Finding spiritual whitespace

Don’t know if you’ve noticed around the Internet lately, but bloggers are clamoring for a bit of quiet. Everywhere I turn, I read that another blogging friend is taking a break from the loud cacophony of the competing voices on social media, vying for two seconds of our attention.

I love this. I take a lengthy break every summer, and it’s nice to have some good company.

Lately I’ve been rereading my friend Bonnie’s words in her new (releases today!) book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace. I don’t think this book’s birth to the world could have come at a better time. I’m ravenously inhaling all the whitespace I can find. There’s something about this time of year that just calls for it, don’t you think?

Whitespace, put simply, is a graphic design term describing areas intentionally left blank. To complete the whole look, whitespace acts as a sort of art in itself; without it, we couldn’t see as well what remains.

Finding Spiritual Whitespace is a book about leaving things blank in your life so that you can better see what remains. It’s about Bonnie’s story with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, overcoming her obstacles, and finding rest through God-intimate whitespace.

With words mimicking poetry, Bonnie explores the many places we can find spiritual whitespace: in nature, in friendships, in beauty and mystery, at the table. In quiet. In spite of the clutter and chaos.

Finding Spiritual Whitespace, by Bonnie Gray

I’m thrilled that Bonnie’s giving five Art of Simple readers a copy of Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest, because I can’t think of a better book to kickstart a slow summer.

To enter to win, simply leave any comment on this post. (If you’re reading this via email, click over to the post to comment.)

This giveaway will end on Friday, June 5, and we’ll announce the winners soon after. I hope you win!

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Sounds like exactly what I need. If I don’t win a copy, I’ll buy it! Thanks for sharing.

    • Sounds like a book I want to read. Winning it would be great!

    • Rosemarie says:

      My Dad was the King of Whitespace. His life had balance. It was prayful,restful. He had daily walks. Plenty of time for family and friends. He was one who came from the Greatest generation. He was an Art teacher. We lost him on Good Friday, how fitting. He went to one computer class and that was it… too time consuming those computers. Dad was 95 years young , but he would get me to google and send the emails.
      R Moher

    • Lucille says:

      Would love the chance to read this book. Tomorrow I celebrate my 56th birthday. Three years ago I also was diagnosed with PTSD, and always have journal my thoughts. Look forward in reading this book.

    • So desperately need this!!!

    • Would love to learn how to quiet myself!!!

    • I would love have a copy,would be perfect timing.Thanks for sharing!

  2. Suzanne says:

    Dear Tsh,

    As you wrote: this book couldn’t have come at a better time. For me and for the world around me and the wider world. I hope I win a copy and if not may it go to someone who wants it as much as i do!

    have a great day,


  3. Ooh, ooh, ooh – I’ve just last night made the huge (for me) decision to abandon Facebook and Pinterest for this very reason. There – now I’ve said it publicly, I really have to stick to it ;o)

  4. Sounds like a great book. Hope you email winners BC I also gave up Facebook. As a photographer I know a lot about white space and this book sounds very interesting.

  5. Sounds like a great read!! Hoping to win.

  6. I would love to read this– just read Notes from a Blue Bike and this sounds like a great book to follow it.

  7. Rebecca in PA says:

    Sounds marvelous! Just what the season calls for!

  8. Sounds like a great book!

  9. Andrea Johnson says:

    Sounds great – pick me!

  10. Katherine says:

    I have been trying to give myself more space and only partially succeeding. I would love to read this!

  11. I would love this!

  12. Yes, I have noticed the desire for some space and time and of course I have felt this as well. We are so accustomed to being “social” that it is difficult to pull ourselves away. This sounds like a must read book!

  13. Suzanne F says:

    We live in a 24×7 world and we feel we miss something if not checking our phones, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, etc. No wonder so many of us are tired and irritable. We need to step back and reclaim the simple pleasures, This book sounds like a fabulous read! I would love to win a copy! Thank you!

  14. Sounds like a timely book that I’d love to read!

  15. Looks like an excellent book!

  16. Jennifer S says:

    Would love to read this one! I will be new to homeschooling this fall so would love to learn now how to find my whitespace.

  17. This book is blowing up my Feedly today! I so want to read it! I have a really hard time finding white space and also accepting it when it’s already there.

  18. Sounds like a great book!

  19. In the midst of our own season of rest right now! Each time I’m delivered to the doorstep of rest, I realize how much I still have to learn. Look forward to reading the book.

