In Wilderness Time Christian writer Emilie Griffin talks about the importance of creating oases in our lives to commune with God. "In the country of God's affections," she notes, "such a time and space are ours for the asking." The author believes that individuals need to design their own retreats as a form of creative expression and Christian growth.

Griffin assesses retreating outwardly (exploring the spiritual disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service) and retreating corporately (exploring the spiritual disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration). She includes outlines for three retreats, texts for reflection, and plenty of suggestions on prayer and meditation. For those who are new to this aspect of spiritual formation, Wilderness Time provides plenty of help.