When it comes to our connection with God, we dread "dry seasons," when we feel far from our life-sustaining Creator and redeemer. We want to dwell in lush valleys, not wander in trackless deserts. And yet, during the first three centuries of the church, many men and women purposefully moved into deserts to seek God. They understood something that we have missed: a desert is not a place of vast nothingness, but a place where we can truly experience God's provision, restoration, and intimacy.
Through Scripture and personal stories of her own times of waiting and struggle, Allison Allen offers a fresh perspective for women who dare to believe that God is doing something of eternal value in their dry seasons. She shows how God can use these times in our lives to reveal himself to us, to give us rest, to get our attention, to show us our strength, to experience his blessings, and more. Any woman who has been feeling spiritually sapped will welcome this refreshing message of hope.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
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About the Author
Allison Allen is the author of Shine. A graduate of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, she appeared in approximately 650 performances of the Broadway production of Grease. A former Women of Faith dramatist and current Bible teacher, she speaks to women at conferences and retreats around the country, exploring themes of purpose, value, and identity in original and unexpected ways. She lives with her family in Tennessee.
Table of Contents
From One Desert Daughter to Another 13
A Desert Walker's Wellspring 17
1 Spiritual Deserts and Leather Couches 19
2 Desert Whats and Whys 33
3 Preparation 43
4 Provision 55
5 Perspective 71
6 Rest 87
7 Revelation 109
8 Intimacy 125
9 Solitude 147
10 Recognition 163
11 Strength 179
12 Beauty and Bounty 189
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
WOW! Can I just say this book is absolutely DIVINE TIMING!!! Years ago, I went through the desert with the Lord. In sharing about those times w/others, whether counseling or just sharing my story w/friends, one thing I always said was, I would give up any and everything to go through that time. Of course I would say that! Why? Because I was on the other side of the desert!! Going through the desert as Allison so eloquently tells us is very difficult and not one we would typically "choose". Allison Allen shares the time in the desert so beautifully. From those in history who "sought it out" to modern day people like us who resist it and sometimes flat out go kicking and screaming. Regardless of how we go through the desert when we do get to the other side (and we do get there) we are all humbled, thankful, grateful, and so many many more words like that! Whether you are going through your own desert or in a dry spell I would encourage you to read this and even if your not, please know that someday... you will. We all do. Heart of a Bookworm gives Thirst For More 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s Thank you Revell for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!
I needed to read this book, it honestly came a perfect time for me. I have been in a desert place. I don’t feel I am fully out of it yet, but I believe my perspective has changed thanks to reading this book. I have never pictured a desert place as a place I would want to be, or where I can grow. But I see maybe I am growing more than ever before. Things can grow in the desert places. Allison share’s her own desert experience and how God used that to grow her. I appreciated the back and forth between her own story and practical application. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Allison Allen shares a story of a time in her life when God literally put her on the couch for 3 months (during a difficult pregnancy later in life). God brought her to a place of healing and dealing with things in her life that He needed for her to face head on. She shares how this "desert season" was hard but it brought her to a place of deeper relationship with God. Allen uses several stories from scripture to walk us through why we need times in the desert. We need time away from our normal routines and comfort zones to be drawn into relying upon God in ways we have not before. She shares the experiences of Hosea, Elijah, Moses, Hagar, David and even Jesus to give examples of how and why God would draw us to a desert to hear Him. This was an encouraging read that was based mostly in scripture. I was troubled by one aspect of the book and that is the trend to incorporate the experiences of the "desert mothers and fathers" from the catholic tradition. She adds sayings from a book called The Sayings of the Desert Fathers throughout the book. These are not scripture sources but rather the wisdom of man and honestly, sometimes a little weird. I prefer to focus on the wisdom of God from scripture and felt that these little sayings were just extras that were not necessary. They did not enhance the truths shared from the biblical accounts of desert experiences. If you are in need of encouragement during a trying dry time in your walk with God then this book will prove to meet that need but I would take the extra biblical sources with a grain of salt. Her personal story is encouraging and helpful. I would recommend it with a definite note about the "desert mothers and fathers" concerns
As Christians we aren't promised perfect lives but we are promised to be surrounded and covered by the love of a perfect God. Even through our desert seasons God remains a good and blessings can be found, we just have to open our eyes and look for them. Allison Allen does a remarkable job of helping us stop and look for the blessings in the driest parts of our lives. I was honored to be on the Launch Team for this book and all opinions are my own.
This book was very good word writing and compelling to read with also encouraging and very insight straight in to the point of our life by comparing to the situation and emotion feels scant and loneliness, straggle with all the different kind of the problem that we are all had in our life sometime and that make you feel like standing by the desert trying to find the answer looking for hope and help dropping to our life. This book will be reminding us of no matter how the weather that we have to face of but God’s will be always with you. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I receive complimentary a copy of this book from Revell Reads for this review”.
We have all experienced a desert season spiritually. A time when we think God doesn’t hear or care about our circumstances. Sometimes we even think this desert is a punishment from God. But what if it isn’t? What if our destiny is about to flourish but only if we venture into the desert with the living God? From her own personal desert experience and digging into God’s word about it, she reveals that it is God himself who leads us into the desert. Not to punish us but to speak tenderly in the depth of our being where rivers of hope will spring again. She reminds us from Hosea that the Lord restores vineyards that were lost but not until we enter the desert with him. I love this woman of God, her heart and her message! If you are in a dry season or know someone who is, then this book will refresh your soul as it leads you to the only one who is living water himself.
If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you have probably experienced a "dry season." You know, that time where you just don't feel God as you once did. That time when prayer seems a little harder and Bible reading feels more like a task than a delight. Allison Allen, like many of us, knows this dry, desert season well. While she knows it well, she is, by her own admission, a desert hater. She says, "I'd rather climb Everest ice with Jesus than sit with Him in the Negev sand. I'm not going willingly." In her new book Thirsty for More, Allison says, "The desert precedes destiny. If the desert of preparation was deemed necessary for the Author and Finisher of our faith, then, I believe, it will be deemed necessary for us. I've meet women who automatically assumed they were in a desert season due to sin or rebellion, and while that can be the case (the Bible says that the rebellious dwell in a dry and weary land), it is very often not the case. Often, the desert is not about misdeed but about maturity." The desert season is a season where the Father draws us close, often it just takes us time to realize that. Allison says, "Jesus uses the desert to reveal the heart. Jesus uses the desert to restore the heart. Jesus uses the desert to release the heart. Quite often, the desert is all about the heart." In Thirsty for More Allison shares personal stories and Biblical truths to help you appreciate the dry season as well as find the lessons and blessings as you walk through the desert. If you are going through a desert now, Thirsty for More is a must read. If you are not in a desert now, Thirsty for More is still a must read as it will help prepare you for that next desert as well as help you know how to encourage others in the desert.