Book Review: Silent Seasons by Heather Lindsey
I am a fan of Heather Lindsey, who is founder of The Pinky Promise Movement. An organisation that promotes honouring God with your life and body whether single or married. I follow her on Facebook and Instagram and it is so great because I have learned from her posts to always turn back to the Lord because He loves us so much. A few weeks back I saw on her social media sites that she had released a new book called ‘silent seasons’, I just knew I needed it. Having purchased the book on Amazon.co.uk it has been a blessing to me ever since. I have read the whole book, hence I was encouraged to write about some of the things I grabbed from reading ‘silent seasons’ and encourage others on some of the things I pulled out when I read the book.
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As you begin to read the book Heather Lindsey first presents a definition of the word ‘silent’ and ‘season’ which captured my eye. It really helped to refresh my knowledge on what I knew these words to be but to then apply it to my silent season of feeling like you are stuck, or feeling like the vision for where you are now is not where you want to be. Silent was defined as ‘still’ and season was defined as “each of the four divisions of the year marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours…” marked by particular ‘weather patterns’, I thought was significant. The season you may be going through has put you in the position of change. Sadly there may have been a death in the family, poor exam results, still seeking a job after graduation, struggling academically within your undergraduate degree; and you know you are in a different season in your life because the ‘weather patterns’ have changed. For some it’s dry, frequent rain, cloudy or raining hail stones. These may be some depictions of the seasons some of you are being carried through right now, but do not be discouraged. It says in His word:
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1 Peter 4:12 (ESV)
This was one of the many encouraging bible scriptures ‘silent seasons’ prescribes to each reader, do not be surprised at your still, quiet, frustrating season where it appears like you are not moving forward. This book helped emphasise that despite the emotion of being frustrated in a ‘still’ season, if we flex our perspective to what the word says it is to train you in the way the Lord.
Hebrews 12:11 (ESV) for the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
This has helped me put into perspective that in my ‘still’ silent season not to compare my life to others on social media where it may seem like everyone is ‘winning’ but me. Heather displays to the reader the problem of having a jealousy spirit. “Jealousy robs us from actually enjoying the journey that we are on because it forces us to focus on what we do not have”. I find this statement to be true, when you are in a season where you feel like nothing is happening, and you recognise and see that on social media (because most things are on camera these days) everyone else is having the time of their life, travelling, working dream jobs in dream locations; nevertheless when we catch ourselves owning this jealousy spirit we should flee from self-pity (2 Timothy 2:22 ESV) and focus on the blessings we do have. You name it, family, friends, food!
Often emotions of self-pity and jealousy meet when you are in the wilderness. A chapter in the book called ‘the wilderness perspective’ was so good to read because one of the lessons from this chapter was ‘do not give up’. In the book, Heather Lindsey mentioned the story of Joseph who was sold into slavery after he told his brothers that their entire family would bow down to him (Genesis 37: 1-8 NIV). Additionally, he endured trials such as, being put in prison for at least 2 years because he was accused of sleeping with Pharaoh’s wife. Heather Lindsey hit me in the heart when she said “it is all in your perspective” Joseph was tested many times, he could have given up when he kept facing problems but ‘God was with him’ (Genesis 39:21-23 NIV), that was Joseph’s perspective he believed that God was with him. This is seen in Genesis 41, in verse 40 when King Pharaoh promoted Joseph from the prison to the palace. However, the palace came after trying times; in particular after Joseph helped interpret a dream that had disturbed Pharaoh. Joseph was then removed from prison because Pharaoh saw that the spirit of God was on Joseph (Genesis 41:1-40 NIV). We can be so eager to get to the Palace that we don’t want to endure the journey that this ‘silent season’ provides which is to change our ‘perspective’ and to set our hearts on the things above not on earthly things (Colossians 3 NIV) such as, the desire to be liked or verified online when truly you are not in line with God.
I will end on this: “I believe God brings us into a silent season to restore the discipline and order of His holiness”. Well said Heather Lindsey.
Extra info on the book ‘silent seasons’:
SILENT SEASONS, HEATHER LINDSEY.
Purchased from AMAZON.CO.UK
ABOUT AUTHOR: Founder of The Pinky Promise Movement, an organisation that promotes honouring God with your life and body whether single or married. Pinky Promise was founded in January 2012 and has grown to over 50,000 women making a promise to honour God with their life. Founder, Heather challenges teens, young adults and women to rise above cultural pressure and to stay determined to live for Christ regardless of their circumstances. Facing consequences women in previous generations couldn’t imagine, ladies receive straight talk from Heather on how to say no in a yes society.
Quotes highlighted, marked and indicated with a (“) is found in the book ‘silent seasons’.