Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed

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Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed by Sara Hagerty

Every heart longs to be seen and understood. Yet most of our lives is unwitnessed. We spend our days working, driving, parenting. We sometimes spend whole seasons feeling unnoticed and unappreciated. So how do we find contentment when we feel so hidden?

In Unseen, Sara Hagerty suggests that this is exactly what God intended. He is the only One who truly knows us. He is the only One who understands the value of the unseen in our lives. When this truth seeps into our souls, we realize that only when we hide ourselves in God can we give ourselves to others in true freedom—and know the joy of a deeper relationship with the God who sees us.

Our culture applauds what we can produce, what we can show, what we can upload to social media. Only when we give all of ourselves to God—unedited, abandoned, apparently wasteful in its lack of productivity—can we live out who God created us to be. As Hagerty writes, “Maybe my seemingly unproductive, looking-up-at-Him life produces awe among the angels.”

Through an eloquent exploration of both personal and biblical story, Hagerty calls us to offer every unseen minute of our lives to God. God is in the secret places of our lives that no one else witnesses. But we’ve not been relegated to these places. We’ve been invited.

We may be “wasting” ourselves in a hidden corner today: The cubicle on the fourth floor. The hospital bedside of an elderly parent. The laundry room. But these are the places God uses to meet us with a radical love. These are the places that produce the kind of unhinged love in us that gives everything at His feet, whether or not anyone else ever proclaims our name, whether or not anyone else ever sees.

God’s invitation is not just for a season or a day. It is the question of our lives: “When no one else applauds you, when it makes no sense, when you see no results—will you waste your love on Me?”

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ISBN-13: 9780310339977
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 91,697
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sara Hagerty is the author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, a wife to Nate, and a mother of six, including four children adopted from Africa and one toddler who’s found his voice amid them all. After almost a decade of Christian life, she was introduced to pain and perplexity and, ultimately, intimacy with Jesus. God met her and moved her when life stopped working for her. His Word and His whisper took on new shape and form to her in the dark. Sara writes regularly about life delays, finding God in the unlikely, motherhood, marriage, and adoption at www.SaraHagertyAuthor.com.

