Return•Rest•Prayer

“For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” — Isaiah 30:15

The Lord God’s invitation to ‘return and rest’ remains a gentle rallying call for us today. How will we respond? The pages of these books have been written by faithful men and women to help us answer this question – to be read by hearts with a sweet longing for home.
As C. S. Lewis, in Till we all have faces, put it: “The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back.”
The Lord is calling His people to return home to His mission… Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” — John 14:23
In the present turmoil, these titles will help you find the quietness and assurance your heart, and all around you, is yearning for. “The heart is restless, O Lord, ’til it finds rest in Thee.”  – St. Augustine

RETURN

JOURNEY BACK TO JOY
Sin is serious because God is Holy.
Even if we are trusting in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, the burden of our sin can quickly rob us of our Christian joy.
So what should we do when we’ve done wrong in the eyes of God? This is the question that famously faced King David.
In this brutally honest and hugely helpful book, Dai Hankey helps us to consider David’s spiritual journey.
We’ll see the mess of David’s sin and the depths of his brokenness, but we’ll also see that hearing God’s word and responding in repentance turned David’s life around. Dai ‘grabs us by the scruff of the neck’ to do likewise and turn to God.

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THE UNDEFILED HEART
God is after the heart of worship, and so is the devil. In the last days, the enemy is relentless and aggressive to hijack all the worship that belongs to God. One of the ways he does is to defile the altar of our hearts through idolatry. What is the responsibility of every Christian? The thrust of this book addresses the question: “What does the heart of a worshipper look like?” For worship to be authentic, it has to be wholehearted and undefiled.” — Ricky Sim
There’s only one way I know to deal with idolatry, and that is by the violence of incessant repentance. “The heart’s war against idolatry is not a victory we conquer but a battle that we engage in on a daily basis. The same is true for most issues of the heart.” — Bob Sorge, Foreword

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WHITER THAN SNOW
In Psalm 51, David tells his story of moral failure, personal awareness, grief, confession, repentance, commitment, and hope. And because David’s story is every believer’s story, Psalm 51 is every believer’s psalm.
It tells how we, as broken sinners, can be brutally honest with God and yet stand before him without fear. Whiter Than Snow unpacks this powerful little psalm in fifty-two meditations, reminding readers that by God’s grace there is mercy for every wrong and grace for every new beginning.

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REST

AN UNHURRIED LIFE
The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit Winner (Spirituality) “I am a recovering speed addict.”
Beginning with this confession, pastor and spiritual director Alan Fadling goes on to describe his journey out of the fast lane and into the rhythms of Jesus.
Following the framework of Jesus’ earthly life, Fadling shows how the work of “unhurrying” ourselves is central to our spiritual development in such pivotal areas as resisting temptation, caring for others, praying and making disciples.
So how do we find balance between our sense of calling and the call to rest?

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FINDING SELAH
The Psalms call it selah—the pause, rest, or interlude between the notes in a song. More than merely an empty space, selah is a chance to stop and resync with the story and song of God. For all the ways life keeps you running, this word and practice offers a way to re-center yourself on the One who holds all things together and makes all things beautiful.
Join Kristen in Finding Selah for a journey that will transform the way you think about work, rest, and the little spaces in between that make all the difference. This book will show you how to tune your ear to the song God is singing over you, embrace the “selah moments” able to transform your daily rhythms, and most of all, encounter the ultimate Selah in Christ, who stands in the gap between heaven and your most hectic of days.

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REST
“Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Bringing a distinctly Christian perspective to the subject of finding true rest in the midst of daily pressures, Siang-Yang Tan diagnoses what ails us and provides thoroughly practical steps to help us respond to Jesus’ invitation. ”
In this book, Siang-Yang Tan draws from a richness of experience to write with warmth and compassion. “If rest is not easy for you to put into practice, learn from an author who is growing at a healthy pace and willing to bring others along on the journey.” – Dr. Gary R. Collins, Foreword

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RHYTHMS OF REST
Sabbath-keeping not only brings physical refreshment, it restores the soul. God commands us to “remember the Sabbath,” but is it realistic in today’s fast-paced culture? With encouraging stories from people in different stages in life, Miller shares practical advice for having peaceful, close times with God. You will learn simple ways to be intentional about rest, ideas for tuning out distractions and tuning in God, and even how meals and other times with friends and family can be Sabbath experiences.
Ultimately, this book is an invitation to those who long for rest but don’t know how to make it a reality. Sabbath is a gift from God to be embraced, not a spiritual hoop to jump through

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SACRED REST
After years caught up in the whirlwind of family life, motherhood, work, and ministry, she couldn’t imagine allowing rest for herself—until cancer forced her to stop. In her crushing battle with exhaustion, she began to hear God’s still, small voice inviting her to hope, be restored, and to find deep soul-quenching rest in Him. God’s rest was her way back to life.
These 100 devotions offer prayers, Scripture verses, personal insights, and biblical perspectives on God’s loving gift and command to us: Rest. Be still. You can experience both rewarding work and rejuvenating rest.

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PRAYER

DANGEROUS PRAYERS
Prayers are inherently dangerous.
Jesus calls us to a life of faith, not comfort. He lived a dangerous faith too. He touched lepers. Showed grace to prostitutes. And stood bravely in the face of danger. Then he told us we could do what he did – and more.
Be warned. There will be bumps. Valleys. Even heartbreak. But there will also be the joy of faith, the marvel of miracles, the relief of surrender, and the pleasure of pleasing God.
It’s time to stop praying safe. It’s time to start really talking – and really listening – to God. It’s time for dangerous prayers.

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PRAY BIG
Prayer comes hard to most of us, in most seasons. And when we do pray, we often don’t know what to say.
This short book by renowned Bible teacher Alistair Begg combines warmth, clarity, humor, and practicality as he examines Paul’s prayers for his friends in the church in Ephesus.
Paul clearly enjoyed prayer, and was excited about it. He expected his Father in heaven to hear what he said, and to act in other people’s lives accordingly.
The truths that underpin and shape his prayers will motivate us to pray and set us an example.

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PRAYER
Prayer combines the best of Tozer on prayer into one volume.
Tozer was captured by the great wonder of God, and he regarded prayer as the primary means of coming into His presence.
But if our everyday life is filled with the barrenness of busyness and there is no serious urgency to pray, we forfeit the wonder of being conformed to the image of Christ and knowing our God more intimately—the true Christian life.
Prayer is doable. God is accessible. And Tozer provides the wisdom and encouragement to help us encounter Him daily.

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PRAYER
Philip Yancey explores the intimate place where God and humans meet in Prayer.
Yancey probes such questions as: • Is God listening? • Why should God care about me? • If God knows everything, what’s the point of prayer? • Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent? • Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem far away? • How can I make prayer more satisfying?
Yancey tackles the tough questions and in the process comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic. “I have learned to pray as a privilege, not a duty,” he says, and he invites you to join him on this all-important journey.

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PRAYING ABOUT EVERYTHING
Believers need to learn to pray about everything, but so many unanswered questions hinder our progress.
• What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name? • How do I pray for my non-Christian friends? • When does the Holy Spirit pray for me?
Pray About Everything delivers an urgent call for believers to commit themselves to regular and systematic heartfelt prayer as an essential spiritual discipline for the Christian life.

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