Book review: A place of quiet rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss


Do you feel out of place in your relationship with God? Have you struggled with understanding the concept of “quiet time” or “the secret place”? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is a must-read for you.

This book has been a life-changer for me. My relationship with God took another turn, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the day I came across this book. I hope you consider reading this book, and when you do, I pray that your relationship with God grows to another level.

About the Author

Nancy Leigh DeMoss is a sound teacher of the word whose teachings have significantly impacted my life. Her love for God and the body of Christ is not hard to point out. She reaches millions of women around the world through her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and podcast – Revive Our Hearts.

I particularly love her simple approach to teaching the word of God; That approach remains consistent in all facets of her ministry, and several people have been able to understand Biblical truths better.

So, about the book;

A place of quiet rest is a guide on how to have an authentic relationship with God. Nancy emphasises the importance of creating time daily to seek the Lord and spend time in His presence because we were made for intimacy. As children of God, there ought to be a hunger for more of Him, and the only way to satisfy this hunger is by spending time in His presence. She explains how spending time with God brings forth renewal and restoration daily. Grace is released at the feet of Jesus, and we are empowered to do more for Him.

Nancy pointed out how a lot of people are self-sufficient and miss out on a lot that God has in store for them. Here is a direct quote from the book,

 “And this is precisely where you and I so often miss out on all that God has for us. Unlike Jesus, we attempt to live life in our energy. We think we can keep giving out without getting replenished. Then, wearied and weakened by the demands of life and ministry, we become impatient and annoyed with the very ones God has sent us to serve. Rather than exhibiting a gracious, calm, joyous spirit, we become uptight, frizzled and frenzied women, resenting, rather than welcoming, the people and opportunities God brings into our lives.”

Another important thing Nancy made mention of in the book was the fact that a lot of people spend time reading the word and praying but haven’t cultivated a love relationship with God. We may know a lot about Him, but don’t know Him. I find that scary because of how easily a person can miss it. She also goes on to explain that understanding the purpose of spending time with God daily, keeps you in check. She states,

“Setting aside time for devotional activity, in and of itself, does not necessarily make us any more spiritual. (The Pharisees were renowned for their devotional habits, but they were far from spiritual.) Neither is a quiet time some sort of good luck charm, that gets God on our good side, guarantees our day will go better and keeps us from having problems. Daily devotions are not a way of bartering of negotiating with God.”

Reading this quote was a light bulb moment for me. I had heard teachings and read articles by different people on how your quiet time determines the outcome of your day, which I now know isn’t a Biblical fact. The truth is, only God is sovereign; we don’t have the power to change the future if the Lord does not permit it. Nevertheless, spending time with God helps us gain direction on how to navigate the future and align ourselves to His will.

Finally, a key lesson from this book that I took is that I must stay in Gods presence until I know that I have met with Him. Nancy goes further to give out comprehensive advice on how to go about spending time with God, how best we can handle distractions and the benefits of a devotional life.

There are several commentaries by various teachers of the word, which makes the book worth the read.

A place of quiet rest is not a book that you read once. I urge you to read it over and over again because we need to keep reminding ourselves of everything that there is to gain from spending time with our Lord.

Find the book here.

If you prefer to listen to Nancy talk about the importance of a daily devotional life for spiritual growth, then check this podcast.

Check out Nancy’s website for more resources that will edify you.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Dilys💕 says:

    Wow! your review on this book is amazing. One thing I have taken away from this post is that “daily devotions are not a way of bartering of negotiating with God”.
    I must get to know HIm. To love Him. To spend time with Him.

    1. Sharimam says:

      Thank you for your kind words Sis!

      I am glad you learnt something from my review. Indeed, we must spend time with God to get to know him. It is all about Him.

      Have a great evening. God bless you!!!🌺💖

  2. Cherry says:

    Just today I spent time thinking about how easy it is to slip into gaining God’s validation.

    I think it is natural for us as humans to feel the need to pay a price to gain something good that’s why we tend to expect that the more obedient we are to these rules – pray, worship, tithe, love, etc. then the more deserving we are of God’s blessings, love, favors and even intimacy. But time and time again, God tells us it’s entirely different with Him; all we need for an intimate relationship with Him are His grace and His mercy.

    We can consistently ask God to teach us how to freely accept all He has done for us and show us how to love Him genuinely so that everything we do for Him becomes our response to His free gift of salvation and not just religion or legalism. 🙏🏿

    This review definitely was in time for me. God bless you. ❤

  3. Sharimam says:

    Hello Cherry, I am so glad you found this post helpful.

    I absolutely agree with you. It is easy to slip into gaining God’s validation. What you said about the whole performance thing is profound. I have been there a couple of times. However, just remembering everything you have stated redirects me. Whatever I do in His name, must be a response to His free gift of salvation.

    Thank you for your comment. I trust your reading for bar exams is going fine? Have the most fantastic day. God bless you!!🤗❤❤

  4. This was an awesome review!!! Daily devotional time is EXTREMELY important to me because it sets the tone for my day. I do like the quote where she says that daily devotional time isn’t to be used as a “good luck charm” or to get on God’s good side. I can see how our works and duty to try to seem spiritual can overstep in our daily communion with Him.

  5. Sharimam says:

    I absolutely agree with you. It is a non-negotiable for me as well. I try as much as I can to spend some time with God daily and the difference is clear.

    Referring to what you said about our works and attempt to seem more spiritual getting in the way of our daily communion; To be honest, It can be so easy to get caught up in a routine and forget the purpose behind a daily devotional life. But thank God we have a merciful and loving Father who keeps us in check. I can’t recount the several times he has helped me retrace my footsteps.

    Thank you so much for your kind words concerning the review and your comment. It’s always a pleasure reading from you.

    Have a fantastic weekend. God bless you!!❤

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