Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God

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Overview

Let’s be honest: it’s far too easy to go through day-to-day life without a sense of the mystery, the marvel, or the awe of God’s presence. Have you ever felt your relationship with God isn’t as vibrant as you want it to be? Have you ever felt like God seemed far away—even in the midst of devotions, prayer, and church?

 

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Overview

Let’s be honest: it’s far too easy to go through day-to-day life without a sense of the mystery, the marvel, or the awe of God’s presence. Have you ever felt your relationship with God isn’t as vibrant as you want it to be? Have you ever felt like God seemed far away—even in the midst of devotions, prayer, and church?

 

You’re not alone.

 

We Were Created for Wonder

You were created and designed to experience wonder. Woven into the fabric of our humanity is an innate ability and desire for the wonder of God. It’s felt in the moments when you watch the sun melt behind the horizon, when you reach out to cradle a baby and smell the sweet scent of new life, when you can’t help but smile as you witness two wrinkled souls renew their vows to each other. Such moments remind us we were made for something more than deadlines and debt, carpools and coffee breaks. Yet despite such wondrous moments, we can still find ourselves going through the motions of faith.

Whether you’re:

A long time follower of Jesus or still figuring Him out

Unemployed, overly-employed, or an entrepreneur

A creator, innovator, or conformist

Grumpy, ebullient, grey-haired or bed-head

An average Joe or have-a-gym-membership-but-never-go

A superhero (of any era), supermom, superdad, super grand, super great grand, or don’t feel particularly super at all

No matter who you are or where you’ve been—if you’ve lived a life where you’ve seen it all, done it all, or feel like you’re past it all—God still longs to take your breath away.

Isaiah 29:4 records God’s desire for you: “Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder.”

Do you see it?

God is busting at the seams to display His glory, power, and might in your life. And He wants to give you the greatest gift of all—Himself.

Yet why do we pass by the wonder of God unaware?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It’s tricky business to mine one’s life as a source of inspiration for others, but in this collection of meditations derived from her own journey, the author succeeds in keeping the reader engaged, entertained, and often edified. “Live awake and aware for the wonder awaits,” Feinberg, a prolific writer of books (The Organic God), Christian study guides, and multimedia resources, exhorts her readers. Skilled at connecting her history with stories from Hebrew and Christian scriptures, the writer introduces readers to colorful characters, including her late grandfather, Cactus Jack, who in his 80s took up professional poker-playing. All of her stories are intended to help the reader see God’s wonder in his or her own life. Wise to the imperatives of the digital era, the “30 Days of Wonder” series of exercises that closes the book is linked to a “conversation” to take place on the writer’s Twitter feed and Facebook page after the book is published. While she occasionally veers into the precious (“the soft pinch of God’s presence”), Feinberg raises questions that linger in the mind after the book is closed. (Dec. 25)
ANN VOSKAMP
"Margaret Feinberg is a modern-day David. With eyes on the heavens, His Word in hand, and all her heart turned towards His, she tells the wonders of His love in ways you've never known. Who in the world doesn't need joy like this?"
BOB GOFF
"Wonderstruck invites you to open your eyes to the delights, joys, and gifts of God all around. You can't read this book and remain the same--it will change you so you see yourself, others, God, and the world around you in a more beautiful, life-giving way."
LifeWay Research - ED STETZER
"Feinberg turns exegesis into an art, delivering findings that invite the audience to touch, taste, smell, and see God's handiwork throughout the Scriptures and in their own lives."
CBA Retailers + Resources
“I found Feinberg’s Wonderstruck to be a wonderfully honest, biblically meaty, and immensely practical work on truly awakening to the nearness of God in our lives.”
NANCY ORTBERG
"We dangerously underestimate the power of wonder. . . Margaret recenters wonder at the heart of our relationship with God, with seismic results. This book shook my soul awake and made it impossible for me to continue following a God of my own design. Her work is captivating, staggeringly honest and refreshingly deep, stirring my mind, heart, sense, and soul to consider God in ways that are reshaping me."
JUD WHILITE
"Wonderstruck is a game-changing book. Feinberg's brilliant writing captures you as she points to the God who has captured her."
GABE LYONS
“This generation longs to encounter Good News in fresh, modern, and engaging ways. Margaret Feinberg stands at the forefront of communicating the timeless truths of Jesus with vibrant language, imagery, and expression. Those who read Wonderstruck will never be the same. Highly recommended.”
SARA GROVES
 “Wonderstruck, like all of Margaret’s writing, is rooted in historical, global, and biblical perspectives, and reads like a song with storied verses and a beautiful chorus: Pay attention, pay attention; it matters; pay attention. I can’t wait to share this book with friends.”
Christianity Today - MARK GALLI
“Margaret Feinberg does a superb job of helping us hear God. Through her felicitous prose and engaging storytelling, I not only got a feeling for her unique journey with God, but I also received fresh glimpses into my own.”
RAY JOHNSTON
Maybe the reason the Christian faith in America is so anemic and lifeless is because we have settled for lifeless religion and stuffy ritual instead of a thriving, close, alive, passionate relationship to the living God. Margaret’s latest book is like standing under Niagara Falls spiritually. You won’t be able to put it down.”
Ann Voskamp
"Margaret Feinberg is a modern-day David. With eyes on the heavens, His Word in hand, and all her heart turned towards His, she tells the wonders of His love in ways you've never known. Who in the world doesn't need joy like this?"
Bob Goff
"Wonderstruck invites you to open your eyes to the delights, joys, and gifts of God all around. You can't read this book and remain the same—it will change you so you see yourself, others, God, and the world around you in a more beautiful, life-giving way."
LifeWay Research - Ed Stetzer
"Feinberg turns exegesis into an art, delivering findings that invite the audience to touch, taste, smell, and see God's handiwork throughout the Scriptures and in their own lives."
Nancy Ortberg
"We dangerously underestimate the power of wonder. . . Margaret recenters wonder at the heart of our relationship with God, with seismic results. This book shook my soul awake and made it impossible for me to continue following a God of my own design. Her work is captivating, staggeringly honest and refreshingly deep, stirring my mind, heart, sense, and soul to consider God in ways that are reshaping me."
Jud Whilite
"Wonderstruck is a game-changing book. Feinberg's brilliant writing captures you as she points to the God who has captured her."
Gabe Lyons
“This generation longs to encounter Good News in fresh, modern, and engaging ways. Margaret Feinberg stands at the forefront of communicating the timeless truths of Jesus with vibrant language, imagery, and expression. Those who read Wonderstruck will never be the same. Highly recommended.”
Sara Groves
 “Wonderstruck, like all of Margaret’s writing, is rooted in historical, global, and biblical perspectives, and reads like a song with storied verses and a beautiful chorus: Pay attention, pay attention; it matters; pay attention. I can’t wait to share this book with friends.”
Christianity Today - Mark Galli
“Margaret Feinberg does a superb job of helping us hear God. Through her felicitous prose and engaging storytelling, I not only got a feeling for her unique journey with God, but I also received fresh glimpses into my own.”
Ray Johnston
Maybe the reason the Christian faith in America is so anemic and lifeless is because we have settled for lifeless religion and stuffy ritual instead of a thriving, close, alive, passionate relationship to the living God. Margaret’s latest book is like standing under Niagara Falls spiritually. You won’t be able to put it down.”
CBA Retailers + Resources
“I found Feinberg’s Wonderstruck to be a wonderfully honest, biblically meaty, and immensely practical work on truly awakening to the nearness of God in our lives.”
From the Publisher

