Waiting for Wonder

Waiting for Wonder

Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timeline (Abingdon Press, November 2016)

What if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?

It’s easy to believe God when a promise is new. It’s hard when the years pass and nothing changes. It’s even harder when desperation strikes, your plans backfire, and still God does not fill the emptiness. But what if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?

Join author Marlo Schalesky on a unique, contemplative journey to reveal the wonder that is often missed when we find ourselves struggling to wait well. Walking through the life of the biblical character Sarah, one who knows what it means to wait, you will discover a glimpse of God’s character that will give you strength to keep hoping and praying for the desires of your heart.

Waiting for Wonder is a journey into the heart of God where you will wrestle with personal questions, think deeply about God’s true character, and learn to appreciate His divine work as you discover your own path to the promised land. Recapture your hope, restore your soul, and renew your vision of a wondrous Savior when you learn to live on God’s time.

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  • Book Reviews says:

    This book. This book is possibly the best book I have read this year. I started reading this because I thought I should, but I could tell that this was the book I was meant to read.

  • An awesome read about waiting on God. The author provided a lot of good information! Loved it!

  • Schalesky gives us a number of lessons from the life of Sarah (Sarai) in the Bible about waiting. God may have many purposes in mind when there is time between what He has promised and it coming to pass. This is a good book for people needing encouragement as they are in a waiting stage of life. Schalesky does fictionalize biblical accounts of Sarah, supposing details. That makes me a little uncomfortable. Other than that, a good book.

  • If you’re waiting for a miracle, waiting to be encouraged, you should read this book! It will nourish your soul and make you understand that it is HIS time! Lovely book. I cried several times as I read this book because it resonated with my heart.

  • What a wonderful book to add to your shelf. This book was very enjoyable and I loved reading it. The journey that Sarah went through to wait for and kept hee hoping.

    This book made me think about some of my things that have been on my heart. It helped me go deeper in my own journey as well after Reading this book.

  • Sean & Shey says:

    Waiting on God is tough and sometimes, life just seems to make you more and more impatient. This book is a great read to help point you in the right direction– towards God and His sovereignty.

  • That daring spirit is what endeared me to this book the most. As I was reading it, it felt like the author had pulled me aside and spoken these things to me in a private corner, just between us girls.

  • Is there something we might glean from this story of Sarai, something we might learn in our own season of endless waiting like she did? Yes, there is and this book is a wonderful way to take the lessons of Sarai and teach us how to wait while God is working in our lives despite how long it might take. This would be perfect for a small woman’s Bible Study to work on a chapter of this book each week.

  • “Waiting for Wonder” is a great book for learning how to navigate the tough waiting-times of life. I would recommend it for anyone facing difficult circumstances, but also for those that are full of hope and faith as well. This book has helped me to look back in order to look forward in preparation for waiting well for whatever comes next.

  • Because there are hundreds of books out there on any given subject, we choose the ones that connect dots for us in original ways. Here, Marlo took a very familiar story and rendered it completely fresh for me. I’m not kidding — I wouldn’t have supposed it could be done. Sarai’s story…I’ve been there so many times, it has surely been wrung dry for me. So I was amazed at all the ways Marlo opened my eyes to aspects of Sarai/Sarah’s story I’ve never seen before, but which have always been there in the pages of Scripture.

  • If you only read one nonfiction book a year, pick this one. Waiting for Wonder fills a need for anyone who doubts or is anxious about waiting on God’s time. I’m well seasoned in life, yet I still need the reminder that God’s timing is perfect and worth the wait.

  • Moments says:

    This is a wonderful book to read through and ponder. “Waiting for Wonder” tells the story of Sarah and Abraham and the many years they waited for God to bless them with a child; they were blessed and it was on God’s timeline. Everything is perfect in God’s time, but that doesn’t mean the waiting is always easy or in reality ever easy.

  • Excellent book on the “wonders” of our God who woos us to deeper intimacy with Himself in seasons of waiting.

  • As I began to read this book, I felt a sense of the past starting to rise up to trap me once again. But then I read,”He is the God who uncovers the deepest places of our shame and pain and promises to bless the whole world right from those places.” It is time for us to allow God to heal us and hold our head up as His glory surrounds us. I can picture Him as He holds the hurting and dries their tears.

  • I think the best thing about this book is the perspective it offers. There are some gems throughout these pages, beautiful thoughts that remind us of the real, unexpected rewards of waiting and the peace of knowing God is in control in the long “in between” seasons. This is an uplifting read that points to an amazing God who works in perfect timing, blesses us in bigger ways than we often look for, and lovingly, amazingly joins us in the wait.

