Invisible: How You Feel Is Not Who You Are

Invisible: How You Feel Is Not Who You Are

by Jennifer Rothschild

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Invisible: How You Feel Is Not Who You Are by Jennifer Rothschild

Author Jennifer Rothschild has a story for you. It's about an unlikely couple, an unusual courtship, a beautiful wedding, and an illicit affair. Despite this situation, the marriage did not fail. It flourished. Here is the story of Hosea's love for Gomer—a woman who might have disappeared into her transgressions if not for the love of her husband. It's a beautiful illustration of the story of God and Israel.

Believe it or not, it's your story too. God chose you and loves you.

  • If you wander off, He will find you.
  • If you are afraid, He will reassure you.
  • If you are broken, He will restore you.
  • If you are ashamed, He will cover you.
  • If you give up on Him, He will not give up on you.

No matter where you are, God sees who you are and loves you faithfully. Through the story of Hosea and Gomer, God tenderly reaches out to you and whispers, "My daughter, my name and nature are love. My name makes you lovely. Because I am worthy, I make you worthy. I am here to remind you of who you are. You are never invisible to me."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736965736
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 671,156
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Rothschild has written 14 books, including the bestseller Lessons I Learned in the Dark. She’s been featured on Good Morning America and Dr. Phil and is the founder of Fresh Grounded Faith events. Jennifer became blind at age 15 and now helps others live beyond limits.

