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What do you do when it seems like everybody else is getting their dreams and you're not? You don't have to be distressed when Instagram comparison makes you feel like others are more successful than you. Heather Thompson Day shows us to what we can do to shape ourselves while waiting, so we are ready when it's our turn. She unpacks instant gratification and peer comparison What do you do when it seems like everybody else is getting their dreams and you're not? You don't have to be distressed when Instagram comparison makes you feel like others are more successful than you. Heather Thompson Day shows us to what we can do to shape ourselves while waiting, so we are ready when it's our turn. She unpacks instant gratification and peer comparison in a social media world, and teaches how we can cultivate perspectives and practices that will enable us to be more content, patient, and constructive. We can learn to walk slowly and trust God to do his work in us, being more present in our relationships rather than striving for premature image-based success. Your turn will come. Here's what you can do to get there.


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What do you do when it seems like everybody else is getting their dreams and you're not? You don't have to be distressed when Instagram comparison makes you feel like others are more successful than you. Heather Thompson Day shows us to what we can do to shape ourselves while waiting, so we are ready when it's our turn. She unpacks instant gratification and peer comparison What do you do when it seems like everybody else is getting their dreams and you're not? You don't have to be distressed when Instagram comparison makes you feel like others are more successful than you. Heather Thompson Day shows us to what we can do to shape ourselves while waiting, so we are ready when it's our turn. She unpacks instant gratification and peer comparison in a social media world, and teaches how we can cultivate perspectives and practices that will enable us to be more content, patient, and constructive. We can learn to walk slowly and trust God to do his work in us, being more present in our relationships rather than striving for premature image-based success. Your turn will come. Here's what you can do to get there.

30 review for It's Not Your Turn: What to Do While You're Waiting for Your Breakthrough

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie Crosby

    I’ve lived the phrase “it’s not your turn” a lot during the last decade. Reading Dr. Day’s book felt like reading part of my own journal at times. We were crying on different “bathroom floors,” but I am intimately familiar with many of the lessons she learned. There is power in knowing we are not alone. When someone else has “been there” and found their way out, it reassures us that maybe we too can make it. I am still in the middle of my “it’s not your turn” season. I don’t know my final outcom I’ve lived the phrase “it’s not your turn” a lot during the last decade. Reading Dr. Day’s book felt like reading part of my own journal at times. We were crying on different “bathroom floors,” but I am intimately familiar with many of the lessons she learned. There is power in knowing we are not alone. When someone else has “been there” and found their way out, it reassures us that maybe we too can make it. I am still in the middle of my “it’s not your turn” season. I don’t know my final outcome, but I can tell you one thing: this book provided me with a lighter spirit and an inspired will.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Ellis

    With a wonderfully witty and relatable style the author shares stories, insights, tips, and hard-learned lessons of how God meets us in the liminal spaces of waiting. I'm often so impatient to arrive at the destination that I miss journeying with God in the in-between times, the disappointments, and the delayed gratification. Thompson Day weaves together the wisdom of Scripture (trials produce patience... patience produces a stronger, more perfect faith) and her own stories of hope deferred to g With a wonderfully witty and relatable style the author shares stories, insights, tips, and hard-learned lessons of how God meets us in the liminal spaces of waiting. I'm often so impatient to arrive at the destination that I miss journeying with God in the in-between times, the disappointments, and the delayed gratification. Thompson Day weaves together the wisdom of Scripture (trials produce patience... patience produces a stronger, more perfect faith) and her own stories of hope deferred to give her readers permission to press into the difficult seasons with expectation. Waiting isn't doing nothing. Sometimes it's the hardest, holiest, best work of all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Bouchillon

