--When God Says Go). I enjoyed this book immensely, including the brief stories based on Bible characters' lives. I giggled, smirked, and felt deep heartache at various moments the author shared from her life, all relatable even though our stories are vastly different. She wrote with the tenderness inherent This is one of those authors that God brought to me at the perfect time--as I sit in a waiting season (this book) and am beginning to hear the call that the wait is over (another of her books--When God Says Go). I enjoyed this book immensely, including the brief stories based on Bible characters' lives. I giggled, smirked, and felt deep heartache at various moments the author shared from her life, all relatable even though our stories are vastly different. She wrote with the tenderness inherent in those who have walked a difficult journey and come out the other side with great hope to share. I look forward to reading more from Mrs. Thompson.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Blanchard

    Great advice.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Debra Slonek

    Such an excellent book! We all have experienced disappointments in our lives and many periods of waiting, some significant and life changing. Reading this book will help you to navigate through these times. It will also help and encourage you to not just survive, but to thrive. Lessons learned from the twelve biblical characters studied in this book are combined with current folks waiting on God for their hearts desires. This is so well done and proves once again how very relevant the Bible is fo Such an excellent book! We all have experienced disappointments in our lives and many periods of waiting, some significant and life changing. Reading this book will help you to navigate through these times. It will also help and encourage you to not just survive, but to thrive. Lessons learned from the twelve biblical characters studied in this book are combined with current folks waiting on God for their hearts desires. This is so well done and proves once again how very relevant the Bible is for us today! As your personal journey of waiting takes you through the struggles, the tears, the petitions, the prayers, the longings and the unplanned road trips of faith, you can still choose joy, patience, gratitude and hopefulness. Always remember...God sees, God hears and God cares. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    4.5 stars When God Says "Wait" was a very good read. I loved how the chapters opened -- by taking a Bible story and expanding it to how the author sees the story. It was quite interesting and gave new perspective to certain stories and I appreciated how every "retelling (as I called them) had the Bible passage for that story listed at the beginning, so you could look it up and compare the two. I loved how easy the chapters were to read. It was also encouraging for those who are in a season of "wai 4.5 stars When God Says "Wait" was a very good read. I loved how the chapters opened -- by taking a Bible story and expanding it to how the author sees the story. It was quite interesting and gave new perspective to certain stories and I appreciated how every "retelling (as I called them) had the Bible passage for that story listed at the beginning, so you could look it up and compare the two. I loved how easy the chapters were to read. It was also encouraging for those who are in a season of "wait" -- whether in love, life, or something else. All in all, an intriguing read and I recommend it. *I received a complimentary copy of this book in hopes I would review it. I was not required to do so and have shared my honest opinion.*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    This is one of the BEST books I have read about how to deal with waiting in a God-honoring way. She is very real, and doesn't offer quick, easy, trite sayings, but recognizes how difficult the wait is. In each chapter, we step into the lives of a Biblical person experiencing a significant wait, and how that affects our lives and wait. I was truly encouraged by this book, and I want to re-read it to do the questions for reflection at the end. Thank you!! This is one of the BEST books I have read about how to deal with waiting in a God-honoring way. She is very real, and doesn't offer quick, easy, trite sayings, but recognizes how difficult the wait is. In each chapter, we step into the lives of a Biblical person experiencing a significant wait, and how that affects our lives and wait. I was truly encouraged by this book, and I want to re-read it to do the questions for reflection at the end. Thank you!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Houle

