The Power of Pause

Loyola Press
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Simplify your life. Clarify your goals. Multiply your joys. Terry Hershey, popular speaker and frequent retreat leader, understands that life is busy and getting busier. However, he also knows from personal experience that there is always a price to pay if we don't regularly take time simply to pause-to cease activity, to treasure quiet time, and to discern the deep meaning of life's little moments. In The Power of Pause, Hershey counters the cultural decree that says we cannot lead a fulfilling life unless we are constantly doing something and, at least metaphorically speaking, going somewhere. Through 52 short chapters-each filled with an inspiring quote, a powerful story or meditation, and a specific call to action-we come to realize the profound value of stillness in our days and balance in our lives. We are also challenged by Hershey's meditations to move forward by making intentional decisions rather than reactionary ones, and by refocusing our desires and goals on the things that truly count. The Power of Pause encourages all of us, regardless of who or where we may be, to slow down, reconnect with what's important, and take back the life we were always intended to have. What if . . . bull; What if life isn't about finishing on top, but knowing when to stop? bull; What if life isn't about learning to live with stress, but learning to live with less? bull; What if life isn't about pushing yourself to the limit, but embracing every minute? bull; What if life isn't about constant action, but eliminating distraction? bull; What if life isn't about what you chase, but resting in God's grace? The Power of Pause will forever change the way you think about and live your life. When you develop the capacity to do less, you'll find that you can become so much more-more present to those you love and to your own life, more in awe of the daily joys and wonders of this world, more focused on the little things, which are really the big things. If you're ready to be totally surprised by the gift of stillness, then it's time to experience the power of pause-for the "rest" of your life!
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Terry Hershey is the founder of Hershey & Associates, an organization that provides workshops and seminars on building balanced lives and healthy relationships. Terry is also a professional landscape designer who savors daily pauses in his personal garden behind his home on Vashon Island, Washington, where he lives with his wife and son. He is the author of eight books, including Beginning Again and Soul Gardening: Cultivating the Good Life.

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Loyola Press
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Jun 30, 2010
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When did being "too busy" and "going through the motions" become a way of life? It’s no surprise that the rush between meetings and e-mails, sports practices and church functions is tiring, even exhausting. It’s time to stop running and start following.

Jesus’s call to "Follow Me" was not just an invitation to faith; it was a prescription for living well. Walking through the seven "Follow Me" statements in the Gospel of Matthew, author Josh Moody explores Jesus’s teachings of hope, life, truth, freedom, humility, greatness, and glory in 7 Days to Change Your Life. In each statement and with each teaching, Jesus gets closer to Calvary and closer to the cross, and you get closer to finding a focus for your life—no matter how hectic it may be.

Although following Jesus is not a new concept to believers, following Jesus completely becomes difficult when life moves faster and faster. Organized to be read a chapter a day, Josh meets you in your busy, hectic schedule and reveals a biblical plan to revitalize your life in as little as seven days.


“Wonderfully accessible and culturally relatable, the book is destined to draw believers young and old to a fuller and ever-flourishing relationship with the King of Kings. A must read!” ~ Harold B. Smith, President and CEO, Christianity Today

“I am confident that readers will find real guidance and genuine enablement in the pages of this thoughtful and readable volume. It is joy for me to commend this new work.” ~ David S. Dockery, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“At the risk of sounding simplistic he tells us that the way to start again or to experience a revitalization is to change your mind about what you’ve been doing and rethink where you’re wanting to go. But here’s the point - this change of mind is linked to Jesus and the revitalized life is called ‘Following Jesus.’” ~ Stuart Briscoe, Speaker, Author, Broadcaster on “Telling the Truth”

“The biggest need in the church today is for more disciples. Not hipper preachers, or dazzling worship, or even stunning sanctuaries. The biggest need is for more believers to follow after Jesus and become authentic disciples. Josh Moody has provided a great service to the church in that pursuit with 7 Days to Change Your Life. Absorb its contents, meditate on its message and learn more exactly how to leave your past behind and experience a future walk that is life-changing.” ~ J. Paul Nyquist, President, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

“Pastor Josh Moody’s new book, 7 Days to Change Your Life, could do just that. Its relentless focus on what it means to follow Jesus is the right prescription for all such readers. In fact, seven days with this book will be life-changing for any and all who are willing to embrace its godly counsel.” ~ Duane Litfin, President Emeritus of Wheaton College

“In 7 Days to Change Your Life, Josh Moody makes a bold promise of life change... and delivers it. Josh invites us to follow Jesus as the disciples he has called us to be. In this accessible volume, you’ll be able to jump in quickly but still come out changed.” ~ Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguish Chair, Wheaton College

