Seeing in the Dark: Finding God's Light in the Most Unexpected Places  -     By: Nancy Ortberg
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Seeing in the Dark: Finding God's Light in the Most Unexpected Places

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If Christians are supposed to be "the light of the world," why do we often stumble around in the dark? Ortberg offers an illuminating look at this age-old question! Taking you from a shadowy Turkish cave to the sunny California coast, she reveals how God brightens our path as we journey through life's challenges. 206 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 206
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.38 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414375603
ISBN-13: 9781414375601

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Christians are supposed to be “the light of the world.” Yet we seem to spend most of our time stumbling in the dark. We want answers carved in stone, and instead we get uncertainty. We want a clearly marked path and a panoramic view of the future, and God gives us only fleeting glimpses of what lies ahead—and just enough light to take the next step.

So what do we do?

We take the next step.

In her much anticipated follow-up to Looking for God, Nancy Ortberg takes readers on a journey that began thousands of years ago. From an ancient cave in Turkey to the California coast, Nancy highlights the often unexpected, sometimes imperceptible, yet always extraordinary means God uses to light our way through even the most painful and challenging moments in life.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gentle Encouragement!
    January 28, 2016
    Cat
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is a beautiful breath of life! There are different kinds of encouragement, and there's a lot to be said for someone cheering you on as you run a race, but this book feels like someone slipping onto the track and running the last miles with you. Nancy comes gently alongside, compassionately drawing from her own hard experiences, and speaks calm, steady hope and truth and light. I was excited to find that this book was easier to read than I'd anticipated a book about dark times could be. Highly recommend!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Seeing in the Dark
    August 17, 2015
    twinmom33
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book has really touched my heart. Nancy Ortberg does a wonderful job in writing a christian self-help book that truly does just that. In acknowledging where we are, accepting it and seeking God for guidance as we continue to walk through lifes trials, we can face those days confidentally. If you feel lost or just need to uplift your soul with a reminder of Gods love for us, this book will help.
  3. Alexandria, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
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    Finding God in the Darkness
    July 7, 2015
    Mike
    Alexandria, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have always benefited from reading books by Nancy and John Ortberg. They are consummate story tellers. And their stories always have a message which speaks into my heart. The newest book by Nancy Ortberg, Seeing in the Dark: Finding Gods light in the most Unexpected Places was another powerful Ortberg book.

    The purpose of the book is to help us find or better yet, recognize the light of God in the midst of the darkness which surrounds us. What I like about her writing is the fact she is not offering a cookie cutter model of how we need to react to life. Instead, she shares stories and allows the reader to embrace her message.

    Each chapter seems to be disconnected and yet at the same time they are powerfully connected. At times the stories and jumps she makes dont seem to connect until you read the final words of the chapter. This is an easy to read, yet powerful book.

    I was really struck by the last chapter, Benediction. It was a powerful chapter as Nancy recalled life and death and the last words, the ways in which we say to others may the Lord . . . That was the chapter which will leave a lasting impression upon me.

    This was an excellent book, especially for those who dont want someone to give them all of the answers to lifes issues, other than to seek the light of Christ!

    I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Press in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    What is precious in darkness?
    July 3, 2015
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5


    I never try to stare at the noonday sun, yet I'll feast eyes on its reflected light in a rising moon.

    Electricity is a wonderful convenience, yet some of my favorite evenings come from power outages when my world is lit only by candles.

    I can conjure up those images right now: the moon, like a burnished pearl in the Eastern sky, and the candle flames flickering in every air current. Why do they make such an impression on me?

    Because in both cases, I was seeing pure light in the darkness.

    Now this is a statement from Captain Obvious, but I'll make it anyway: In the darkness, light is necessary and precious. And as Nancy Ortberg admits in this book, some parts of life defy any other description than "dark." Yet at the same time, our Savior called Himself the Light of the World.

    This new book by Nancy came to me at just the right time. The past few weeks have been a reminder that it is good *and* hard to be human. A book about "finding God's light in the most unexpected places" was just what I needed.

    Nancy's writing style is neither cozy nor is it stark. Her words are borne from living, and from meditating on what life does to us as we live it. I felt as if she knew me at times.

    I love the Dallas Willard wisdom that she shares here- "God only meets us in one place, and that's reality."

    She takes that basic heartbeat, and traces out what that means. When reality is dark and God is our Light, what has that meant to her? To people she's talked to? How has it changed the way they walk in a time of darkness?

    Each chapter is connected, because they're all about the same theme- Light in the dark. Yet they're each self-contained, almost like a collection of essays. I skipped around, reading one at a time and stopping often to re-read and consider and then underline or make a note. There's gems of truth in here.

    I'll be filing this book on my keeper shelf, and I'll be looking for Nancy's other book, "Looking for God."

    I thank Tyndale for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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