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Overview If you've always struggled with the stereotypical quiet-time, don't give up hope!
As a Christian, you know you need to have devotions. You've heard it from your pastor; you've seen the study guides; you may have even made a dent in the One Year Bible. Some of you have valiantly set your alarm clocks back an hour for morning quiet time, only to find that life creeps back in to steal your resolve. It isn't because you don't love God. You quit because you "bought into" someone's unsustainable habit at an unreasonable pace.
But you don't have to keep running on empty. Bestselling author Doug Fields offers an uncomplicated, practical plan that you can carry out. This book won't teach you how to "cram God" into your already-full schedule. Instead, Doug will show you a practical, doable way of setting God first, and then letting everything else in your life fall into place. You will experience the fullness God has for you-just take some time to refuel.
Publishers Description If youve always struggled with the stereotypical quiet-time, dont give up hope!
As a Christian, you know you need to have devotions. Youve heard it from your pastor; youve seen the study guides; you may have even made a dent in the One Year Bible. Some of you have valiantly set your alarm clocks back an hour for morning quiet time, only to find that life creeps back in to steal your resolve. It isnt because you dont love God. You quit because you "bought into" someones unsustainable habit at an unreasonable pace.
But you dont have to keep running on empty. Bestselling author Doug Fields offers an uncomplicated, practical plan that you can carry out. This book wont teach you how to "cram God" into your already-full schedule. Instead, Doug will show you a practical, doable way of setting God first, and then letting everything else in your life fall into place. You will experience the fullness God has for you-just take some time to refuel.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.3" Width: 4.6" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 084992054X ISBN13 9780849920547
Availability 22 units. Availability accurate as of Mar 26, 2017 09:00.
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More About Doug Fields
Doug Fields has been working in youth ministry for 30 years and is currently a pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California. He loves Diet Pepsi, running...or more of a brisk walk, and hanging out with his wife and three kids.
Doug Fields currently resides in Trabuco Canyon, in the state of California. Doug Fields was born in 1962.
Doug Fields has published or released items in the following series...
10 Minute Moments
Biblioteca de Ideas de Especialidades Juveniles
Creative Bible Lessons
Experiencing Christ Together Student Edition Experiencing Ch
Title: Refuel: An Uncomplicated Guide to Connecting with God by Doug Fields
Time spent on the "to read" shelf: Maybe a week.
Days spent reading it: 4 days.
Why I read it: I use a lot of Doug Fields' stuff in my youth ministry. I have a lot of respect for him, and I was really interested in his take on refueling our spiritual walks.
Brief review: This is a must read book. I simply loved it. I cannot praise it enough. Refuel is about the busyness of life and how that busyness attacks our intimacy with God. Doug Fields writes a very simple, very clear book that offers 3 simple ways to connect with God despite our busyness. 1. Stop. 2. Be Quiet. 3. Make a Connection. It could not be simpler, and it could not be more appropriate for our culture.
This book is practical and insightful. It should be read over a few days. We need to allow the ideas to digest and make their way into our lives. Doug Fields has great advice that we can implement into our lives immediately. Best of all, its a short book. Doug Fields makes his point and leaves us with time to implement the ideas he gives.
For example, in his chapter about stopping Fields suggests that we take a few moments of everyday to stop and let God talk to us. Whether it is when you start your car (pause, reflect, then put your car in drive) or tying your shoes. Whatever works for you, we need to stop being busy and let God enter our lives. Very personal and practical.
I like this book so much that we are giving a copy to each of our graduating seniors this year. This book came at a great time for me. I really wanted a book that would challenge me and encourage me to walk close with God. This book fit that bill perfectly.
I HIGHLY recommend.
Favorite quote: "Connecting with Jesus is a better choice than busyness."
Stars: 5 out of 5.
Final Word: Realistic.
Delightful little read Sep 15, 2009
This little book is a quick delightful little book. The author writes with humor--you feel like you're sitting in his living room having a Pepsi with pretzels. Very positive message
Typical Doug, Great!! Mar 24, 2009
Doug really knows how to explain the power of God in a practical way that we can all understand and put into action in our lives. This is a simple but powerful book. Why should our faith and relationship with Jesus be so complicated? It doesn't need to be and Doug helps us understand that.
Awesome Book! Mar 9, 2009
I love this book! it is spirtual life we all need to hear! what doug says will encourge us to draw closer to are heavenly father!
proud to call Doug Fields my pastor!
It bears repeating: this is a short book. There's no need for it to intimidate a book buyer or receiver. Mar 4, 2009
From personal experience and what he has heard from parishioners, Doug Fields knows the final results of New Year's and other resolutions to read a Bible chapter a day or the Bible through in a year or pray for 15 minutes every morning. The "ought-ful" motivation for "devotional time" often gets bogged down, and the resolution becomes mired in guilt.
In REFUEL: An Uncomplicated Guide to Connecting with God, Fields --- teaching pastor at Saddleback Community Church in Mission Viejo, California (the church pastored by Rick Warren) --- briefly lays out an alternative approach to spending time with God.
The opening chapter starts with an engaging anecdote about Fields's teenaged son's first week owning his first car. The son asks dad for extra money because he has run out of gas. He had no idea that a car required so much fuel; he didn't understand how fast the tank emptied. Fields quickly turns to a spiritual parallel --- how quickly we spiritually run out of power, enthusiasm and connection to God. When we realize we're running on fumes, we may turn to alternative fuels that prove unsatisfying --- food, work (or busy-work), shopping, music (or noise), anything other than God. Or we let the guilt --- over running out of gas --- further deplete us.
After setting up the problem, Fields proposes solutions that draw us to an ongoing, empowering connection to God. Solutions involve finding frequent, maybe very short, silences during which we can reach out to God and God to us. "My appeal is to stop within your normal schedule. Simply allow for small margins of stop in the midst of daily life. I want you to learn how to create pauses --- each day, several times a day, where you stop, become quiet, and connect with God." Becoming quiet --- turning off the music, the phone, the TV, the DVDs --- is a critical part of the piece.
This is a simple book with a simple message. It ultimately is about prayer and Bible reading but, at least for starters, in small bits. "Try reading a few verses and read them over several times. Don't read for speed; read for depth."
The last chapter summarizes some characteristics of the life and times of Jesus' biblical apostles, characteristics that compare to contemporary times and might well apply to readers who desire a closer relationship with God.
It bears repeating: this is a short book. There's no need for it to intimidate a book buyer or receiver, if you choose to give it as a gift.