“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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