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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780830764365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830764365
  • ASIN: 0830764364
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"...thoughtful and deeply moving...even in the wake of one of his most difficult trials of faith." -- Charisma Magazine, March 2007

"Pete Greig offers a considered answer to those who may question God's silence in God on Mute." -- Relevant Magazine, March/April 2007

"Theologian Pete Greig dives headlong into the inky waters of unanswered prayer to rinse off the mystery." -- Christian Music Planet, March/April 2007

"Throughout this well-written book, Greig creates a personal checklist that explains why certain prayers remain unanswered. Recommended." -- Aspiring Retail, March 2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Writing out of the pain of his wife’s fight for her life but also the wonder of watching the prayer movement they founded touch many lives, Pete Greig wrestles with the dark side of prayer and emerges with a hard-won message of hope, comfort and profound biblical insight for all who suffer in silence. “If you are hurting and secretly wondering ‘Where is God?’ and ‘Why’s this happened to me?’ and ‘How come my prayers aren’t working?’ then I dedicate this book to you…”--Pete Greig 

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Thank you very much Pete and Samie.
William Dahl
I love the way Greig writes, how he has outlined this book, and his unique take on why God does not always answer prayer.
I read this book at the right time in my life.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mel Lawrenz on March 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pete Greig gives us an example of real faith and courage as he tells the story of the perilous journey he and his wife Samie have been on since a tumor the size of an orange was removed from her brain and she was left with chronic epilepsy. Though leaders in an international prayer ministry called 24-7, Pete and his wife have had to deal with the issue of praying hard for healing in Samie's body, being grateful for the preservation of her life, but having to accept just partial healing. Using the prayers of Jesus' final days (agony in the garden on Thursday, from the cross on Friday, the silence of Saturday, and the triumph of Easter) is a brilliant way to show that our prayers may come out of anguish--but so did those of Jesus. In the end, Pete and his wife are left with real faith (stripped to its essence) in the true God, and they show us how to go forward in life with the best prayer of all: "Lord, have mercy..."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William Dahl VINE VOICE on April 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
From Maundy Thursday to Good Friday to Silent Saturday and then Easter Sunday, Pete and Samie Greig use the blessing of their Life's story to share the same with the reader. God on Mute - Engaging The Silence of Unanswered Prayer is a very important topic, relevant to our times as people seek the precarious and shallow certainty in various forms of fundamentalism --- in a number of faith persuasions that populate this planet...not only the Christian faith. Thus, this is a book I would recommend to Muslims, Hindus, Jews -- whatever the favor of your faith is today.

Been "burned" by "unanswered prayer? Be honest. Have questions about unanswered prayer? Buy this book and savor the reality of the life story of two people who's feet are planted firmly in the earth of the reality of daily living --- no matter what country or culture you might presently reside in.

Listen to Samie and Pete in a few quotes below:

Samie - p. 260 "I don't always understand God's ways in my life, but I'm absolutely certain that He can be trusted."

Pete - p. 23 - "It seems to me thst those of us who spend our time encouraging people to pray and share the amazing stories of unanswered prayer also have a sworn duty to care for those whose prayers appear not to be working."

Pete - p.211 "Life's great trials invariably make us bitter or make us better. They never leave us unchanged."

Pete - p. 67 "It is ultimately not comforting to abandon all hope of miracles by shrinking our view of God's power to the size of our own pain."

Pete p. 19 - "Christians are quick to spread glory stories, but disappointments tend to be brushed under the carpet because we don't want to discourage anyone at church or be a bad commercial at work. But God isn't like us.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chad Davies on January 2, 2008
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Pete's Greig's book, God on Mute, has to be one of the most honest and compelling discussions of prayer I've ever had the pleasure to read. Gone are the platitudes and cliches regarding prayer and how it is supposed to work that one finds in most contemporary discussions on prayer. Instead, framed within the four days of Christ's passion, the reader finds an honest discussion about unanswered prayer and those times when God chooses to be silent.

Written from Greig's own experience when confronted with his wife's serious medical condition, the book starts from the questions of why and where is God from Christ's experience in the Garden of Gethsemane and works through issues of prayer including lament and issues of abandonment (Good Friday and Christ's crucifixion), the silence of God (Saturday and Christ in the tomb) and the hope that springs eternal both in the future but also in the here and now (Christ's resurrection).

The reader will not find easy answers in this book and therein lies it's strength. Greig does an excellent job summing up the theology and thinking behind unanswered prayer and also in giving that theology a human face. These are not abstract discussions about prayer but very real considerations faced by anyone who has pleaded to God for something and not received an answer.

I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to better understand real prayer in a real world with a real God. I cannot praise it highly enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beach bound on April 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After four years of infertility and two IVF cycles, my husband and I had just lost our third baby at 14 weeks gestation. I was angry and searching for answers as to why God didn't "hear" my cries and answer my prayers to become a parent. I was meandering through the book store when this book's cover stood out to me. At first I thought it was a book about how people aren't allowed to talk about God (in school, etc), but when I read the second line, "Engaging the Silence of Unanswered Prayer," it immediately spoke to me. I devoured the book...and liked it so much I bought another copy on Amazon and sent it to my father, who always struggled with why God didn't save his broken marriage to my mother or allow him to get a coveted promotion. Pete Greig does a stellar job of explaining where God is when we're hurting and crying out to him (He's right next to us, sometimes carrying us, and crying with us). Greig also empowers the reader to pray with bold faith, but understanding that miracles are MIRACLES for a reason--because they're not common. Nothing is outside of the power of our omnipotent and omniscient creator, but as Greig so eloquently points out--if God speeds up or slows down the "train schedule," it can and will affect others who depend on the train of life continuing on time.

I love the layout of the book...Greig takes the reader through the stations of the cross in explaining how even Christ, God's ONLY son, received silence in response to His prayers to take away His cup of suffering on the night before His crucifixion. Understanding that there is purpose greater than what we can see in the "now" is a hard truth to process in the midst of terrible pain and suffering, but God impressed His everlasting peace and truth on me while reading this book.
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