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God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World Paperback – September 1, 2009
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"Dean Nelson has a lively, conversational writing style, and this book has wonderful and valuable things to say. I won't soon forget them."--Frederick Buechner, author of Listening to Your Life
"In a world where so much miraculous is perceived as ordinary, Dean Nelson points out the places where we see God in our everyday lives, helping us understand that the mundane might actually be holy. In a wonderful narrative, Nelson weaves the sacred presence of God through his text and reveals that thread also running through our own lives. A lovely read."--Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz
"The church has long used the concept of sacraments--outward signs of inward grace--to name the spaces where God meets us in an especially present way. For many Christians, however, that language seems abstract, even (sadly) foreign. Dean Nelson lovingly explores those spaces of encountering God; his luminous book has helped me see anew the sacred in the ordinary."--Lauren Winner, Duke Divinity School, author of Girl Meets God
"Dean Nelson is God's spy, looking for God in all the times and places most of us would never think to explore. He doesn't miss much. Combining the readability of excellent writing and the reliability of sound scholarship, God Hides in Plain Sight is better than a spy novel."--Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message, Regent College, Vancouver
"Dean Nelson writes beautifully. And no less wonderful, he sees beautifully and knows how to help us see what he sees. God Hides in Plain Sight will help you spot what is most worth seeing (and very easily missed): the beauty of God camouflaged in the sacrament of your daily experience."--Brian McLaren, author and activist, brianmclaren.net
"If God is indeed hidden in the world around us, then we're blessed to have a warm, entertaining tour guide in Dean Nelson. He leads us through the sacraments with humor and creative insight, expertly pointing out the places--and the Presence--most of us miss along the way."--Jason Boyett, author of Pocket Guide to the Bible and Pocket Guide to the Afterlife
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It is precisely this posture toward reality and experience that Dean Nelson endorses in his new book: "God Hides in Plain Sight." Nelson, who reminds me of Leonard Sweet in person --- brilliant, quick on his feet, enormously well read --- writes here with the poetic grace of Anne Lamott or Thomas Merton, exploring the mystery and the meaning of Divine presence in everyday moments.
By day, Nelson writes op-ed pieces in The New York Times and other venues while leading the journalism department at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Yet in these pages he writes from a philosophical perspective. Using a skeletal outline from the Christian sacraments, Nelson traces the tiny, often unobserved specks of DNA evidence that establish God's paternity amid His creation, teaching us to be more attentive as we experience family, community and society.
Woven through these well-crafted pages are quotes from Henri Nouwen, Walter Wangerin, Frederick Buechner and others, including novelist Walker Percy. The result is a collection of tightly-written essays that command the reader's notice while rewarding it with perceptive and intriguing depth.Read more ›
He writes, "I believe that grace goes before us as a way for God to say, `Welcome! I got here before you. I've been expecting you.' That is exactly how I felt when I heard this missionary read his assignment in Bombay. I was alone, feeling like a Martian, a little bit afraid, and I sensed God saying to me, `See? You're with me, and you're going to be fine.'"
As Nelson tells it, that experience gave him courage, even amused him. And he started paying closer attention to his life. "What I hungered for was better vision so I could see God and his activity throughout my day. I believed that his grace and love and presence were all around me, but I wasn't seeing them. I wasn't living with that knowledge at my center. I wanted the blinders off. I wanted to catch the subtleties of God's activity."
Such vision doesn't develop overnight.Read more ›
"Nelson's own fluid prose and keen observations are often bolstered with insights from not just Buechner, but from a wide array of writers and thinkers, including Anne Lamott, Philip Yancey, Eugene Peterson, Thomas Merton, Henri Nowen and Frederica Mathewes-Green. This rich contextualization is a delightful feature of the book that introduces (or perhaps reintroduces) readers to other authors whose work they will also want to explore."
My reaction to this masterful work is that future writers on this incredibly important topic will be widely quoting Dean Nelson.
Dean Nelson is a cool guy, but more than that, he's a superb teacher and storyteller. Each beautifully written chapter offers a fresh look at the sacred moments in everyday life. Reading this, it's hard NOT to feel closer to the Divine. I laughed, I cried; I didn't want the book to end.
God Hides in Plain Sight is a book you'll want to re-read and pass along to friends.
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I like how this book deals with finding God in the ordinary. If we pay attention, we can fine God in the everyday silence of the world. This book helps you to find it.Published 9 months ago by Thomas J. Evans
Easy read....innovative....can identify with his experiences and thoughts.Published 16 months ago by catherine c harju
Nelson gives a practical, honest, yet profound guide for seeing and hearing God in the ordinary even boring stuff of everyday life. Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Shawn
In his 1992 film Husbands and Wives, Woody Allen's character watches television, as a scientist quotes Einstein, "God doesn't play with dice. Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by Lover of Philosophy