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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764206788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764206788
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry." --Psalm 40:1

Waiting--the Key to Joy, Peace, and Abundance

No one likes to wait. Our irritation level rises in checkout lines, train stations, restaurants, and doctors' offices. We don't have time to waste. But Scripture constantly speaks of waiting: "Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength" (Isaiah 40:31).
The good news is that waiting on God is much more than watching the clock. Waiting plays a vital role in our spiritual formation as we draw closer to the Lord and respond to His leading. Challenging believers to rediscover this lost spiritual discipline, pastor and Bible professor David Timms reveals the hidden treasures of waiting on God--the peace and joy of being with Him.
The heroes of the faith all waited on God. And just like Abraham, Moses, and David, you'll find that your best moments arise from God's timing, not your own. Every covenant God made came at the end of a season of waiting. God's rewards wait for you when you learn to practice Sacred Waiting.

About the Author

David Tims teaches New Testament and Theology and chairs the Graduate Ministry Department at Hope International University in Fullerton, California. Australian by birth, David has been a church planter, pastor, and trainer of pastors for twentyfive years. His first book on spiritual formation, Living the Lord's Prayer, received glowing reviews. He publishes an ezine, In Hop, that shares his reflections on Christian leadership and growth. He and his wife, Kim, have three sons and live in Fullerton, California.

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This book is solid, concise and very helpful.
Kevin Sorensen
I would recommend reading this book if you're trying to learn to be still and wait.
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I love to read books that help teach us and show us how to wait on God.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Sorensen on September 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I must confess, that when asked to review this book, my initial thoughts at the description were, "I'd love to review this; I'll probably be able to tear it apart." The reason behind these sentiments were due to recent reading in the area of spiritual transformation through meditation & emptying oneself. I've about had it with Christians who want to be Buddhists.

Now that I've read Mr. Timms' work, I stand rebuked and chastised before the Lord. This was truly a beneficial time of reading for me. As the pastor of a small church, I don't face the extreme pressures of large church pastors, but I do face the pressures of a small church pastor. And, since I still live in this present world, the pressures of our culture are constantly gnawing at me, hoping to keep me from waiting on the Lord - especially in a still, slow, quiet manner as laid out by Timms.

The first half of the book is worth the purchase and reading time. Covering Noah, Abram, Moses, David and Jesus, Timms shows how each learned the lifelong process of presence and service: resting in God's presence and serving Him. In the second half, the author shows how the major events on the church calendar - Advent, Lent, Easter and Pentecost - can be used to help an entire congregation learn to wait on the Lord.

This book is solid, concise and very helpful. A much needed balm to the hurly-burly, frenetic pace of our lives that seem to cry out "God! Hurry up!" Read it and then wait.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Clifton L. Ditmore on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
BOOK REVIEW: SACRED WAITING--Waiting on God in a World That Waits for Nothing by David Timms

Author, David Timms is right when he says we live in a world that waits for nothing. "So we grumble when the computer takes two minutes to boot up. We eat a lot of fast food. We live attached to our cell phones or BlackBerrys so we can quickly pick up every call, text message, or email--even when on vacation."

Scripture constantly speaks of waiting: "Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength" (Isaiah 40:31). "I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard me cry." (Psalm 40:1).

"The good news is that waiting on God is much more than watching the clock. Waiting plays a vital role in our spiritual formation as we draw closer to the Lord and respond to His leading." Pastor and Bible professor David Timms challenges believers to rediscover this lost spiritual discipline and reveals the hidden treasures of waiting on God--the peace and joy of being with Him.

"The heroes of the faith all waited on God. And just like Abraham, Moses and David, you'll find that your best moments arise from God's timing, not your own. Every covenant God made came at the end of a season of waiting. God's rewards wait for you when you learn to practice Sacred Waiting.

Timms writes about what Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus learned from waiting and what we can learn from them. In addition, he writes about: The Advent, Lenten, Easter, Pentecost and Kingdom Wait. Although I spent years studying in Bible Colleges and Seminaries, I learned things from this book I had never known before. David Timms teaches New Testament and Theology and chairs the Graduate Ministry Department at Hope International University in Fullerton, California.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Ewing on September 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is so realistic. I love the look into everyday lives- how we wait for everything but are patient with nothing. Time is a wasting but scripture says to wait upon the Lord.
What a great book to put into the hands of modern day people with a love for the Lord. It's wonderful for small groups - the group discussion questions will be the perfect thing for groups.
This is just a great growth book. Hope everyone gets a chance to crack it open and read along.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian T. Blacker on November 23, 2009
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The latest book from author David Timms, shows a growing maturity of the author's penchant for writing about the stuff of life from a Biblical point of view. The subject of the book may seem somewhat banal and certainly not a hot topic in today's "give it to me short and pithy" world, but the book is genuinely challenging for any person who takes the time to not just read, but ingest the keen insight and discoveries posited by Dave Timms. I have already given five of these books away, and all readers have been challenged anew in their relationship to God and indeed others. The first half of the book follows five of the most imposing Biblical characters-Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus. While we may be overly familiar with these five central players of the Jewish and Christian faith, Timms bring to our spiritual eyes a different paradigm of life application and indeed, for me appreciation of the famous five. "Waiting of God in a world that waits for nothing" is a good title on its own, but presents the thesis of the book in clear terms.

The second half of the book builds on the foundation of the five powerful lessons presented, by turning our attention to a part of church history and ministry-the sacramental times of the traditional calendar that the modern church has ignored to its detriment, the blessing of the Advent, Lenten, Easter and Pentecost. I have been greatly personally blessed by Timms book and highly recommend it to any who want to really sit down and think about their faith relationship to God and to evaluate what it could be. Five stars!

Ian T Blacker.
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