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Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting

Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting

In America, waiting presents an enormous challenge. We are impatient, "fix-it" kinds of people — and not all situations can be fixed. This book presents seven spiritual gifts that waiting can teach us: Patience, Loss of Control, Live in the Present, Compassion, Gratitude, Humility, and Trust in God. An excellent resource during times of waiting within the church year including Advent and Lent, the book includes spiritual exercises and reflection questions for personal or group use as well as a retreat design.

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  • Publisher Augsburg Books
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780806651286
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 128
  • Season/Occasion Gift
  • Publication Date October 14, 2005


"Retreat leaders, pastors, spiritual directors — anyone wanting to set their own or other hearts on the path to joy and hope — will find this an invaluable resource. Holly Whitcomb is a wise and seasoned spiritual guide, and her book brims with wonderful stories, fresh insight into biblical passages, practical suggestions for prayer and reflection, and contagious enthusiasm for the grace to be found in the many forms of waiting we encounter every day."
— Dr. Kathleen Fischer, author of The Courage the Heart Desires: Spiritual Strength in Difficult Times (Jossey-Bass)

"With simplicity and depth, Holly Whitcomb offers a refreshing perspective on the disciplines, discoveries and even delights of waiting. Her Seven Gifts of Waiting serves as a prism that separates for us the hues of the Graces given when the advent times of our lives are embraced."
— Doris Klein, CSA, Artist and author of Journey of the Soul

"So often we forget God's blessings that come only during our times of waiting. Holly Whitcomb has done an excellent job of reminding us of several of these blessings in her book, Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting. Using poignant examples from everyday experiences, she persuasively challenges us to wait with patience, surrender, compassion, gratitude, and humility upon God's will. Her illustrative examples of the outcomes, growth, and lessons you learn during these waiting periods will serve to bolster your faith and provide the fortitude for facing life's challenges. The book is written in a universal style that will appeal to both believers and non-believers, presenting deep truths and insights gleaned from different worldviews down through the ages."
— Dr. Lani Van Dusen, Unchained Heart Ministries

"I would love to be in a group to reflect on the quotes, questions, and stories in Holly Whitcomb's book — not only for the suggested 4 to 8 sessions, but for ongoing discernment about the times of waiting we are all living through in one way or another."
— Lyn Klug, editor of Soul Weavings, All Will Be Well, and A Forgiving Heart.

"So much contemporary spiritual writing is about questing and conquering, it's refreshing to have a book that explores the multiple dimensions of the most vital and mysterious spiritual discipline, that of waiting. Holly Whitcomb's Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting is her finest book yet for an individual, a spiritual leader, or a spiritual community."
— Chris Glaser, retreat leader and author of ten books on the spiritual life, including Henri's Mantle: 100 Meditations on Nouwen's Legacy


"Holly W. Whitcomb's Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting is truly a gift unto itself. Whether you're simply waiting for the bus, or waiting for the diagnosis of a loved one, this book offers hope and inspiration to those looking for meaning in the hardships of life.

Whitcomb explores patience, loss of control, living in the present, compassion, gratitude, humility, and trust in God as spiritual offerings that we so commonly overlook in our daily lives.

Her suggestions for reframing life's uncontrollable circumstances promise to be life-changing, and her book, full of personal anecdotes, poems, Biblical selections, and excerpts from inspirational writings, is delightful and captivating — something to be read again and again.

"Holly W. Whitcomb has been a pastor and clergy-woman since 1978. She is the Director of Kettlewood Retreats in Wisconsin, and travels nationally to lead retreats and spiritual events. Whitcomb is the author of three previous books, including Feasting with God and Practicing Your Path."
— Reviewed by Erica Marston, Armchair Interviews