While on Vacation: A Guilt-Free Guide to Staying in Love with God When Taking Time Off

While on Vacation: A Guilt-Free Guide to Staying in Love with God When Taking Time Off

by Joseph David Graves


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Does God want us to have fun?

Sure, God wants us to take time to rest, but should we also take time to play? Should our Sabbaths be serious?

These are the questions that fueled this study. Pulling from Old and New Testament passages, "While on Vacation" is an attempt to capture God's perspective on having fun. It's a devotional; it's vacation journal; but it's also a theology of play.

"While on Vacation" includes 16 devotions, dozens of memory book activities, a place to "rate your experience," a world map to track your travel, ideas for your staycation, a place to plan your "re-entry," sudoku, mazes, slitherlink, a crossword puzzle and 4 pages for adult coloring.

This book is designed to be your companion for those times when you want to rest, enjoy yourself, have fun, and relish your time away from everyday life but you don't want to leave God behind. Instead, you want to have fun with God. Whether you're on vacation, or--in the words of Bill Murray's character in "What about Bob?"--you just want to "take a vacation from your problems," then this devotional is for you.

I hope you find this devotional + journal to be the ultimate guilt-free guide to staying in love with God while on vacation.


Unlike the hardcover version of this book, the paperback version does not include journaling space. It's designed to be lighter, thinner, (more affordable) and the perfect companion for those who have their prefered journals already.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692754238
Publisher: Color Canvas Media
Publication date: 07/09/2016
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

Table of Contents

Preparing for Vacation
Something to Look Forward To 22
My Vacation Goals 24
My Itinerary 26

When Heading Out of Town
A Prayer for the Journey 29
My Packing List 30
Oh, the Places You'll Go! 32
Hello! 34

When Staying Home
A Prayer for Your Home 37
My Staycation 38
Map Your Staycation 40

Your Vacation Starts Now
Your Work Can Wait 44
Vacation Was God's Idea 48
Stop Feeling Guilty 52
An Extra Layer of Joy 56
God Wants to Give You Something 60
Jesus Knew How to Throw a Party 64
How to Avoid a Purpose-driven Vacation 68
There's a Time for Everything 72
Is It Childish? 76
Beauty as Medicine 80
Leisure Time 84
Time for a Nap 88
A Humble Joy 94
It's All Part of the Plan 98
Rate Your Experiences 102

Headed Back to Work
Be Thankful 112
My Re-entry Plan 115

Sudoku and other Puzzles
Sudoku (novice) 118
Sudoku (intermediate) 122
Sudoku (tough) 126
Slitherlink (novice) 128
Mazes 132
Crossword Puzzle 136
Answers 138
Sudoku (novice) 138
Sudoku (intermediate) 140
Sudoku (tough) 142
Slitherlink (novice) 144
Crossword Puzzle 146
About the Author 148
References 148

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