Wonderstruck invites you to open your eyes to the delights, joys, and gifts of God all around. You can’t read this book and remain the same.”
— Bob Goff, Author of Love Does

“Margaret recenters wonder at the heart of our relationship with God with seismic results. This book shook my soul awake and made it impossible for me to continue following a God of my own design.”
— Nancy Ortberg, Author of Looking for God

“Feinberg turns exegesis into an art, delivering findings that invite the audience to touch, taste, smell, and see God’s handiwork throughout the Scriptures and in their own lives.”
- Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617950889
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/25/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 179,473
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

A popular speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst and Thrive, Margaret Feinberg was recently named one of the “30 Voices” who will help lead the church in the next decade, according to Christian Retailing. Her books have received national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, and USA Today. Margaret currently lives in Morrison, Colorado, with her husband and her superpup, Hershey

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Table of Contents

0 Captured by the Night Sky 1

1 Hidden Among the Highlands | the wonder of divine expectation 9

2 Shock and Awe | the wonder of God's presence 29

3 Alpenglow Evenings | the wonder of creation 45

4 A Sanctuary in Time | the wonder of rest 59

5 Forgotten Longings | the wonder of prayer 75

6 Treasure Hunting in Africa | the wonder of restoration 91

7 The Magic in the Table | the wonder of friendship 109

8 The Disappearing Silver Necklace | the wonder of forgiveness 125

9 Miracle on the Runway | the wonder of gratitude 139

10 The Legend of Cactus Jack | the wonder of abundant life 155

Bonus Tracks

Thirty Days of Wonder: A Challenge to Experience God More 173

Behind the Scenes 189

Soundtrack 197

Special Thanks 201

Connection 205

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    What an encouraging and challenging book. Margaret shares person

