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Relaxing with God: The Neglected Spiritual Discipline Paperback – July 1, 2014
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Jesus didn't come to get you to do more or work harder. He came to give you rest!
Jesus calls us to exchange the heavy yoke around our necks for something he said is "easy" and "light." So why are many Christians feeling weighed down and burned out? The simple answer is that we're constantly being told we should "do more" and "be more" for God.
Bestselling author Andrew Farley calls this what it is--works-based religion--and presents us with a surprising paradox: good works spring from spiritual rest. So if you long to experience true release from the crushing expectations that the world--and the church--often throws your way, you'll find lasting hope in this unexpected message.
"Relaxing with God could change everything for you. Expect to discover the freedom of God's grace. Expect to know Jesus like never before!"--Bart Millard, lead singer for MercyMe
"Andrew Farley's writing is incredibly powerful and freeing. The 'captives' of cold, dead, and stiff religion rise up and call him blessed. As a recovering Pharisee, I'm one of them."--Steve Brown, bestselling author and radio host of Steve Brown Etc.
"Among all of today's Christian authors, there is only one whose work I never miss: Andrew Farley. If you want truth that blows away the cobwebs in your head and speaks directly to your heart, Relaxing with God is your book."--Ralph Harris, author of God's Astounding Opinion of You
Andrew Farley is the lead pastor of Church Without Religion (ChurchWithoutReligion.com) and bestselling author of The Naked Gospel, God without Religion, Heaven Is Now, and The Hurt & The Healer. Andrew's live call-in radio program airs nationwide each Sunday on Sirius XM. Connect with Andrew on Facebook and Twitter (@DrAndrewFarley). Get free downloads and learn more at www.andrewfarley.org.
About the Author
Andrew Farley is the lead pastor of Ecclesia: Church without Religion and bestselling author of The Naked Gospel, God without Religion, Heaven Is Now, and The Hurt & The Healer. Andrew's writings have been featured by national news outlets such as PBS, ABC, and FOX, and his live call-in radio program airs nationwide on Sirius XM. Connect with Andrew on Facebook and Twitter (@DrAndrewFarley). Learn more at www.AndrewFarley.org.
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I think this volume should be read after Farley's "The Naked Gospel" and "God Without Religion"; those works are more structured than this. By any standard, however, and in whatever order one may choose to read Farley's works, the dynamic, life-giving (and life-changing) message of what many of us have come to call the "exchanged life message", is front and center. God is the God of grace, not law.
The author suggests that we "Take a minute to consider the fruit of the Spirit--things like love, peace, kindness, gentleness, and patience (Gal. 5:22-23). Do we really think these can come from a place of spiritual effort as we try our best to crank them out? No, these attributes are birthed from an attitude of rest, from a person at rest. We die to anxiety-ridden religion so that we can truly bear fruit for God (Rom. 7:4). This is the profound paradox of spiritual productivity. So the true gospel in all its potency is both simple and spiritually restful."
The gospel of grace ... the Spirit-filled life given us by Jesus .. leads us to rest in him.
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