Waiting for Wonder by Marlo Schalesky | Blog Tour and Live on God’s Timing Giveaway

Because God’s timing is so rarely our own and we lose the wonder in the waiting of life, desperation strikes, plans backfire, and we begin to wonder why God does not fill the emptiness. Be encouraged to find strength and hope in Marlo Schalesky’s new book, Waiting for Wonder. 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.

Learn the true purpose of waiting on God and living on His timeline and enter to win Marlo’s giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • Two copies of Waiting for Wonder (one for you and one to give to a friend)
  • A KEEP Collective watch set (with a band and watch)

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 23. The winner will be announced December 27 on Marlo’s blog.

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{More about 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.

Leader guide also available.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Marlo Schalesky

{More About Marlo Schalesky}

Marlo Schalesky is an award-winning author of ten books, including “Wrestling with Wonder: A Transformational Journey Through the Life of Mary.” A regular speaker and columnist, she has also published nearly 1,000 articles in various Christian magazines, including “Focus on the Family,” “Today’s Christian Woman,” “In Touch,” and “Marriage Partnership.” Marlo lives with her husband, six young children, nine horses, two dogs, five cats, two parakeets, ten rabbits, two chinchillas, three hamsters, and a bunch of fish in a log home in Salinas, California.

Find out more about Marlo at http://www.marloschalesky.com.

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Journey into the heart of God’s timing

Marlo Schalesky walks readers through the wonder of waiting

12/8/2016 || Seattle: In today’s culture, waiting can seem like a constant nuisance. Whether it’s waiting in line, at the doctor’s office or in traffic, we are often presented with the struggle of not being in control of our own time. Likewise, believing God when a promise is new is easy, but it’s hard when the years pass and nothing changes. It’s harder still when desperation strikes, plans backfire and God does not seem to fill the emptiness. In Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timeline (Abingdon Press/November 1, 2016/ISBN: 9781501820106/$16.99), Marlo Schalesky encourages readers to think differently about our waiting periods of life.

The idea of waiting is directly opposed to our culture’s incessant message of quick results, instant gratification and personal success. We’re taught that setting our mind, dreaming big and taking action are all that’s needed to make a change. God, however, has a different plan. In Waiting for Wonder, Schalesky takes readers on a unique, contemplative journey examining the life of Abraham’s wife, Sarah, to reveal the wonder that is often missed when we find ourselves struggling to wait well. “God’s timing is so very often not our timing,” Schalesky states. “My own heart shrinks from a life filled with decades of promises still not come true, of desperate prayers that groan through months turned to years. I wrestle with the wonder of waiting.”

Each chapter recounts a significant event in Sarah’s life and an important discovery about God’s character that is revealed during times of waiting. Through Sarah’s experiences, readers can better understand God’s glory shines brightest when human plans go awry, human strength falters and human efforts fail. Like Sarah, the author also had a 20-year journey through infertility, yet Waiting for Wonder was written to apply to waiting in all areas of life. During her own wait, Schalesky described herself as trying, praying and hoping “everything” while she also kicked, screamed, complained and cried. But God changed her in the waiting place. “God made me into someone new. The waiting place turned out to be a place where God was especially active. In it, I found a place of wonder.”

Schalesky shows readers waiting well is not in mustering up the right words or persona of faithfulness. Rather, it is only through engaging with God, encountering Him when we’re mad at Him, disappointed or despairing, that He can work deep, significant change. God takes the very things that cause the most pain and shame and transforms them — in His time — for His glory.

Waiting for Wonder is a journey into the heart of God where readers will wrestle with personal questions, think deeply about God’s true character and learn to appreciate His divine work while discovering their own paths to the Promised Land. As they learn to live on God’s time, readers will recapture their hope, restore their souls and renew their vision of a wondrous Savior.

For those who would like to use the book for group study and discussion, a leader guide (ISBN: 9781501823589/ $12.99) is also available containing everything needed for a six-week conversation.

Advance Praise

“Can a book calm you and stimulate you simultaneously? Waiting for Wonder settles the angst of the modern soul long enough to carve out a quiet space where a reader can receive the challenge to follow Jesus deeper. Schalesky’s words quietly slipped into my soul where God used them to wedge loose rock-hard places to make room for transformation and life.”
     ~ Lori Stanley Roeleveld, author of Jesus and the Beanstalk

Waiting for Wonder doesn’t merely reveal Marlo Schalesky’s elegance with language, devotion to the unfailing truth of God’s Word and her ability to discover wonder-filled moments. The book does what all good books should: It invites us to think. And in the thinking and pondering, our hearts are opened to how God infuses breathless wonder in our waiting.”
     ~ Cynthia Ruchti, speaker and author of Ragged Hope and Tattered and Mended

About the Author

Marlo Schalesky is an award-winning author of 10 books, including both fiction and non-fiction. Her novels have garnered the high honors of the Christy Award and ACFW Book of the Year. Schalesky’s non-fiction releases include Wrestling with Wonder: A Transformational Journey through the Life of Mary (Zondervan) and the latest, Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timetable (Abingdon Press).

More than 1,000 of Schalesky’s articles have been published in various Christian magazines, including Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and In Touch. She has contributed devotional books for couples and children. She is a speaker and regular columnist for David C Cook’s Power for Living.

Schalesky is a graduate of Stanford University and has earned her Master’s in Theology, with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the founder and president of Wonder Wood Ranch, a California charitable organization bringing hope to a hurting community through horses.

Schalesky lives with her husband, six children and a crazy number of animals at her log-home ranch on California’s central coast.

Suggested interview questions

—What compelled you to write a book on waiting for wonder?

—Why do you think we need to learn to wait at all? Isn’t it better to do something instead?

—Can you tell us a little bit about your personal experience with waiting and why you wrote Waiting for Wonder?

—You also say our world, our culture, doesn’t help us wait well. What do you mean by that?

—You say walking with Sarah, Abraham’s wife, will help us learn to live on God’s timetable. Why do you think Sarah, given all of her mistakes, should be our guide for waiting well with God?

—Can you give us one tip for waiting well you learned through Sarah’s journey?

—Sarah was known for her barrenness — the source of all her shame — yet that is the exact thing God used to change the world. Does God still take the marks of our shame and make them into the signs of His purposes?

—What advice to you have for when we don’t wait well and mess up by trying to take matters into our own hands?

—What encouragement do you have for the person who feels trapped by the dusty dryness of waiting and is struggling to see God?

—What surprises you most about waiting, now that you’ve walked through Sarah’s journey and much of your own?

To request a review copy of Waiting for Wonder, to schedule an interview with Marlo Schalesky or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

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  • Pamela monteith says:

    Love you Marlo!

  • Pamela Monteith says:

    Just following directions!