Have you ever asked, ‘Where is God in all of this I’m going through?’ ‘Is He even listening to my prayers?’ ‘I don’t understand this loneliness and emptiness in my life when I need to know His presence with me.’ If you can dare be honest in relating to these feelings then I can recommend ‘God on Mute’ by Pete Greig. Pete is an internationally renowned Christian speaker and writer, and co-founder of 24/7 Prayer who a few years ago underwent a serious dilemma of faith when his wife Samie became desperately ill with a brain tumour which left her with epilepsy after its removal. The book is the honest account of their chasing after God for answers, and learning to persevere and trust through the struggle of unknowing the reasons for God’s silence to their prayers for Samie’s healing. Using the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ last 4 days on earth from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, Pete draws out many convincing answers and the knowledge that Jesus went through all the same things that we do in doubts, fear, despair, loneliness to ultimate rejection, the silence of Easter Saturday to the glorious victory of overcoming the struggle in wonderful victory.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith— of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire— may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:3,6-7 (NIV)
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