Forgetful Heart: remembering God in a distracted world is published by Darton, Longman and Todd. It comes from the personal perspective of my own spiritual forgetfulness, but reflects that, from a biblical perspective, we are called to remember the God we profess to serve and the gospel we are to proclaim.
I confess – I’m horribly forgetful. But I don’t just forget the ordinary things of life– I forget who I am and who I was made to be. I forget God and all that he has done in my life.
Remembering – actively recalling – what God has done is an important theme of the bible, but in an age of distraction our attention is often divided. But what we remember is part of our identity – as people and as Christians. What happens when we don’t recall what God has done for us? And how can we get better at remembering?
“This is a beautiful book, so relevant for our times… I thoroughly recommend this outstanding book by a writer with a great future. This is the sort of spiritual writing that we really need in 2014.” – David Moloney, Editorial Director at Darton, Longman and Todd.
I suggest that to ‘remember’ God is not merely about having knowledge in our minds but is an active principle – impacting character and action both in ourselves, in our relationships and in the wider world. By looking at the importance of remembering while recognising the commonness of forgetting, the book aims to challenge, encourage and resource its readers so that they can reflect more deeply and remember in a way that changes how they live out a life of faith in a forgetful world.
Snippets from Reviews
“A book to interrupt the busy.” – Stella Davis, in Preach Magazine
“… Of the many books I have delved into to help nurture my spiritual life, this has been one of the most helpful. Beautifully and honestly written, it is full of hope that, despite our forgetful ways, our God remembers us and longs to be at the centre of our cluttered and disordered lives. If you, like me, struggle to remember God in the busyness of your daily living, make time to read this book.” – Lucy Brierley, URC Minister, in Reform magazine
“This is one of the most beautiful, lyrical and intense series of meditations or contemplations that I have read in a quite a while … a beautiful book, a strong book, a book that you need to make time to read and consider” – Melanie Carroll, Good Book Reviews
“…There is wisdom here expressed in terms relevant to a twenty first century, media-saturated reader … this book invites us re-appraise all aspects of our ordinary day to day lives, work and worship, so that we deepen our eternal relationship with the living God. Buy a book for yourself and one for your best, stressed friend!” – Kate Horrix, in Magnet magazine
Lucy doesn’t preach, but speaks from her own experience (as with all the best writing, offering up vulnerability) … with some strong challenges accompanying many tongue-in-cheek moments … and lots of encouragement to keep stepping forward. – Bex Lewis (in-depth website review)
“There is a real richness to this book, and I am convinced it is one that I will come back to time and time again.” Claire Musters
“This is a remarkable first book from a gifted new writer.” The Sign (church magazine supplement)
“As a student at a bible college I really enjoyed reading Lucy’s book and would definitely recommend it to others.” – Elisabeth Higginson, in LST’s Insight magazine
“…short, clear, practical … will help many readers in their spiritual lives.” – Church of England Newspaper
“I don’t know what I expected from this book, all I know is it was more relevant to my complicated, busy life than I ever thought any book could be.” – Nick Robinson, Amazon reviewer
“The author has rightly been welcomed as an “eloquent new voice in spiritual writing” and reading her book will benefit any readers wishing to give God a more central place in their lives.” – Graham Hedges, in the September 2015 book club of the Evangelical Alliance and also in IDEA magazine
“This book made me smile, pray, weep and laugh out loud – but best of all, it deepened my relationship with God.” – Angela Almond
“… a well-written and well-produced book. The free postcard in the paperback edition makes a lovely bookmark.” – Susan Sanderson
“Lucy Mills in partnership with DLT has offered us a really significant, attractively designed and beautifully written title. The tone and spirit of this title really is very special. This deserves to do very well, for it is a really important book.” – Rev Johnny Douglas, Amazon Reviewer
“…a thoroughly challenging and thought-provoking read that will stir up your faith and cause you to assess your spiritual walk with God … full of so many nuggets of truth as well as pointers to help us remember, that I’d recommend more than one reading.” Annie Carter, Amazon Reviewer
“The book is enriched by the questioning of its reader at regular intervals, challenges that build from the personal testimony and biblical reflection of the author.” – Canon John Twisleton
Well-written, clear-sighted, realistic and compassionate, with examples from Scripture and personal experience, it challenges us to look again at the faith which underpins our lives and yet is so often mislaid or diluted under the pressures and distractions of daily living. – Aggie C., Amazon Reviewer
“Scripturally based, thought provoking and encouraging…I heartily recommend it.” – Lynda Alsford, Amazon Reviewer
“An absolutely amazing book that I would recommend that any Christian reads. It gets right to the heart of the distracted work we live in and looks at ways that we can more effectively remember God and his promises in our lives.” – Rachel Lewis, on Goodreads
“Forgetful Heart is one of the most insightful and interesting books I have read in a long time. This is a book which you will read through once as you are enjoying it so much. You will then want to delve into it more deeply and slowly. You will also want to return to it time and time again… Mills is a skilful and passionate writer and I am sure we will be hearing more from her in the future.” – Wendy H Jones
Probably the best book I read in 2015 (and I read a lot of books!)… Real spiritual meat, written beautifully and with integrity. – Amazon Reviewer
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