“This rich seven day curriculum brings to sharp focus and creative application that transformational discipleship so necessary for both the individual believer and the corporate church body.” ~ David Bruce, Executive Assistant to Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

“Are you weary in your walk with the Lord? Has it become routine, mundane, joyless? In this book, you will find a challenge to start again – a 7 day plan that is guaranteed to renew, refresh and redirect your relationship with the Savior. If you are ready to respond when Jesus says, ‘Follow Me,” then open the pages of this book and get ready for the journey of a lifetime!” ~ Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host

“Josh Moody creatively and compellingly makes the case that following Christ is the heart of discipleship. From biblical texts and themes, and from his own experience he guides us to new depths of understanding and faithful motivation as followers of Jesus in every-day life.” ~ Dennis P. Hollinger, Ph.D., President & Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

“As Christians, we too often separate our activities – such as sharing the gospel, doing justice and caring for others from our inner spiritual journey. By focusing on virtues such as hope, humility and truth, Josh Moody bridges this gap. He encourages us to be contemplative activists, having both deep roots and wide branches.” ~ Alec Hill, President Emeritus InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

“Josh Moody is a Biblical scholar and a pastor who loves the people he serves. In his book, he uses the structure of a 7-day week to provide an insightful and thoughtful understanding of our role as disciples of Christ. In so doing, he reminds us of the importance of knowing the Jesus we serve, understanding the depth of His love for us, and experiencing the reality of having a relationship with Him for now and eternity. When the week is over, the reader will have a new and refreshed understanding of their Lord and Savior.” ~ C. William Pollard, Chairman, Fairwyn Investment Company

“Taking his point of departure from Jesus’ seven “Follow me!” statements in Matthew’s Gospel, Josh Moody beckons you to follow him on a 7-day journey to revitalize your life – a time to reflect, refocus, and be refreshed spiritually. Highly recommended!” ~ Andreas Kostenberger, Author of Excellence, Founder of Biblical Foundations™ (, and Ministry Council Member of The God-Centered Life

“Pastor Josh Moody creatively weaves together themes from several key NT texts to exhort and encourage Christians to pursue a God-honoring, Christ-exalting lifestyle.” ~ Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; Chair, Committee on Bible Translation

“We forget so easily who we are as Christians and what we are called to do. Moody reminds us afresh what it means to be a follower of Jesus. In a profound and yet simple way we are addressed anew by Jesus Christ himself as Moody unpacks the call to discipleship.” ~ Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“I love the idea of a seven-day personal revival and recommitment of what it means to truly follow Jesus! Josh Moody is going against the tide of endless technology and communication by challenging us to turn off our phones and TVs at home and to ponder God's Word, grow in grace and truth, and walk in the footsteps of our Savior.” ~ Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher for LifeWay Christian Resources, author of This Is Our Time, Gospel-Centered Teaching, and Counterfeit Gospels

“Josh Moody offers the church a great gift in this engaging and timely call to radical Christian discipleship. Filled with biblical insight and pastoral wisdom, 7 Days to Change Your Life provides a clear and Christ-centered roadmap to the abundant life. If we desire to follow Jesus in the midst of our current cultural pressures, we cannot afford to ignore his appeal.” ~ David Setran, Price-Lebar Chair of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College

“Josh Moody provides a unique look at what it means to follow Jesus, using thoughtful illustrations from a wide historical and cultural spectrum. In Seven Days to Change Your Life, new believers will acquire a deeper understanding of true discipleship, and seasoned saints will find fresh zeal to persevere.” ~ Lydia Brownback, author, Finding God in My Loneliness and A Woman’s Wisdom

“A mine of biblical wisdom interwoven with pastoral experience and theological insightfulness to refocus our journey on a God-centered life.” ~ Leonardo De Chirico, Pastor and theologian, Rome (Italy), director of the Reformanda Initiative

“This wonderful Bible-centred book is a fabulous example of how to follow Jesus as God's Word shows us, showing how its clear teaching transforms our lives in a profoundly practical and entirely life-changing way.” ~ Christopher Catherwood, Historian, Writer, and Author of Martyn Lloyd-Jones: His Life and Relevance for the 21st Century

“7 Days to Change Your Life by Josh Moody is a rich devotional book written by a theologian pastor who is gospel-centered, culturally-savvy and discipleship-driven. This devotional book is not a surface light-read for the casual fan of Jesus, but a thorough exposition of the call to follow Jesus. Read this book and be informed, enriched and transformed.” ~ Jim Tomberlin, Author, Founder of MultiSite Solutions

"Dr. Josh Moody provides a much-needed devotional guide in this day and age for a world which desperately craves and needs spiritual guidance but may not know it. Beautifully written like a parable, this helpful book, structured around the number 7 (the 7 days of Creation, Jesus's 7 signs, his 7 'follow me' and 'I Am' statements, the 7 Churches of Revelation)...refocuses the attention on what is most important.” ~ Allen Yeh, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies & Missiology, Biola

