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Relaxing with God: The Neglected Spiritual Discipline

Relaxing with God: The Neglected Spiritual Discipline [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Farley
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Jesus called his followers to exchange the heavy yoke around their necks for his light one. So why are so many Christians feeling weighed down and burned out? The simple answer is that they are being told from many pulpits across the country what they "should be" doing for God.

Bestselling author Andrew Farley calls this for what it is--works-based religion--and then shares with readers biblical wisdom on the neglected art of resting in Christ. Anyone longing to experience true release from the crushing expectations that the world throws their way will find life and rest in Farley's revolutionary message.

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4728 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (24 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLE BUT POWERFUL 22 Sep 2014
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I love this book, it is one of the best I have read this year and I recommend it highly to everyone. If you are still unsure about buying it, these questions will help you decide.

Do you want to gain knowledge about the freedom of God's grace?

Do you want to know Jesus Christ like never before?

Do you want to know about the original good news?

Do you want to know about livening and pertinent Bible-based messages?

Do you want to know what it means to rest in Jesus Christ?

Do you want to be immersed in the truth of God's love and God's grace?

Do you want to be free from treadmill methods and self-righteous religiosity?

Do you want to walk with God and reflect his heart to a hurting world?

Do you want to fall deeper in love with Jesus Christ?

Do you want to know about complete forgiveness and union with Jesus Christ?

Do you want to break free of the stress of religious obligation and traditions?

Do you want to know truths that are incredibly powerful and freeing?

Do you want to know about the empowering reality of all Jesus Christ has accomplished for you?

Do you want to grasp the height, breadth and depth of God's love for you?

Do you want to enjoy a life of rest and fruitfulness that comes through dependence on Jesus Christ?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then buy the book. You will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars then like me, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU 1 Sep 2014
By Stephen
If you have struggled on this journey of faith with Jesus, if your life has been ruled by guilt and ccondemnation because you have not been able to meet the demands of a God of performance based Christianity, then like me, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. Andrew Farley for me, without fear or hesitation of what religion or man thinks, presents the clearest picture of the true nature of God in His latest book, Relaxing with God. Ever since coming to read Andrews books , always thinking I had my theology together, then ,crash, has enabled me to look at God ,through a clear glass window and see the beauty of a Christ who has been hidden from me and many since the time I got saved 18 years ago. My words to you friend, take a day off, put a pot of coffee on, RELAX and chill out, and hear of a God who has already done what you will try to do for the rest of your life , and with no avail fail, in this beautifully, funny at times book by a chilled out guy. Enjoy
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A new perspective on our relationship with God totally free of religious jargon and is an uplifting and encouraging read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 July 2014
By Ola
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One of my best teachers on the new covenant of grace
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good summary of the so called hyper-grace teachings 28 July 2014
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Very good summary of the so called hyper-grace teachings. There might be some debatable views in this book, but overall it is a really god job. As usual Dr Farley uses examples from everyday life to make his point and support scriptural truths. This book is completly based on the gospel that is God's power that delivers. If you are inclining to the gospel of the grace of Jesus Christ this book will just strengthen you. If you are unsure of what the truth is, this book serves with clear evidence to the gospel of grace, just put those debatable things on a shelf and keep reading on. Maybe later you can come back to those and think about it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am so blessed to have finally been exposed to these wonderful spiritual revelations at such an advanced age 5 Aug 2014
By Ray Brayboy - Published on
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I've been immersed in Andrew Farley's various writings on a daily basis for at least the past 18 months. His grace-focused and scripturally validated teachings never fail to inspire and reassure me; and Relaxing with God is no exception. I am so blessed to have finally been exposed to these wonderful spiritual revelations at such an advanced age. Indeed, I have purchased copies of each of his books for distribution to family and friends-----his publications are just too spiritually "rich" to keep to myself. The teaching of God's grace at its very best. Thanks Andrew.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging and uplifting book! 9 July 2014
By SheriEllen - Published on
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I always love Andrew Farley's books. Some things in this one are also taught in his other books. This time he teaches how they apply to being able to just rest and enjoy our Heavenly Father. The vantage point makes it all new and very worth reading, even if you are familiar with other things Andrew has written. It is all from a new covenant perspective. Very encouraging! I did not want to put it down.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book describes perfectly my own journey with Christ 30 Aug 2014
By Rick 73000 - Published on
This book is an excellent summary of where I've been in my own 40 year walk that started at age 27. I spent early morning time in the Word and felt so close to God then went to church or men's events and came home feeling worthless, beaten, discouraged, and that God wanted nothing to do with me until I was really "sold out" to a greater degree.

Finally I began to realize what I was hearing in the evangelical denomination I am a part of (it's a really big denomination that I still love with "Southern" in the name) just wasn't the relationship with Christ I read about in the scripture. This book is a well written account of what I've come to believe over the last ten years or so. God isn't at all irritated with me because I'm human.

I feel so free and joyous in my relationship with Christ now that I want to share that with everyone. I've been a deacon in my denomination for about 30 years. I put a lot of men in shackles who came to me for council many years ago. God forgive me. I am ordering copies of this book to help some of them understand where my walk has brought me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Empowering and Insightful! 31 July 2014
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A special thank you to Baker Books and NetGalley for a complimentary reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

RELAXING WITH GOD by Andrew Farley, is a remarkable book of God’s grace, a simple yet profound empowering journey with powerful truths to live by.

Farley describes everything he was doing twenty-three years ago in order to grow spiritually and feel closer to God. From praying all the time, studying the Bible for hours each day and sharing his faith.

However, his belief system was both complicated and exhausting, and was not working. Despite his sincere commitment to God, he had nothing to show for it. No peace, or joy—He was going to heaven but there was nothing about his present life that appealed to anyone.

Today all this has changed and he describes exactly how to soak in the unconditional grace of God, to allow the Spirit to flood the mind with thoughts of love and acceptance.

How to enjoy safety and security in Jesus and how to allow God to transmit His radiant life through his own. He no longer battles guilt and fear and the path ahead is not foggy, but clear. Now he celebrates Jesus like never before.

What caused this transformation?

Things are different on the inside. Through his experience of crashing and burning and starting over. God taught him some truths that literally saved his life. God wants us to relax which he shares with readers in RELAXING WITH GOD.

As we wrestle with the idea of relaxing with God, our current programming—the way we’ve always believed or done things—may attempt to steal our freedom. We have to peel away those layers of restless rhetoric in order to gaze at the full splendor of God’s grace. Ditch the guilt and find the real freedom and relaxation that Jesus talked about, the kind we have always longed for.

I liked this part – while some Christians are running themselves ragged trying to get God to like them, others seems to believe God is already satisfied with who they are, and they are just being themselves. Some experience anxiety, while others enjoy rest.

Relaxing with God is designed to help readers discover this new way of rest, abandoning religious error and rethinking every motivation in life. Christianity is a human‘s nature being returned to its innocent or righteous state and the Spirit of God being restored to his rightful place within us.

An engaging book, also includes a seven part study experience with helpful and insightful scriptures and topics of discussion. God wants us to rest and exposes our spiritual enemy as the author of religious anxiety. Farley conveys the simplicity of God's grace with precision and clarity.

It's time for us to relax with God and enjoy His life to the fullest with honesty with Bible-based powerful truths and messages for a simpler life, as the author speaks to the heart, as we experience true freedom in Jesus Christ, versus just a religious obligation.
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