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Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night: What to do When God Won't Answer Paperback – October 3, 2011
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Sometimes raw, always honest, and ultimately hopeful, Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night speaks to the spiritual longings of the human heart. It offers not a tidy spiritual prescription, but a ragged record of the quest for God and the pursuit of a purposeful life. Julie Pennington-Russell, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia
As Greg Hunt shows in his thought-provoking account of faith under stress, we don't have to give up when God seems elusive. His own experience provides a trail to follow, with unforgettable things to learn along the way. Dr. Robert A. Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Ministries and New York Times bestselling author, Walking in Your Own Shoes
This is perhaps the most honest book I've read in a decade...Greg Hunt, like a contemporary Job, asks many of the questions no-one is supposed to ask and so finds his way to realities we all need to hear. This is one of those rare books that really could change your life. Don't miss it. Christopher Webb, president, Renovare
Greg has written a searing spiritual memoir...His personal transparency evinces the humility of one who has wrestled with God, indeed. Molly T. Marshall, president, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
For a Christian leader of this caliber to be so open and show such raw honesty is rare, and extremely refreshing! ... I was brought to tears at times ... Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night will speak to the depths of your soul with understanding and ultimately a restoring Hope.
A wonderful book I highly recommend!
From the Author
I'm passionate about serving people who want to lead, love, and live well. I especially love working with those who've learned from experience that leading, loving, and living well is easier said than done. The idea is irresistible. The reality proves elusive, indeed.
I conceived this book, not only to capture my experience during a transformative time of my life, but also to invite others into deepened reflection about their own life and relationship with God. I encourage you to read the book with your own personal interests in mind, flagging words and phrases that strike a responsive chord. I also encourage you to pause between chapters and ask: What thoughts, feelings, wants or actions does this chapter evoke in me?
Some will decide to read the book straight through. Others will prefer to read one chapter per day, turning their reading experience into a forty-day process of personal development. Some may even decide to give my experiment with the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew a try for themselves. Reading groups will find much to discuss over the course of this book. A set of questions has been provide at the end for personal use or group conversation.
I wish you all the best!
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Days turned into months. Months became seasons. Seasons added up to a year, then two. He began to wonder if his faith had been delusional: Was God even real?
In the midst of his struggle, he tries a sometimes desperate experiment of devotion: could he have a personal encounter with God through the redletters of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew?
The outcome is startling, and changes his life entirely. Written with candor, wonder, and honesty, this book is important because through it we learn that God is ever-willing to show us the nobility of being human: that while happiness feeds the heart, it is tribulation that opens the soul....and only then can we discover the real meaning and purpose of our lives. This book is soothing, reassuring, confidence-building.