This book is for Moms. The stories inside invite mothers to hit pause. To rest a moment and notice the beauty in the now. To pause and hear, notice, see, observe. To be led beside still waters. To rest for a moment-for this moment. From the Introduction: I’ve talked often about my mother. Though she died when I was nineteen, her stories have stayed alive. Carolyn Acker Maxwell was busy and able to accomplish many tasks, but she knew the joy of hitting pause. A multitasker before multitasking became common in today’s modern, hi-tech world, she refused to be controlled and obsessed by it. She chose to take time to appreciate the wonder of moments. Mama could laugh and listen, pray and cry, come to the table and enjoy events many people would ignore. She found value in what most of us view as holding little importance. The flowers. The wind. The sun rising and setting. The rain. Asking us questions, while wanting to really hear our answers. Laughing with a joy coming from deep within. Seeing something, or someone, and refusing to rush by without appreciating that moment, that person, that life.
Pause: The Secret to a Better Life One Word at a Time
Imagine a quiet walk, hand in hand with a loved one, really listening, really connecting. Bask in the moment, feel the love. It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Much too often these potentially precious moments are swept away in the rush of everyday life.
Now is the time to enter the world of PAUSE … a time to think, evaluate, listen, observe and enjoy.
Pause with author Chris Maxwell as he explores a collection of words. Words of wonder, confession, hope, longing and dreams. Words we often rush past, rather than taking time to ponder their meanings and true value.
Immerse yourself in each story. Ponder and meditate on each reflective word. Reconnect with life and all it has to offer. Pause.
“Here it is, my friends: a great book to be read one word at a time. My major mistake while reading Pause was that I did so too quickly. I must read it again…and again until I slow down and let it change me.”
— Calvin Miller / Author
“Chris Maxwell has done it again! His creative insights about life, God, situations, and hope come through in this collection designed to take us through a weekly encounter that will inspire and transform.”
— Dr. A.D. Beacham / General Superintendent, International Pentecostal Holiness Church
“Spending time with God is not a religious duty or a mundane exercise. Intimacy with God is like breathing. The words in this book will draw you deeper into your own daily dialogue with God.”
— J. Lee Grady / Author, Speaker
Founder of The Mordecai Project
Unwrapping His Presence
This year, why not go through the ups and downs of the holiday season with Jesus right by your side.
in the buzz of overcrowded malls or as you visit a friend in the hospital. Hear him in the rhythm of the holiday music dancing through the air—the music of people chattering, telephones ringing, children playing, sirens blaring, horns honking…the music of the life you live.
Return home to the warmth and festivities, and allow the savory twists of poetry in this book to unwrap the presence of the One who gave His life for you so that you could spend eternity with Him. The One who is called—Emmanuel (God with us)
Chris’ new book, Unwrapping His Presence, has been released in time for Christmas. Purchase copies for you and your friends.
Unwrapping His Presence is a collection of 25 stories. Mary DeMent contributed five of the stories, and Brent Chitwood did the artwork. Enter this season of Christmas with Unwrapping His Presence.
New Video Interviews Online
There was recently an article on the Emmanuel College website about the interviews. Read the Emmanuel College Interview
Chris Maxwell: Author, Speaker and Pastor
In a world packed with chaos and confusion, Chris Maxwell’s words offer hope . Read them. Hear them. We believe you will be changed. You might not view life the way you’ve always seen it before.
Chris Maxwell offers honesty that lets audiences know they aren’t alone. His various writings welcome us into a community and guides us to learn truth along with others; we do not have to live in isolation.
He does not let his battle with epilepsy defeat him. Instead, he speaks as an Epilepsy Advocate to bring hope to patients and their friends. He argues that we all can “seize the day,” no matter what disabilities or disappointments we face in life.
As Campus Pastor and Director of Spiritual Life at Emmanuel College, Chris emphasizes the importance of learning the greatest truth of all through music, drama, stories, prayer, investigations of truth, and the spiritual disciplines.
His books, Changing My Mind and Beggars Can Be Chosen , welcome readers to review their own life experiences.
Chris Maxwell’s encouragement motivates us all to endure and enjoy this journey of life. He speaks and writes for companies, writers’ conferences, business conventions, churches, magazines, schools, sports events, motivational gatherings, hospitals, or spiritual renewal retreats.
Epilepsy Advocate Radio is one of the many resources offered by Epilepsy Advocate—a community of people and their families living with epilepsy. Epilepsy Advocate Radio offers inspirational stories and commentary from people living with epilepsy in a series of individual interviews, led by Epilepsy Advocate Chris Maxwell. For more information, go to EpilepsyAdvocate.com or find us on Facebook: Facebook.com/EpilepsyAdvocate.