“Many of us come to the Bible carrying the weight of expectation, fear, or inner-baggage, longing for the Bible to become more than the book we study in order to perform. What if it becomes a story we enter, one that opens our hearts to a mysterious God? In Unquiet Time Heather Caliri gives us the tools to explore our questions, and follow them all the way into God’s loving presence. It is an approachable, interactive, challenging, and beautiful book.”
-Micha Boyett, author of Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, & Everyday Prayer
Have you allowed yourself to ask God honest questions about how the heck you’re supposed to read Scripture? Have you examined the unspoken rules you follow when it comes to the Word? Have you thought about the hidden attitudes, assumptions, and habits that guide your encounters in the Bible? Have you ever faced your panic, anger, fear, or shame about the Good Book?
Have you felt guilty for not reading the Bible “enough”? Do you long to know what “enough” would look like?
Unquiet Time will help you answer your questions–in your own way.
It’s a little (un)devotional guide. It has a lot of open-ended questions, quotes about the Bible that surprised and challenged me, and some white space for thinking, doodling, or scrawling angry, bewildered, hopeful, or joyful thoughts.
On doodling: I doodled this project into being.
I took my rudimentary drawing and graphic design and Photoshop skills and hand-wrote almost everything in the book. It is my raw, honest, beginner self inviting you bring a beginner’s spirit its pages.
I was inspired by Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal; a sketchbook that encourages you to destroy it in the process of creating art.
I encourage you to wreck this devotional. Wreck your shame-faced ways of approaching God. Wreck your tired approaches to Scripture, your tidy, stifling rules, your boredom, your wariness, your pretending. Break and tear and come undone in the hopeful expectation that the Creator of everything will put you back together.
Creative destruction will be our watchword, our talisman, our first step towards wholeness.
What are people saying about Unquiet Time?
“In Unquiet Time, Heather Caliri bravely and boldly invites you to a journey of discovery and transformation. The often surprising, sometimes wonderfully disruptive exercises will stretch you, nourish you, and call you to a deeper, truer love for the God who longs to be known by you.
-Jerusha Clark, author of Every Thought Captive and The Life You Crave
“As disarming as it is invitational, Unquiet Time deftly moves past our tired defenses to reopen our hearts to the Bible. This is a book that artfully takes our heart’s pulse, even as it nudges us to ask: “How would I read the Bible if I was not afraid?”
-Suzanne Burden, co-author of Reclaiming Eve
Let’s journey into these hard questions together, okay? Let’s hold hand and jump, knowing that the King of our hearts can handle any darkness we’ve hidden there.