  20. Looks like my kind of book!!

  21. Yes, that sounds like a wonderful but with lots of good inspiration.

  22. HeatherP says:

    Sounds lovely and inspiring

  23. I am taking some time off between jobs this summer- the first time ever since I became a nurse almost twenty years ago. This sounds like the perfect book to dive into.

  24. Margo S says:

    Fortunately I’ve never joined Facebook. But Pinterest is another story. It’s fun but can steal so much time from you. This book sounds lovely.

  25. Oh, this sounds amazing. Thanks, Tsh and Bonnie!

  26. This sounds like just what I need right now!!

  27. Angie S says:

    Whitespace…I think I have plenty of it to start with, and then it somehow fills up. I need to learn how to keep it and rest in it, instead of letting little things fill it up and then being exhausted. Thank you for this giveaway!

  28. Just the cover seems like a breath of fresh air!

  29. Brittany says:

    This sounds perfect for what I’m needing right now!

  30. Mindy Hilton says:

    I need this in my life! With 5 young kids, crazy schedules, and barely time to sleep, let alone think, I’ve been trying to figure this out for years with no success.

  31. Jennifer Pazdur says:

    Would love to get a copy of this book and work some whitespace into my own life!

  32. Sounds like the perfect book for me!! Would love to have this one.

  33. What a beautiful book to kick off a slower season! Blessings!

  34. I keep thinking about going back to my blog, but I don’t. I have lots of ideas, but nothing that is ‘calling my name’. I think its just a season I’m in, and since I blog for enjoyment and enlightenment, not income, its no biggy that I’m not feeling it.

    Does sound like an interesting book to read. I am finding myself doing more reading of books as I’m not blogging so much. 😛

  35. I would love to win a copy of this book. I love the whole idea of spiritual whitespace.

  36. You’re speaking my language.

  37. Kathleen says:

    Sounds like the perfect summer read!

  38. I’m looking for some Spiritual Whitespace in my life right now. Can’t wait to read this book!

  39. Heather Stover says:

    My white space this summer is fewer or no extra curricular activities for the kiddos! It just wears me out! Where can I have more???? Need this read;)

  40. Stephanie says:

    Summer and silence are calling me!

  41. This book is on my wish list!

  42. Heather M says:

    This book sounds amazing! Can’t wait to read it!

  43. Mary Beth says:

    Look wonderful!

  44. The last few weeks I’ve been thinking about how I want to create more space in my life over the summer- this book sounds like an awesome read.

  45. I’d love to read this

  46. Bethany says:

    Sounds like a good Art of Simple Book Club book!

  47. Heidi Knepper says:

    At a time in life when i feel that i have NO whitespace, the reminder this book brings is very welcome.

  48. I’ve always defined it as needing “margin” but I like “white space” better! Hope to win a book and learn more!

  49. Christine C says:

    Who would have thought of another perfect topic out there, that hasn’t been over exposed???? Super idea!!!

  50. I have started eliminating thing that don’t add value in my life. The first for me to go was TV. I’d love to read this book for some more ideas…,

  51. I love the ideas behind this book! I’d love to have the chance to get to read it.

  52. Brenda T. says:

    I would love this! This is so where I am right now in my life.

  53. Things happen for a reason – your timing is perfect! I can’t wait to read this book!

  54. Sounds like a great book! Cool giveaway.

  55. Merridith says:

    I’ve been thinking along these lines a lot lately…what does it look like to add white space to our days and weeks…looking forward to brainstorming some ideas with others.

  56. Margaret Petry says:

    In my busy time of life with 3 little kids, I would love to read this!

  57. stephanie l says:

    sounds like a great summer read!

  58. “God-intimate whitespace” sounds like just the rest I need.

  59. Sounds like a fascinating read!

  60. Camille says:

    Would love to delve deeper into this subject and find ways to apply the concept to parenting!

  61. What a great book for a summer read!

  62. I would love this for my mom!

  63. Would love to read it…I’m all about slowing down, both our home and our lives.

  64. Love it! We’ve been pursuing more whitespace in our lives, but I feel like some more encouragement and direction would be so helpful.

  65. Sounds wonderful.

  66. quiet, in spite of chaos, sounds too good to be true. if you recommend the book I am certain of its value.

  67. Megan M. says:

    Wow! This would be perfectly perfect for me right now. Thanks so much for the fun giveaway!!

  68. I’m so excited to read this book!

  69. Stephen says:

    Man I need some spiritual whitespace in my life. Big time. Looking forward to reading it!

  70. love the idea of spiritual “white space”

  71. Sounds lovely. I’d enjoy having a copy to read!

  72. Erin B. says:

    This sounds great! I’m sure I’d get a lot out of it.