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Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Sarah823SP More than 1 year ago
This book is a gift and treasure. Perhaps my favorite book in this genre- EVER! It inspired me to live a life that is deeper in relationship with God. It's practical, engaging, full of scripture, and yet a book that draws you to stop, think, digest, and process the ideas given. I will re-read this book to soak in the ideas and even to remember how Sara Hagerty shares her poetic words of how she adores God til she knows it's true in her life! And Sara Hagerty is a Mom to six beautiful children, and she shares how she communicates these concepts with her children and prays that they will be rooted and grounded in the Word. She's a natural whisperer of the Word to children and adults. Sara Hagerty shares her personal stories and connects the story of Mary's extravagant love poured out vulnerably at Jesus feet, to a lifestyle of seeking Him in all seasons, but especially in the hidden aspects of life. Authors often become kindred spirits or mentors to the reader, and Sara Hagerty, is that for me. I adored her first book, Every Bitter Thing is Sweet when I discovered it several years ago, I love how she ends each chapter with scriptures for further review. And I'm half way through writing out the scriptures from Unseen in my journal, and processing small steps to see God more intimately and to fall in love more deeply with Him. The Bible Study that goes along side this book, and it is free on the website www.sarahagerty.net/unseen. I'm going to need a whole series on my blog to share all the aspects of the book with the world, as it's a gem with so much richness, I'm inspired, encouraged, and learning how to have a fuller, hidden life with God, where I use the white space in my life to seek Him. I'm blessed to be on the launch team for this book, inspired by the emphasis on praying for the book release, and the readers whose hands it will be placed in, that they would find God and fall more in love with Him this fall (or in the future). I certainly have, and I've pre-ordered several copies as gifts for several friends who will find inspiration. I'll end with a list of a few things I believe are possible for the readers of this book: *re-frame your life in God and before others by asking questions like: What does God think of this? and What does God think of me? *see a fresh revelation of the story of Mary at Bethany sitting at Jesus feet. *create a wonder hour to look at God more purposefully. *find your own rhythm to adore and pray more intimately with God (and it's done without guilt!) *love the Word of God more. *look at Who God is. *recognize how to practice God's love. *lean in to Him. *recognize you are seen by God alone (Psalm 139- woven together intimately). *develop deeper intimacy with God. *find that you can embrace living a life hidden before God, out of the limelight, but ever present to Him.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
When I learned in fifth grade that Helen Keller had graduated from college summa cum laude, I made it my goal to do the same. As it happened, those little Latin words that mean “with the highest distinction” did actually end up being embossed on the white parchment of my degree, thereby setting me on a course of high expectations for the “distinction” that was somehow going to be my destiny. It should come, then, as no surprise to anyone that I packed that philosophy of life into the diaper bag I traded my briefcase in for after our first child was born. (Am I the only one who was surprised to discover you can’t get a baby to adhere to a schedule by sheer force of will?) If only Unseen by Sara Hagerty had been written 24 years ago when I embarked upon the ordinary days of unremarkable tasks and (often) mind-numbing routine that go with motherhood. I am thankful that, somewhere along the way, it became clear to me that there is an unseen and un-celebrated beauty to everyday acts of service, that productivity can not always be measured in the short run, and that there is a chasing after God that happens in the dim light of a rocking chair session with a fussy baby that is completely unavailable in the spotlight of recognition and acclaim. Unseen is the product of Sara’s collision course with the beautiful “waste” of a poured out life that hides behind hardship, disappointment, challenging circumstances, or the simple routine of an obedient following. We will never know the comfort of God as our “refuge and strength” until we come to a place in our lives in which we need to take refuge. It’s clear that “our hidden places aren’t signs of God’s displeasure or punishment,” but rather places in which God intends to teach our hearts to sing. (33) There are innumerable lessons from Scripture presented in Unseen for living in the secret places with the God who sees, but I have teased out five of my favorite insights to carry forward into these mothering years: 1. Productivity is not a pre-requisite for God’s approval. He values intimate conversation, faithfulness in the repetitive duties, and humility in performing the unappreciated tasks that maintain life. Sara found that she had “a harder time trying to imagine what He might be thinking about[her] during the hours of the day when [she] wasn’t doing anything tangible for Him.” (19) The god news is, He’s already on your side, and there’s nothing you can do or produce that will make Him love you more –or less. 2. We are made by God to be seen and celebrated. He has called us by name, and we love the sound of approval, but there comes a dissonance when a “misplaced desire” for recognition puts us on a path in which acclaim and acknowledgement become the focal point, rather than the glorious by-product of a relationship with God. Note the intimacy of Psalm 139:1-3: “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.” 3. When God hides us, His intention is that we will find Him in the hidden-ness. Sara’s season of hidden-ness began with a twelve-year journey of infertility. She had never entertained the idea that her life would be anything but fruitful on every front. In her busy ministry years, she saw results with many lives impacted by the gospel. Finish reading at Living Our Days . . .
Kozlof More than 1 year ago
In "Unseen" Sara Hagerty attempts to present a view of life that is counter to the current trend of culture.  In fact it is counter to almost all cultures across all of history - 'the gift of being unseen.'   She presents this view through her own life and connects her readers to many in-depth aspects of her life such as adoption process, discovering her own need to be seen by God, and walking through a time where ministry was not 'cutting it' for her any longer. The truth is we all like to be seen, to be noticed.  It is part of our mindset almost daily: how can I be seen by others in a positive light?  What Sara reveals to her readers is a beautiful truth - God sees all and delights in us, desires to be near to us. Are you struggling with the need to be noticed, to receive recognition?  I encourage you to pick up this book.  Don't just read it though, use the 'continued pursuit' content Sara has included at the end of each chapter to see how God really feels about you, and begin to enjoy his recognition of you once again.  Unseen will keep you interested and keep you reading as you discover more of God and more of his love for you. **I received this book free from book look bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  These are my personal thoughts.
MrsJennC More than 1 year ago