    What an encouraging and challenging book. Margaret shares personal experience in her usual transparent and creative writing style. She reminds us to look for the wonder around us each and every day and gives us some specific "areas" in which to find that wonder. In addition to her personal experience, and in typical "Margaret style," she also takes us to the Scriptures to see the wonder of the mystery opened to us in the sacred page. Reading the book has encouraged me to pray a new prayer each day, "Lord, help me to live Wonderstruck."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Through imagery and life experience, Margaret Feinberg challenge

    Through imagery and life experience, Margaret Feinberg challenges the reader to be aware of the Presence of God all around us.
    I personally love the way she writes about the beauty of God. I highly recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Margaret's gift of crafting word pictures together drew me in on

    Margaret's gift of crafting word pictures together drew me in once again. I have read almost all Feinberg books and Wonderstruck is by far her best writing yet. Not one word is wasted in Wonderstruck. Each chapter left me wanting more and desiring to take the dare to live wonderstruck, too.

    I would highly recommend this to anyone who is going through the motions of Christianity--bored with the mundane and seeking more with their life. Wonderstruck gently stirs you awake to the gift of God's presence in every area of life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    In this book, Margaret shares stories of when she was wonderstru

    In this book, Margaret shares stories of when she was wonderstruck by God in ordinary places through ordinary happenings. She helps you, as the reader, to realize that the people and things around you in everyday life are full of wonder, if only we take time to see it. This book challenged me to live wonderstruck every day, and I am ready to accept this challenge! I believe this book is full of impact, and I can't wait to give several copies away for Christmas. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Feinberg's stories are very vivid and based around events from h

    Feinberg's stories are very vivid and based around events from her own life. My favorite chapter was about Cactus Jack--I won't say how she knows him--I don't want to give anything away. Makes me happy that a character like this actually exists in real life! Even if you don't gain anything else, the stories in themselves are worth reading

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    As Margaret puts it, "I pray for pixie dust." Amazemen

    As Margaret puts it, "I pray for pixie dust." Amazement. The idea that many of our Christian lives are spent in a comfortable groove tells us that we are missing out on God's best. Margaret points us to the wonder of God, creation, and even us. She details the revolutionary thought that God is yelling to us that all that we see is about Him and for us. Margaret calls us to be worshippers of a great, big God and not settle for the mundane. She is my favorite author and an amazing speaker. This book is a must-have for 2013 and beyond.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Wonderstruck will help you open your eyes and heart to the Glory

    Wonderstruck will help you open your eyes and heart to the Glory of God all around you. He is with us in sorry and celebration, success and failure if we are only open to Him. In reading Wonderstruck you will be led to see His presence in the every day world,

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

     I want to announce the newest book I have read, given to me by

     I want to announce the newest book I have read, given to me by Worthy Publishing. Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg.




    Our lives often lack wonder, because we do not open our eyes.This is what Margaret Feinberg is writing about. Her book is full of things that made me underline them, things that make sense. Her writing is bright, the word pictures are fresh in my mind from when I first saw them. Her book reminds us that we are in an Earth full of wonder all around us. She writes about the beauty of Creation, of relationships, of rest.
      These are some of the word pictures that she wrote:
     The evening alpenglow of a Colorado sunset when it looks like God has scattered thousands of rose petals across the snow for our pleasure.




    The woods of Scotland, looking like a forest in Middle Earth- dark, green, misty, and elvish, on a walking tour.




    The aurora borealis on an Alaskan night as you stand before a window when you should be asleep to watch the sky. 




    A horseback ride through a pine wood where the trees are holding as much snow as they can bear, and every time you touch a limb you are powdered with crystals. 




    These are the Wonders of life, the wonders that most of us miss.  That is the meat.




    The bones to avoid include the fact that Margaret has defended the egalitarian position in the past. In 2008 she defended the nomination of Sarah Palin  for Vice President in a debate on CNN against Dr. Baucham. I am a complementarian, and I hope I could defend why I believe in Biblical roles as timeless.  The Biblical gender roles are eternal in their commands and have many applications that look different for each family within their God ordained sphere.  In the interview, which can be accessed on youtube by searching Voddie Baucham on CNN, the host, a woman, asks if Dr. Baucham, is "sounding a little sexist" because he said that Isaiah was right when he told us that women rulers, Deborah included, are a sign of Judgement upon a rebelling people, not a sign of egalitarian progress. Margaret responded that his stance on Scripture was "questionable", and later called it narrow. 




    The second bone is three commentaries on Genesis, mentioned in this book, all written by evolutionists, one of whom also believes in homosexual "marriage."  I am a No Death Before Sin Six Day Creationist, a position that even skeptical Theologians agree makes the most hermeneutical sense.  




