There have been several people in my life that I think I have been very fortunate to meet and then call friend.
Letitia Suk is one of those people. Letitia was my neighbor for 31 years. During that time, we both had families and watched them grow up and out of the house. Letitia is quite different from me – she is the epitome of calm (at least it looks that way) while I might be a bit, well, you get the drift. She was very helpful in suggesting (subtly) when I might be viewing an issue from the wrong perspective.
I am so proud to say that my friend, Letitia Suk, has a new book out. Getaway with God, the Everywoman’s Guide to Personal Retreat is a joy to read. It is meant for women of any age who may need some time to reflect on life and their relationship with God. Reading the book is like having a conversation with Letitia – warm and nurturing. The ideas in the book move along at a good pace.
The great thing about this book is that while Letitia does talk about using the retreat to get closer to God, the personal retreat is something that every woman can use whether for religious reasons or not. There are ideas for what you can do during your retreat and they can be adapted to your own needs. (Easily, Letitia might kill me for saying that you can leave God out of your retreat. And she would be right but the retreat could be used just to get away to regain perspective.) Letitia started encouraging me several years ago to take a retreat for a day and use it as a planning day. I did not follow the idea about going to a retreat center but I did try to quarterly take a day in a different room in my house and use that as a planning/thinking day. I would encourage everyone to take up this practice. I would agree with Letitia that getting out of the house to do the planning day is a better idea than going to a different room in the house. One of the added bonuses of the book is that there is a section at the end of the book with several references for finding a retreat center. (I looked up where centers are close to my new home.)
The book has several different paths for you to take in planning a retreat. The retreat may be for a few hours, a day, or up to 5 days. Letitia also talks about keeping the Sabbath and ways to do that. It may be that if this is new to your that you would want to start slowly with a partial day retreat. Don’t worry, Letitia starts slowly with you.
I thoroughly enjoyed Getaway with God. I think that no matter what stage in life a woman finds herself, this book will be an inspiration.
And I have a giveaway! I have an autographed copy of Getaway with God that I will send out to one lucky person! All you need to do is comment on this post or on the Facebook post about this post or send me a tweet @carolearlycoone. I will pick one name at random. Good luck!
Thanks for reading!