Seeking God's Hidden Face: When God Seems Absent

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Do you ever feel like God is playing hide-and-seek with you? Sometimes we pray and wait for God to answer, but nothing happens. We wonder what is happening. Is God withdrawing from us? Did we do something wrong? Do we need to pray more? do more Bible study? confess certain sins? When we face dry seasons, times of spiritual depression or a dark night of the soul, the answers can be hard to find. Friends may speak platitudes or accuse us of sin. Or we may simply feel that no one understands what we are going through. Cecil Murphey has been there. In Seeking God's Hidden Face he openly shares his own journey out of darkness. He provides no easy answers, but he does offer comfort and encouragement. And, most important, he reminds us of who God is and how he promises to work in our lives. Believers who want answers that satisfy our deep longings will find encouragement and hope in these pages.

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Cecil Murphey has authored or coauthored sixty-six books, including the bestseller Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson and Rebel with a Cause by Franklin Graham. His most recent book is My Parents, My Children: Spiritual Help for Caregivers. He has master's degrees in theology and education. He and his wife live in Atlanta, Georgia.

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When Christians feel abandoned by God, is this because God actually has retreated from them? In short answer, no, asserts Murphey (Gifted Hands; Rebel with a Cause), who has been on the receiving end of the divine silent treatment for three lengthy periods of his own life. During those times, Murphey banged on God's door awaiting some sign that he was being heard. He says that while it may seem that God doesn't care and has put up a wall against Christians' prayers and petitions, it just isn't so. With lucid eloquence, he describes how Christians often must endure a series of progressive growth steps to reach the light of new freedom and richer communion with Christ. He expounds on the desperate aloneness and resulting confusion many Christians experience in these dark nights of the soul. Murphey believes that Christians often get stuck midpoint as they nurture their own injurious feelings, while God wants to press the knife a bit deeper and release the poison within to ensure complete wholeness and healing. Each chapter can stand alone in fine devotional format, yet Murphey's own journey is highlighted in such neat sequential order that readers will benefit from perusing each chapter consecutively. This book will help alienated, hurting Christians discover a friendly hand reaching out and leading them through even the most silent of times.

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