• The Life You Long For

  • Learning to Live from a Heart of Rest
  • By: Christy Nockels
  • Narrated by: Christy Nockels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A beautiful invitation to discover your place in God's heart and let him set the pace for your life - from a wife and mother, singer-songwriter, and worship leader for Passion Conferences and IF:Gathering

“Christy Nockels is a gentle, strong voice shepherding us into a fuller life with Jesus at the very center. This book will restore your weary soul.” (Jennie Allen, New York Times best-selling author of Get Out of Your Head and founder and visionary of IF:Gathering)

Christy Nockels knows firsthand how easily our desire to serve God - even when using the gifts he has given us - can overshadow our delight in simply being with him. When God called her to lay down her ministry for a season, Christy was forced to confront how her sense of purpose and worth had become tangled up in her work. God then lovingly invited her to discover true rest in his presence as she learned to live as the Beloved.

In The Life You Long For, Christy shows us how to let go of hustle and achievement and instead find our identity in the quiet center of God’s love. As we delight in being with him, we are filled to overflowing with contentment and love that propel us into an entirely new way of being, one in which every act of service and every encounter with the people around us arise from a heart at rest.

With irresistible warmth and grace, this book calls you to step fully into the life you didn’t even realize you’ve been seeking, as you find your highest calling not in a duty to uphold but in a beautiful identity to live out.

This audiobook features original music by Nathan Nockels and is used with permission of the artist. 

©2020 Christy Nockels (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Christians looking to slow down and form more intimate relationships will enjoy Nockels’ impassioned reminder that God provides a community and love to those who ask.” (Publishers Weekly)

“In the hustle and grind of life, we can mistakenly believe that our good works and effort curry favor with God. The Life You Long For is a song for us to learn and sing in our own harmony so our souls can be set free.” (Bianca Juarez Olthoff, speaker, teacher, and best-selling author of How to Have Your Life Not Suck

“As I was reading The Life You Long For, I felt like I was having coffee with a sweet friend who was constantly reminding me and my heart to rest - not just any sort of rest, but resting in God’s love for me and His plans for me.” (Jamie Ivey, best-selling author and host of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast) 

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The Hug I Needed

This book felt like I was held by a parent with a blanket and tissues as I sighed all my burdens onto the Lord.

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So GOOD!

Christy has such a soothing voice, that draws you in and makes you want to listen for hours. This story, her story with Christ, is beautiful, challenging and encouraging to hear. She speaks total truth and bares it all out so others can learn to live this life with Christ. This book has challenged me & encouraged me to “live from the bullseye”, my eyes on Christ and to celebrate the beauty of the mundane tasks in my life. It’s all a way for God to get glory from my life.
Thank you Christy, for writing such a fantastic book! I will be reading again and again.

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This will touch your soul

I listened to this book while caring for my elderly mother in the hospital. It was just what my soul needed to remind that real strength in tough times comes from living From God rather than living for God. As someone who was at IF Gathering years ago, I remember Christy sitting on the floor of the stage with her guitar singing over us, as the auditorium hushed and 2000 women stilled and quieted their souls to “Be Held” by the Love of God that she shared in her songs. Hearing Christy read her book was a beautiful reminder of that moment as I learn to live from a heart of rest even now.

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encouraging listen!

loved listening to her read her book... it was like having coffee with a friend

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Life Changing!

Not only is this beautifully read, it's beautifully written. I will be buying a hard copy as it is a reference book for life! such truth and wonderful illustrations that inspire and make me want to strive to lean into God even more.

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Praise!!!

So touched by the message that Christy so beautiful carried and released in this book. It’s changed my life and brought me to the center of God’s love in a fresh way. Praise the Lamb!

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Like words from an Angel

This book was exactly what the heart needs. Christy speaks so gently and makes you feel like you’re right there with her just talking as friends. This book is full of encouragement and reminders of how much we are loved and cherished by our Father. I encourage anyone in a season of change, in a season of stress, anxiety, or busyness, to get this book and let it’s rich meaning fill your soul. I can’t get this into the hands of the women I love quick enough. It’s a game changer.

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A tangible example of abiding in Christ

This book was really helpful for me as I am so prone to "performing" for God and trying to prove myself to Him. Christy provides countless examples of what it looks like to abide in Christ, which is a topic that has always been mysterious and abstract to me. I really like her writing style, too. You can tell she carefully selected every word to communicate her message and there are so many good lines that I want to remember and quote.

The book helped me rest in who I am in Christ. It was peace to me, like a lullaby in book form. I actually started listening to it a second time to digest all of the deep themes and lessons!

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Absolutely Beautiful!

Loved every moment of listening to this book! Didn't want it to end. I look forward to listening again. It was so timely and spoke directly to my heart. I am so encouraged to live in & out of my belovedness ❤️ So glad Christy narrated it herself! I loved hearing her voice.

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Just what I needed.

I have enjoyed listening to your podcast so much that I bought the book for myself and 6 other friends. What joy. You are such an amazing singer songwriter and author. Will cherish this book for years. Thank you for sharing your wisdom for the rest of the world. I’ve learned so much and learned to slow down and find rest. Even in the busiest times you’ve shown me how to rest. May God continue to bless you. ❤️🙏Definitely ready for more podcast and more books!

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  • Akin oke
  • 05-01-21

A timely call to rest

I’ve just finished reading this book and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for me.

I love everything Christy has to say about discovering the life I long for through a heart of rest in Jesus. It’s a big challenge especially in the fast paced society we live in.
Looking forward to re-reading this and working through the reflection questions at the end of each chapter.

Also enjoyed the added bonus of Christy’s soothing voice reading this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-21

Absolutely exquisite

Without a doubt THE most beautiful life-changing impactful book I have ever listened to. It brought me to tears and has changed my life completely. I can see how my whole life I have been living in the outer ring and the effects this has had not only on myself but also on those I love the most including God. Thank you Christy for teaching me how to live from His rest. I am telling all my friends to read or listen to your book, so many women are stuck in this outer ring living, trying to do life in their own strength and getting completely exhausted and stressed in the process. River of Grace is one of my favourite songs as well. Thank you so much for speaking into my life in such a profound way. Forever grateful to you Christy, this will be a book that I will listen to regularly to always remind me to never forget. Louise Macgregor

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  • Natalie
  • 03-28-21

The Book You Long For

An encouraging, uplifting, faith affirming and heart anointing book. Read to you by the author, Christy Nockels’ calming voice. I’ll listen again and again.

Bonus music by Nathan Nockels is a beautiful soothing melody I want to be the soundtrack to my life.