    Note:  One of the commentaries was written by Bruce Waltke, who has accepted evolution and who is hailed by Biologos ( an organization well known for the rejection of Scripture in the name of "science")  as "courageous"- for accepting evolution and denying the plain reading of Genesis. 
    Walter Brueggemann, who believes in so called homosexual marriage,  and also evolution, and is hailed as a leader in "progressive" Christianity. 
    The third commentary was written by Nahum Sarna, also an evolutionist.  
    I agree with Mr. Ham in a statement he wrote about this issue. "For Christians who believe in evolution, although it is not a salvation issue, it is an authority issue as they are undermining the authority of the Word of God." 

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Idk

    Is it good
    ?.........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    How many pages does this book have

    640 pages or less

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    I loved Margaret Feinberg's latest book "Wonderstruck."

    I loved Margaret Feinberg's latest book "Wonderstruck."  Just as she is so "easy" to listen to, her writing brings the breath of the Holy Spirit to bear upon the reader's heart.  This book was especially meaningful to me as I have just come through a challenging yet, glorious season in life (only Jesus can make challenges turn to happiness!!)and Margaret's words touched my heart, encouraging me with each passing day.




    What a hoot to know the "Peggy and Louie" of the first chapter!




    I am recommending this book to the women I lead at my church...awesome!  Wonderstruck!!

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    At some points I felt like she was writing exerts from my life..

    At some points I felt like she was writing exerts from my life...Loved the format...I went from laughing to crying to being in awe to laughing again...Can't wait to go through the study with a group! 

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    This is the best book I've read in a long time. I can't recommen

    This is the best book I've read in a long time. I can't recommend it enough to anyone, whether you are a Christian or not, if you are remotely curious about that Person called God, read this! I thank God that He inspired Margaret to write it because we all need it as much as we need oxygen. It is God's Divine invitation to get to know Him in an exciting way and discover how much He is NOT like we pictured Him. Fantastic book!

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Another GREAT book from Margaret Feinberg.  I loved the context

    Another GREAT book from Margaret Feinberg.  I loved the context of Wonder tackled in her newest writing.  I also loved the 30 Days of Wonder resource she added to this book.  Great space for reflection.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good hike and finds beauty in nature.  I love how she made the Scottish Highlands come alive.  A MUST READ!!!

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    This is a must read, could not put it down. Order today!

    This is a must read, could not put it down. Order today!

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  • Posted December 25, 2012

    Wow, what an awesome book! This is a manual for seeking God, not

    Wow, what an awesome book! This is a manual for seeking God, not just a colorful imagery book. The language is wonderful, the sentences well crafted. Always a fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    I have been reading this book and cannot put it down! It has giv

    I have been reading this book and cannot put it down! It has given me a renewed hungry and expectancy for seeking God in a more intimate and personal way. I took the dare to pray for pixie dust in my own spiritual relationship with God and he is answering that request. It is a delight to see the different ways that he speaks to us that my eyes and ears were not aware of. Thanks Margaret for coming out with such a dynamic book that i pray will awaken the body of Christ and renew our love and expectancy for a greater and deeper relationship with him!

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    Once again I have been blessed by Margaret Feinberg with her new

    Once again I have been blessed by Margaret Feinberg with her newest work "Wonderstuck!"

    From the very first chapter to the very last chapter I felt like we were having a cup of rich coffee sitting in a beautiful scenic setting with Margaret eagerly sharing about the wonder of the Lord and challenging me to go deeper in my walk with Christ. I cried and laughed and felt a deep resonance with the storms of life she shared. The Lord's tender touch ...which we see when we are watching ...is a mystery yet profoundly real. We need only watch!

    I love that she included the 30 day devotional work at the end and have the online interaction! I cannot wait to have the DVD study become available. I know being able to use "Wonderstruck" as a resource in my Coaching practice, in giving retreats and women's ministry work at my church will be a major blessing in the lives of women in drawing them closer to Jesus! It surely has challenged me to walk in a richer, deeper way with my Lord and to be expectant to see His Wonders!

    Long story short. Margaret thank you for using your amazing talent and gift from the Lord to bless us all once again!

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    Have you ever went through a red light and could not remember if

    Have you ever went through a red light and could not remember if you looked to see if it was green. That creates a scary moment. Most likely you looked but it has become so common place that your mind does not even log it in anymore. That is what has happened in so many of our live in relation to God and His nearness. This is a must read but it is more. It is a must put in practice book. I was able to read a pre-release copy and now I have ordered 4 more for friends and family.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    It is not often for me that I pick up a book and get out of it e

    It is not often for me that I pick up a book and get out of it exactly what was promised on the cover.  I had been going through a rough time and her writing helped me rediscover the wonder of God's love. I was reminded to look for the small ways that God was present in my everyday life. Her invitation to toss back the covers and engage a life full of God's presence is a real one. She shares her personal struggle with the mundane and leads us into how to live wonderstruck.

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