    I’ve followed the author on social media for many years and am often encouraged, inspired, and challenged by her thoughtful posts. I anticipated the same here and planned to share the book far and wide, but am sadly very disappointed. Though I’d recommend her social media accounts, particularly Twitter and Instagram, there are some pretty big issues with the message of this book. Day writes about paying attention to the “least important people” and then shares how she spent time investing in her I’ve followed the author on social media for many years and am often encouraged, inspired, and challenged by her thoughtful posts. I anticipated the same here and planned to share the book far and wide, but am sadly very disappointed. Though I’d recommend her social media accounts, particularly Twitter and Instagram, there are some pretty big issues with the message of this book. Day writes about paying attention to the “least important people” and then shares how she spent time investing in her assistant (apparently the assistant was deemed a “less important” person). In that same chapter, she talks about the success of someone’s ministry… but it’s all tied to numbers. The ministry is “successful” because the numbers are impressive/good. (This, in a chapter about small things.) She says that God can only work with what we have surrendered to Him and later writes “God will do what you cannot, as long as you do what you can.” So — if you don’t surrender something, God isn’t capable of working? And God is stuck until you do XYZ? Neither is Biblical, which does matter here as the author is a Bible teacher. Additionally, almost every example in the book paints her as the hero or the one who knows the most/knows what’s best... it felt prideful and became uncomfortable to read. Lastly, for a book titled “It’s Not Your Turn,” it’s confusing to find that the entire book is about how it IS your turn to set a goal, network, make a move, all with the promise that your turn is coming. That isn't guaranteed and it's misleading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Hoffman

    3.5. I wanted to like this book, because Heather Thompson Day is one of my favorite people on Twitter. She is full of encouragement, Biblical truth, humor, and good stories. But this book seemed to not be able to decide what kind of book it wanted to be. Part Christian life, part business strategy, part conversational blog post - it was all over the place. If she had stuck to one style, I think that would have improved it immensely. Partly due to the differing styles, I think, each chapter also 3.5. I wanted to like this book, because Heather Thompson Day is one of my favorite people on Twitter. She is full of encouragement, Biblical truth, humor, and good stories. But this book seemed to not be able to decide what kind of book it wanted to be. Part Christian life, part business strategy, part conversational blog post - it was all over the place. If she had stuck to one style, I think that would have improved it immensely. Partly due to the differing styles, I think, each chapter also had contradicting information. For example, she talks about the importance of networking, but not just to get numbers on social media, to build real relationships and care for your neighbors. But then later in the chapter, she says you also need to just build your network with as many people as you can, just to have as big of a network as possible for future opportunities. Along those lines, this book seems to be mostly focused on career breakthroughs, which is fine! But several times she brings up her unmarried friend who is waiting for love, or people who are waiting for babies. Business strategies will not apply to those situations (I mean, networking might lead to a love connection, but it won't help with infertility). So again, she tries to do too much and does not have a focus. All that being said, it was full of Biblical truths and good advice, if you fit one of the random intersections of writing style and situation she addresses. For me, I'll stick to reading her Twitter feed. