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God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World

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Seeing the Presence of God in Everyday Life

"Dean Nelson has a lively, conversational writing style, and this book has wonderful and valuable things to say. I won't soon forget them."--Frederick Buechner, author of Listening to Your Life

"In a world where so much miraculous is perceived as ordinary, Dean Nelson points out the places where we see God in our everyday lives, ...
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Overview

Seeing the Presence of God in Everyday Life

"Dean Nelson has a lively, conversational writing style, and this book has wonderful and valuable things to say. I won't soon forget them."--Frederick Buechner, author of Listening to Your Life

"In a world where so much miraculous is perceived as ordinary, Dean Nelson points out the places where we see God in our everyday lives, helping us understand that the mundane might actually be holy. In a wonderful narrative, Nelson weaves the sacred presence of God through his text and reveals that thread also running through our own lives. A lovely read."--Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz

"The church has long used the concept of sacraments--outward signs of inward grace--to name the spaces where God meets us in an especially present way. For many Christians, however, that language seems abstract, even (sadly) foreign. Dean Nelson lovingly explores those spaces of encountering God; his luminous book has helped me see anew the sacred in the ordinary."--Lauren Winner, Duke Divinity School, author of Girl Meets God

"Dean Nelson is God's spy, looking for God in all the times and places most of us would never think to explore. He doesn't miss much. Combining the readability of excellent writing and the reliability of sound scholarship, God Hides in Plain Sight is better than a spy novel."--Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message, Regent College, Vancouver

"Dean Nelson writes beautifully. And no less wonderful, he sees beautifully and knows how to help us see what he sees. God Hides in Plain Sight will help you spot what is most worth seeing (and very easily missed): the beauty of God camouflaged in the sacrament of your daily experience."--Brian McLaren, author and activist, brianmclaren.net

"If God is indeed hidden in the world around us, then we're blessed to have a warm, entertaining tour guide in Dean Nelson. He leads us through the sacraments with humor and creative insight, expertly pointing out the places--and the Presence--most of us miss along the way."--Jason Boyett, author of Pocket Guide to the Bible and Pocket Guide to the Afterlife

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587432330
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,448,577
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Nelson (PhD, Ohio University) is founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, where he serves as professor of journalism. He has written extensively for dozens of newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Christianity Today, and is the author or coauthor of several books.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Learning to See
1. Handing Out Coupons (The Sacrament of Vocation)
2. Setting the Table (The Sacrament of Communion)
3. Finding the Current (The Sacrament of Confession)
4. Leaving the Porch (The Sacrament of Confirmation)
5. Weaving the Family Web (The Sacrament of Marriage)
6. Getting Drenched (The Sacrament of Baptism)
7. Reaching Match Point (The Sacrament of Last Rites)
8. Batting a Balloon (The New Sacrament of Service)
Conclusion: Weighing the Evidence
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