    This book by Elizabeth Laing Thompson, despite being pretty much written for a female audience, was of particular interest to me. I’m in the middle of a waiting process myself — waiting to learn if I’m ever going to land a reasonable job — and wanted to learn more about navigating through this trying and difficult period of my life. I’m glad I read this as I felt that I walked away from When God Says ‘Wait’ with some valuable insights. More on that later, though. The first thing that I probably This book by Elizabeth Laing Thompson, despite being pretty much written for a female audience, was of particular interest to me. I’m in the middle of a waiting process myself — waiting to learn if I’m ever going to land a reasonable job — and wanted to learn more about navigating through this trying and difficult period of my life. I’m glad I read this as I felt that I walked away from When God Says ‘Wait’ with some valuable insights. More on that later, though. The first thing that I probably should talk about is the fairly unconventional narrative structure — one that mirrors another book I recently read. When God Says ‘Wait’ has 12 chapters that all begin with a retelling of a Biblical narrative. That is to say that Bible stories (from both the Old and New Testaments) are retold through a modern lens with stuff added that nobody could know about. I was talking to a fellow Christian friend about this stylistic choice recently, and it seems as though the antecedent for this is a 1997 book called The Red Tent, which takes a very minor female character in the Bible that is only referenced in three verses and is blown widescreen into a full novel. That book is supposedly beautifully written. Instead of a novel-length narrative here, we get a few short stories. Again, as with Waiting for Wonder, I felt that the effect was a little bit of padding to make this book quite longer than it needed to be. While I’m starting to come around to this approach at making Bible stories seem fresh, I have to admit that some of these stories aren’t well reframed. To me, they were filled with too many modern references and slang. However, that said, I can see where this might be of some value to a new believer who doesn’t want to go wading through the Bible to untangle these narratives (though Thompson does provide references so you can go and do just that). Read more here: https://medium.com/@zachary_houle/a-r...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was not my favorite bible study book. The writing style had a sarcastic tone that I found annoying. The beginning of the book dragged and didn’t have a lot of substance. As the book went on I found some of the words comforting, not enlightening or new perspectives on the bible stories. I think I am a tough critic because I have already read many books on waiting for answered prayer. 
This book was Average I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was not my favorite bible study book. The writing style had a sarcastic tone that I found annoying. The beginning of the book dragged and didn’t have a lot of substance. As the book went on I found some of the words comforting, not enlightening or new perspectives on the bible stories. I think I am a tough critic because I have already read many books on waiting for answered prayer. 
This book was Average. Who would like this book….. Someone struggling with waiting on answered prayer might find comfort in this book. If you haven’t already read several books on waiting for answered prayer this book organizes bible verses referencing waiting and patience all in one place.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ali Chatham

    Yikes I could not get into this book. The (very long) paraphrased bible stories at the beginning of each chapter really threw me off, I would have rather just read the actual scripture. There was not enough practical life application for me to get more than about halfway through before I put this one down.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I found this book on Instagram while scrolling for some encouragement one night. I saw the word, wait, and knew I had to read this. I've been in a lot of areas in my life: writing, friendships, healing/purpose after a hysterectomy. Elizabeth spoke deeply into my pain and restlessness during the wait. This book helped pinpoint the lie that waiting can often feel like punishment from God when it's not. I loved Elizabeth's writing of bible stories in the beginning of every chapter and her own strug I found this book on Instagram while scrolling for some encouragement one night. I saw the word, wait, and knew I had to read this. I've been in a lot of areas in my life: writing, friendships, healing/purpose after a hysterectomy. Elizabeth spoke deeply into my pain and restlessness during the wait. This book helped pinpoint the lie that waiting can often feel like punishment from God when it's not. I loved Elizabeth's writing of bible stories in the beginning of every chapter and her own struggles with waiting and the disappointment. I loved her openness to share own struggles with writing, the journal/prayer prompts at the end of the chapters. It helped me to slow down and process my own story and turn it to God. I know I'm going to be returning to this again, especially with the lies you start to believe while waiting. Some of my favorite quotes: "God sees. God hears. God cares. God feels our pain when the wait stretches long. He gets it." "What will you do if God says yes? Will you think, Finally! I’m so glad that’s over! and move on with your life? As you enjoy the gift, will you remember the Giver?" "When you wait, if you dare to share your struggles with friends—even when they are embarrassing, even when you’d rather keep them to yourself—you open yourself up to receive care and kindness." "I see that our faith in God is important, but—heretical as it sounds—not most important. Most important is the faith God has in us—even when we are still doubting." "When we delight in God, our life goes better overall. We get more of the things that make us happy. Not all of the things all of the time, but many of the things. Maybe even most of the things most of the time." This book has given me so much hope. Hope that God uses our wait for good even if we can't see right away. It draws us closer to him. I only wish this book was a little longer because it felt like sitting down with a friend who continuously wants to speak life into you. It's so good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lew Button

