God on Mute: Engaging the Silence of Unanswered Prayer

God on Mute: Engaging the Silence of Unanswered Prayer

by Pete Greig
God on Mute: Engaging the Silence of Unanswered Prayer

God on Mute: Engaging the Silence of Unanswered Prayer

by Pete Greig


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An honest, soul-searching pursuit of biblical answers to one of Christianity's most challenging questions: What do you do when God meets your prayers with silence?

Many of us have struggled with prayers that seem to go unanswered, and Pete Greig has been down that difficult road of doubt. This book is both intensely personal and deeply theological—a book born out of his wife Sammy's fight for her life after a horrifying diagnosis.

The acclaimed author of Red Moon Rising wrestles with the hard side of prayer, how to respond when there seem to be no answers, and how to cope with those who seek to interpret our experience for us.

For those struggling with prayer, God on Mute brings a message of hope and comfort, but also a better understanding of how we communicate with our Creator. Using the timeline of Holy Week (from Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday) as a template, Greig explores four main questions about prayer from all angles:

  • How am I going to get through this?
  • Why aren't my prayers being answered?
  • Where is God when he seems silent?
  • When every prayer is answered...what does that mean?

Silence in response to our most heart-felt prayers is the hardest thing for a person of faith to wrestle with. The world collapses. Then all goes quiet. Words can't explain what we're going through. People avoid you and don't know what to say. So you turn to Him and you pray. You need Him more than ever before. But somehow even God Himself seems on mute. And this sinks into us with a sense of futility...

But even in this crushing silence, there is a way forward. Here is a story of faith, hope, and love beyond all understanding.

Includes guide for group discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310114635
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 143,733
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 10 Years

About the Author

Pete Greig cofounded and champions the 24-7 Prayer movement, which has reached more than half the nations on earth. He is a pastor at Emmaus Rd. in Guildford, England, and has written a number of bestselling books, including Red Moon Rising, Dirty Glory, and How to Pray.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Archbishop Justin Welby xiii

Introduction to This Edition 1

Chapter 1 Cappuccino and the Cosmic Problem of Pain 5

Maundy Thursday: HOW Am I Going to Get Through This?

Chapter 2 Confetti 18

Chapter 3 Seeking Magic Fruit and Finding Tears 28

Chapter 4 Into the Mystery 40

Chapter 5 Naked Prayer 55

Chapter 6 A Darker Trust 68

Good Friday: WHY Aren't My Prayers Being Answered?

Chapter 7 Wondering Why 84

Chapter 8 God's World 90

Chapter 9 God's Will 110

Chapter 10 God's War 133

Holy Saturday: WHERE Is God When Heaven Is Silent?

Chapter 11 Exploring the Silence 164

Chapter 12 Engaging the Silence 179

Easter Sunday: WHEN Every Prayer Is Answered

Chapter 13 Living Hope 194

Chapter 14 Beyond Miracles 207


A. Personal Checklist: Why Is My Prayer Unanswered? 219

B. Heroes of the Faith and Unanswered Prayer 223

GOD UNMUTE: A Forty-Bay Journey of Prayer 227

Author's Note about Terminology 323

Acknowledgments 324

Notes 325

About the Author 333

About the Artist 333

Afterword: Sammy Greig 335

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