Refreshed – John Hindley

Refreshed is a book of devotions specifically to take away to read when you are on holiday. Most people take some holiday reading with them, and this is such a delightful idea.

Holidays are meant to be a time of refreshing, but I know that I have always treated them as a holiday from everything, including spending time with God. How wrong this is, and in fact how much more refreshing a break would be if I spent some quality time with God.

This is a well-planned devotional that is a must pack in your holiday hand luggage.

It is well written, gentle, designed to bring peace and rest. It is structured in a way that you can dip in to the appropriate sections, or just pick those topics that you feel are appropriate to your particular break.

They are a good length to read each day – enough to have the calming, soothing words spoken over your day, to lead you to a deeper rest. Taking the initial lead from the principles laid down in Psalm 1 (“like a tree planted by streams of water”), the Bible passages selected are appropriate for different stages of a holiday.

The commentary is not at all heavy going, mixed in with some fun anecdotes as well as profound truths being shared, that will minister to your soul as you rest in His presence each day.

I do like the way it has been written to involve the whole family, with ideas for family time together each day, by way of some practical, creative and fun ideas to keep God’s word with you through the holiday.

I have a feeling that if I had used this book on previous holidays, the time would have been so much more relaxing and fruitful.

There are some challenging thoughts, that are posed to help the reader gain a deeper and truer release into a place of rest… the sort of rest and peace that we should be able to expect.

Refreshed, by John Hindley, is available here.

I received an advance complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no pressure to provide a favourable review.