Untie your peace from your circumstances; be free from fear and anxiety; find joy and comfort regardless of what is happening or not happening in your life. How many times have you thought, "If I could only get away for a few days," "If I didn't have to deal with this person, I wouldn't be so stressed," or "If my bills were taken care, of I could relax"? Circumstances can only carry us as far as a passing sense of happiness; God promises more. Wouldn't we all like to stop making excuses for why we can't have peace here and now?
Ann Spangler's The Peace God Promises was born out of a desire that so many of us share: lasting, immovable, unshakeable peace. By exploring the meaning of 'shalom' from Jewish tradition, and adopting Amish perspectives on simplicity and rest, Spangler presents an attainable, accessible and sustainable method for experiencing God's peace regardless of our circumstances. There is nothing on this earth quite like the peace of Christ. The Peace God Promises will encourage you, help you find rest, and calm your spirit through experiencing His presence and adding shalom to your life. Are there any among us who don't long for this?
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Customer Reviews for The Peace God Promises: Closing the Gap Between What You Experience and What You Long For
Review 1 for The Peace God Promises: Closing the Gap Between What You Experience and What You Long For
Excellent, Scripturally based book.
Date:December 1, 2011
Pastor Denise Burns
I have already recommended this book to several people, and I plan to teach it to a small group this coming spring.
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Review 2 for The Peace God Promises: Closing the Gap Between What You Experience and What You Long For
Wow, that is quite a product description the publisher has written! Being interested to learn more about Jewish shalom and Amish simplicity, as promised by the publisher, I eagerly delved into this book.
As is often the case, however, the book did not quite live up to the expectation created by the description. Sure, shalom and simplicity were mentioned, but Spangler explored neither one to a depth that drew me in. Those very important concepts faded into the "just another thought in the chapter" shadows.
That's not to say The Peace God Promises doesn't have great stories, thought-provoking study questions, and an important message. It has all those things. But despite the fact that Peace had me feeling very convicted at different moments, it lacked the punch to help me convert that conviction into life-changing action. I found it very easy to close the book at the end of each chapter and return to life as usual. In that sense, there's truly nothing to set this book apart from the myriad of other books on the same topic.
As a side note, here are several books that I couldn't just close and walk away from, but which have made a lasting impact: Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman The Cause Within You, Matthew Barnett Money Secrets of the Amish, Lorilee Cracker
I received this book free from Zondervan for the purpose of providing my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review.