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free digital copy for review, all opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Summary: When everyone seems to be moving ahead while we are standing still, chosen for jobs while we are runners up, the question is how we should live while we wait our turn. In our success-oriented culture, it can be very hard when it seems our lives are going nowhere while our friends are conquering the world. Heather Thompson Day contends that the turning point in our lives may center around what we do while we wait our turn. We can be jealous of others or sink into depression. Much of this Summary: When everyone seems to be moving ahead while we are standing still, chosen for jobs while we are runners up, the question is how we should live while we wait our turn. In our success-oriented culture, it can be very hard when it seems our lives are going nowhere while our friends are conquering the world. Heather Thompson Day contends that the turning point in our lives may center around what we do while we wait our turn. We can be jealous of others or sink into depression. Much of this arises from comparing ourselves to social media success stories. Day came to the realization in her own struggles that the issue wasn’t how she rated against others but against the person Jesus was inviting her to be. What she did to live toward him, succeed or not, was worth more than anything. Day explores the rich life we may pursue as we wait our turn. Actually, the work begins with learning to wait. Day asks us to imagine the benefits that could come of something we really want being delayed. The hardest part is trusting that God will keep his promises. Then we need to reckon with the things we are saying to ourselves and to allow a life saturated in God’s word to reframe them. We need to move beyond what we feel to what we see, and then, like Elisha’s servant, have our eyes opened to seeing where God is at work. Often it means beginning to see the small things, to pursue faithfulness in the ordinariness of life. How we treat the seemingly insignificant–whether tasks or people–will crucially shape us. The time when it is not our turn is the time to set our goals and devote ourselves to the deliberate practices necessary to reach them. It’s the time to build our network and one practice she commends is the asking of help. At the same time she challenges the social media practices of many of us, trying to build big platforms and tout our work. Instead, are we using it to stay in touch and care for others? Times of waiting can be times where God challenges our selfishness, where God humbles us so we are not a danger to others and our own souls when we are in a position of power. Waiting our turn can take us into dependence on community and challenge us to re-envision God, not as the angry, demanding deity of so many angry, demanding people, but as the loving and forgiving Father. Finally, Day addresses how we move when we see that it may be our turn. We take risks, moving on maybe, trusting that God is in it with us. Whether it is our turn or not, we can step out in faith and act in integrity, living “our lives with a dignity we could only have given ourselves.” Day shares her own struggles as a Ph.D struggling to make ends meet, aspiring to success as a communicator and teaching classes at a community college. She describes the risks to move across country to the positions she and her husband took, only to have a pandemic hit. Reading between the lines perhaps, one senses that the struggles have hardly come to an end and that this book is as much a “memo to myself” as it is a story of, “I made it and you can too and here is how.” Instead, what she shares is a tangible expression of what it means to live out in practical terms a life of faith grounded in the word of God. Each chapter ends with a promise from scripture to memorize as well as some searching questions. The pandemic has been a time when many lives have been put on hold, and even as restrictions are lifted in many places, things are still in recovery. While it may not yet be our turn to move ahead, it may be our turn to lean into the transformative life of waiting on God and trusting and obeying in the little things and the formative practices that shape us for the day when it is our turn. In reading Heather Thompson Day, I feel I’m listening to someone is walking there with me and has figured out what really matters when it is not yet our turn. ____________________________ Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adam Harward

