The Return: Reflections on Loving God Back

The Return: Reflections on Loving God Back

by Lacey Sturm

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Overview

It's easy to go through days, weeks, even years on autopilot, moving from one activity to another, rarely taking the time to consider what it's all for anyway. Why did God make us? What does he want us to do with the time he has given us? And how can we find out?

In her bestselling story-driven style, Christian rocker Lacey Sturm shares with readers the beautiful struggle of learning what one's unique gifts are and pursuing them wholeheartedly. She helps them see each day as a gift from God, find balance in their busy lives, and discover the joy of giving God's gifts back to him by using them to bring him glory.

Young people especially will love this openhanded and openhearted take on what to do with their lives, as will those who feel like they've been coasting or heading down the wrong path.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801016752
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 260,464
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lacey Sturm is a mother, wife, writer, speaker, and musician. Originally the voice behind the platinum-selling international rock band Flyleaf, she released her first solo project in 2016, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Album chart. Lacey knows she is one of God's works of art, and she wants others to know and understand how special, how beautiful, how kaleidoscopically wonderful we are all made. Lacey speaks and performs in diverse venues, including mainstream rock festivals, conferences, and churches. She has been involved for many years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, TheWhosoevers, and Pulse, and is the author of The Reason and The Mystery. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. For more information, visit www.laceysturm.com.

