Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review: Getaway with God

Getaway with God
By Letitia Suk
Kregel, 2016


What if a simple day away could transform your life?

Does spending time with God sound like just one more thing to check off an ever-increasing to-do list? How are you supposed to fit in anything that threatens to be more time-consuming? Too often there's simply no room to experience the intimacy, grace, and peace that God offers us.

Getaway with God does more than invite you to step away from life's pressures to take a personal retreat. It shows you exactly why you must---for your sake and for your family's.

With grace and warmth, Letitia Suk provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman on any budget to plan time away, whether it's a quick, half-day break or a weeklong time of restoration. You'll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you'll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.

No matter what your season in life, the time for retreat is now!

Purchase a copy:

My thoughts

I really like this book … but more than simply liking it, I found it to be an excellent resource for strengthening our relationship with God, growing closer to Him, and finding spiritual renewal.

Many Christians make time for daily quiet times with God, but Letitia Suk introduces us to something more. The word “getaway” is key here, for it involves removing ourselves from all that would distract us and spending one-on-one time with God. Easy to accomplish? Not really. Necessary and rewarding? Definitely! My church used to encourage its ministers to regularly take a personal retreat day. I don’t know if it still does, but I certainly hope so. This getaway would benefit every Christian, however, not just ministers.

Letitia starts off by asking, “What if you could plug your soul in for a long recharge like you do you phone every night?” Now that’s something that I suspect all of us can relate to. Letitia provides tons of encouragement and practical resources. There’s no “one size fits all” plan for a personal retreat; it can be for a few hours, overnight, or even longer. There’s even a chapter filled with Sabbath retreat ideas.


“Most of us don’t need convincing that God speaks to people.
We just aren’t sure he will speak to us.”

My favorite chapter is where Letitia talks about the types of personal retreats, giving specific information. For instance, their purpose can be restorative, listening, or goal-setting. I would love to get away for eight hours or so and do a “listening” retreat using the Lectio Divina form of meditation that she describes.

Getaway with God is an important book for everyone. If you want to plan a personal retreat, this is a wonderful resource. If the idea of a personal retreat isn’t even on your radar, reading it just might change your mind.

Highly recommended.


Letitia invites women to chase the Intentional life. She writes and speaks of God's renewal and restoration and offers platters of hope to women in each season of life. Tish is also a personal retreat guide and life coach in the Chicago area and moonlights as a hospital chaplain. You might run into her walking by Lake Michigan, browsing resale shops, or making up a new tradition. She blogs at and is also the author of Rhythms of Renewal.

Website | Facebook | Twitter

I was provided a free copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

No comments:

Post a Comment