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"A memoir with practical and often powerful inspirational advice." - Kirkus Reviews

“In this debut memoir, a life insurance executive retires early and focuses his life on family and faith. Executive-turned–inspirational writer Sievert tells how he went from running the rat race to living a life of grace. He writes that he wasn’t particularly devout as he was growing up, although at age 12 he had a “mystical experience” that led to a close relationship with God. He traces what he sees as God’s influence in his life, including an incident when he suddenly told his father to stop the car before backing out of a driveway; incredibly, a neighborhood toddler was fast asleep behind a rear tire. After marrying, climbing the corporate ladder and becoming president of New York Life Insurance, Sievert left a successful career to attend divinity school and pursue “things that really mattered.” This wasn’t easy for Sievert, a man who got by on minimal sleep and checked his email at 4 a.m. while on vacation. The author writes about how his faith saw through personal crises (infertility, the deaths of his parents) as well as professional ones (project failures, stressful job situations). The book starts slowly, but the stories soon gather momentum. Sievert’s prose is crisp and clear, and his tales about his family are particularly moving. Although he was clearly a power player during his business career, he never comes off as arrogant, instead modestly and honestly relating his faults and struggles. (One story, about how he worked to change tax law, delves a bit too deeply into insurance company workings, but otherwise, the book is free of business jargon.) He also tells about the challenge of raising a son who suffered from depression. “I trust in God’s wisdom and believe our experiences, both joyful and dreadful, have a divine purpose,” Sievert writes. He follows each chapter with exercises for reflection to help those interested in using the book for individual or group study. A memoir with practical and often powerful inspirational advice.” -Kirkus Reviews
“Fred Sievert retired from a successful business career as the highly respected president of New York Life to pursue his deeper passions, including attending Yale Divinity School and writing about his lifelong encounters with God. I have been studying, writing, and speaking for decades about the ways in which longer life affords us second chances and new beginnings. Fred’s story is a dazzling example of an individual, who in his post-career life, is attempting to make the transition from success to significance. God Revealed is a poignant, thoughtful, and illuminating look into life’s deeper meanings and mysteries.”
—Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., psychologist/gerontologist,founding CEO of Age Wave,author of Bodymind, Age Wave, The Power Years, and A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success

“Fred’s family stories inspired me to write my own family story about God’s grace through a painful divorce. My Christmas letter reconnected me with family and friends. You’ll be inspired too as you see God Revealed in the stories in this book.”
—Larry Bennett, past president of the New York Life Agents Advisory Council

“Through thirty-two refreshingly clear-headed recollections, Sievert engages us in an exploration of faithfulness and the sacred in life. His rich experience of family, business leadership, and personal growth is coupled to a theologically trained approach that challenges him and the reader to discover, listen, trust, and receive the very complicated blessings of faith.”
—Laura Nash, Ph.D., co-author of Just Enough: Tools for Creating Success in Work and Life; former senior lecturer, Harvard Business School

“Restless souls in a restless culture we are, and often unaware that our very restlessness is a form of longing for transcendence, for the experience of the Divine. In this book the former president of a major company (rather than a “religious professional”) tells his own story with the goal of opening minds and hearts to the possibility of encounters with God in everyday life. Like our loves, our encounters with God are unique to each one of us; and also like our loves, our genuine encounters with God are contagious. The record of Sievert’s experiences in God Revealed will fascinate and challenge you and stimulate you to think in a discerning way about your life and God’s place in it.”
—Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology, Yale Divinity School, and founder and director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture

“I was in New York City when Fred Sievert spoke to more than 10,000 New York Life agents and employees at Radio City Music Hall. He was electrifying as the leader of a great company. But his greatest inspiration is found in the pages of this book, where he quietly shares the lessons he’s learned from listening to the kind and benevolent God who quietly guides our lives. His experiences will remind you of the crucial times when God was part of your life. Draw deeply from this well of inspiration.”
—Jerry Borrowman, co-author of A Distant Prayer—Miracles of the 49th Combat Mission with Joseph Banks, DFC, deceased