Table of Contents

Dear Reader 9

Introduction: Become a Rock Star? 13

1 Available: Returning My Plans 23

2 Epiphany: Returning My Thoughts 37

3 God Touched: Returning My Opportunities 51

4 Spring: Returning My Perceptions 63

5 Gravity Cage: Returning My Body, Sexuality & Soul 77

6 Life Song: Returning My Sacrifices & Pride 101

7 Heart Song: Returning My Works 115

8 Flow: Returning My Judgments 133

9 Sparrow Soul: Returning My Prosperity 151

10 Stone by Stone: Returning My Hospitality & Intentions 169

Interlude: Aerial View (Returning My Love) 179

11 Heaven Culture: Returning My Rest 189

12 Light of Freedom & Diamond of Truth: Returning My Freedom 203

Postlude: Heaven on Earth 219

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The Return: Reflections on Loving God Back 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Hurricane__S More than 1 year ago
I have read several books that intend to answer the question, “What’s the point?”, and each time I have been left still asking the same question. This time was different. Through Lacey’s musings in The Return she has shown me that ‘the point’ is different for each of us, because God has a different plan for each of us. That plan is revealed through our relationship with Him. Lacey’s perspective and insight on the everyday real-life moments has helped in evolving my everyday life experiences into something beautiful and entirely new and exhilarating. I may even like cooking now. Who knew? Reflecting on The Return, I find myself not looking to others to see what I’m supposed to be doing and how I’m supposed to be feeling in each daily moment but looking inward to my true self and the Holy Spirit to see what I’m supposed to be doing and how I’m supposed to feel about it. It’s all in perspective. I believe that by doing this, not only will it relieve the personal stress of comparing myself to others or trying to live up to someone else’s standards or expectations, but more importantly, others will see Jesus shine through me. I found Lacey’s purposeful journaling style to be nothing short of inspirational. I never could commit to journaling before because it always turned into a long diatribe of personal grievances. I couldn’t bring myself to devote my time to something that led to such negativity. Lacey’s style allows for artistic inspiration and expression; personal touches through Random Acts of Kindness, recipes, and poems; and developing a deeper relationship God. It is not such an outright fixed ponderance of self, notwithstanding from prayers asking for guidance along with biblical references that can shepherd us as the Bible is meant to. It is a focus on developing self through Jesus. To quote Lacey, “God has always intended that we learn from each other.” Lacey, by sharing your own experiences and lessons learned you have taught all those that are willing to learn. By sharing what has inspired you, you have inspired others.
Jeremy Jones More than 1 year ago
The former lead singer of the band Flyleaf DELIVERS in this intimate portrayal of her experience with God. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. This is not about religion, denominations, rituals. This book is such a personal and intimate look at who God can be. At a time where society is fully engaged in a shouting match you'll appreciate Sturm's vulnerability and sincerity when it comes to her experiences in life. You really owe it to yourself to read this book. Whether you are successful and still feel like something is missing or if you are hitting rock bottom in your life. This book is guaranteed to speak to you in a profound way. Also if you haven't heard Lacey Sturm's personal story you owe it to yourself to read this book and look up her testimony on youtube.
VictoriaCoraleon11 More than 1 year ago
I found this book at the right time in my life, and I'm so grateful! Lacey is very honest and relatable with her writing. Her stories resonate with me very much, and it's nice to read about a genuine, truthful connection with God that goes beyond merely saying who and what God is. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get to know God and hear about Him from someone who is down to earth and lives the spiritual journey.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
Lacey Sturm is one of my all time favorite singers so of course I had to read her newest book, The Return. This is unique from many of the memoirs I have read. It’s personal, vulnerable, and raw. Lacey pours her heart into this book and shows her love for God throughout. Not only does the author shares stories and experiences from her own life, she shares poems, song lyrics, journal entries, prayers, recipes, self-reflections, and more. She speaks the truth in love and doesn’t condemn anyone who don’t agree with her. She writes in a compassionate and down to earth way that she comes across just an ordinary person trying to live an ordinary life. She, too, makes mistakes that she isn’t proud of but she is always willing to learn from those mistakes in order to be a better person and to deepen her relationship with God. This is not only just about her personal relationship with God, but this is a book about how to use your gifts for God. She talks about finding those gifts, how to do random acts of kindness, how to love others, how to love God, how to have a personal quiet time with God, and so much more. She even gives book recommendations. Some I have already read while some I have added to my TBR. Do be discerning as you read. While she seems to have sound theology for the most part, there were a few things that I did not completely agree with because it sounded a little on the New Agey side. For example, she mentions something about us being little gods. That is not true. Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it, especially if you are fan of Flyleaf and would like to get to learn a little more about the voice behind the band. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
Having never heard of Lacey Sturm, I was not sure what to expect from her latest book, The Return: Reflections of Loving God Back. The book is beautifully filled with reflections, poems, song lyrics, recipes, prayers, and structured Scripture readings. One will quickly feel like you have stepped into the author's personal journal, making this book a precious read. Every page is transparently and authentically shared from the depths of a soul which is searching for God and for His truth. The writing is not offered to tell us how to live as much as it is to challenge us to live. "Life is filled with opportunities to glorify God with our choices ... This will look different for each of us. There are unique challenges for each of us in every season and unique victories for us to claim." (from pages 10 and 11) The book is soul-stirring. Truly. The thoughts gently remind us to view each day through the lens of God's wisdom. She inspires us to see that life is beautiful even when it is mundane, and messy, and sometimes dark. But more so, Lacey reminds us the love of God is so strong, He pursues us in spite of ourselves. His love for us is so fierce, we are drawn to love Him more fervently than ever before. I enjoyed the book, and have started through it a second time, in fact. My desire is to journey through much more slowly this time. I was challenged deeply by her closing thought: "God is in you. Don't take the reality and magnitude of this for granted. Having a relationship with God is the most important thing in life. Don't neglect it. Treat it the way you would any relationship ... So let us return to our Creator in our hearts. Let us live in a way that helps return heaven to earth. "Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10). ** I was provided a copy of this book by Baker Books Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.
Doug-S More than 1 year ago
Author shows by example how we can invite the Lord into every aspect of our lives As Christians, if we aren’t attentive to the Word of God and prayer, our hearts and minds will get distracted from who should be the most important Person in our lives: the Lord Jesus Christ. In her new book, “The Return Reflections on Loving God Back,” singer, songwriter and author Laurie Sturm gives readers an honest glimpse into what her real world is like beyond the spotlight of the Christian music world. It is a life that can often be chaotic and stressful, as well as momentous and miraculous. In her 240-page book, Sturm shows readers in her incredibly honest and straightforward writing style what she has learned about the grace and love of God, and how she utilizes every daily moment to praise and worship the Lord through her marriage, child-rearing, shopping, vegan cooking, cleaning and career. Moreover, Sturm lets readers experience how she allows the Lord to work grace, peace and joy into her life as she goes about her daily routine through her reflections on prayer; her incredible poetry; her new song ideas, replete with lyrics; her nightly Bible reading schedule and what she gleans from the Old and New Testaments; her to-do lists; and her personal journal entries. Despite the many good things about her book, however, in her prayers on occasion, she often refers to God as “Daddy,” which is bothersome on so many levels since our relationship with God should never be taken lightly (pg. 34, for example). Calling God “Daddy” is fine when you’re a child. But adults should be calling God our Father out of reverence and awe. Overall, Sturm’s book is very well-written, encouraging and thought-provoking. She demonstrates that as she goes about her busy life as a wife, mother, singer and songwriter her love for the Lord by daily surrendering her heart to Him. By allowing the Lord to be intimately and directly involved in every aspect of our lives, we, too, can love God back. Full disclosure: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, I received this book free through B&H Publishing. My opinions are my own and I wasn’t required to write a positive review.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing writing and compelling to read with also a very unique and challenges for each all of us in every season and unique victories for us to claim. It because of without God’s direction life that we are all living fully messy now. The return is a journey of Lacey to offering us an ideas and fully expressing us to adventure in following the Spirit with live a life of responding to the love of God by loving him back. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Book Bloggers for this review”.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing writing and compelling to read with also a very unique and challenges for each all of us in every season and unique victories for us to claim. It because of without God’s direction life that we are all living fully messy now. The return is a journey of Lacey to offering us an ideas and fully expressing us to adventure in following the Spirit with live a life of responding to the love of God by loving him back. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Book Bloggers for this review”.