    It’s not fun to have to wait your turn. It’s especially difficult when you are waiting to realize major hopes and dreams. As a season of waiting stretches on and on, it is easy to feel stuck. This can lead to bitterness, resentment, and hopelessness. In “It’s Not Your Turn”, Heather Thompson Day helps readers wait for their turn with hope and purpose. The author combines wisdom gained through personal experience with Biblical truth and insights from psychology, leadership, and communication studi It’s not fun to have to wait your turn. It’s especially difficult when you are waiting to realize major hopes and dreams. As a season of waiting stretches on and on, it is easy to feel stuck. This can lead to bitterness, resentment, and hopelessness. In “It’s Not Your Turn”, Heather Thompson Day helps readers wait for their turn with hope and purpose. The author combines wisdom gained through personal experience with Biblical truth and insights from psychology, leadership, and communication studies. The book is full of practical advice to help the reader get unstuck. Even more importantly, the book offers a new perspective on the experience of waiting. When “it’s not my turn” becomes “it’s not my turn…yet”, we are able to celebrate the success of others and recognize the ways that God is working in our own lives.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alice' Harper

    A must read for any millennial who is struggling with waiting on….. anything. So good. Highly recommending this book to my friends whenever i can!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jane 🌻 Gleaton

    3.5. There were things I liked about this book and things I didn’t. The self-help sections were practical and engaging. The author gave clear steps of how to move forward. It was an easy read. But at times, it seemed to ramble a bit. I would start wondering how the topic she was talking about would tie back in. It was distracting. I also wish that it was grounded in Scripture more. For example, she talks about “success” a lot. What is “success”? Biblical “success” is very different than the norm 3.5. There were things I liked about this book and things I didn’t. The self-help sections were practical and engaging. The author gave clear steps of how to move forward. It was an easy read. But at times, it seemed to ramble a bit. I would start wondering how the topic she was talking about would tie back in. It was distracting. I also wish that it was grounded in Scripture more. For example, she talks about “success” a lot. What is “success”? Biblical “success” is very different than the normal definition. Some of it felt disingenuous- like with networking and asking people favors to get them to like you. It felt a little manipulative. My biggest issue is the last line of the description: “here’s what you can do to get there.” But WE don’t do anything - our works will get us nowhere. The glory and the credit goes to God. And the author does mention God moving. And we aren’t called to be passive, either. But if you check off all these boxes she’s setting up for you, you’ll have to be really careful to not pat yourself on the back once you’ve “arrived.” I hate writing anything negative about books because I know they are such a labor of love. I did enjoy things about her book - she’s a great story teller and she doesn’t hold back. That was refreshing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julia Gibbons

    “Its Not Your Turn” articulates the premise that spiritual formation (character building) takes place primarily while you are waiting rather than when you have reached the destination. This distinctive and timely book has re-centered me during the pandemic. When you read St. Paul’s letters in the New Testament you find his heart, mind and soul are embedded in the story lines. Also when you read “Its Not Your Turn” you also discover the author’s heart, mind and soul are interwoven into the text fr “Its Not Your Turn” articulates the premise that spiritual formation (character building) takes place primarily while you are waiting rather than when you have reached the destination. This distinctive and timely book has re-centered me during the pandemic. When you read St. Paul’s letters in the New Testament you find his heart, mind and soul are embedded in the story lines. Also when you read “Its Not Your Turn” you also discover the author’s heart, mind and soul are interwoven into the text from the get-go of the first to the last page. I have chosen to emphasize this book and hopefully persuade people into reading it via selecting 3 quotations as follows, 1. On social media, “the people we compare ourselves to are the best versions of those other people, not even who they really are”. Comparison is the thief of joy. 2. “I am going to start asking you to do something. I want you to start asking God for a new mind.” Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12v2 (NIV) 3. “Because at the end of the day, all we have in life is our integrity.” The story line of this book is cultivating integrity when nobody is watching. Storytelling is used naturally as examples to support the principles being taught. You do not have the impression that here is a leader that is using stories to amaze us however we could never do what they do. Rather the purpose of the stories is to include us and inspire us to have a go. In conclusion, people will spend more of their time waiting for stuff to happen than the stuff dreamed of actually happening. Stuff representing the experience of a promise fulfilled. Let this eminently readable and easily digestible book enlighten you to thrive in the waiting. Heather Thompson Day’s – “Its Not Your Turn” effortlessly blends the thoughtful, wise, practical and humorous into a book relevant for our time. Once finished it deserves to be reread at a less frantic pace (a symptom of our modern western world). Marking the relevant thoughts with highlighting pen in hand.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leah Thomas

    Heather Thompson Day is a professor, speaker, and social media personality, but above all she is a master storyteller, connecting encouraging personal anecdotes to fascinating brain research, earnest social commentary, and keen prophetic insight. Occasionally as I read, I questioned the scope of the book, that perhaps it covered too many disparate topics or wanted to be too many different things, but on every page, Day’s voice is as clear, conversational, hopeful, and down-to-earth as her Twitte Heather Thompson Day is a professor, speaker, and social media personality, but above all she is a master storyteller, connecting encouraging personal anecdotes to fascinating brain research, earnest social commentary, and keen prophetic insight. Occasionally as I read, I questioned the scope of the book, that perhaps it covered too many disparate topics or wanted to be too many different things, but on every page, Day’s voice is as clear, conversational, hopeful, and down-to-earth as her Twitter feed or weekly Friday Remind messages. It’s Not Your Turn reads like an extensive, deep, vulnerably honest conversation with a mentor or trusted friend. And that kind of life-changing conversation isn’t a how-to list built line by line. It’s a river that flows from story to story, truth to truth, grace to grace. The meandering is the whole point. One of Day’s many beautiful stories details an encounter with an airplane seatmate that led to a conversation about faith and an opportunity for God to break through in this man’s situation. Like this friend, consider yourself Day's fellow passenger on a journey as you read. Her stories will inspire you, her questions will make you think, and her heart for God and for people will speak from every line. It may not be your turn, but you’ve got a frequent flyer beside you in the waiting, one who won’t fail to remind you that the Pilot knows exactly where you’re going and how long it will take to get there. In the meantime, Day urges us, he's giving you experience and a story to tell.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Marie Powers

