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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
Why does God feel so far away? Why is my worship so empty? Has God left me?
David Bowden knows these questions firsthand, having wrestled for years with Gods apparent absence and studying what the Bible says about it. In this new book, Bowden tackles the subject head-on, finding the key to understanding it in the Bibles depiction of a God who is infinitely far from us, free to move where he wants, but who chooses to come near in the person of Jesus.
A resource of encouragement for those who struggle with feeling Gods absence and a wake-up call to those who take Gods presence for granted, When God Isnt There will forever change your understanding of why God sometimes seems to vanish and how he can be found again.
Praise for the work of David Bowden
"Awesome and inspiring."Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoe Giver at TOMS Shoes
"David brings a fresh, engaging and highly impactful approach to Scripture. His passion for the Word is both contagious and inspirational."
Roy Peterson, President of American Bible Society
David Bowden is an international speaker and performer known best for his craft of spoken word poetry. He has performed his poems all around the world for hundreds of thousands of people, and his videos have attracted millions of views online. David and his wife, Meagan, live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
contemplativereflections4 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: When God Isn't ThereFebruary 26, 2017contemplativereflectionsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In "When God Isn't There," David Bowden explores the topic of God's presence and absence in our lives. The author examines several different angles reminding readers that God's presence and absence are both necessary and beneficial to us. Bowden first points out that God, by His nature, is ever present and we need not doubt that He is always here. However, in the midst of our most daunting trials and tribulations, God may seem absent so we begin to question not so much His existence but His love. To answer this question, Bowden uses biblical examples such as Abraham, Moses, Job, and Jonah to illustrate how in His absence, we actually experience more of His nearness due to His grace and mercy. For example, Bowden explains how God's act in imprisoning Jonah in a big fish's stomach seemed to display His judgement and absence. However, it is through this divine act that Jonah was brought to repentance and greater knowledge of God. In the same way, the author suggests that we may sometimes feel abandoned by God but only find out afterwards that the tribulations were necessary for us to know more of who God is. Bowden also acknowledges that there are limits to what we can experience of God now in our frail, sinful bodies as seen in the tabernacle and temple which separated sinful humans from God. Thus, during times when we stray from Him, we are recipients of God's grace when we are not exposed to God's holiness in full force. In His love, God has provided for us through Christ who is ultimate expression of presence as God become man to wash away our sins and clothe us with His righteousness. Moreover, those who put their faith in Christ have the Spirit's presence in their hearts as evidence of the present and future reality of unceasing presence with God.
I would gladly recommend this book to those who struggle to see how God is present even in life's darkest nights. Bowden helpfully analyzes several different perspectives in discussing how God's presence and absence are evidences of God's love and care. Although we may long to always experience His presence in tangible ways, the author reminds us that He withdraws Himself for our benefit. In addition, we cannot fully experience the complete presence of God until Christ returns where all things will be made new and we can finally see Him face to face with our resurrected bodies. Until then, we must embrace periods of absence knowing that God is never too far off from us due to His abundant grace, love, and mercy.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I was provided a review copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers.
britluver20021Arnold, CAAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A boring bookNovember 7, 2016britluver20021Arnold, CAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1This book was really boring and I stopped halfway through because I cannot keep on going! I did like a few things the author talked about. Its about how we feel absent from GOD because we once held him close and now we miss him. On page 29 the author says " while on this earth, we still wear the flesh of our sin and cannot stand in God's actual presence. But a day is coming when we will put on the new clothes of GOD and stand before GOD's presence." On page 35 it says this " GOD is never full absent. GOD is always there. There is nowhere you can go , nowhere you can hide and nowhere you can fall where GOD's general presence is absent. GOD is fully present in his general omnipresent nature. " I also like the quote on page 37 " GOD is always in the cafe where you drink coffee but that doesn't mean we're at the table with him". I take this as we are doing something to not have GOD near us and he has nothing to bless. This book is boring because it doesn't really go anywhere. I was hoping to find some answers on why GOD is absent and how to bring him back to us but it doesn't do that. I feel that in my life right now that GOD is absent and I wanted a way to bring him back to my life and feel close again but the book falls way short in this.
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