Table of Contents

1 The ME in GoMEr 7

2 The Wedding 21

3 When You Say "I Do" to I AM 37

4 Married with Children 47

5 The Affair 65

6 Gomerisms 85

7 Faulty Bow Syndrome 97

8 The Intervention 111

9 Idolotrinkets 133

10 Where Did You Get Your Idolotrinket? 153

11 The Slave Block 175

12 The Buyback 193

13 The Boundaries That Keep You Free 211

14 If You Ain't Got Yada, You Ain't Got Nada 231

15 Hosea in 1200 Words or Less 241

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Invisible: How You Feel Is Not Who You Are 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
beloved569 More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the book of Hosea. Well, maybe not the whole book but certain passages. So when this book came out I new I wanted to read it. I was not disappointed. Jennifer Rothschild had a way of opening up further and even new understanding about this book and about how it relates to how God sees me. I think it has a lot to say to anyone regardless of whether or not they've ever felt invisible.
Susan Crum More than 1 year ago
Jennifer has done it once more! She's blended her faith, scripture and wit to remind us even during the times when we feel "invisible" we are never "invisible" in Gods eyes. This book was so relatable and an easy, enjoyable read. Thank you, Jennifer, for your strength of vulnerability you share with other women. May God continue to bless you, your family and your ministry.
Bmart More than 1 year ago
Jennifer's new bood, Invisible, identifies and describes the story of Hosea and Gomer. This couple, opposites in every way, mirrors the relationship between God and his people (Christians). When one wanders away from God, she may feel invisible to him, not understanding the full depth of His love for us. Jennifer presents ways for us to become visible in God's love, which will help us live a fuller life in Him. Jennifer is a caring, empathetic and witty writer, and this book is a must read!
DS More than 1 year ago
Jennifer’s writings are a beautiful reflection of what God has done for her…and for ALL of us. In the midst of a difficult life season, I have been struggling to find my identity, which for many years has been defined as a Mom and through my work. As life’s circumstances changed, I felt lost and without an identity --- invisible. I am renewed by the truth that my identity is not --- and never has been! ---in what I do; it is based on what God did for me. And that will NEVER change. Jennifer shares so many important and life changing truths in INVISIBLE. What a blessing!! A must read!
kwalsmama More than 1 year ago
The books of the Old Testament can be somewhat challenging because we don’t always understand the language or nuances that are present within the Hebrew culture. The book of Hosea is one of those Old Testament books. In her book, Invisible, Jennifer Rothschild tells the story of Gomer and Hosea as you’ve never heard before – and with a contemporary spin. She makes practical application for the reader as she places the events of the biblical book of Hosea within a modern day story, perhaps even at your church, to easily see yourself and your own wandering heart. She makes Gomer relatable, by adding a dimension to our understanding of what drives her. And, squirmingly, what drives our hearts as well. She understands that the Bible teaches much through the names of people in its stories. God does not waste any ink as He teaches us through these names. From a clearer understanding of the meanings, much can be understood about the events of Gomer’s life and the shaping of the “identity” that the world gave her prior to what we read in the pages of the book of Hosea. Jennifer ushers you into the story by her own candid admission of looking for satisfaction and acceptance, looking for an identity within this world’s kingdom rather than the Kingdom of God, her loving Father. She states that we seek acceptance from other lovers to discover and validate who we are. We err because we do not internalize God’s love for us. God’s love is what makes us lovely and valuable. We don’t accept that God has accepted us. We don’t put the incredible value in this that it is worth. And because of this we wander, seeking to find what is already ours. Her commitment to the reader is to walk through the pages of the book with the goal of getting to a place “where feelings won’t dictate your identity, your past won’t determine your future and lies won’t dominate your thinking.” Through several steps of first identifying our quest for identity in the wrong places, she suggests practical ways of putting on the truth – putting in practice humility and dependence upon God in these areas of weakness that we are blind to or reluctant to admit the truth. She holds our hands as we go through these things together. Her writing style invites you to be an active participant. She has a knowledge of the Scriptures that is conveyed in a way that all can understand. She is real, and candid, openly confessing her own weaknesses first. She is conversational in her writing style, coupled with her fun sense of humor, making her book enjoyable to read. She says what you are thinking but haven’t spoken, perhaps because you felt it wasn’t quite scholarly. She welcomes all comments. Nothing is out of bounds. I enjoyed reading Invisible and will be recommending it to my friends. We need to better understand ourselves and this book helps in shining a light, making visible, what needs to be confessed to God and forsaken because, as Jennifer says, “What we are not honest about we will never be free from.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ease of Read Very easy, but it will challenge your thinking and spiritual awareness I was attracted to this book because... The story of Hosea and Gomer has always intrigued me. Through out my Christian life, I’ve experienced times of feeling invisible. This book came to me during one of those times. This book was about Jennifer Rothschild has skillful told the story of Hosea and Gomer through factual incidents from their lives interwoven with practical and relevant illustrations that re-enforce the Biblical truths from the book of Hosea. This is not a verse by verse study of the Book of Hosea. The information is presented in a format where the truth of the story if faithfully presented. The real-life illustrations cause the reader to consider the biblical truth against the perspective of their own life. Some of my thinking and beliefs about my own life have been challenged and a door was provide to allow me to make changes in my life. Things I liked about this book Even though the life illustrations were not similar to mine, I was able to relate them and the truth to my own life. I will think about what I learned from this reading and read it again in the future. Why you should read this book If you feel invisible to God, this book will open His truth for you know who you are to God in a powerful and loving way. This book lived up to the back cover copy It is very easy to read the story of Gomer and think that her experience and desires are far from mine. Jennifer brings the story alive in the everyday desires of women today. I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ela87 More than 1 year ago
With all you see in the news, magazines, commercials, and what you hear in music now days it is hard to feel like you don't measure up. As women we tend to loose focus on who we are and why we could ever be loved. No matter your background or what you have done in the past, this book speaks to the Gomer in all of us. Jennifer reaches deep in our hearts and shows us that we all have moments, or "Gomerisms", where we get dissatisfied with where we are and who we are, and we long for something fancier and where we are the center of attention. But as she states in her book, "If we gravitate toward truth, we will navigate toward contentment." And the truth is, "When we try to search for our identity in anything other than God, we come to a place of loneliness and insecurity." If you feel or have ever felt unloved, overlooked, or invisible, know that you are never overlooked or invisible to God.
SusanKMorrison More than 1 year ago
