Book Review: Finding Selah by Kristen Kill

Finding Selah by Kristen Kill

“The Psalms call it selah—the pause, rest, or interlude between the notes in a song. Stretched beyond her capacity in caring for a large family in the middle of Manhattan, Kristen Kill was exhausted, depressed, and desperate for a change. Then something sparked within her when she read the Psalms, and found that often all that stood between the psalmist’s cries for help and celebrations of praise was this simple word, selah.”

Finding Selah tells how Kristen Kill started reading the Psalms and that ended up transforming the way she thought about work, rest, and the little spaces in between. It is easy to relate to the hectic life that demands a lot. I often find myself in that place where I am exhausted, depressed, and desperate for change. That is why I wanted to read this book.

I was expecting quite a bit from this book, yet it did not quite deliver for me. First, I was a bit bothered with the way Kristen Kill wrote. Don’t get me wrong, most of the time it was beautiful. However, I often felt like she was trying too hard to write beautifully. So I ended up totally losing the point she was trying to make. Second, the back cover promised that this book will show you how to embrace the selah moments in your life. But I think it was mostly a story about how she found those selah moments in her life — and not exactly a guide for us rest.

However, there is a lot of inspiration in this book for the reader. Mainly there is inspiration to set out to read the Psalms yourself. So you can find those “selah moments” in your life as well. While I felt like this book didn’t exactly give me much, there was inspiration and encouragement. It definitely isn’t a bad read.

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I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. However, all opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  1. From one “…Abounding Grace” blogger to another, thanks for the honest review! I have loved the Psalms for their realness and offers of hope and rest and a call to go back to them is always welcomed! I’d heard of this book but hadn’t really heard from anyone who had read it yet! God has been calling me to Slow and to Savor for several years now, so any talk of Sabbath or Selah catches my eye… and stirs my heart… but there are also so many books out there right now about these things, it’s nice to get an overview to help decide if it needs to be added to the stack or not!

    1. Thank you Karrilee! The book of Psalms is one of my favorites in the Bible for sure. Just because there is so much hope and encouragement — but also reality and truth in there! I know for sure about the struggle to decide which books to read when there are so many out there! I like to read book review just for that reason, too. Thanks for stopping by here and taking the time to comment! God bless you, friend!

  2. Thanks for this thoughtful book review. I also find the Psalms a constant source of encouragement. I can only imagine the task of turning that perspective into a tool to guide others. I’m glad the author found her selah — thankfully, the rest of us can read the Psalms and find ours too!

    1. So true, Joy! I think it’s wonderful that God teaches the writer — and also the reader of the book, if He so chooses. So there is a lot for us to learn from the Psalms, all in the right time. Thank you for visiting here, Joy! God bless you!

  3. Sounds like an interesting book! I love the idea of each of us finding our own selah as we journey this life with the Lord. We definitely have to intentionally seek His rest in the midst of total chaos around us. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes! I certainly am prone to just striving and trying to accomplish things, instead of resting in His presence. Thank you for stopping by here, Christin! God bless you!

  4. Thank you for the honest review! Seems very fair and balanced. It can be tough to write one of these when the book didn’t live up to expectations.

    1. So true, Bethany! And of course that is just my experience of reading the book. It might be that the book speaks greatly to someone else, as it did have some good content. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment! God bless you, friend!

  5. Thanks for the honest review, but even more, thank you for speaking to the need to find God’s rest in our stressful days! I spent almost 2 years locked in the Psalms during a recent hard spell in my life. So I really agree about the Grace of God that is offered there. Because in the process He led me on a journey to find HIS stillness for my days. May I continue to listen to His call when He is asking me to find that SELAH in my day. Blessings to you!

  6. Ronja, I truly appreciate this review in more ways than one. I am working with an editor for mine and as she read it, she is also is coaching me on what style it is, because if I say it’s one thing but write it about me — it will throw people off. This is good learning to read your perspective on her writing.

    1. Thank you so much, Meg! I’m glad that this has helped you in your own project. I pray that God will bless you in your process of conveying everything in a good way to your readers.