“There is a lot of confusion in the evangelical church about what it truly means to follow Jesus. Many Christians talk about the call to discipleship, but in the midst of our busy lives many of us fail to consider what the Bible says about this call. So turn away from distractions and let Josh Moody help you see anew what John’s Gospel and Revelation teach us about this simple call and lifelong challenge. You will benefit tremendously from this renewed vision of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.” ~ Chris Bruno, author, The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words; The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses

“Josh Moody is a pastor, a scholar, and, above all, one who wants to love and follow Jesus Christ. With this book, he guides us on a journey that stirs, refreshes, and challenges. I believe you will find this book to be thoughtful, encouraging, insightful, and penetrating. No matter where you are on the path of knowing Jesus Christ, this will be a beneficial tool.” ~ Curtis Cook, Pastor of Hope Fellowship Church, Cambridge, MA

Two Canadian sisters inherit beachfront property in Mexico and take off on an adventure to claim their inheritance. They travel opulently by cruise ship to Ensenada and survive a rocky trip through Baja California, only to be shocked when they arrive in San Felipe. Their beachfront property is, indeed, on the beach, but the “structure” is a cement slab and the Airstream trailer their uncle parked on the property in the early 1960s! With the help of a few locals, the Canadian cuties figure out what to do with their less-than-desirable legacy. The true gift, they find, is that they are reconnected as sisters and discover that everything that happened along the way was part of God’s plan.

Say Olé the Sisterchick Way !

SISTERCHICK TM n.: a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a sister, and provides a reality check when you’re being a brat.

Canadian sisters Melanie and Joanne are stunned to hear they’ve inherited their uncle’s beachfront summerhouse in Mexico. With a snap, a trip is planned: They’ll travel opulently by cruise ship to Ensenada, zip over to San Felipe, sign a few papers at the bank, and the tropical hideaway will be theirs.

What they don’t expect is a spa treatment gone loco, snails and cactus on their dinner plates, risky ocean dips, a cross-country desert drive, a dishy doctor, or a Federale who doesn’t speak English! Fortunately, some problems really can be solved with coconut cake and, if necessary, a water fight. The beachfront property—and what it takes to get them there—becomes a gift beyond their wildest wishes as these Sisterchicks relinquish themselves to the dreams God has for them...all under the sombrero of His grace.

Story Behind the Book

A year ago in July, an associate from my publishing house walked up to my friend and I and said, “You need to go on a cruise.” She grinned and told us that she had a cruise package she couldn’t use and it would be her delight to see my editor and me go to Mexico on a Sisterchick adventure. After we got over the shock, we gratefully made arrangements to go cruisin’ in December. What a time we had! Was it research or was it recharging of our creative efforts? Both! The result is the third Sisterchicks novel, Sisterchicks in Sombreros! I love it when God does His God things. His eye is on the sparrow, or in this case, Robin and her Sisterchick friend!
The New York Times #1 bestselling book by Pastor Rick Warren that helps you understand the purpose of your life. As one of the best-selling nonfiction books in history, with more than 34 million copies sold, and more than 70 translations available, The Purpose Driven Life is far more than just a book; it's the roadmap for your spiritual journey. A journey that will transform your life.

"Movie stars and political leaders aren't the only ones turning to Rick Warren for spiritual guidance. Millions of people - from NBA and LPGA players to corporate executives to high school students to prison inmates - meet regularly to discuss The Purpose Driven Life.”


In The Purpose Driven Life you'll find the answers to three of life's most important questions:

The Question of Existence: Why am I alive?The Question of Significance: Does my life matter?The Question of Purpose: What on earth am I here for?

Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond survival or success to a life of significance - the life you were meant to live.

You will discover the five benefits of knowing your purpose:

It will explain the meaning of your life.It will simplify your life.It will focus your life.It will increase your motivation.It will prepare you for eternity.

The Purpose Driven Life is designed to be read in 42 short chapters that will inspire you to stop and realize how God uniquely designed you for a purpose only you can fulfill. It also includes links to 3-minute video introductions to each chapter and a 30 to 40-minute audio Bible study message for each chapter. There are also appendixes including questions for further study and additional resources.

Before you were born, God already planned your life. God longs for you to discover the life he created you to live - here on earth, and forever in eternity. Let The Purpose Driven Life show you how.

The Purpose Driven Life is available in audio book, ebook, softcover, and hardcover editions. Also available: The Purpose Driven Life video study and study guide, journal, devotional, book for kids, book for churches, Spanish edition, Large Print edition, and more.

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