    When God Says Wait by Elizabeth Lang Thompson; Published by Shiloh Run Press When I visit in the hospital I often read Psalm 5:1-3, “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning. O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (NIV) I find these verses helpful, especially for those who do not have words to express the hurt and the pain they are experiencing. Event When God Says Wait by Elizabeth Lang Thompson; Published by Shiloh Run Press When I visit in the hospital I often read Psalm 5:1-3, “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning. O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (NIV) I find these verses helpful, especially for those who do not have words to express the hurt and the pain they are experiencing. Eventually I get to verse three, a verse that has a part A and a part B. Part A is often the easy part. “In the morning I lay my requests before you….” When we are faced with a problem, sickness, sorrow, disappointment, it seems easy to pray about it, even if the prayer sounds more like complaining then asking. Part B is the hard part “wait in expectation”. In this fast food, fast internet, fast car era many of us have not learned how to wait or learned the benefits of waiting. That is right where this book by Elizabeth Lang Thompson fits in. Not only does she tell us that we may need to wait she tells us we are not alone. The author retells stories of people in the Bible who had to wait. Actually she reminds us of 12 of the people we have heard about. There are many more stories she could have told. She gives us what could have been the backstory for those who waited and lets us hear what could have been their thoughts while they were waiting. She is probably quite close to the actual thoughts because they were humans just like us and, oh how we hate to wait and we like to tell people how we feel while we are waiting. I appreciate the author’s honesty as she tells about her own problem with waiting. On page 24 she confesses’ “I wish I could say I have handled my many waiting times with grace and elegance and faith but I haven’t.” The people she writes about Sarah, David, Abraham and others remind us that many, if not all, of the people around us are waiting for something and not all wait for the same thing. With Sarah, the author waited for a baby. Others wait for God to show up in other ways. David was anointed as King when he was just a kid but he had to wait many years before he sat on the throne. How much better he was as a King after that long wait. I often remind people that it takes many years for God to get all the pieces together and sometimes he has to work in different cultures, different languages and different countries before all the pieces fit. In the meantime we have to wait expectantly. When God Says Wait is a good reminder that we are in good company while we wait. I would recommend this book for a small group study especially for a Ladies’ Bible study but it would be a good read for anyone. Each chapter ends with a section called Waiting Room Reading and this helps make the book very practical not typical waiting room reading. Along the way the author prepares us for the pitfalls of waiting not so we can react when we fall in but so we can avoid the pit altogether. But she does remind us that God does provide a way up and a way out. This book is about redeeming the time we are waiting not an excuse to moan and just put up with it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Terry Perrine

    When God Says 'Wait' is a book that you will read once, because the cover or the title catches your eye, but is also a book you will hold on to and read again and again based on what you are going through in life. Elizabeth Laing Thompson has done so many things right with this book, it's hard to know where to start. Most importantly, this book is grounded in Scripture. Check that, this book is FILLED with Scripture. A friend and mentor of mine tells me all the time (literally ALL the time) that When God Says 'Wait' is a book that you will read once, because the cover or the title catches your eye, but is also a book you will hold on to and read again and again based on what you are going through in life. Elizabeth Laing Thompson has done so many things right with this book, it's hard to know where to start. Most importantly, this book is grounded in Scripture. Check that, this book is FILLED with Scripture. A friend and mentor of mine tells me all the time (literally ALL the time) that I need to match my "say-so" up to God's "say-so." Since I believe this is true, why would I take or even want ANY advice that isn't grounded in Scripture? What Thompson does in this terrific book is take an aspect of waiting that we might be discouraged by or need help in, and brings us to the Bible for help. For example, in her chapter on Survival Skills for Spiritual Waiting, she takes us back to the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel. She provides the story, from Scripture, explains the story in plain English, and then shows us what we can take away from that story that will provide us with survival skills. Just in this chapter alone she provides 8 survival skills, all backed by Scripture (numerous Scriptures, not just one verse). She also ends each chapter with something she calls Waiting Room Reading. In Waiting Room Reading she first provides a topic for further study - that is, additional Scripture we can read to understand more about Hannah's story, in this example. Then Thompson provides Journal Prompts - questions for reflection to help guide us in journaling about the topic. Lastly, she provides a Prayer Prompt, which is Scripture we can pray through. Sure, there are personal anecdotes in the book, and modernized applications to things like social media, ice cream, football, and New Jersey(!) but understand that you aren't taking advice from Elizabeth Laing Thompson in this book. You are taking advice from the Living Word of God. You are learning to match your say-so with His say-so. And trust me, you can't go wrong when you do that!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    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 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Waiting is something that we all struggle with. From waiting in line at the grocery store, to waiting on God to move in our lives. I am constantly telling myself to have patience, but how long will I need to wait and why is it so difficult? When God Says Wait provided me a good opportunity to step back and really focus on what waiting is all about. Each chapter provided a glimpse into the life of someone in the Bible who had to wait. I liked how the author put the story in her own words rather th Waiting is something that we all struggle with. From waiting in line at the grocery store, to waiting on God to move in our lives. I am constantly telling myself to have patience, but how long will I need to wait and why is it so difficult? When God Says Wait provided me a good opportunity to step back and really focus on what waiting is all about. Each chapter provided a glimpse into the life of someone in the Bible who had to wait. I liked how the author put the story in her own words rather than just typing in the verses direct from the Bible. It made it easier for me to connect with these people. My favorite section however was the Waiting Room Reading at the end of each chapter. It provided the opportunity for self assessment and further study. The chance to step back, look into God's Word and allow Him to speak to your heart. I think this a great tool for anyone to use, especially those of us who want everything now! I hope it speaks toy our heart and gives you comfort in waiting. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    CL

