Stay by Anjuli Paschall

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A book review of Stay: Discovering Grace, Freedom, and Wholeness Where You Never Imagined Looking by Anjuli Paschall

A book review of Stay: Discovering Grace, Freedom, and Wholeness Where You Never Imagined Looking by Anjuli Paschall

Stars: ****

Bethany House Publishers (2020)
Christian Inspirational
220 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: As women, we are exhausted. Our hearts are being wrung out to dry–squeezed and yanked in every direction. We take care of everyone but ourselves. We’ve gotten lost in bedtime routines and our Costco lists. We have lost our voices in the storm of everyday life. We need to be reminded to reach inward and heed the quiet voice whispering, Stay.

This book is for anyone who longs for a connection with God and his people but can’t seem to escape the haunting feelings of guilt, shame, loneliness, and fear. Through raw, authentic stories, (in)courage writer Anjuli Paschall invites you to stop running from your pain and to recognize that the deep end of your story is the way to intimacy with Christ. Alongside Anjuli, you will encounter a loving God who invites you to stay with him at the table of your soul, where you are free to spill the milk, to fumble through your words, to embrace the awkwardness and the joy, and to taste and see that he is good.


This was a beautiful book that is full of the author’s personal stories. She isn’t just telling you what to do, she has lived her advice and has seen it work. It makes so much sense that we need to stop running away from our problems but that is easier said than done. The book shows us why and how staying in our mistakes, vulnerability, loneliness and pain brings us closer to God.

My favourite quote:

“For us, marriage has been about overlowing toilets, leaky faucets and aimlessly following around a toddler. It has been about crying babies and cars refusing to start. Marriage has been about walking with Sam through his parents’ divorce: his dad leaving, his mom staying and his brother moving in with us. Marriage has been about negative pregnancy tests, emergency c-sections, dangerously ill children and weeks without sex.”

Stay by Anjuly Paschall

There is more to that quote above but it was basically trying to get to the point that a marriage is not about all the perfect moments but about the hard moments that you stay in together.

I recommend this book to any Christian who is struggling in any way. It will help.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.