This is a timely book. I am hearing the heartbeat of women all of the world wanting to be recognized in their heroic efforts of laundry, cooking, cleaning and child-rearing. Sara writes with tenderness sharing her heart, her lessons and Biblical truth pointing towards a God who sees, loves and understands.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Sara Hagerty writes a beautiful book about finding God when we are unseen, not in the spotlight, and how these periods of hiddenness are designed to draw us closer to Him, who always sees us. The book follows the story of Mary of Bethany anointing Jesus. Sara manages to write in a way that makes me want to know God more and to pursue Him more. I always value a Christian book more that makes me want to put down the book to spend more time in the Bible and in prayer, and Unseen does just that. Sara provides a list of verses at the end of each chapter for continued study, which I hope to spend more time pursuing. I can't recommend this book enough.
Amaack More than 1 year ago
What if I told you the Unseen moments are the most important? The timing of reading Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to be Noticed was definitely God. In this new book by Sara Hagerty, she shares with us the importance of embracing these unseen moments. To put down the social media posts for a while and enjoy the presence of another. Holding loosely our plans so that God can instead move through us. Realizing our worth is in who we belong to rather than in the activity of our lives. What if we took that which is most valuable to us and offered it up? I wonder what is that for you? What provides the most value? The thing that takes up space in your mind? For me, it's time. The thing I hold most precious, sometimes even selfishly, is my time. I want to do things my way, in my time. And life with a toddler is teaching me that that's not really possible. Or even practical. But when I offer up those small moments, even standing over the sink washing the same dish day after day. Or folding the same clothes, same towels, same everything. When I give up those moments as times to get lost in my own agenda and instead offer them silently to God, something almost magical can happen. I find that it's easy for me to get lost in the noise of the day. The visual clutter from social media, email, blogs, books even. The audible clutter from television, podcasts and even the chatter of a child. It all overwhelms the senses. And when I let myself get lost in those particular things, I can no longer focus on what God is speaking over me. These ideas, these thoughts are mere echoes of the things that Hagerty shares in Unseen. Through personal stories of growing up, adoption and raising a family, Hagerty shows us how to reframe our moments. To embrace the beautiful waste that is the time we spend doing activities that no one else can see. It's those moments that allow us to sink deeper with Jesus. To give everything we think we have left and put that towards loving him. When we do that, we are redeeming our unseen moments. We are spending our time in the most beautiful way. These times will ebb and flow, changing with the seasons. When we refocus the little moments and spend them with God, we begin to see the beauty in the fall of the moment. And as we see God in all the moments, we begin to realize the gifts that are in front of us. And we no longer have to worry about being noticed. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
miriamjacob More than 1 year ago
In her spiritually uplifting and deeply enlightening book, Unseen, Sara Hagerty eloquently writes about the extraordinary gift of being unseen in a very noticeable world. Sara's heart longed to be seen and understood when she felt unwitnessed, unnoticed and unappreciated. Sara struggles to confront a dilemma when she questions her faith as to whether God, who loves her when she serves Him in ministry work, still loves her when she is unseen and does not do anything for Him. We can find contentment when we are unseen and unknown, hidden away from the glaring eyes of the world. God is the only One who truly knows us and understands the priceless value of the unseen in our lives. Being hidden away in God imbues us with true freedom, inspiring us to help others in joyous abandon. Only when we give ourselves wholeheartedly and unreservedly to God can we live out what God intended and who He created us to be. We are to offer all our unseen moments to God, in all our secret places, where God meets us with a radical, unhinged love that surrenders everything at His feet. Unseen and hidden away, God invites us to share His life. Even when no one applauds us and nothing makes sense, when no results are visible, we can waste our love on Him. As Sara struggles with her doubts and fears, Christ weeps unseen for a lost world that does not recognize His presence or care about Him. As we lift up our faces to Him, dazzled by His glowing radiance, He reaches out to us. Sara heard His tender whisper, gently calling her to Him, through all the pain and loneliness of being unseen in a very noticeable world. Each time Sara's desperate heart broke in despair, Christ sought her lovingly and engulfed her in His warm embrace. Through pain and perplexity, Sara found intimacy with Jesus. When life stopped for her, God met her at her greatest point of need. His Word and His whisper took on new meaning in the darkness of her despair. Sara found God in the most unlikely places. She beckons us to God, who sees us just as we are. When we feel unnoticed and invisible, our hearts seeking to live in the fullness of life with Jesus, we feel His tender gaze upon us. He is the only one worth vying for. Sara leads us to the heart of Christ. There is a divine purpose in everything we do. Nothing ever goes unnoticed by God who loves us. We must spend time with Him, to find our ultimate sense of fulfilment in His approval, and be content in His presence alone. We hear His voice and see His miracle of grace in our hearts. The most fruitful and fulfilling service to God is right in the heart of His will. There is divine conviction and confirmation in this true-to-the-gospel book. Let it revive your faith in the most eternally beautiful way. In Unseen, Sara declares that we must desire the praise of God and not the fleeting praise of man. As we are faithful to Jesus in all our secret places, we get God's perspective and clarity of vision on the unseen worth of our daily lives. We are to be faithful and to rest in God's sweet love. Let us ignore the clamoring world and surge into His sacred sanctuary, to hear His voice alone, in quietness and confidence. We are safe and secure in the palm of His hand, hidden in His gaze. Jesus wants us to live life with Him, not just for Him. When we enjoy the affection of Christ, we do not crave the applause of people. Hidden away, unseen by the world, Sara gazed into the father-heart of God, who loves her more than life itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to be Noticed written by Sara Hagerty is perhaps one of the summer's best books! Upon opening the pages of this beautiful book (can we just take a minute to admire the gorgeous cover!), you will find peaceful encouragement, hopeful inspiration and words of wisdom. This book and it's message is one that so many of us would do well to listen to and take to heart. While we live in world of people who love to be seen and heard and we are surrounded by chaos and noise, we can come to the quiet place of sitting at the feet of Jesus. There we find rest, refuge, refreshment, and our purpose. And that is a beautiful blessing, indeed! I highly recommend this book and am excited to read it again in the future. It was real and authentic, and the perfect end-of-summer read! *I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in return for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ramblings expressed are my own.*