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Promised Rest: Finding Peace in God’s Presence

by Michelle Diercks

Item #: 204290 / 2022 / Paperback / 232 Pages


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As a Christian, you face the pressure and stressors of the world daily. You look for rest at every turn—rest from your job, family drama, personal struggles—but the only true rest can come from Christ. Michelle Diercks invites you to find His promised rest by studying eight different names and characteristics of God. 

Each week of this eight-week study will feature a new name or characteristic of God along with its pronunciation and a biblical fact about it. Learn from Michelle's personal anecdotes and biblical examples of how you can, and should, cling to God's names during times of anxiety and hardship.

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. (John 14:27)


  • Discussion Questions and Answer Guide
  • Weekly Scripture Memory Verse
  • Weekly Devotional Coloring Page
  • Daily Journaling Prompts

Download a free printable PDF that features The Five Rs of Reflection and Clinging Closer to God to help you in this study.

What Others Are Saying

"Michelle’s debut book, Promised Rest, was thoughtfully created by someone who I can tell has read and led many Bible studies. Her writing draws you into her world in a way that makes the teaching come to life."
—Lindsay Hausch, author of Take Heart, blogger, and women's ministry leader

"Promised Rest: Finding Peace in God’s Presence is like a warm hug packed with truth and grace from God’s heart and delivered by a dear and trusted friend. . . Michelle’s grace-filled approach and comforting words usher you into God’s presence, wherein you truly do find His perfect peace."

—Carol Fedewa, women’s ministry coordinator, Hales Corner Lutheran Church

"In a world increasingly filled with chaos and uncertainty, Michelle Diercks’ insightful book draws us back to the source of true peace and security—the character of God conveyed through His biblical names."

—Jeffrey Leininger, university pastor, Concordia University Chicago

About the Author

Michelle Diercks earned a bachelor of arts degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and served as a director of Christian education. As a professional and as a volunteer, she has taught God’s Word for more than thirty years. Michelle is the podcast host of Peace in His Presence. She and her husband are the parents of two sons and live in Iowa.

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A Special Rest We All Need for Mind, Body, and Soul!

I have been so blessed to be able to personally study and lead a woman’s Bible Study on this great resource, “Promised Rest”, by Michelle Diercks. In a world, culture, and society that is becoming increasingly more volatile in recent years, this book, from the beautiful calming visual on the cover through every chapter, has become the needed rest, the antidote for our minds, body, and soul! We read of God’s presence in the lives of Old Testament Biblical characters who needed the promised rest offered through our Lord in every circumstance just as we do in our present life situations. The promise of the Savior to come gave them the peace and reassurance of the gift of salvation, as it does for us in New Testament times, offering forgiveness and grace when we try to take matters into our own hands as sinful man has done from the beginning. I especially appreciate how Michelle’s writing reflects a pure doctrine based solely on the gifts of faith freely given in God’s Word, our Baptism, and sustained in the Lord’s Supper – nothing of our own doing, but based on Christ alone! Enhanced by various names for God, this book will draw you closer to your Creator, Savior, and personal Advocate for every area of your life.

Beautiful Rest

Michele beautifully leads you through getting to know God and how to find Rest in Him. Her 8-weeks of daily study is as beautiful as the cover of this book. Michele words allow this topic to be accessible and will make a great study for individuals and groups alike. I highly recommend this study for those who want to focus on God's encouragement, peace and rest.

Resting in His Promises

In Promised Rest, Michelle looks at the Hebrew names for God. She beautifully connects the characteristics of God, His promises in Scripture, and her own real life examples to give you a deeper understanding of who God is and His great love for you. Michelle's writing is very relatable, thought provoking, and wonderfully descriptive of the One who gives you true peace and rest. This is a must do study for individuals or groups. The read, reflect, and respond sections are quite powerful. I highly recommend it.

Promised Rest Delivers

Promised Rest is exactly that, a time to rest in the promises God has placed in his Word. Michelle's storytelling and vulnerability gently encourage us to let down our own guard and receive from the Lord what he so willingly wishes to bestow. I loved how each chapter was anchored in a name of God and filled with scripture that opened up my heart to receive his promises. I will admit this has been a hard season in my personal walk and this book brought such encouragement. I am so thankful God used Michelle to speak needed hope to this weary heart and I know he will do the same for yours as well.

Visual Reflection space adds to the Devotion

The Five Rs of Reflection and Clinging Closer to God in Michelle Dierck's book provides a basic outline for Biblical engagement. The addition of Visual images for meditation and prayer is a powerful way to frame devotional time. Formatted to enhance either a personal or group study there are thoughtful questions for further reflection. In our world of overwhelming distress and chaos, Promised Rest offers respite.

Reflecting God's grace and love

This book is wonderful! The descriptions and meanings of Hebrew names of God really grabbed me! Connections made by Michelle between scripture and the characteristics of God's names created a wonderful bridge to Michelle's own life stories and biblical truths. It really resonated with me and reminded me of God's love and grace for us all! Great reflection and study questions throughout make this perfect for individual and group studies.

Engaging Study - Read. Reflect. Respond.

Rest and peace. Too good to be true? Not when we are in God’s presence, learning about Him. Not when we reflect on His character and His promises. Not when we take time to apply His truth to our everyday life and experiences. In “Promised Rest: Finding Peace in God’s Presence,” Michelle Dierks provides the opportunity to do just that. Dierks has an engaging, relatable writing style that draws you into the learning, guides you in the reflecting, and offers opportunities for applying them in journaling and even coloring! Formatted for individual or group use. I highly recommend this book!

No Advanced Degrees Needed to Understand this Study on Rest

Before reading an advanced copy of Michelle's book I checked out her podcast. I wanted to know more about the author before committing to read her book. I liked what I heard and loved what I read! Michelle writes as if talking with a friend. No sugar coating, no high theological language that requires a dictionary, Concordance, or advanced degree. She uses real stories from her life to point the reader to the One who offers Promised Rest when life is uncertain or struggling with circumstance you didn't choose. She reminds us that we are never alone but held by God. Each chapter focuses on a Hebrew name or attribute of God and includes personal reflection questions and discussion questions, perfect for group or personal use. Make time to be at rest and find peace as you read Promised Rest.

The only rest you can rely on

Rest can be promised to one another yet those promises are not always kept. My children promise me rest when they assure me they will get their chores done. The time they spend doing chores opens time for me to rest on my back deck with a book. The principles at the school I teach promise a prep time to me as a substitute teacher where I can take a breath. However, sometimes circumstances dictate otherwise. I promise my husband I will get the lawn mowed so he can rest on the weekends. However sometimes my best laid plans do not come to fruition. God has also promised us rest. The rest he promises is not a wish or desire for us to have rest but a guarantee. While we fail one another God has also promised us rest. We can be sure of the rest he promises because he has already completed the work that needs to be done for us to have rest. In her newest book Michele Diericks highlights this rest and peace God promises to us. She does not give a list of things that you must do to have this rest instead she points her readers to God and all the things he is and does for us.. Each chapter highlights the name of God. Each of these names of God tells us something about God, who He is, and what he has done, will do, or is doing for us

Jesus - the Only Source of Rest in these troubled days

Listening to the news is heartbreaking - there is no rest - no peace - to be found in this world. Michelle gently guides the reader to the only source of rest - Jesus. She shares personal examples of Jesus giving her peace and examples found in Scripture. We can't find rest on our own - we need Jesus. Michelle's writing style is easily related to and full of grace. This study includes varying methods that will engage every reader - journaling, coloring, discussion questions, reflection and the benediction. Make time to spend this precious time with Jesus in Promised Rest: Finding Peace in God's Presence.

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