“Fred Sievert’s book God Revealed fits perfectly wherever you are in your own faith journey. While reading, prepare to be challenged, comforted, charmed, and humbled. My own journey through the pages revealed God’s presence in my life as I reflected on relationships, crossroads, God’s timing, struggles, and joy. Fred Sievert’s website, www.godrevealed.com, nourishes my soul; this book provides a wonderful companion as I seek to find passion during retirement years and understand God’s purpose for my life.”
—Sue Johnson, seeker, lifelong learner, retired teacher, counselor, and school principal

God Revealed is a remarkable and inspiring book that gives us real-life examples of how to watch for and listen to God’s guidance in our lives. If the book were only a collection of Fred’s memoirs it would be fascinating reading, but it is much more than that. Here Fred challenges us to reflect on our own lives in a way that I found especially meaningful and revealed new truths about my own walk with God.”
—Wendy T. Wallace, president of Christian Message through Art

“Sometimes it’s hard to see God’s hand at work; however, looking back, God’s fingerprints are often visible everywhere. In order to help us learn how to recognize God in our personal experiences, Fred Sievert has put together this wonderful collection of stories about how God has been revealed in his life.”
  —David M. Holland, retired president and CEO of Munich American Reassurance Co.

“This honest and engaging book deserves careful consideration by anyone interested in broadening his understanding of the many ways in which God can reveal Himself to us. As President of New York Life Insurance Company, Fred Sievert’s enlightened leadership had a positive impact on the lives of many people. He continues on that path by sharing with us this inspiring account of his personal spiritual journey.”
—James L. Broadhead, retired CEO of NextEra Energy, Inc.

“This book has encouraged me to look at my emerging life experiences from a new perspective. Now, when I don’t see or understand God’s plan, I feel cradled in His loving arms despite my lack of insight. Fred’s words encourage me to approach each day as if it were a renewed search for God’s existence and influence in my life. I find myself looking about in curious wonder while my heart leaps into my voice, saying, ‘Here I am.’ Thank you, Fred, for the awakening!”
—Donnah K. Haisley, owner, designer, and president of HootieBrown Designs, LLC

About the Author

Fred Sievert started his career as a teacher, later entered the insurance business, and retired early—in 2007—as president of New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 corporation. Feeling he had neglected his spiritual education and development, Fred enrolled in Yale Divinity School where he earned a master’s degree in religion in May 2011. His passion is to impact other lives, and to that end he writes, teaches business school courses on strategy and leadership, and serves on the boards of five nonprofit organizations and two for-profit corporations. He also mentors young executives and speaks frequently to church and corporate leaders on the topic of business and spirituality.
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Product Details

  • Series: Morgan James Faith
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (February 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614486999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614486992
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every life is a unique journey, and each of us travels through life accumulating experiences and memories that ultimately impact how we behave in every moment.

Like you, how I will interact tomorrow with my spouse, children, siblings, coworkers, friends, and even adversaries is impacted and altered by my unique accumulation of life experiences.

It's both an incredible gift and an enormous responsibility to realize that among my unique personal experiences, at least some contained revelations and messages from God.

I've shared my experiences to persuade you that God does in fact speak to us through our life experiences.

As you read about my journey, I hope it will inspire you to be on the alert for future messages from God and to ponder your own past for messages you may have initially missed.

The stories I tell are the stories of my journey through tangible life experiences that started when I was very young and will continue as long as I live.

My earnest hope and prayer is that you'll reflect thoughtfully and constructively on the experiences of your own life as you read about mine--and that you'll consider the reality that God has been speaking to you in a way unique to your needs.

