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Hidden in Plain Sight invites you to consider what it truly means to live the "good life." Buchanan offers a course in living with holy vigor, based on the seven virtues recommended by the apostle Peter: goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Even for the religious, life is full of questions: What is faith? Can my life be more satisfying? How can I deepen my walk with Christ? What does it mean to be happy? These bubble and boil underneath the surface of our everyday life. And though we ignore them, we know they point us to realms of wisdom or even mystery-to something more.
Author Mark Buchanan asked these same questions. "I want more, God," he prayed-and the answer was more than he was looking for. It was right there, hidden in plain sight among the syllables and syntax of a few words of advice from the apostle Peter. With time and experience, Buchanan learned to tease it out, this secret of more, and he wrote a book about it: Hidden in Plain Sight. The answer, he discovered, is an investigation of the cross. The answer is an excavation of the virtues. The answer urges us passionately to "make every effort." And, Buchanan tells us, the answer is worth it.
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The author bases his work on a Scripture, one that was there all along, one we have heard and read and yet perhaps not realized the magnitude of; a Scripture that Buchanan claims holds the secret to victorious Christian life. Comparing the negatives of struggling against the seven deadly sins, he purports seeking after the seven virtues listed in the book of 2 Peter.
Sharing his own struggles and trials, Buchanan relates in his fresh, often startling, and anything but boring voice, how God brought him to see that these virtues are gifts provided for every Christian. He compares these truths to the materials of a house gathered and ready to be built. The individual must make an effort to build with these materials which God has provided in order to have victory over sin.
The first of three sections of the book deals with faith. The second section has seven parts, each discussing a godly character trait or virtue. The third section speaks of the rewards to be reaped by anyone determined to make the effort to build on his faith. Each section ends with a short story.
Buchanan is a pastor and author of four other books, The Rest of God, Your God is Too Safe, Things Unseen, and The Holy Wild. Buchanans writing may disturb readers with some disquieting notes, his sense of humor, and his wild ideas, yet it will inspire them to follow closer after God, to take the steps of faith to live fully what they believe. I like what Buchanan says in his introduction that he hopes his book disrupts readers, turning them upside down in order to help them live right-side up.
I recommend this book to Christians who find themselves struggling to grow in Christ. I think it might be especially appealing and fitting for young fathers. Elece Hollis, Christian Book Previews.com
ChumOntario, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Mark's book is thoughtful and insightful.November 4, 2010ChumOntario, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mark Buchanan challenges with all his books and this one also is well written. He always provides honest, personal examples which reassure us in the many areas in which we know we have not "arrived". He inspires and challenges my faith. We learn from this book that God has provided everything we need for living a godly life - we must get to work, take up the tools and live that life.
Maureen Flickinger4 Stars Out Of 5May 10, 2010Maureen FlickingerIt has some great ideas for gaining the fulfilling life God intends us to have. We are using it as a study book and it does require some preparation to develop the guide for class discussion
Richard Beddoe5 Stars Out Of 5November 20, 2009Richard BeddoeI used this bood for a women's Bible study, and every woman wanted an addition copy (or two or three) to give for Christmas. We found the book extremely helpful. His use of language is impressive to say the least!
Spence Newsome1 Stars Out Of 5January 6, 2009Spence NewsomeChapter 13 is titled "A Year with Peter". In the making of New Year resolves and updating our lists of things to do, books to read etc, I suggest you add "Hidden in Plain Sight" and Peters books in our Bible to your list. Peter is so like us, for amid his many failures I found my own failures reflected. And as Mark Buchanan states in this book: "In the end the narration of his many failures makes him easier to trust. That's the irony of humility: the more a man admits his failings, the more likely we are to throw in our lot with him." .... and his Lord.
J. H. Law4 Stars Out Of 5April 26, 2008J. H. LawBuchanan has given us a penetrating insight into Peter and how his life was changed by Christ. This commentary on Peter calls us to a relationship with Christ that leads to virtuous living in an unvirtuous world.