Distant God: Why He Feels Far Away...And What We Can Do About It  -     By: Chris Nye
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Distant God: Why He Feels Far Away...And What We Can Do About It

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God seems so distant...I don't feel excited about my faith...Why is it so hard to sense God's presence?

At one time or another, many of us have thoughts like these. Distant God speaks straight to them. With biblical and practical insight, author Chris Nye addresses questions like:

  • Do I have the right expectations of God?
  • What can I do to feel closer to God?
  • What if I'm the distant one?
  • How should I handle doubt and spiritual lows?
  • How can I cultivate a stronger prayer life?
  • Distant God is not a book of trite answers, easy solutions, or spiritual musings. It's a book of solid, biblical, practical guidance for drawing near when God feels distant.

    Product Information

    Format: Paperback
    Number of Pages: 144
    Vendor: Moody Publishers
    Publication Date: 2016
    Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
    ISBN: 0802414370
    ISBN-13: 9780802414373

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    Publisher's Description

    Does God feel far away?

    There comes a time in every Christian’s life when God feels distant. This feeling can be confusing, discouraging, or even dangerous. 

    Distant God meets us in the middle of this struggle. It helps us think rightly about what we’re experiencing and gives practical ways for drawing near to God. It answers questions like:

    • What does it mean that God is always with me?
    • What role do works (like devotion, confession, and repentance) have in all this?
    • How should I handle spiritual lows and seasons of doubt?

    When we feel distant from God, we need voices of truth speaking into our lives. Drawing from the story of the prodigal son, Chris Nye takes us through various reasons why we may feel this way and offers encouragement along the way.

    This is not a book of trite answers or easy solutions, but it offers specific ways of drawing near when God feels distant. It also includes stories of Christians throughout history who have faced this issue in similar ways.

    Distant God is a biblical and pastoral answer to why God might feel far away and what we can (and cannot) do about it.

    Author Bio

    CHRIS NYE is a pastor, writer, and teacher living in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Allison. His writing has appeared in Books & Culture, Leadership Journal, Preaching Today, and various other publications. Currently, Chris serves as a pastor for teaching and leadership development at Willamette Christian Church, a growing community of over 2,000 people. This is his first book.

    Editorial Reviews

    "One of the very first things I noticed when I started reading this book was how very much the author , Chris Nye, loves God. And yet, his isn't a message filled with kittens and rainbows. Chris is very honest when he says that at times it feels as if God is far from us. The times when He feels close fades, and we are left questioning if we really experienced them at all. We face trials and wonder where God is. During these experiences the author recommends that we keep praying. We should talk to God about how we feel, and remain obedient. And we should confess the things we have done that we shouldn't have. He also reminds us that we should fast, and he makes the suggestion that instead of jumping right into a three day fast, we try one that lasts from sun up to sundown.

    The author gently leads the reader into some truths that may not be so popular. That God allows hardships to come our way. And he reminds us that the Bible tells us we should be grateful for the things that test our faith.

    I enjoyed the personal stories and quotes that the author shared. I have many highlighted passages in my kindle and some that I have written down to review again and again. I highly recommend this book. I'm sure that anyone will enjoy how this author, gently, points toward truths--some difficult from the Bible."

    Reviewed by Connie Martello on NetGalley, Apr 18, 2016

    "I received a preorder of this book, and I have to say that it was a great book. As someone who feels far from God latey this book has been very encouraging. This book doesn't sugar coat things. It also doesn't preach fire & brimstone. Chris tells his readers that it's ok to not be ok. He faces the reality that a lot of times God is distant. Sometimes life just flat out hurts. However he also gives the reader great hope that things can and will get better and that God truly does have a purpose and plan for their life.

    I will close with this. One of my favorite quotes from the book says, 'This book began with an acknowledgment of God’s distance, of our difficulty in closing the gap between Him and us. Because of sin, things are not as they should be. But just as we hold up this truth, we must hold up with absolute assurance the truth that one day things will be as they should be. Yes, things are not as they should be, but one day they will.' "

    Reviewed by Tyler Burns on NetGalley, May 18, 2016

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    1. Age: 55-65
      Gender: Female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      Great reminder - God is always with us
      August 15, 2016
      Helen M
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      Gender: Female
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      Distant God, written by Chris Nye, is a book of biblical guidance on feeling closer to God when He feels far away. Our modern culture teaches us to take a step back and focus on our selves when times get tough. This is the exact opposite of what the Bible tells us to do. We are not meant for self absorption, but rather self giving. Every relationship has it's times when the feeling of closeness is not there, it is the same in our relationship with God. God is always with us, but we go through times when we become distracted with what we want rather than seeking God.

      God's presence is something He blesses us with. This book reminds us of the wonderfulness of God's presence and tells us what we can do to have God close to us, even in our sins. We miss out on the presence of God when we do not confess our sins, treating them like they are no big deal. God wants us to confess our sins so He can reveal His love to us.

      This is a wonderful book that gives us gentle reminders of God and His ever presence to us. When God does not feel close to us, it is because we have become distracted with our lives and have pushed God away. I like that the author points out that there are times when we are at retreats and camps where we are focusing on our relationship with God and He feels so close, yet when we get home to our normal lives, that feeling goes away. I also like that the author uses stories in his book to get his point across.

      I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishes for an honest review.
    2. Oak Harbor, WA
      Age: 55-65
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      Great insight and encouragement
      May 15, 2016
      Oak Harbor, WA
      Age: 55-65
      Gender: female
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      We Christians know we are living in the presence of God and are to take that presence seriously. But what if we don't feel close to God?

      While it is part of being human to long for God's presence, Nye also explains how humans feel far from God a result of the Fall. We became self-absorbed. There is no faster way to move away from God than to move further in on yourself.

      Nye reminds us we are living in a world bathed with God's presence. God is interacting with us in more ways than we realize. We must distinguish God's presence and our feelings of closeness. We must do the hard work of remembering He is always near as the feelings of closeness will come and go. Nye challenges us about our inattentiveness. If being near to God is about paying attention to God's nearness to us, then we have work to do. He emphasizes Scriptural reading and prayer as important spiritual disciplines in obedience to the command to abide. He also encourages confessions, feasting and fasting, preaching the gospel to one's self, and more.

      I really appreciated Nye's teaching. He reminded me of our longing to experience God's presence yet our bent to live a life very distracted from concentrating on recognizing that presence. Granted, feelings come and go. There is much we can do, however, to place ourselves in a position to realize and experience the nearness of God. Abiding is the key and that takes time and effort.

      I highly recommend this book to those who want to understand why God may feel distant. You will be confronted with your own expectations and your responsibility of obedience to the command to abide. You will also find practical suggestions in making abiding a lifestyle.

      Food for thought: God's nearness is mostly about our recognizing that God is always near through His Spirit.

      I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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