    Waiting is a classroom we all find ourselves in on occasion, and the potential for growth while we wait is inexhaustible. It will be impossible for anyone to not find themselves in the pages Heather Thompson Day has written so beautifully. “It’s Not Your Turn” offered not only wisdom, but a relational experience. Heather has the gift of combining knowledge and data with reflections from her own life lessons, and presents all of it with such authenticity that you forget you are reading a book. It Waiting is a classroom we all find ourselves in on occasion, and the potential for growth while we wait is inexhaustible. It will be impossible for anyone to not find themselves in the pages Heather Thompson Day has written so beautifully. “It’s Not Your Turn” offered not only wisdom, but a relational experience. Heather has the gift of combining knowledge and data with reflections from her own life lessons, and presents all of it with such authenticity that you forget you are reading a book. It feels much more like a conversation one would have with a mentor who is deeply invested in helping you grow. She includes science, stats, and solid theology to explain the barriers we ourselves construct when facing delays and detours on the road of life, while also providing real strategies for paving new ways through. She reminds all of us that waiting can and should be active rather than passive, and there are so many treasures to be mined in the waiting rooms of life should we choose to look for them. It comes as no surprise after reading her work that she is a professor of communication, as well as a sought after speaker. Reading, “It’s Not Your Turn” gave me an opportunity to become a temporary student in Heather’s classroom, and we all remember the best teachers, not just for what they taught us, but also for how they made us feel. If you are looking to use your time wisely, even as you wait and work towards your dreams and goals, do not miss out on the gift of encouragement that, “It’s Not Your Turn” offers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Martin

    My first impression of It’s Not Your Turn was that it was a book by a Millennial, for Millennials. Being Gen X myself, this put me immediately into the “I’ll read it, but this book isn’t for me” camp. I could not have been more wrong. Heather Thompson Day tackles the in-between moments of life head on with wit and wisdom, providing solid counsel that speaks from experience. We’ve all had these in-between moments, where one thing has ended and we’re not yet sure what the next thing will be. They a My first impression of It’s Not Your Turn was that it was a book by a Millennial, for Millennials. Being Gen X myself, this put me immediately into the “I’ll read it, but this book isn’t for me” camp. I could not have been more wrong. Heather Thompson Day tackles the in-between moments of life head on with wit and wisdom, providing solid counsel that speaks from experience. We’ve all had these in-between moments, where one thing has ended and we’re not yet sure what the next thing will be. They aren’t confined to just one season of life. Transitions know no age restrictions. Calling on her faith, Thompson Day brings spiritual insight to help guide you in these transitions. This isn’t just a feel-good self-help book dressed in choir robes, though. It’s Not Your Turn is as practical as it is providential, with action steps and though-provoking questions to guide you in your season of change. Yes, you may find something here that will bring you through it, but more importantly, this book will help you find peace and life in the midst of your in between, because those times matter just as much.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dominika Hlivková

