A Place of Quiet Rest: Finding Intimacy With God Through a Daily Devotional Life Hardcover – Jan 2000
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About the Author
Nancy is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts -- a radio program for women heard daily on over 230 radio stations nationwide. Since 1980, she has served as the director of women's ministries and as the editor of Spirit of Revival magazine for Life Action Ministries. Nancy has an exceptional gift for communicating biblical truth.
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DeMoss SEEMS to limit spiritual growth to "quite times," leaving out the practices of servanthood and secrecy. She seems to overlook the value of stillness and waiting for the Lord, generally suggesting you fill your quiet time with activities.
In chapter 5, DeMoss presents a strong argument in favor of MORNING devotions. She presents numerous scriptures for support (the most convincing being Job's example). She does not address Mark 6:46-47 (afternoon prayer), Luke 6:12-13 (all-night prayer), Psalms 55:17, Daniel 6:10 (Three times a day), Psalms 88:1, Luke 18:1, 7-8, Deuteronomy 6:6-9, 11:18-21 (day and night). Those don't believe morning devotions are sacred and those who would do better at another time may feel unnecessary guilt from this chapter.
Chapter 9 is titled "Getting the Word into You." Showing her bias as a writer, every technique she suggests is based on various forms of writing. (There are lots of good ideas.) This chapter ends with an unusually overwhelming set of questions in which you are instructed to try EVERY method of study recommended to study Psalm 19.
DeMoss writes: "Of course, there's always a danger that a daily quiet time or any other spiritual discipline can deteriorate into a lifeless routine. But I have discovered that it is much easier to breathe life back into a dead routine than to get life there is no routine at all.Read more ›
I have read alot of devotionals and many books encouraging the reader to have quiet time with the Lord. But this one is the best yet! If you already have a daily established time set aside for you and the Lord, it will make you guard it even more. If you have not yet begun, you will be excited to do so and wonder why it has taken you so long!
Full of rare jewels, overflowing with treasures; reading this along with your journal is a must! You will not only record great finds from within the book, but also from within your relationship with the Lord!
--- reviewed by Susan for Christian Bookshelf
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One of the women in our small group Bible Study had been to a Women's Conference where Nancy Leigh DeMoss spoke on this issue "Devotional Time: Duty or Delight" and she came back and told our group about it. I was already reading this book and after hearing about the conference and looking at my book, every woman in our group wanted the book for themselves and already several of them are reading it and reaping the benefits of a closer walk with the Lord! Nancy, when are you writing another book?
This book has added meaning to me, because I was on staff with Life Action Ministries for three years and know Nancy DeMoss personally. Her testimony regarding her father's consistency in daily devotions had an impact on me in 1994. I also remember her own personal testimony in 1995 when the Lord did a lot of the ground-breaking work in her life in this area (this book being one of the results!). She is a special Christian woman with a special message to ladies of this generation. Men, this would be a great gift for your wives! (Ladies, reading and applying this would be a great gift to your husbands!) Highly recommended!
The book is beautifully laid out, from the inviting cover, to the organization of the chapters of the book to an appendix of devotional books (I could add about 3 times as many, though! <g>).
The whole book centers on establishing a vibrant devotional life, starting with the priority, the purpose, the pattern, and the problems that come up when we're trying to have a good devotional life. Then Nancy DeMoss has chapters on receiving the Word, responding to His Word,
A great feature of this book is that at the end of each chapter, there is a section of questions called "Making It Personal". These questions are just outstanding and get you thinking about what you've just read and you can apply what you've learned to your life immediately. Unlike some other study questions I've run into in other books, these questions do not have an obvious answer and really get you thinking. I find that writing the answers down in a journal helps me a great deal and it will be interesting to look back at the answers in future years.
Another great feature of this book is that at the end of each chapter (after the questions section), there is a personal reflection written by other Christian women such as Elisabeth Elliot, Kay Arthur and many others. There are 12 of these vignettes, one for each chapter and they correspond beautifully with the material in the chapter.
When I finish this book, I'll write another review! I recommend this book highly!
I hope to see other reviews of the book here! Don't you wish you could writen authors directly!