"God will take care of you." "Just trust Him." "He's got you in His hands." "God never closes a door but He opens a window." "He's got something better for you--wait and see." These statements carry varying degrees of truth. But all are pat answers--trite statements that lose their meaning because we use them so often.
As a mother whose now-adult daughter suffered severe brain damage in a car accident more than twenty years ago, Linda Shepherd could write the book on pat answers. I'm thankful she didn't. Her new release, WHEN YOU CAN'T FIND GOD: HOW TO IGNITE THE POWER OF HIS PRESENCE (Revell, 2011) explores the mystery of experiencing the holy in the hurt.
The book combines biblical, practical teaching with powerful, personal stories that help draw readers toward God. Highlighted callouts and chapter-ending features including "Oasis" (a Psalm or other avenue for finding and resting in God) and "Prayer Experience" (the author's own prayer to pray or adapt) point readers to the Father.
When I'm hurting, I need a friend--not an expert. When I'm confused, I need truth--not the enemy's lies. When I'm in pain, I need a healing dose of Holy Spirit power--not pat answers or pious platitudes. WHEN YOU CAN'T FIND GOD, with its warm, compassionate tone, contains all three.
Read it and receive an inoculation against pat answers. Embrace it and allow the Truth to set you free.
I don't think there is a person alive who has not struggled with "finding God" through times of difficult circumstances, or wondering if He even cares. If you are one of those people, Linda's book will help you walk through your pain and awaken you to an understanding of God's tremendous love and purpose for your life. Your problems may not go away, but you will face them with renewed hope and joy. This is a book of substance, NOT pages of feel-good "fluff".