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"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." -Matthew 11:28.
Perhaps you’re like me. Perhaps you originally came to Jesus and felt great freedom as He eased your load. But maybe, over the course of the journey with Him, your burdens piled up and you lost your joy. It happens so easily: we unconsciously lose our focus on Christ and begin to look to ourselves. We distractedly go through the routines of the “Christian life,” whatever that is, depending on our own strength, discipline, and works. When that happens, the world goes gray. The bright colors and fun vitality of an intimate relationship with Jesus fade to an anxious, resentful, weary, and burdened religious life: the very thing Jesus came to free people from. Yet, embedded within Jesus’ call to “Come to Me” is a progression of verbs that actually lead to the result of rest. Wonderful, real rest for our souls. And if you have a strange brain like me, these verbs happen to sound a lot like dog commands. I’m not suggesting that we’re all retrievers or poodles or border collies . . . but I am saying that there is a certain frisky love, power, and freedom in obedience that is unleashed when we respond to Jesus’ invitation and learn to obey the commands of the Master. Come. Sit. Stay. When we obey these commands, the rich result is rest. This rest can change our lives.
-Author Ellen Vaughn
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Hello, Amazon friends! Just a quick word here about Come, Sit, Stay. I think I've written about 18 or 20 books over the years, a number of them in collaboration with my great friend and mentor, the late Chuck Colson, as well as hilarious and courageous characters like Mary Beth Chapman, Greg Laurie, Denise Jackson, Frank Pastore, and others. I love collaborative writing and getting inside other people's stories . . . but I try to vary my writing diet with books of my own, because though I don't have a large platform like some of the friends I've just mentioned, I do have stories to tell. Just like you. Come, Sit, Stay started on a sunny day when I was walking the beach, consumed by a besetting problem. It was a burden I had carried for some time, and as I walked the gorgeous beach, suffice it to say I did not feel gorgeous inside. I felt like a dog worrying a long-gnawed bone. Jesus' words from Matthew 11:28 came to mind: "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Yes, yes, I've heard that a million times. Right. But as I actually chewed on the Word--instead of my worry--I began to discover a whole new dimension of rest that I had not known before. That epiphany--which, by the way, continued even after I returned from the beach to the chaos of my teenager-filled domestic life back at home--led to fresh studies of Jesus' words and the construction of this new book. That's the great thing about being a writer, you get to explore the things you are most curious about. What the heck does it really mean to come to Jesus . . . to sit with Him . . . to stay with Him? These are actually radical, countercultural concepts, as we live in a world that spins on hurry, constant movement, multitasking, competing technologies that often mitigate against real relationships, and the occasional assumption that even our relationship with God Himself can be downloaded in some instant way as we drive, sip a latte, and surf the Internet. Many of us have developed Spiritual Attention Deficit Disorder. We know little of the stillness of sitting with God. It terrifies us . . . if I sit, I won't get anything DONE!!!! But there is radical treasure to be discovered here, and I believe the simple concepts of coming, sitting, and staying are the keys to finding a rich, new way of living and loving God. And please don't worry that this book tortuously strains the dog metaphors to make spiritual points. It doesn't. I really didn't want it to get cheesy. So, blessings to all, feel free to order hundreds of copies of the book for all your friends--just kidding--and thanks for taking the time to read this! --Ellen Vaughn.From the Back Cover:
Jesus is inviting you, "Come to Me."In a world where anxiety and chaos reign, it's easy to forget the simplicity,the fun, the excitement of being in a close relationship with Jesus. Whetheryou are emotionally drained, spiritually hungry, or just looking for somefresh inspiration, it's time to Come, Sit, Stay . . . and rest in His presence."Ellen Vaughn's book is a refreshing invitation to consider Christ's tenderwords to the weary and a balm for our disquieted souls."DR. RAVI ZACHARIASAuthor and speaker"This is a refreshing book, not about religion, but about a relationshipwith the surprising God who invites us to come to Him and be uniquelyrefreshed. It is a fun read that goes deep."ERIC METAXASNew York Times best-selling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy"I've always loved Jesus' invitation to come to Him and fi nd rest for oursouls. This refreshing book is a great tool to understand more deeply theradical rest that only Jesus can give, and the shimmering, eternal perspectivethat can actually bring deep peace, right in the midst of our busy days."JONI EARECKSON TADAFounder of Joni and Friends and best-selling author"Ellen Vaughn is brilliant, insightful, funny, Christ-loving, and has a dognamed after C. S. Lewis. But to top it off, she is also a terrific writer."RANDY ALCORNBest-selling author and founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries
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