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The Life You Long For

Learning to Live from a Heart of Rest

Christy Nockels

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.

Praise

“Is your soul tired and worn out? Do you need a new way to live? 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

“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 16, 2021

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

Carton Quantity: 12

Sneak Peek

Read the first chapter of 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 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.

Press Release

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THE LIFE YOU LONG FOR
By Christy Nockels
A Multnomah Hardcover | On Sale 2/16/21

“Is your soul tired and worn out? Do you need a new way to live? 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

“What if I told you living from your Belovedness changes everything?” asks worship leader, singer-songwriter, and podcaster Christy Nockels. “That it could unfold the true you as well as give you an unimagined capacity to be about the things of God and the life you’ve longed for.”
 
In her debut book The Life You Long For: Learning to Live from a Heart of Rest (Multnomah, 2/16/21), Nockels takes readers on her journey from a chronically overscheduled life as a touring artist and mother to a place where she started living from God, not just for God.
 
“There is such a place, and I’m grateful beyond words that God called me to it, to be able to experience the catapulting capacity of His rest,” writes Nockels. “It was here that I discovered what He truly requires of me and also what He doesn’t. I was also blown away to discover that in finding true rest in God, I’d watch Him unfold the life I was longing for in a way that I could never have dreamed or planned.”
 
In The Life You Long For, Nockels shares insights from her 15-year experience, beginning with the calling to lay down her ministry for a season. Throughout, Nockels demonstrates what it means to live a life of empowering surrender. With exquisite imagery and rich biblical insights, she shows the path of deep soul transformation, which is illuminated by the matchless love of God.
 
Nockels uses the image of a target to illustrate how most of us live from the outer rings of the target, caught up in the hustle and striving demanded by our culture.  Through stories and scripture, Nockels helps readers discover living from the bullseye, the center of God’s love, and then outward, leading to the peace, contentment and rest they desire.
 
LIVING INSIDE OUT:
·       Calling (bullseye): We start each day from our place in God’s heart as His Beloved child. We live out our gospel story, allowing Christ’s life to live through us as we “re-present” Him to the world.
·       Community (center ring): We live out from God’s love and “see and sing over” those He has placed in our path. We fight for the “Belovedness” of others by welcoming them into our “familiar with the Father.”
·       Capacity (outer ring): We live in our fullest, God-capacity, which is Christ in us, together with the family of God, showing God’s love to a barren world.

With irresistible warmth and grace, The Life You Long For calls readers to step fully into the life they didn’t even realize they had been seeking, as they find their highest calling not in a duty to uphold, but in a beautiful identity to live out.

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