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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849947065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849947063
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennie Allen is a passionate leader and visionary following God's call to inspire women to encounter the invisible God. With a Master's in Biblical Studies from DTS, Jennie is the author of two Bible studies, Stuck, a CBA best-seller, and Chase, and the ECPA "New Author of the Year" winner of Anything and Restless, which also includes a DVD-based study. The founder of IF: Gathering, Jennie, and her husband Zac, have four children.

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You can't just read this book and move on.
Becky
Using the story of Joseph from Genesis, Jennie shows us how our personal story can fit into God's greater story.
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A book about dreams, calling, purpose, and bringing Glory to God, Restless touched my soul and gave me wings.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JSaloga on January 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
Can I just saw Wow! Words can't explain how amazing this book is. Just in the first three chapters you can tell how passionate Jennie Allen is about us being restless and going after the will of god. Jennie Allen has always been someone that has kept my attention in everything I have read by her. She is so driven by God it is hard not to want that also. This book has moved me in so many ways and I am now seeing myself being restless for God. Thank You.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on January 11, 2014
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Here's the deal: If you are even reading these reviews and looking to buy Jennie Allen's second book, RESTLESS, then you KNOW there is more out there. The truth is we need to get over ourselves, as Moses needed to do when he stressed over his own weaknesses, and it wasn't even about him. It was about what God desired to do THROUGH him for the benefit of the millions of Israelites who needed a faithful, ever-present, loving, and rescuing God to deliver them from slavery. RESTLESS challenges us to look around us and find out who needs God and pursue them using the gifts, talents, and resources that God has allowed us to have. We need to see that we have been created not to "piddle" around, but to discover the threads that make up the tapestry of our lives and use them to glorify our Lord while we are here. READ THIS BOOK if you want to grow spiritually while you are discovering who your really are.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brooke W. on January 6, 2014
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Within the first two chapters, it is obvious that Jennie Allen is in her sweet spot. She is passionate about women chasing after the will of God and this book demonstrates that. She uses her light-hearted vocabulary to encourage women in real ways about real things. She keeps me completely engaged and ready to learn about the "threads" that God is using in my own life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Lowrie on February 12, 2014
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I had the opportunity to preview the video sessions for Jennie Allen's new Bible Study, Restless. This DVD consists of 8 video sessions which are each about 20 minutes in length. Jennie teaches about how God weaves His story through our lives. Each of us is a unique creation of God, and He desires for us to find our purpose, even if right now it's just in the mundane. After we discover what he has for us, we need to run with all we have to accomplish His purposes.

The Bible Study is based on the life of Joseph. The video sessions mention Joseph occasionally, but he is not the focus of the teaching portion. I think I was at a disadvantage not having the book or study guide to do along side the DVD. Maybe it would have tied things together better.

Jennie Allen is passionate about what she teaches. She is speaking in front of a small group of women in each session which makes it more personal. The videos were shot in a contemporary style. Each one starts with a couple of women trying to answer a random question about themselves. They begin to answer and it cuts to another woman who also begins to answer it. Overall, I felt the topics were good and the videos were well done, but at times the delivery seemed a little dramatic, but hey, I'm on the "older side" now!

The subtitle of Restless is: "Because You Were Made for More." Through this Bible Study, Jennie wants you to understand that we need to look for the "threads" of our life to see how God is weaving them together. Then we can discover what we are meant to do. We were made for more than a lot of us are settling for.

I believe younger women will relate to the study and enjoy it's contemporary feel and style.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amy Hunt on January 7, 2014
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We are restless because God made us to leave fingerprints that reflect His glory. We're often too afraid for the discomfort that comes, so we sometimes hide instead of pursuing hope. Jennie suggests that we were made for purpose and commissions us to take the threads of our lives -- the deliberateness of who we were created to be . . . our strengths, talents, and passions -- and "go live" like there is more, because as Jennie says "there is [more]."

This isn't just another *go pursue your dream* kind of book. It's a charge. It's a sharing honestly of the human tendency to hold back and a hand-reaching out to say "let's do this together . . . in spite of our fear" because this is how we will rest.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 6, 2014
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I received a copy of this DVD set at no cost from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

This is an interesting review because I have viewed the 8 session video lessons alone without the aid of the study guide or book. My review can only be based on this information. I do know my appetite is whetted for more after viewing. It seems that the study that accompanies this will be helpful to those who desire to see God in the mundane of life. The book appears to focus more specifically on the life of Joseph, though the video is more application to the viewers everyday life.

I have to be honest, I like Jennie Allen. I am thrilled to see her desire to lead women in making a difference in our generation with our specific God-given strengths, talents and abilities. This video is made with a fresh, contemporary style that makes it interesting and easy to watch. There is a small group of women who are viewing the authors teaching. At the beginning of each session there is a question that several women try to answer regarding their lives based on the following lesson (Again, having the study guide would have helped here I believe). There are eight sessions lasting about 20 minutes each. Jennie's teaching is passionate and clear about making Jesus the center of our lives. It is good material that will spurn your walk forward in the Lord.

I believe this would be beneficial to do alongside a small group of women with the use of the study guide or book. It would be a good starting point for further discussion as to how these topics relate individually to the women in the group, in turn those women can encourage one another accordingly to be all they are meant to be in HIM.
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My passion is to inspire a new generation of women to encounter the invisible God. I love words and I believe God uses them to heal souls and to reveal Himself to people. I am blessed to be working with Thomas Nelson to publish several studies and trade books, engaging women's minds and hearts toward Christ. The first study, Stuck released in the fall of 2011, and the book, Anything released Spring 2012.

I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Studies. And while all that sounds pretty fancy... I am really just a mess of a girl, trying to figure out God, and why I seem to keep struggling with the same invisible issues I had in kindergarten.

I am so blessed to serve alongside my husband Zac, in ministry in Austin, Texas. We have 4 children: Conner 11, Kate 9, and Caroline 6 and our youngest son, Cooper 4, recently adopted from Rwanda.

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