    I've read a handful of books on the topic of waiting over the past several years, notably Wendy Pope's WAIT AND SEE which I also pored over and loved. This one spoke to me even more. Thompson has a gorgeous, lyrical way of retelling Biblical accounts of people who famously had to wait (i.e. David to be king, Abraham & Sarah for a son, Jacob, who wrestled with God, Mary & Martha for Jesus to heal Lazarus, etc.). Some fiction publisher needs to find this woman and give her a book deal, because one I've read a handful of books on the topic of waiting over the past several years, notably Wendy Pope's WAIT AND SEE which I also pored over and loved. This one spoke to me even more. Thompson has a gorgeous, lyrical way of retelling Biblical accounts of people who famously had to wait (i.e. David to be king, Abraham & Sarah for a son, Jacob, who wrestled with God, Mary & Martha for Jesus to heal Lazarus, etc.). Some fiction publisher needs to find this woman and give her a book deal, because one of the things Thompson is still waiting on in her life is to have her two fiction books published, and her writing is *gorgeous*! I'd be first in line to buy any fiction from this author's pen! Anyhow, that aside, I found her teachings on all of these Biblical "waiters" to be so encouraging, thorough, and Scripturally-based, not just a list of her own waits and how they turned out for her, but really sound but refreshing and applicable encouragement on waiting for God, and how to deal with the yes, no, or maybes He gives. I would recommend this book to anyone who's daily praying unanswered prayers. And I'll definitely be reading this again. It was exactly what I needed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lecy Beth

    If you are in a season of waiting (and ESPECIALLY if you are struggling with it) you need to read this book. When God Says "Wait" is the guide for how to work through the process when we don't get the answers we are waiting for. Each chapter focuses on one of the "waiting warriors" in the Bible and how they struggled with being patient with God. From Miriam waiting for her brother Moses to become a great man in Egypt to Sarah waiting for the child God promised her, we learn how to find patience If you are in a season of waiting (and ESPECIALLY if you are struggling with it) you need to read this book. When God Says "Wait" is the guide for how to work through the process when we don't get the answers we are waiting for. Each chapter focuses on one of the "waiting warriors" in the Bible and how they struggled with being patient with God. From Miriam waiting for her brother Moses to become a great man in Egypt to Sarah waiting for the child God promised her, we learn how to find patience in hearing the experiences of others going through the same struggles. This is a wonderful resource, providing an abundance of Scripture references about waiting on God's timing, not taking matters into our own hands and understanding that God doesn't put an expiration date on his promises and that his plans don't always follow our timelines. *I received an advance reading copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chandra

