Grace in the Valley: Awakening to God's Presence When He Feels Far Away

Grace in the Valley: Awakening to God's Presence When He Feels Far Away

by Heath Adamson


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Perhaps no psalm is more widely known than Psalm 23. Spoken by David during a time of great stress and difficulty, it summons us to lie down in green pastures and walk thru the valley of the shadow of death. Yet so often it seems we do just the reverse, lying down in the valley and fixating on the danger, fear, and uncertainty. We wonder where God has gone and why he doesn't make things right, never considering that perhaps what we perceive as a spiritual trial is actually an invitation from God.

In this inspirational examination of Psalm 23, Heath Adamson asks the provocative question: What if the green pasture and valley of the shadow of death is the same place? Uncovering the rich historical and spiritual context of the shepherd's psalm, he explores how God has provided a place of rest for each of us, even in the times of unrest, uncertainty, moral ambiguity, and fear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801093715
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 617,765
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Heath Adamson's life was changed dramatically when, at the age of 17, he was saved out of a life steeped in drug abuse and the occult. Now a popular and powerful speaker at conferences, seminars, universities, and churches, Adamson seeks to bring audiences from simply knowing information about God to actually experiencing God in life-changing ways. His dramatic salvation experience has led him to serve in multiple leadership roles with global influence, including Empowered 21's Next Generation Network, and as the global chairman for the Next Gen Commission for the World Assemblies of God Fellowship. He serves at Convoy of Hope, a global nonprofit focused on God's compassion and justice, where loving the poor and needy is a privilege. He is currently a PhD candidate in religious studies at the University of London. He and his wife, Ali, love living God's dream together with their two daughters.

Table of Contents

Introduction: But I Still Love You 9

1 Learning to See 17

2 Does God Recognize You? 35

3 What We See in the Valley 53

4 God's Favorite Place to Be 71

5 Beside Still Waters 87

6 Running in the Night 103

7 Pieces and Lids 119

8 Whose Shadow Is It, Anyway? 137

9 Comforted by Engraved Stories 153

10 The Table Your Enemy Can't Feast At 169

11 A Realm of Intimacy 185

Afterword 201

Notes 204

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Grace in the Valley: Awakening to God's Presence When He Feels Far Away 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
seekinggraceandgratitude More than 1 year ago
Have you ever felt alone or distant from God? Like He is watching you from far away but is not engaging you, helping you, or giving you any signs that He cares what is going on in your life? Perhaps you’re in the eye of the storm, trying to keep your own eyes open to weather what feels like a catastrophe closing in on you. Or maybe your trial finds you between a rock and a hard place and both paths laid before you appear rocky, long, and winding. Or, possibly you have become spiritual dry because your life is neither really good nor really bad but rather mundane and uneventful, making you blind to the blessings surrounding you and resentful of your current season of life. If you have ever experienced any of these feelings, you most definitely are not alone. Grace in the Valley: Awakening to God’s Presence When He Feels Far Away by Heath Adamson is a book inspired by David’s journey and the well-known Old Testament Psalm, Psalm 23. In this book, Adamson challenges readers to consider if the green pastures and the valley of the shadow of death are, in fact, the same place. Psalm 23 encourages us to lie down and rest in the beautiful pasture and to walk through the valley (of pain, emptiness, brokenness, etc.) because God is always with us. But if God is always with us, then why is it so hard to feel His presence? If God is with us (and for us) and in control of our destiny, then why won’t He make things right? What if the trial we are encountering is actually God inviting us to trust in Him, grow closer to Him, and rest in Him? God is all about mystery and often times when we ask for a miracle, God gives it to us packaged in a way we that may not look like a gift…in the moment. But learning to accept God’s gift of mystery even if we do not understand the “why” behind it (thus, unlearning what we think we already know) will lead us to discover a deeper knowledge of God’s absolute love. “There are times when God, often described in Scripture as our Father, takes us by the hand and lures us to the barren place so we can have front row seats as He makes it bloom.” ~ Heath Adamson, Grace in the Valley (page 28) I know this to be true in my own life after experiencing several trials over a five-year span. Looking back, I can clearly see God’s sanctification within my soul, molding and shaping me into the woman He created me to be all the while preparing a place for me to feast at His table. Grace in the Valley is indeed an encouraging book and one I would recommend to someone who is currently living in a dark and/or lonely season. Going line by line in Psalm 23, Adamson weaves beautiful literature together with heavenly imagery to leave you with a peace that can only come from the Spirit at work within you. Personally, I felt the writing, while good, was also a little slow which ultimately made it feel long and repetitive to me. (Specifically, I felt like the book could have been half the length.). All in all, it is well-written and worthwhile to explore King David’s story in greater detail. * I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was an incredible writing and compelling to read with that also reminding us to know of how God having love to us all and we need to be patient. Mostly when we feel of losing hope in our life and looking for complaining from all the fall and mistake was happen and making the reason why God wasn’t help. This book will giving us to know and leading us to the Valley of our God will bring us from the darkness and see the light in our life again. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers for this review”.
Ryan Brooks More than 1 year ago
Grace in the Valley by Heath Adamson is a must read! Psalm 23 is a familiar passage to many people, but the content in this book will give you greater insight and a unique perspective. This book has blown me away with information, historical context, and real-life application. You will walk away with knowledge that will help you live this life no matter what season of life you are in.