  • This will encourage and refresh your soul. It will water the dry places of waiting and renew your hope.

  • This book is very insightful. It is one where you read a chapter and just ‘chew on it’ for awhile. I absolutely loved the indepth look at Sarah, and the thoughts Marlo has as she interprets what Sarah may have thought and spoken during the time. Things the Bible doesn’t put into words, but perhaps could have been the person of Sarah. She of course takes liberties in figuring out Sarah’s feelings, but I think she did an excellent job of making Sarah into a real person, just like us.

  • For everyone who is in a season of waiting, has been, or will be (so, basically … everyone), Waiting for Wonder by Marlo Schalesky will be a refreshing balm and a source of wisdom. Ever pointing us to our God who builds, who restores, who “loves us enough to make us wait longer to give us more”. It’s well written, engaging, and full of great truth and Scripture.

  • An excellent reminder of what happens when we wait for God’s timing.

  • God is Love says:

    The author stresses the importance of the process that God puts us through as we’re waiting. A key quote about this is found on page 152. It reads, “The baby was not the answer to their hurts and flaws, disappointments, despair. He did not make Sarah into the person she was meant to be. It is the journey that did that. It was the God of the wait. It was the God who worked in the wait.”

  • Waiting For Wonder is a beautifully written book that will deepen and sustain your faith as you work through the wounded places in your life.

    I highly recommend this book to you!

  • Let’s face the truth. None of us truly like letting go of our control over our lives. In unraveling Sarai’s story for her readers, Marlo helps us learn the value in waiting. Waiting not only draws us closer to God but the true wonder is that in our waiting His glory is also revealed for all to see. We become a living testament to His works in us and through us.

  • Noveltea says:

    This book holds an aura of calmness. It’s a restful, evenly paced book that goes through the account of Abram and Sarai (aka Abraham and Sarah) from Genesis. We get to peek inside of Sarai’s mind each chapter and see the world through her eyes – that was probably my favorite part about the book.

  • A great book to help you release your doubts about God’s infinite wisdom and His timing.
    Many wait and wonder about God’s timing in their lives and wish they knew the answers.
    Marlo includes personal stories followed and backed up by scripture that will refresh your spirit.

  • snidbits says:

    Waiting for Wonder is a book to take your time with and highlight and make notes as you read. I like the parts in each chapter that tell Sarah’s story from her possible point of view. I like all the backstory Marlo provides to the time period of Sarah, giving me a better understanding of her life and what it meant for her to be barren. I love how Marlo points out that God chose Sarah because she was barren. “The biblical account affirms that God looks barrenness in the face and makes his promise anyway. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say he promises because. From the beginning of Sarai’s “chosenness” God chose the impossible, he chose to transform, he chose the redemption of her shame, and ours. He did not call a fertile woman to birth a nation. He chose a barren one…on purpose.

  • kcreatives says:

    Love how Marlo takes a little known Biblical woman and helps us see this period of waiting that most of us are in – for some thing – and helps us see God’s perfect timing in all of it and some of the things he might be doing in us. She does this creatively with writing and pulling in the truth of the Word that will change our hearts through the power of the Spirit.

  • The reader will walk through Sarah’s life. Her life of disappointment, doubt, and detours to discover God in the “not yet” places of life as we wonder in the waiting.

  • In this book, Marlo has combined her remarkable fiction skills with her academic prowess – a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. That may sound like an odd combination – and it is. But Marlo pulls it off with aplomb. The result is an engaging read, peppered with historical and theological facts. And then she tops it all off with personal application and challenging questions.

  • More Of Him says:

    This book spoke so deeply to my heart. I could really relate to the waiting part we sometimes have to do as believers. It’s not always easy but after reading this book, I’m realizing that God has a purpose in it and is probably allowing His best work to be done in me through the waiting.

  • I am impressed by Marlo Schalesky’s Waiting for Wonder, a moving and thought provoking study of Sarah and Abraham, with an emphasis on personal application. Each chapter covers a defining moment in Sarah’s life and consists of biblical teaching, personal experiences that were eye opening for the author, and creative vignettes written from Sarah’s perspective. It reminds us that not only is God in control, but His plans are being carried out in our times of waiting, when we’re in the dark – and that, rather than a place, what we’re really longing for is a Person. Perfect for personal study, but would also work well in a small group setting.

