The Easy Burden of Pleasing God Paperback

Careful meditation on the gentle, unceasing call to live in love

by Patty Kirk;

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The Easy Burden of Pleasing God

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“When as a new believer, I began reading the Bible for myself,” writes Patty Kirk, I was struck by the tender picture of God presented there.” So begins ‘Love Versus Rules’ - the first chapter of her gentle unfolding of scripture’s call to take up Jesus’ yoke, not as a gruelling, complex demand of theology – but as a light and easy burden that’s a joy to carry and share with others.

Revisiting the key Bible stories, Patty gives you examples that help you make God’s work more manageable, pleasurable and successful – and a witness to his love and care that others will notice and want to partake of for themselves.

Her stories and experiences guide you toward coming up with your own, personal ways of taking Jesus at his word – sharing his yoke so that you allow him to pull you over the rocky soil, rather than fighting against him and bearing more than he ever intended you should suffer.

Through the stories and shared experiences of this book, Patty will lead you toward believing ever more deeply in the reality of Jesus presence so that you can answer his invitation to live in love.

The Easy Burden of Pleasing God by Patty Kirk was published by IVP (USA) in April 2013. The ISBN for The Easy Burden of Pleasing God is 9780830843039.

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"The trait that best typifies the students who break down in my office is their great unhappiness. They are believers. Of this I am sure. Certainly they are more diligent believers than I am, to judge from all the good things they are constantly doing. But they are miserable, every one of them. And, though they usually manage to get back on track . . . I know that, in their spiritual work lives, they have not changed much either. And it breaks my heart."

Patty Kirk knows what it's like to try to impress God. It's like beating the air and bruising your soul. In The Easy Burden of Pleasing God she reminds us, through stories and reflections and careful meditation on the Scriptures, that despite what we may have heard or told ourselves, the yoke we take on as we follow Jesus is easy, and the burden of a loving God is light. To all of us who pursue perfection in vain and ache with the defeat that follows, The Easy Burden of Pleasing God will be truly good news.
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"Patty Kirk's Easy Burden is a refreshing and wise mix of deep faith, common sense and excellent writing." - Phyllis Tickle.

"Through personal stories and careful meditation on Scripture, award-winning writer Patty Kirk urges our uncertain and ever-burdened souls back into the awareness of the Lord's gentle yet unceasing demand to live in love."

"I adore this little book. It is somehow simultaneously challenging and comforting. Whether you are new in the life of faith, newly again in the life of faith or an old hand, Patty Kirk's wisdom - served up in prose that is the best kind of clear, and served up with humor and personality - will edify. In short, The Easy Burden of Pleasing God is a keeper, by which I mean a book I will keep going back to, and by which I mean a book that will help keep me in the company of God." - Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Still: Notes on a Mid-faith Crisis.

"Patty Kirk takes us on a journey from the kitchen to the church to the university classroom (with spouses, colleagues, children, families and dogs along) for a series of engaging vignettes built around Scripture that altogether encourage us that following Jesus should be something that emerges naturally as we believe and rest in him. She stirs us on to a faith that she likens to the first few seconds of Peter's incredible walk with Jesus on the water." - Mary Poplin, author of Finding Calcutta.

"Have you ever seen the parent of a wee kindergartner grab the handle atop a heavy backpack and lift the load while the child continues to walk on, weightless? Reading this book is like that. Through Kirk's hand, Another lifts the burden you and I have been hauling around too long. And it feels fantastic." - Margot Starbuck, author of Small Things with Great Love.


"Patty Kirk's Easy Burden is a refreshing and wise mix of deep faith, common sense and excellent writing."
Phyllis Tickle

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Details for The Easy Burden of Pleasing God

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherIVP (USA) (April 2013)
Number of Pages207
Thickness20 mm
Height208 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4072206
Page last updated 20th April 2018
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