Priority releases Guilt-Free Quiet Times
[November 05, 2013]
After years of producing Bibles studies with teaching videos, Priority Ministries released its first stand-alone book today. Guilt-Free Quiet Times: Exposing the Top Ten Myths about Your Time with God was written by Emily E. Ryan, Priority’s Executive Editor.
“Several years ago, Laurie [Cole, Priority’s President and Founder] discussed three common quiet time myths on her popular Front Porch Friday videos,” Emily said. “Her messages not only resonated with the readers, they resonated with me as well.”
Emily wondered if she was alone in her constant feelings of “quiet time guilt,” so she conducted a quiet time survey in April and found that most women experienced similar guilt in some form or fashion. “Some women feel guilty for not journaling or for having a quiet time in the evening instead of the morning,” she said, “and it was clear that someone needed to be the first to strip away the legalism.”
Emily began researching what women were being taught about “proper” quiet times compared to what the Bible has to say about spending time with God and found that there were even more myths than the original three that Laurie mentioned.
“Since writing Guilt-Free Quiet Times, not only is the time I spend with the Lord more precious, but the time I spend doing other things is sweeter too,” Emily said. “Once I stripped away the formulas, what I found was freedom. Freedom to experience God in new and invigorating ways and freedom to enjoy His blessings guilt-free. I pray that everyone who reads this will discover the same freedom.”
Guilt-Free Quiet Times mixes Scripture with sarcasm to help women move from the “have to” mentality of spending time with the Lord to the “get to” mentality. It also offers several pages of innovative, but practical, suggestions to foster intimacy with God and discussion questions that small groups and book clubs will find helpful.