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About The Life You Long For

A beautiful invitation to discover your place in God's heart and let him set the pace for your life—from a wife and mother, singer-songwriter, and worship leader for Passion Conferences and IF:Gathering

“Christy Nockels is a gentle, strong voice shepherding us into a fuller life with Jesus at the very center. This book will restore your weary soul.”—Jennie Allen, New York Times bestselling author of Get Out of Your Head and founder and visionary of IF:Gathering

Christy Nockels knows firsthand how easily our desire to serve God—even when using the gifts He has given us—can overshadow our delight in simply being with Him. When God called her to lay down her ministry for a season, Christy was forced to confront how her sense of purpose and worth had become tangled up in her work. God then lovingly invited her to discover true rest in His presence as she learned to live as the Beloved.
In The Life You Long For, Christy shows us how to let go of hustle and achievement and instead find our identity in the quiet center of God’s love. As we delight in being with Him, we are filled to overflowing with contentment and love that propel us into an entirely new way of being, one in which every act of service and every encounter with the people around us arise from a heart at rest.
With irresistible warmth and grace, this book calls you to step fully into the life you didn’t even realize you’ve been seeking, as you find your highest calling not in a duty to uphold but in a beautiful identity to live out.


“This book is pure grace. It will draw you to Jesus and remind you about the beautiful song that the Father is writing with your life.”—Priscilla Shirer, author and Bible teacher

“I have waited and waited for Christy Nockels to write a book. It was worth the wait!”—Beth Moore, speaker, Bible teacher, and bestselling author

“This must-read book is a lovely invitation to lean more fully into the unconditional love of Jesus Christ and to lean with more authentic compassion into the lives of other image bearers.”—Lisa Harper, author and speaker

“Christy Nockels has spurred us on for years through her music and now does so through her own story, and I believe it’s right on time. For all of us who know the tension between what’s expected of us and what we really long for, Christy gently leads us into true freedom.”—Ruth Chou Simons, mom to six boys and bestselling author of Beholding and Becoming

“As I was reading The Life You Long For, I felt like I was having coffee with a sweet friend who was constantly reminding me and my heart to rest—not just any sort of rest, but resting in God’s love for me and His plans for me.”—Jamie Ivey, bestselling author and host of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast

“Christy Nockels is a deep, deep well, and I so appreciate the honesty and vulnerability in her book, The Life You Long For. I know it will help you discover the intimacy with God that we all crave and were made for.”—Chris Tomlin, singer and songwriter

“In the hustle and grind of life, we can mistakenly believe that our good works and effort curry favor with God. The Life You Long For is a song for us to learn and sing in our own harmony so our souls can be set free.”—Bianca Juarez Olthoff, speaker, teacher, and bestselling author of How to Have Your Life Not Suck

“Before I met Christy Nockels, I was shaped by her songs and ministry. Once I got to know her personally, I was more deeply affected by her life and friendship, especially her intimate relationship with the Lord. The Life You Long For is a compilation of all our coffee dates, late-night chats, long-distance phone calls, and heartfelt emails. If you’ve ever wanted to sit across from her and glean wisdom from her years of faithful adoration of and intimacy with Jesus, read this book.”—Lauren Chandler, author, worship leader, and songwriter

“As a friend, I’ve watched Christy Nockels live this message in real time, pouring truth into these pages. This book will help you recover your life!”—Rebekah Lyons, bestselling author of Rhythms of Renewal

“Christians looking to slow down and form more intimate relationships will enjoy Nockels’s impassioned reminder that God provides a community and love to those who ask.”—Publishers Weekly

About Christy Nockels

Christy Nockels is a worship leader and singer-songwriter with a passion for writing and speaking. Her podcast, The Glorious in the Mundane, inspires listeners to see both their big dreams and the seemingly small things in a whole different way. Nockels has released three albums on the independent label Keeper's Branch Records. Previously, she toured nationwide with her husband, Nathan, as the duo Watermark, recording seven #1 radio singles and five acclaimed albums. The two also have participated in Passion Conferences since their inception. Christy lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband and their three children.

Product Details

240 pages | Published by Multnomah

On Sale Date: Feb 1, 2022

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

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A beloved worship leader invites us to let go of the striving that leaves us exhausted...and instead lean into God with our deepest dreams.