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Posted July 26, 2011
Seeing the Unseen
The captivating water scene captured my attention (I confess to being a fluid dynamicist at times) as did the simple yet captivating title. Who doesn't want to know more about seeing God? Anyway, I read and picked up on Hunt's theological arguments, which were both sound and not very controversial. I looked up Scripture he quoted from time to time, which was unique. Clever Christian authors will paraphrase Bible verses so that readers recall it or get the gist for some verses but be more vague for other verses to get readers to crack open their Bibles for themselves. Whether or not this was intention--well done. Also, by the time I was nearing the end of the book, I realized I had not learned anything new about seeing God in terms of steps to take or how to be more mystical / holy. Then, I realized that I instead came to learn how to draw closer to God and be more in tune with His Spirit. Seeing the unseen. This book is short and ingenious.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2011
Gain a Deeper Prayer Life
Are we praying, as Christians and children of God asking for His will to prevail in our lives? Or are we asking according to our fleshly desires? I often have wondered what prayer can look like. Is there more to it than what I know? Many Christians could stand to find deeper intimacy with Our Lord. T.W. Hunt's book Seeing the Unseen published by NavPress can encourage one to do just that. He gives a vast array of information to assist the reader to gain not only a deeper biblical understanding of prayer, but also practical advice to assist in one's spiritual maturation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I often second guess myself and wonder if I am praying "properly". T.W. Hunt makes God seem approachable through Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. If a person does not know where to begin, they can initiate a deeper level of prayer by asking for that to occur. We can ask God for spiritual maturation, a godly perspective and the ability to discern the Spirit's promptings.
Seeing the Unseen reminds us that God already hears and knows every word you utter and/or think. In His omnipotence and omniscience , God understands what we need and what we are going to pray for. Why should we be afraid to approach our Creator in communion and request our heart's desire? (Psalm 37:4) God is just waiting for us to vocalize our desire in humbleness and meekness.
I discovered Seeing the Unseen is a volume of work that has culminated from Hunt's life-long pursuit if God. It can be a great starting point for new believers to begin their search for God or a timely reminder for seasoned believers to refresh or deepen their prayer lives.In approximately 100 pages, Hunt gives a plethora of knowledge in a compact way that doesn't intimidate the reader. I was impressed by the immense amount of information condensed in an easy-to-read book. Every chapter is approximately ten pages that are easily comprehended, yet can be perused again as a refresher. May Hunt guide you on your quest for a deeper, intimate prayer life with our Lord.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted July 2, 2011
Increase your faith without the fluff
The secret to building biblical faith is not something we achieve on our own. It is the work of the Spirit imparting the awareness of Christ in us. Faith means knowing who God is, knowing He will actually do what He says He will do, and that He will do what we ask. But first, we must be praying the Word of God in our prayers and then seeking His will. In Dr. Hunt's book Seeing the Unseen, he shows how faith plays a vital role in opening our eyes to see the unseen, and he leads the reader down the biblical pathway to faith. Dr. Hunt explains that while our physical world is described by entropy (moving toward disorder), our spiritual selves are meant to be described by entelechy (moving toward perfection or making actual what is only potential). Like a caterpillar becomes a butterfly and an acorn becomes an oak tree, a new believer is maturing to a disciple of Christ. Your faith is progressing toward something better - or should be. I found some truths in this book that were transforming that I want to always remember. For example, why does God tell us to pray without ceasing? It's not for His benefit. It's for ours. Dr. Hunt describes not only what it means to pray 24/7, but the beneficial results he has experienced. The pathway to faith produces maturity, and we are commanded to grow and to progress ever upward and forward. Dr. Hunt provides scripturally-sound practices to live out your faith while using plenty of biblical references to back up his points. This book was short, concise, and easy to read. It was more meat and little fluff. I wished he had used more illustrations to make his abstract points a little more concrete, but still a great book to propel me toward living a better life of faith and unceasing prayer. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2011
clear and accessible
An interesting and short volume written to help Christians acquire a keener spiritual insight at looking past the natural world and physical senses to perceive the ever present God.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Many of the observations in this book will ring true with its readers - the differences between prayers that seem routine and the prayers that seemed to have a vibrant connection with God, the lack of awareness of a supernatural nature, building a sense of spiritual progression and demonstrating a sincere will for the will of God above personal desires.
While I could very easily say the parts of this book that I took great knowledge from, it is in the 'Main Characteristics of Faith' section in the final chapter that the book is best summarised. The author speaks from great experience and with a great deal of clarity. Not afraid to reveal his own failings, he reveals how truer faith can be realised.
I enjoyed this book and found it well written, well set out and accessible.