I don’t really remember the first time I came upon Bonnie Gray. It was early on, just after the two of us began blogging. The two of us couldn’t be more unlike as far as where and how we were raised and how we came up in the world. We did, however, share a single common goal—to be published authors.
Bonnie’s dream came true not long ago when she signed her first book contract. The elation and sense of accomplishment that comes out of something like can’t really be described. It has to be lived. And yet all that joy and fulfillment of purpose is usually a fleeting thing, because on the heels of that can come a dark night of the soul to which no writer is fully prepared.
That’s what happened to Bonnie. Her dark night came the moment she sat down to begin writing her book, and what followed was a descent into profound anxiety and a journey to discover painful childhood memories locked deep inside her.
The result is her new book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace, which is out this week. Bonnie’s journey to healing from her past culminated in the insight that what we all need isn’t more, it’s less. It’s whitespace—the unmarked part of a page, the untouched portion of a painting. The emptiness left for Christ to fill.
I read Bonnie’s book in one sitting, a testament to the style of her writing and the deeply honest stories she tells. I finished understanding not for the first time that we often don’t have the answers as to why we struggle through so much of life, but sometimes we come to understand that our journey through darkness exists so we can help others through theirs.
You can purchase Finding Spiritual Whitespace through Amazon here. It’ll stir you. Promise.