    This is the waiting book I’ve been looking for My personal “wait” has lasted for five and a half years now. In that time I’ve read countless books, Bible studies, devotionals, and blog posts on waiting, but I haven’t been able to find something that really spoke to me... until now. I got this book on a whim, it’s certainly not one of the more well-known books or authors - truthfully I’ve never heard of her before. But this book is phenomenal. Each chapter gives you a glimpse into the everyday li This is the waiting book I’ve been looking for My personal “wait” has lasted for five and a half years now. In that time I’ve read countless books, Bible studies, devotionals, and blog posts on waiting, but I haven’t been able to find something that really spoke to me... until now. I got this book on a whim, it’s certainly not one of the more well-known books or authors - truthfully I’ve never heard of her before. But this book is phenomenal. Each chapter gives you a glimpse into the everyday life of a Bible character, and their “wait”, along with (very gentle, not preachy) lessons we can learn. It somehow helps me to see the big picture, what God is doing in me through this wait, while I’m still stuck in the daily struggle of it. For a long time I’ve thought maybe someday, when I’m on the other side, I would write the book on waiting that I’ve spent so much time searching for. But now there is no need, I finally found it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    This is a priceless book for each of us who are waiting on the Lord! Whether one wants to be healed, find a job or new career, meet their spouse, or have a baby after a long period of infertility, there are suggestions from the author showing what helped her when she was waiting…for Mr. Letterman Jacket, for a baby, even having a party. Would you like to trade what might be a painful time of waiting into using it to God’s glory instead? The author writes in a conversational tone about her own tim This is a priceless book for each of us who are waiting on the Lord! Whether one wants to be healed, find a job or new career, meet their spouse, or have a baby after a long period of infertility, there are suggestions from the author showing what helped her when she was waiting…for Mr. Letterman Jacket, for a baby, even having a party. Would you like to trade what might be a painful time of waiting into using it to God’s glory instead? The author writes in a conversational tone about her own times of waiting, some of which were years in length, and shares examples of people in the Bible. Twelve stories from the Bible are used, real people waiting for real events, from Miriam waiting for her brother Moses to release the Israelites from Egypt, to Abraham, waiting for the Lord to keep him from sacrificing Isaac and for many other of the things the Lord promised. This reader appreciated seeing their waiting times through different eyes. Each chapter begins with the author telling the story of these beloved people, many of whom are in the ‘faith hall of fame’ in Hebrews 11. She continues with examples from her own life and what she has learned through the biblical examples. At the end of each chapter, the reader finds ‘Waiting Room Reading’: For Further Study – the location(s) in the Bible from which she took each person’s story; Journal Prompt – questions or suggestions for the reader to think about, journal about as a result of reading that chapter; and Prayer Prompt – scripture readings, many from Psalms, to begin our prayer(s) following that chapter. A treasure chest of helps is in each chapter discussion, such as Pitfalls on Waiting Journeys (of which there are places throughout the book that address each of the pitfalls), and Survival Skills. Each of these skills sound like no-brainers at first – but when one’s emotions are caught up in waiting, these skills may not the first things to come to mind – or may even be activities that we give up on during the wait. One of the things the author shows from Bible stories that help bring peace to my heart is that “God sees. God hears. God cares.” Scripture verses are gems for any day, especially when the lies of the enemy threaten to take root in our hearts. We also read about the results of the Bible man or woman, or the author, has experienced through using these suggestions. A suggestion for future readers: For me, like many others, brain fog is frequent symptom that blocks clear thinking especially when under stress, including the stress of waiting. I plan to go back through with a couple large index cards to make notes of suggestions, most importantly scripture verses the author shares that speak to the reader. Putting a list one’s a smartphone may be useful, also. It is possible to have joy while we wait, even if we don’t ever receive what we are waiting for on this side of heaven. We can use this time well, and have beautiful, blessed spiritual results. I highly recommend this book! It is a ‘must read’ for anyone who wants to have peace – even hope and joy – in the journey of waiting. The author writes, “Let’s take back this time. Let’s use it for God instead of letting it go to waste. Let’s give what we have as we wait for what we want. Let’s not waste the wait.” (pg 178) I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Wait, we have all had wait times with God. His timing is not always our timing. As a long time Christian, I confess I don't do well with these seasons. I question him more than I should. Sometimes with humor, get, remember me, I'm down here, just hanging out. Sometimes with anger and sometimes with despair. Elizabeth gives us the tools to navigate through these seasons with patience, calm and sometimes joy. In this beautiful journal, you find scripture, God created words, some insights from her an Wait, we have all had wait times with God. His timing is not always our timing. As a long time Christian, I confess I don't do well with these seasons. I question him more than I should. Sometimes with humor, get, remember me, I'm down here, just hanging out. Sometimes with anger and sometimes with despair. Elizabeth gives us the tools to navigate through these seasons with patience, calm and sometimes joy. In this beautiful journal, you find scripture, God created words, some insights from her and room to meditate and track our thoughts. Its a beautiful written journal that will bless you through those waits in our lives. I received a complimentary copy if this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Delsie Konoske