  73. Jada Schiessl says:

    I have my hand raised!

  74. I have a friend who is the main caretaker for her diabetic father, with her sisters going over in the evenings to relieve her. He has so very many health issue that someone needs to spend practically 24/7 with him, and the call in the night always is to her when there is a problem. I would love to be able to give this book to her to help her find white space in her hectic schedule to just rest in God.

  75. I’ve added this to my reading list – as a young mom, whitespace is hard to find but can be made – I’d like to hear Bonnie’s perspective on how to do that!

  76. I’m about to embark on a whirlwind summer. Would love this book about rest!

  77. This looks like a really interesting, and timely read. Thanks for always adding something to my to-read list, Tsh!

  78. I love everything about this idea. Very excited to read it.

  79. Caroline says:

    Spiritual whitespace–I know I need it, and I want it. But how do I find it? Anticipating reading this book.

  80. What a perfect time for a book like this. I’d love a copy. Thanks, Tsh and Bonnie

  81. I too have noticed many bloggers taking breaks. I think it’s wonderful that the value of quiet and hearing from the Lord is taken seriously. Ironically, as this is the first time in my life (at 42) that things ARE quieter, it’s also the time when I am really picking up writing with fervor. Over the last couple of decades I’ve been a single mom, foster mom, homeschooling mom, non-profit founder, mulitple ministry leader and foster mom of MANY (13 in 14 months). NOW I have 2 left at home (after caring for over 20). NOW I have faced the NEED to slow down due to showing signs of PTSD. NOW my brain is clearing up, my heart is filling up and the words are ready to burst out. Whether gaining spiritual white space leads to more or less writing, the gain in Him is the greatest of all. May it always be so.

  82. Wow, this seems to speak to exactly what I’m needing right now! Thanks for sharing

  83. This sounds perfect for my time of life. I just finished my college education, I’m working part-time, and I’m finishing up my first trimester of my first pregnancy. I’m adding it to my amazon wishlist right now.

  84. I’m taking off for the summer and have two priorities: getting fit and getting deep! This would be a great things to guide me in my time in getting to know The Lord better!

  85. This books sounds right up my alley. Even if I don’t win it, I will buy it.

  86. Peg Schoenfelder says:

    What a great idea to focus on not filling every moment with distraction.

  87. Annette says:

    In desperate need of such a book! It’s going on list of “must reads”.

  88. I love the heart behind this idea…yearning for my own whitespace right now.

  89. Love & need this right now. Thank you for the opportunity!

  90. Itsasne says:

    I’m in the middle of a de-cluttering spree 🙂
    I need whitespace at the moment, in all kinds of ways!

  91. Heather says:

    Love this. Thank you.

  92. I love Bonnie’s blog, her writing always brings calm to my life. I echo what someone above said, if I don’t win it I will definitely buy it.

  93. I’m also searching for peace, quiet, and serenity.
    This book could really help!

  94. Perfect timing.

  95. Definitely sounds like something I need to learn how to do. I am a single mom, so finding any kind of quiet time seems elusive most of the time.

  96. I was SO happy to read this post about this book. I don’t comment as often as I should…but I can comment on this one. Not just for the chance of being picked for the book, but also because I’ve been going through a point in my life where I need whitespace.

    One of my dear friends and I were talking a few weeks ago and I told her that my mind has about 100k thoughts every second running through it. Sometimes it is tough to simply clear it. My husband once said that I need to envision a blank sheet of paper, I replied…paper is meant to be written on and before I know it, my blank piece of paper is filled with thoughts!

    In the mornings, I sit on my deck in the quiet before my girls (ages 6 and 9) wake up…and I take my time with God. Sometimes the only prayer that I can say is “Lord, please clear my mind so that I can talk to you and hear you…”

    I look forward to reading this book!

  97. Marion Morton says:

    I need this book, so if I don’t win it, I am going to buy it. I need to find a way to allow whitespace back in. Its going to enlarge my life in ways I don’t even know yet.

  98. Christine says:

    I find white space to be essential. With two young children and a husband who prefers to be “on the go” on the weekends, I find that if I don’t somehow find at least a small bit of that quiet time, I become quite agitated.

  99. This something I have spoken to students about in a probation course I facilitate. It is often that they end up in my course because of life events and not really academic challenges I encourage students to take that step back. I would love to see what offerings Bonnie has in store for me to share.

  100. This book sounds amazing. School ends for my kids this week and this is the perfect time to read something like this. Thanks for the opportunity to do so!

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