    It's so easy to focus on that one or two things we don't have yet, that we tend to lose sight of things we can have and do while in the process of waiting for that breakthrough. I am currently at that space. Heather is giving me a tour like in the garden, showing me many views I can enjoy while moving forward step by step. She is not only showing me areas where actually it's my turn, she is doing it like a wise friend who can backup each advice by studies and research evidences that would feed my It's so easy to focus on that one or two things we don't have yet, that we tend to lose sight of things we can have and do while in the process of waiting for that breakthrough. I am currently at that space. Heather is giving me a tour like in the garden, showing me many views I can enjoy while moving forward step by step. She is not only showing me areas where actually it's my turn, she is doing it like a wise friend who can backup each advice by studies and research evidences that would feed my curiousity for the matter you didn't know I have. The best advices are from people who have once been where you are. To whom you can relate, even in the aspect of Christian background. Or because of it. She understands. And you bet she is the One we needed years ago, but couldn't have because her story was yet to be "written". Now is here. Waiting to encourage and inspire all of us around the world. I needed this book and I know others who would love it too, because we all are waiting for our turn in some way or the other. I want to have it in my language so badly, so my non-english speaking friends would be blessed too.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Manny

    Relevant. Relatable. Reaffirming. These words describe my experience through Heather's book. It was as if I was sitting across from her and she was talking directly to me. The beauty of the book is how it can speak to people from all walks of life. I am divorced, but I don't think Heather had a divorced person in mind when she wrote this book, yet, it was exactly for a person like me. This book's timing is relevant for where I find myself currently and where I am headed. I would dare say it woul Relevant. Relatable. Reaffirming. These words describe my experience through Heather's book. It was as if I was sitting across from her and she was talking directly to me. The beauty of the book is how it can speak to people from all walks of life. I am divorced, but I don't think Heather had a divorced person in mind when she wrote this book, yet, it was exactly for a person like me. This book's timing is relevant for where I find myself currently and where I am headed. I would dare say it would be relevant to others, too, after all, we've all experienced disappointment, loss, the waiting game, etc. Heather's vulnerability in sharing snippets from her life experience make this book relatable. She draws you in with story and has the ability to make a connection with your own experience. She is that friend we all need. The one who hoots and hollers and builds you up. I am walking away from this book strengthened in my journey. I would unequivocally recommend this book to anyone who needs a friend to give it to you straight with a mix of sound advice, research, godly wisdom, and a heart that cares and wants to see you achieve your best.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    It's Not Your Turn What to Do While You're Waiting for Your Breakthrough by Heather Thompson Day InterVarsity Press IVP Christian Pub Date 29 Jun 2021 I am reviewing a copy of InterVarsity Press and Netgalley: In It’s Not Your Turn Heather Thompson Day reminds us that we need to stop hindering our prayers by blocking someone else’s blessings, we need to stop trying to compete with those who aren’t in completion with us. We are reminded too that God is more worried about changing us, than changing our It's Not Your Turn What to Do While You're Waiting for Your Breakthrough by Heather Thompson Day InterVarsity Press IVP Christian Pub Date 29 Jun 2021 I am reviewing a copy of InterVarsity Press and Netgalley: In It’s Not Your Turn Heather Thompson Day reminds us that we need to stop hindering our prayers by blocking someone else’s blessings, we need to stop trying to compete with those who aren’t in completion with us. We are reminded too that God is more worried about changing us, than changing our circumstances. It is pointed out too that our once perfectly happy lives can start to crumble when we start to focus on what we don’t have instead of what we do. The author points out too that some comparison as well as social media can be positive This book reminds us too that our words change how the world sees us. In It’s Not Your Turn we are reminded that our turn will come, and the Author gives tips on how to get there. If you are waiting for your breakthrough I’d highly recommend It’s Not Your Turn. Five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Orville J

    Who has not experienced that feeling of, "Why is everything going well for so and so, but I seem to be stuck? Why did so and so get what they were after but I am still waiting?" Dr. Heather Thompson Day brings her insights from the Bible, psychology, communications, and even some neurology to bear on this topic that is so relevant for so many of us. In an encouraging, non-judgmental style she helps us to learn what to do while we are waiting for our turn. She includes practical applications as w Who has not experienced that feeling of, "Why is everything going well for so and so, but I seem to be stuck? Why did so and so get what they were after but I am still waiting?" Dr. Heather Thompson Day brings her insights from the Bible, psychology, communications, and even some neurology to bear on this topic that is so relevant for so many of us. In an encouraging, non-judgmental style she helps us to learn what to do while we are waiting for our turn. She includes practical applications as well as numerous stories of how this has played out in her life and in the lives of others. Recommended highly for anyone needing both some encouragement as well as some good advice that is written as if it comes from your good friend when struggling with the wait.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kindle Smyth

