The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The Power of Pause

Becoming More by Doing Less

Spiritual writer and workshop leader Terry Hershey wants us to slow down and savor the present moment. He's written a paperback divided into 52 short and snappy essays that goes against the 24/7, multitasking, hurry-up and don't-let up trends of our times. He explains that the power of pause is as much about what we don't do as what we do. A pause can be passive (stop, let go, be still, breathe out) or active (be attentive, conscious, take responsibility, breathe in).

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Hershey is a gifted storyteller, so you'll find a treasure trove of delightful tales here. He's also a great lover of quotations, and he headlines every chapter with a favorite. But what we liked best in this book are the spiritual practices he suggests. Here's one example: "This week, embrace the mundane acts, such as washing dishes, pulling weeds, commuting, walking the dog. Consider them a form of prayer" (Loyola Press ).


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