Every life, including yours, is a unique journey, one that is important to God and one in which He will provide guidance, blessings, and unconditional love.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Sommer on November 27, 2013
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God Revealed is a fascinating read simply because of Fred Sievert’s amazing life and experiences. But through these inspiring stories, Mr. Sievert provides an incredible perspective to examine our own lives. This book is truly an enjoyable read with great value as a guide to personal improvement and recognizing God in everyday life. God Revealed will definitely make a significant impact on every reader’s life as you reflect on your own past experiences and realize the multitude of ways in which God in fact had His hand in your individual journey.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tip on November 27, 2013
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God Revealed is a must read. Anyone who believes in an after life and God's omnipotence will find this book enlightening. After turning the last page I not only had a feeling of calmness, but also a smile and warmness about me. I so enjoyed the book that I sent a copy to my daughter to also read. The two of us had a wonderful conversation, not only discussing God Revealed but also our lives as it would pertain to the authors book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R J Wernecke on November 30, 2013
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This is a very insightful book that will help make the connection from what we experience to what truly is the hand of God in all of our lives, especially at the most significant live-changing moments. Fred's stories inspired a deep reflection into my own past events and how many of those events were certainly guided by our Creator. If you would like to understand more fully what we're doing here and why, then read God Revealed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gerardo Monroy on November 29, 2013
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God Revealed is one of the best books I have read in a long time! I truly enjoyed reading it as I found several great examples of the connection we have with God in all aspects of our lives.
The structure of the book makes it very easy for the reader to make these connections and recognize that we can experience Him everywhere. I found the exercises at the end of the each chapter very useful as a way to internalize and make these concepts personal. For example, I was able to connect to these short stories as a father of twin young daughters (Chapter 5 – The Miracles of Childbirth an Adoption / Chapter 7 – The Accidental Legacy), as a member and believer of strong and caring families (Chapter 1- Sue’s Prayers / Chapter 6 – Memories of Mom), as a legal immigrant to this great nation (Chapter 2 – Erin’s Story) and as a developing executive / leader (Chapter 7 – Impacting the Lives of Others).
Mr. Sievert is a great example of someone that has accomplished tremendous success in many aspects of his life having God by his side.
I highly recommend this book and believe that many will truly enjoy reading it and sharing it with others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill on December 23, 2013
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God Revealed is a powerful, thought-provoking book that shares personal stories and reflections in a heart-warming, delightful manner that makes it easy for you to read and then draw parallels with your own life. This is a special book in which Fred Sievert openly shares challenging times in his life, his values and beliefs and provides helpful exercises with the intent of assisting the reader in reflecting upon their own life experiences and positioning them to lead a more enriched life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wei Gentile on February 5, 2014
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No matter how hard I try, my words are too shallow to express the deep connections I felt when I was reading the book. With about 30 short yet extremely powerful personal and professional stories, Fred highlighted his encounters with God. I felt the personal connection in almost every story even I have never met Fred. "Finding Your Greatness" reminded me why I settled in my professional field. "Erin's Story" awoke my memories of leaving family and friends at Singapore airport to pursue my "a small fish in a big pond" dream. "Sue's Prayers" made me think of the times my husband stood by me in tough times and refused to be a fair-weathered friend. "The Accidental Legacy" comforted my effort to make every minute with kids count... I can keep writing about the connections I felt with Fred's stories. Or maybe I should write down the stories how I found God through my husband, my kids, my mentors, my friends and my work. How an Atheist coming to the Big Apple pursuing American dreams ended up finding faith, finding love, find God and living in the spiritual dreams.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Rivera on February 4, 2014
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Fred Sievert’s work in his inspiring book, “God Revealed” is truly a must-read for many of us who are distracted by our daily business environment. Sometimes, this prevents us from feeling the energy and existence of God in our lives. His personal pursuit in seeking a greater understanding of how God impacts us on a daily basis is unique and special. Fred takes us on a journey that will help inspire many to have the courage to face challenges with God’s support. He reminds us of the importance of prayer in our lives and how it can help us reach out for His guidance and blessings. Fred’s book has given me a new personal perspective on the true meaning of God as well as its effect on my daily family life.

I cherish the good fortune of having met and worked with Fred during the early to mid-2000’s at the Life Insurance Council of New York (LICONY). Although we don’t get to see each other often, we have remained friends.

To conclude, the reader will experience a reconnection to God and perhaps take you on a similar journey that Fred has experienced.

- Raul Rivera, CEO, National Benefit Life Insurance Company
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