    Listening to Heather’s book is a mix of a lecture with the highest rated professor at your college and a long two glass of wine dinner with an old friend. I started the audiobook on a road trip and continued it on my walks, feeling not just the wisdom of a woman of deep faith, but the presence of the Holy Spirit in her words. I wondered more than once how Heather must have prayed over her words and the people they would impact. It is so evident in her writing. She is a researcher storyteller of Listening to Heather’s book is a mix of a lecture with the highest rated professor at your college and a long two glass of wine dinner with an old friend. I started the audiobook on a road trip and continued it on my walks, feeling not just the wisdom of a woman of deep faith, but the presence of the Holy Spirit in her words. I wondered more than once how Heather must have prayed over her words and the people they would impact. It is so evident in her writing. She is a researcher storyteller of the highest caliber. This book will be a rest stop and a life raft for many a weary journeyers. Also, never have I snapped in agreement so much when reading a book! Every person of faith should have this as a reference book, every pastor can share when their church folks struggle.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Annette Wagoner

    It is hard to cheer for others when you feel that they are getting everything you have ever wanted. Still, it is in those times of rejoicing, even when hurting, that your greatest growth can come. Heather Thompson Day walks you through the process of waiting for your turn in life. She uses psychological studies, research, and scripture to show you how real growth can happen in your life. If you follow Heather on Twitter, you will immediately recognize her conversational writing style that makes It is hard to cheer for others when you feel that they are getting everything you have ever wanted. Still, it is in those times of rejoicing, even when hurting, that your greatest growth can come. Heather Thompson Day walks you through the process of waiting for your turn in life. She uses psychological studies, research, and scripture to show you how real growth can happen in your life. If you follow Heather on Twitter, you will immediately recognize her conversational writing style that makes this difficult topic easier to understand. The book is also set up in a way that encourages the reader to join a group of others to discuss it together.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    When I first started reading this, I had to put it down a lot. It hit so close to home. It hurt. A lot. But I kept going back because Heather has been there, and she wrote this book for those of us who feel like we've only ever known waiting and disappointment. Without being patronizing, Heather points us right at Jesus - Someone who also had to wait, and who also faced disappointment. Even better, Heather teaches us what can only be gained in the waiting. This book helped pull me out of a prett When I first started reading this, I had to put it down a lot. It hit so close to home. It hurt. A lot. But I kept going back because Heather has been there, and she wrote this book for those of us who feel like we've only ever known waiting and disappointment. Without being patronizing, Heather points us right at Jesus - Someone who also had to wait, and who also faced disappointment. Even better, Heather teaches us what can only be gained in the waiting. This book helped pull me out of a pretty serious, recent bout of depression, and reminded me again of what but Heather and I know to be true: God is endlessly, lovingly faithful, and waiting isn't punishment.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    “What if by rushing through the process, we end up as a rushed product? Jesus, who entered the world as a baby and would need to die as a man, tells us all we need to know about the heavenly value of process. We value the product. God values the entire process.” “What happens when we start to want something more than we want God is that God suddenly starts to feel distant. That thing we want gets closer and closer on our hearts, and God feels further and further away. But God didn’t move—we moved “What if by rushing through the process, we end up as a rushed product? Jesus, who entered the world as a baby and would need to die as a man, tells us all we need to know about the heavenly value of process. We value the product. God values the entire process.” “What happens when we start to want something more than we want God is that God suddenly starts to feel distant. That thing we want gets closer and closer on our hearts, and God feels further and further away. But God didn’t move—we moved God.”