  • Waiting is rarely easy. Waiting for God can be a whole different experience altogether. I’ve been there…I’m there now. My husband and I are waiting to see if God will heal our unborn baby or if He will call this precious gift home with Him. Waiting is tough. It tests you, like…..deep down. Marlo’s book “Waiting for Wonder” is a great comfort and informative tool for the waiting process.

  • In the Pages says:

    Waiting is hard – no two ways about it – I can’t think of many who enjoy waiting. And for good reasons…..because waiting is not easy….we can begin to lose hope if the waiting continues too long as well. I think that is why I so enjoyed Marlo Schalesky’s book, Waiting for Wonder. She shows, through the life of Sarah in the Bible, how waiting can also bring joy and blessing. There can be wonder in waiting and Schalesky brilliantly points this out to her readers.

  • This book was just the kind of book I needed to read. Sometimes it feels like all you do in life is wait on God to move and sometimes it seems like it is the last thing He is going to do. This book was freshingly honest and very humbling to read, drawing heavily on scriptures and her own personal experiences this book was a wonderful read.

  • It is one thing to read a Christian inspirational work where the author takes her experience, discusses it, and refers to verses from the Bible to strengthen her writings. It is an entirely different level of depth that is found when an author takes experiences & people from the Bible, discusses them, humanifies the person, explains how God grew them and used them, and THEN blends in her own story after having laid down a biblical foundation. Marlo Schalesky accomplished this example of depth in her book, Waiting for Wonder.

  • The human race can be impatient and harried. I personally battle trying to “make things happen” on my timeline.

    When things don’t happen how or when we want them to, we often feel as though we have failed or God has forgotten about us.

    It’s easy to forget that our timeline isn’t always the same as God’s timeline.

    Those who feel like they are stuck in a “between place” should give “Waiting for Wonder” a whirl. They might find their whole outlook has changed.

  • “Waiting for Wonder” is a book that caught me by surprise with Marlo’s understanding of both God and the human heart. There are gems in this book when the author names truth so honestly it takes your breath away. She carefully reveals God’s loving nature in a way that shows a deep and profound understanding of Him. This is not a one note book but a symphony of love and patience and acceptance. Revealing a God who is bigger than most of us ever can believe. She also puts her finger on the painful truths that most of us privately harbor in our hearts and by naming them allows the reader to examine the holes in such beliefs. “

  • Waiting is hard but there is much to be learned from the story of Sarah in the Bible. This book helps you to learn from this story.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Marlo’s Schalesky take on Sarah’s story is so original. I loved reading how she imagined the way Sarah felt and what she was going through. There were many things I learned from reading this book. “Waiting for Wonder” was exactly what I needed, as I am in a period of waiting myself! I was encouraged and strengthened by reading this book and allowing God to use it to teach me.

  • This book is a unique and fascinating look at our journey to become closer to God. The author guides us to help reveal the wonder that is our walk with Jesus. Using biblical characters as guides.

  • One thing we often hear as Christian’s is “Just wait on God’s timing!” Easier said than done. Many of us hate waiting. It’s not a lack of trust in God, just impatience. But deep down, it really is a lack of trust. This book guides us through those feelings and the solutions we can use to work through them. By far one of the best books I read in 2016!

  • I loved the “Sarai tells the story” parts in the book. Those moments almost felt like biblical fiction, but not. It really made see that story from a different perspective and I found that fascinating.

  • Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timeline by Marlo Schalesky is a book filled with personal insights and wisdom of the term. Using Sarah’s story in the Bible, our Book of Truth, the author guided us in diving into Sarah’s story of waiting. It is the kind of book that will enlighten you every time you dive into it, even if it’s a repeat, because there is joy in the wonder.

  • Studying the life of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, who learnt to wait the hard way, we glimpse the character of God, as He works in the lives of Sarah and Abraham in their long wait for the child of God’s promise. Like them, as we wait for wonder, we wrestle with wonder. As Marlo Schalesky wisely points out, in our lives, God loves to redeem the deepest sorrow, the worst guilt, the most agonizing pain, transforming them into platforms for His glory to be revealed. When we are so deeply hurt that we feel the pain will never pass, so bitterly frustrated to see the fragments of our carefully planned lives crumble into dust, can we trust God to bring overwhelming good out of the devastation of evil. This awesome and inspiring biography of Sarah will encourage and refresh your soul as you wait for the God of all hope to reveal His glory in your life.

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