Nonfiction Journal Review: When God Says Wait: A Devotional Thought Journal

About the Book

Title: When God Says Wait: A Devotional Thought Journal
Author: Elizabeth Laing Thompson
Genre: Christian Inspirational/Woman’s Issues
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Release Date: October 1, 2019

Publisher's Description

“A job, a true love, a baby, a cure. . .
We’re all waiting for something from God.
And the place between His answers can feel like a wasteland where dreams—and faith—go to die.
When we’re waiting, we wonder, “Why?”, “Why me?”, and “How long?”

But the truth? . . .
When God says, “Wait,” He doesn’t tell us for how long.
When God says, “Wait,” we face one of life’s greatest tests.
When God says, “Wait,” we have decisions to make.
When God says, “Wait,” we can control only two things: how we wait, and who we become along the way.

Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to journal through your personal "wait" and come out on the other side with your faith, relationships, and sense of humor intact. 

This lovely volume will encourage and inspire you in your wait--with meaningful devotional thoughts, scriptural truths, and thought-provoking journal prompts.

My Review

When God Says Wait: A Devotional Thought Journal, by Elizabeth Laing Thompson, is truly a special book! Unique and uplifting, this journal is filled with insightful, thought-provoking questions that facilitate deep, meaningful reflection. Abounding with wisdom and encouragement, this book offers genuine support for anyone who is persevering through a season of waiting.

With more than 115 different Bible verses, thoughts, and questions, this journal provides ample opportunity and space for authentic, honest introspection. This book is a fantastic tool for navigating the difficulties, the feelings, the thoughts, and the frustrations that often come with waiting.

With grace, heart, humor, and truth, this journal is as helpful as it is edifying. I recommend it enthusiastically.

*I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.

About the Author: Elizabeth Laing Thompson

“Elizabeth Laing Thompson writes at about clinging to Christ through the chaos of daily life. As a minister, speaker, and novelist, she is always seeking humor in holiness and hope in heartache. Her new books, When God Says "Wait" and When God Says, "Go," are now available from Barbour Publishing (Shiloh Run Press). Elizabeth lives in North Carolina with her husband and children, and they were totally worth the wait. 

When God Says "Wait" is Elizabeth's first book through a traditional press, although she has previously published through independent presses. Some of her other books include a young adult novel, The Thirteenth Summer, and a book for mothers of preschoolers, The Tender Years: Parenting Preschoolers (coauthored with her mother, Geri Laing). Elizabeth's essays and poetry have appeared in The Huffington Post, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Power for Living, Mamalode, Coffee + Crumbs, and BonBon Break. 

Elizabeth married her college sweetheart, Kevin Thompson, after spending several years swooning over him from the passenger seat of his Dodge Avenger on the drive to church every Sunday. Together the newlyweds went to work serving campus ministries in North Carolina and Georgia. After a long struggle with infertility, Kevin and Elizabeth became the always exhausted but totally grateful parents of one large dog and four loud kids. Now after 19 years of marriage, they still like each other even though Elizabeth beats Kevin at Ping-Pong and buys too many scandalously overpriced mochas. 

Elizabeth often addresses issues of Christian parenting on her website and Facebook page, and she writes, "We are an imperfect family, fighting to do this godly parenting thing God's way. Our house is too small and our kids are too loud. There are a lot of random gymnastics at inappropriate moments. We have frequent dance-party-related injuries, and epic sock toss battles. We call ourselves the Crazies, because we really are--but most days, we mean that in a good way. I pray the lessons we're learning, trying to wrestle Christ into the chaos of family life--will give you hope, encouragement, and a lot of good laughs."

To connect with Elizabeth, visit her website, Facebook page,, and Instagram account:” --Biography from Elizabeth Laing Thompson's author page on

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