Sanctuary invites you to step into a quiet space where you can breathe again. Through this 31-day devotional, experience a sense of peace and purpose by cultivating 31 practices that work together to reshape your inner being.

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Sanctuary by Denise Hughes

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Sanctuary: Cultivating a Quiet Heart in a Noisy and Demanding World

Whether it’s the TV or radio continually playing in the background or the persistent pinging on our phones, the constant noise and frenetic pace of modern life can be overwhelming. The cacophony of cultural messages that permeate the air produces an inner restlessness that says, “You should be doing more, saying more, posting more, and sharing more.”

More than ever, we need sanctuary, not only as a refuge from the noise around us but also as a place where God’s truth can be clearly heard.

This 31-day devotional explores what it means, and what it looks like in very practical ways, to lead the “quiet life” that Paul speaks of in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12. Readers will come to see that a quiet life doesn’t mean escaping from the world around them, but centering their hearts on Christ, so they can live with a clear focus, a quiet confidence, and a steady peace.

In Sanctuary, readers will…

  • Identify the cultural “noise” that strips away our sense of peace.
  • Cultivate the practices that help us to develop a quiet confidence.
  • Glean the best the Internet has to offer while remaining rooted in the real relationships.
  • Write a different script for their future by looking to Christ as their sanctuary.


Does Your Heart Need Sanctuary?

what others are saying…

“This book is right on time! In Sanctuary, Denise invites us into a deeply restful rhythm of grace—that we might reemerge with peace and purpose as lights for Christ.”

~ Wendy Speake, author of The 40-Day Sugar Fast and The 40-Day Feast

“Sanctuary invites us to consider how we might choose to participate in online life with focus and intention after we’ve first connected with the One who is our sanctuary.”

~ Michelle Van Loon, author of 7 books including Translating Your Past: Finding Meaning in Family Ancestry, Genetic Clues, and Generational Trauma

“Sanctuary is a breath of fresh air amidst shelves full of fluff which tell us how to try harder and be better. Instead of trying to find our identity in who we are and what we do, in Sanctuary, Denise calls us to seek our significance in Jesus.”

~ Katie Orr, Bible teacher and author of the FOCUSed 15 Bible Studies and Secrets of the Happy Soul

“If you’re ready to escort some quiet into your loud life right now, Sanctuary is the one book you need.”

~ Glynnis Whitwer, Executive Director of Communications at Proverbs 31 Ministries

“All devotionals are not created equal, and Sanctuary is one of those that will linger with you long after you’ve put it down.”

~ Robin Dance, author of For All Who Wander and the Journey Guide

“Biblically solid and filled with wisdom, let Denise walk you through a 31-day journey of hope, helping you unplug from the noise and dive deep into the rest and stillness found only in Christ.”

~ Kate Battistelli, author of The God Dare and Growing Great Kids

“In her newest book, Sanctuary, Denise wisely and winsomely encourages her readers to find their ultimate sanctuary in God’s presence through his word. I can think of no better way to start each day.”

~ Shelly Wildman, author of First Ask Why: Raising Kids to Love God through Intentional Discipleship.

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More than ever, we need Sanctuary, not only as a refuge from the noise around us, but also as a place where God's truth can be clearly heard.
Cultivating a quiet life isn't a trend or a brand; it's a way of life that emanates from a soul committed to becoming more like Christ.
To cultivate a quiet heart isn't a one-time act or a one-stop journey. It's an ongoing habit of grace.
There's something about stillness and a corresponding quietness of heart that is inviting, especially in a world full of hustle and never-ending noise.
We are changed for the better when we look to Truth more than to YouTube.
I still have moments when I'm not at my best, but when those moments come, I know where I can go to find true rest.
We may not ever know the extent to which the Lord will use our circumstances to point others to him. Our task is to be faithful with what's in front of us.
More Scripture. Less social media. More prayer. Less podcasts. More books. Less blogs. More time with you. Less time with YouTube.
Not all loud sounds are noise! Some are joyous expressions of great love and deep gladness and overwhelming gratitude.

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meet the author

Denise didn’t wake up one day and decide to give the quiet life a try. This journey toward cultivating a different way to live was birthed in a season that was anything but quiet. To break the cultural conformity that had seeped into both her professional and personal life, she started making changes, and with God’s lavish grace, these changes culminated in a counter-cultural way to move through each day. Now, when she’s not teaching literature and composition to young adults, she’s enjoying quiet evenings with her husband, taking long walks, and standing in awe of sunsets.


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