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Pause in Wonder

Pause in Wonder

Learning to Delight in God and His World 

Author: Deacon Eddie Ensley

Author: Robert Herrmann

Price: $15.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-955-4

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: May 8, 2020

More Personal Growth, Spirituality


Do you want more joy in life? Make room for a daily encounter with the Lord.

In Pause in Wonder, Eddie Ensley recounts stories from his own spiritual journey as a Native American and a Catholic deacon to show how you can experience joy even in the most difficult circumstances. Simple, spiritually sound prayer practices—based on scripture and tradition—heighten your sense of wonder and bring you greater joy in everyday life.

“Joy has its tendrils in God,” writes Deacon Eddie Ensley. “It draws on the infinity of his love. Having joy is a matter of being in relationship with the wellspring of joy, not due to our circumstances. God is always available, always ready to touch us. The question becomes: Are we willing to touch him? Do we want to seek deep joy in our lives?”

With compassion and wisdom, Ensley draws from his Native American heritage and spiritual journey to the Church to explore joy’s true meaning and how to find it and experience it in both happy and discouraging seasons of life. Combining prayer exercises with his personal testimony, Ensley and his ministry collaborator Deacon Robert Herrmann will help you appreciate in a new way the life-changing power of the sacraments and other riches of the Church, and to be more mindful of the invisible realities all around you.

Ensley and Hermann offer step-by-step pointers to help you cultivate practical spiritual habits such as engaging in contemplative prayer and journaling to enrich your prayer life. You will also learn how to:

  • Choose joy, centering your whole being on God
  • Become the custodian, rather than the prisoner, of your thoughts and emotions
  • Experience release from stresses and worries by learning to “sing with the angels”
  • Pour out your joy upon others through the intentional practice of compassion.

You will discover how to encounter God in deeply personal yet practical ways. Fresh approaches to prayer combined with scripture and the wisdom of the saints will help you rejoice always and appreciate life in all its messy excellence.


"Experience joy anytime and anywhere, even in the midst of suffering."

"One of the biggest lies many of us accept each day is that joy is a reaction to external circumstances. In reality, true joy comes from within and flows from the power of Holy Spirit. In Pause in Wonder, Deacon Eddie Ensley and Deacon Robert Herrmann remind us that we can experience joy anytime and anywhere, even in the midst of suffering. As they so powerfully point out, joy is a choice. If you’re looking to find greater joy in your life, start by choosing to read this book. You won’t regret it!"

Gary Zimak
Catholic speaker, radio host, and author of Give Up Worry for Lent!"

"Beautifully written, honest, tender and uplifting."

"Pause in Wonder is beautifully written, honest, tender and uplifting. I loved especially Deacon Eddie Ensley’s candid sharing about his own struggles, his descriptions of the beauty of nature, and his anecdotes about his grandparents and his Native American heritage. His life bears witness to the fact that the gospel expresses itself in the cultures of various peoples, while those cultures are also purified and restored in Christ."

Mary Healy
Professor of sacred scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

"A personal and compelling sharing of loss, pain, and grief."

"Pause in Wonder offers a personal and compelling sharing of loss, pain, and grief. This story is a wonderful bridge-builder and a journey of hope and joy especially for our native brothers and sisters searching for their roots who face shame for their identity. This book points to an enculturated approach to find your true self with scripture, family history, prayer, and poetry."

Sr. Kateri Mitchell
Founder of The Tekakwitha Conference