    I am thankful for the message shared in Elizabeth's book, "When God Says Wait." Even though I have already weathered many of the issues she shared, I still found comfort in her stories and the Scripture passages. I loved the Bible story examples and having them applied to our daily life struggles. It doesn't matter what stage we are in life, no one is exempt from experiencing a "waiting" period. And to have an author that so completely understands is heartwarming. I also think "When God says Wai I am thankful for the message shared in Elizabeth's book, "When God Says Wait." Even though I have already weathered many of the issues she shared, I still found comfort in her stories and the Scripture passages. I loved the Bible story examples and having them applied to our daily life struggles. It doesn't matter what stage we are in life, no one is exempt from experiencing a "waiting" period. And to have an author that so completely understands is heartwarming. I also think "When God says Wait" would make a wonderful small group study. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marvy Herrera

    It took me a while finish reading this book, I had to make so many pauses. But I am so thankful to God for this book. Waiting is not only hard, but many times is a lonly places and find someone that had happen for maybe not the same situation, but similar is not easy. This is a honest and beautiful book, and for me is a must read for everyone. Because eventually we all have to wait for something and God is the only one who knows for how long will be there, so I believe the best prepare you are d It took me a while finish reading this book, I had to make so many pauses. But I am so thankful to God for this book. Waiting is not only hard, but many times is a lonly places and find someone that had happen for maybe not the same situation, but similar is not easy. This is a honest and beautiful book, and for me is a must read for everyone. Because eventually we all have to wait for something and God is the only one who knows for how long will be there, so I believe the best prepare you are during that journey the best for you. I pray God used this book to touch many life, it certanly touch mine.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Grace

    This is EXACTLY the book my soul needed. Not a word of a lie, this is the best Christian/Self-Help-type book I have EVER read. And if you are waiting for something, weary, tired, and begging God to just answer already, then you MUST – I repeat, you MUST – read this book. This hit so close to home with me that I cried. Seven times. In the span of 217 pages. Y'all, I don't cry all that easily. I cannot put into words what this means to me. This book is the perfect blend of encouragement, teaching, e This is EXACTLY the book my soul needed. Not a word of a lie, this is the best Christian/Self-Help-type book I have EVER read. And if you are waiting for something, weary, tired, and begging God to just answer already, then you MUST – I repeat, you MUST – read this book. This hit so close to home with me that I cried. Seven times. In the span of 217 pages. Y'all, I don't cry all that easily. I cannot put into words what this means to me. This book is the perfect blend of encouragement, teaching, empathy, strategy, and just all around GOODNESS. It was remarkably well written (both the Bible stories at the start of each chapter and the book on the whole) with sage wisdom, humor, and humble realness... I marked my copy to filth (in the best way). So happy this is the way I am ending my 2018 and starting my 2019. Thank you, Elizabeth Laing Thompson, for giving the world this gift.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shannan Harper

  31. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Horton

  32. 4 out of 5

    Dora

  33. 4 out of 5

    Sha-Nay Stocker

  34. 5 out of 5

    Francinia McKeithan Henry

  35. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Burkitt

  36. 5 out of 5

    Alycia Canfield

  37. 4 out of 5

    Nicki Conroy

  38. 5 out of 5

    Sheena

  39. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  40. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

  41. 4 out of 5

    MelanieJoy

  42. 4 out of 5

    Sally

  43. 5 out of 5

    Kari Trumbo

  44. 4 out of 5

    Abby Breuklander

  45. 5 out of 5

    Ollie

  46. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

  47. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

  48. 4 out of 5

    Deborha Mitchell

  49. 4 out of 5

    Nyla

  50. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Chatley

  51. 4 out of 5

    Krystale

  52. 5 out of 5

    Gil

  53. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  54. 5 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

  55. 5 out of 5

    Kate Boyer

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