The Sacred Pulse: Holy Rhythms for Overwhelmed Souls
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About the Author
April Fiet is a pastor, writer, and blogger. She co-pastors the First Presbyterian Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, with her husband, Jeff, and is a member of the editorial board of In All Things. Her work has appeared in Mutuality and Reformed Journal, and her guest posts have appeared on many blogs. Fiet holds degrees from Wheaton College and Western Theological Seminary. Her blog, At the Table with April Fiet, delves into the spirituality of everyday life, including handcrafting, baking, gardening, and feeding her backyard chickens. She and her husband and two children live in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Connect with her at AprilFiet.com.
Chuck DeGroat (LPC, PhD) is professor of pastoral care and Christian spirituality at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and senior fellow at Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco. He served as a pastor at churches in Orlando and San Francisco and founded two church-based counseling centers. He is a licensed therapist, spiritual director, and the author of Toughest People to Love and Wholeheartedness.
"April Fiet welcomes readers into a space that is both contemplative and practical. The book draws on a wealth of spiritual insight to help readers retreat from the busyness of life and recenter their lives around rhythms that heal, restore, and sustain." --Kristin Kobes DuMez, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus and John Wayne
"I felt seen by this book, in a way that was uncomfortable at first. The unsettling insight into my frenetic performance for God was the opening I needed to hear April Fiet's invitation: to learn to dance with God again, finding rhythms that are, paradoxically, like rest in motion." --James K. A. Smith, author of You Are What You Love and On the Road with Saint Augustine
"April Fiet shows us how to find our way to wholeness through intention, community, creativity, and a life-giving embrace of sacred time. The rhythm of this book can be heard as a joyous dance to which we are all invited." --Sophfronia Scott, author of The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton
"April Fiet is the type of pastor and writer who inspires me to be fully human and to experience the miracle of God's grace in gardening, good friends, and welcome gentleness in our complex lives." --Jes Kast, pastor of Faith United Church of Christ
"Learning a sacred rhythm for your unique life and needs is a crucial spiritual practice--a lifelong habit that nurtures spiritual formation and wholeness. April Fiet's book offers us life." --Lisa Colón DeLay, author of The Wild Land Within and host of Spark My Muse podcast
"April Fiet gives practical, profound, and transformational observations, calling us to join the sacred dance and to listen to the daily holy rhythm of God's heart. If you are weary and worn out, or simply in need of refreshing, read The Sacred Pulse and renew your soul." --Douglas S. Bursch, co-pastor of Evergreen Church and author of Posting Peace
"We have plenty of books on methods, but April Fiet shows how to grow in your awareness of the sacred in the simple, unexpected areas of your life." --Ed Cyzewski, author of Reconnect and Flee, Be Silent, Pray
"Filled with clever observations and thoughtful ideas both large and small, this book is a wonderful companion for those of us who want to reorient ourselves to healthy Kingdom rhythms, but are unsure of where to start." --Chandra Crane, author of Mixed Blessing and National Mixed Ministry Coordinator for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
"In The Sacred Pulse, April Fiet gently invites us to witness how she has exited echo chambers, hit pause on mindless consumption, and questioned her loyalty to the notion of independence, replacing these with simple, life-giving observations and practices that bring wholeness and spark justice." --Jennifer Grant, author of Dimming the Day and other books