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Freed

    Things I loved: - conversational/approachable style yet academically supported with and research - holds paradoxes of life well and teaches us how to do the same... to believe in a big powerful God while also focusing on the small - helps us understand how to cheer well for others while also perhaps grieving our own losses and reminding that just because it’s not our turn for one thing doesn’t mean it’s not our turn for something.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kate Boyd

    Often when you see a book with a title or subtitle like this one, you expect a lot of false positivity and empty "keep pushing for your dreams" messages. While Heather is certainly encouraging, she does not settle for empty platitudes. This is a book with hope for your big ideas and dreams and strategies for becoming the person who is ready to make them happen when God presents the opportunity. It was helpful, hopeful, and healing to read. Often when you see a book with a title or subtitle like this one, you expect a lot of false positivity and empty "keep pushing for your dreams" messages. While Heather is certainly encouraging, she does not settle for empty platitudes. This is a book with hope for your big ideas and dreams and strategies for becoming the person who is ready to make them happen when God presents the opportunity. It was helpful, hopeful, and healing to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Highly recommend this book if you're feeling like everyone is getting ahead, except you. I pre-ordered this book at a time where it seemed like it was always someone else's turn - as a reminder to myself that my turn will come. And in the meantime, cheer on those around me! This book is relatable, and realistic. I encourage anyone who is struggling with when their time will come, or how everyone else is doing "it" to get a copy! Highly recommend this book if you're feeling like everyone is getting ahead, except you. I pre-ordered this book at a time where it seemed like it was always someone else's turn - as a reminder to myself that my turn will come. And in the meantime, cheer on those around me! This book is relatable, and realistic. I encourage anyone who is struggling with when their time will come, or how everyone else is doing "it" to get a copy!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Quantrilla Ard, The PhD Mamma

    This book was right on time. It have mercy permission to ask the questions of why and to re-evaluate my true motivations. I have struggled with being in a waiting season and knowing that I wasn’t alone was so helpful. The gentle nudges, the “come on girl, you’ve got this”, and the heartaches all came together to help me on my journey to waiting well. Waiting isn’t easy, but it you need a friend who knows what it’s like to wait, this author is your person, and this book is for you!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ancillar

    Raise your hands if you have ever compared yourself and screamed out to the heavens exclaiming "when is it my time". This is a timely book that will inspire you ,motivate you and encourage you to wait for your time.Its quite inspiring tho as she reminds us that we are ought not to be passive waiters. Huge thanks to Inter Varsity Press for my ARC Raise your hands if you have ever compared yourself and screamed out to the heavens exclaiming "when is it my time". This is a timely book that will inspire you ,motivate you and encourage you to wait for your time.Its quite inspiring tho as she reminds us that we are ought not to be passive waiters. Huge thanks to Inter Varsity Press for my ARC

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    Through a mix of storytelling and research, Dr. Heather Thompson Day weaves a book of encouragement and hope. Reminding us that there is power and purpose while we wait for what we consider our turn. Dr. Day suggests that there is power in the waiting, in cheering for those around us, and trusting in God even if the turn we are waiting on is not at all what we expect.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sakeenah Graham

    EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT!!! Rare five stars. The title is excellent, the content was excellent. It was a good balance of personal and personable stories, biblical principles, and academic research. Not just for those waiting for a breakthrough but everyone, we all need what she is dishing out!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I wish I had this book 10 years ago This book is so encouraging. It’s full of life and hope that is great for my life today but would have been monumental for my life a decade ago. As someone whose life has often been built on achievement and how people see me, the words of this book are comforting.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Megan Hall

    Such good truths! Heather Thompson Day unpacks truth in areas of culture, prayer, Scripture, friendship, and personal growth. Her stories and testimonies are relatable and encouraging!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lori Neff

    Inspiring, honest, funny... a helpful counter-perspective on the productive time of waiting.

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