I occasionally struggle with pangs of discontentment. Invisible demonstrates that no satisfaction will ever be found until I shift my focus from self to God. He graciously waits for me to choose Him. Not because I'm worthy but because I'm worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only read the Book of Hosea in the bible maybe two times in the past. I did not identify with Gomer, until I read Jennifer Rothschild’s book, “Invisible”. As I looked at Gomer through a fresh new perspective, I began to see myself in this woman. I dealt with rejection and abandonment as a child and young adult, and the effects of those emotions defined my self-image for decades--unwanted, unloved, unknown, and lost. God rescued me several years ago and my relationship with Him has continued to grow. I loved the truths revealed in this book, especially the love and security in boundaries. Jennifer’s transparency about her weaknesses made it more comfortable for me to admit my own, and I cried in those revelations. I have highlighted many passages in the book to revisit for those times when the truth threatens to become foggy. I highly recommend this book for women of all ages, to understand the truth of their identity and worth through the eyes of the Lord.
MelissaGross More than 1 year ago
This book uses the story of Gomer in the Biblical book of Hosea to share just how much God loves each of us. It begins with the idea that we all have characteristics that are similar to Gomer – we are all deeply loved and we have been redeemed, but we still have tendencies to wander and let other things draw our focus away from the Lord. If you are familiar with Gomer’s story, it might rile you to be compared to her as she was a woman of ill repute. When Hosea, a prominent priest, married her (because God told him to), I image it was quite a scandal. However, as the book points out, God’s love for us is also scandalous – we are so unworthy, yet He loves us unconditionally! The book continues with Gomer’s story and the truths that relate to our own lives: God loves me, and His love makes me lovely. I am loved because God is love. I am not the be-tolerated; I am the beloved! After a while, Gomer actually leaves Hosea and returns to her previous lifestyle. It’s pretty unbelievable to think that she leaves the safety and security of Hosea’s love, but this quote reminds me that we’re all prone to think that the grass is greener on the other side. When we’re stuck in the rut of sameness, we fail to notice that we already have everything we need. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the lessons it shares, although I found the flow of reading slow due to the use of unusual or new words. For example, the author used the word “idolotrinket” when discussing various things we turn into idols in our lives. Honestly, this is a catchy phrase, but to me it was overused throughout several chapters that would have read much smoother if these things would have just been called idols. Other words that slowed down the reading were iddiction, Gomerisms, and phroneo (a Greek word meaning “set your affection on”). For me these words slowed down the reading because I had to continually remind myself what the words meant or were representing. Of course, reading slower also helped me absorb the lessons and information presented in the book, so I guess the addition of those words could also be a positive thing! After reading this book, I just had to pull out my Bible and reread the book of Hosea. And truly that's what I think Christian books should always do - create a desire in us to seek truth in The Word! I was fortunate to receive a copy of the book early (free from Jennifer Rothschild Ministries in exchange for an honest review & the pre-order of another copy of the book to share). I definitely recommend Invisible: How You Feel Is Not Who You Are as well as Jennifer Rothschild's other books and Bible studies!
JCook More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Rothschild has done it again! Her latest book, Invisible, How you Feel is not who you are, takes a book of the bible, Hosea, and pulls out the truths that God wants to share with all people. The story of Gomer and Hosea can quickly be dismissed as a bible “Love Story.” It is also a story that reflects the love that God had for his sinful people- the nation of Israel. But, as Jennifer says, “did you know that it’s also your story and my story?” Jennifer explains in her book, Invisible, about finding your identity in the perfect love of God, so that we can live out the truth of who were created to be. Gomer tried to get her needs met for love and acceptance outside her marriage to Hosea. It created terrible sin and heartache for both of them. We can too often fall into the trap of trying to fill our hearts with material possessions, people, popularity, food, pleasure, fame, or the approval from others. None of things will ever bring true joy or peace in our lives. Jennifer caringly identifies the pitfalls we tend to gravitate to and then how we can change our worldly perspective into a heavenly one. I want to honor God with my life and this book has biblical truth that will help me move closer to my goal. Thank you Jennifer for writing-Invisible!
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Invisible by Jennifer Rothschild is a book that every person should read. Have you ever felt like you were invisible, like your life didn't really matter or make a difference? Jennifer reminds us that God gives us all a purpose in life, sometimes different purposes at different times in our lives. Jennifer shares, "Like sheep, we all have a tendency to wander and turn away." Through sharing the story of Gomer and Hosea, we are reminded that even if we feel invisible, there is a bigger plan for our lives. I felt renewed after reading this book.
PamBass723 More than 1 year ago
Jennifer challenges your insecurity as she explores all God did in the life of Gomer. "You aren't redeemed because you are worthy, but because you are worth it." If you deal with being invisible, insecure, and unworthy, this book is for you. You are visible and worth it.
DorothyAdams More than 1 year ago
Invisible is a great book. It was hard to put down. I have too many favorite parts to list. However, Jennifer said to tell ourselves "God loves me and His love makes me lovely" and I am not the be-tolerated or the be-perfect, I am the beloved!" We must know God to know ourselves. Hosea's love and actions toward Gomer reminds me of how Jesus redeemed and restored me. I don't have to wander because I know and love Jesus more each day. Jennifer, this is your best! God bless!
JAFuller More than 1 year ago
I cannot say enough about this book, the changes it has, and is making in my life are profound. Jennifer has taken the Biblical tale of Hosea and Gomer and put it in modern day terms. If someone like Gomer had walked into my church and sat down, I cannot honestly say I would have spoken to her, or even wanted to look at her. Yet, I was once like her in so many ways. This beautiful story of Redeeming love is showing me just how much God truly does love me. Not for who He EXPECTS me to be, but for just as I once was, and am today. He accepts me, and He accepts you for who you are. If you are fighting the battles of wondering just how much you matter, this is the one book you should read. The Father has something special for each of us in this life changing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading Invisible, I didn’t really think it applied to my current place in life. But boy was I wrong! The more I read, the more I realized I struggle with the same things Gomer did. If I had to say what Invisible is about in one thought … it’s about changing your focus, it’s about keeping your thinking and actions aligned with God’s Word. Instead of turning to worldly things to make you feel good about yourself (which never works!), focus on what scripture teaches about being loved, accepted, and complete. Jennifer Rothschild is so real. She shares funny stories from her life and reveals her own insecurities and failures. Her stories encourage me to be real about my own weaknesses and then cling to scripture to make things better/stronger. Gomerisms, idolotrinkets, iddictions, phroneo, yada – all words I’ll never forget thanks to Invisible. Thank you Jennifer Rothschild for bringing the story of Gomer to life for me.