- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (November 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801018412
- ISBN-13: 978-0801018411
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
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God on Mute: Engaging the Silence of Unanswered Prayer Paperback – November 6, 2012
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The book is deeply personal, reflecting Pete Greig's own experience with unanswered prayer, while at the same time deeply rooted in the Bible and various theological works. It is both heartfelt and well-researched. By sharing his own experiences, the author really made me feel like he could understand my doubts. He always came off as sympathetic, never condescending. And he includes some nice pinches of humor to lighten things up at times.
Ultimately, the author argues that we need a faith that endures even without the blessings we're asking for. We cannot, according to Greig, decide not to believe in God just because we don't receive the miracle we want. It's a difficult fact to come to terms with, but he defends this point well.
The work is very blunt in its exploration of why some prayers are left unanswered. For instance, when the author delves into a discussion on demons, he straight-up admits that we often try to write off their existence today. However, he argues persuasively that free will among supernatural beings can be important to understanding unanswered prayer. So the author is not afraid to look into touchy subjects, not afraid to articulate things we might be thinking but don't want to say aloud.
There are, of course, many other reasons why prayer is sometimes unanswered: the author lists sixteen different possibilities in the book's appendix (which you might want to peek at first so you know what to expect). He wants the reader to recognize that we live in a fallen world, one where people have free will, and we need to look at our situations deeply if we're to understand them.
The back of the book contains a guide for group discussion. Even if you're reading this book alone, I strongly encourage you to do the exercises found there and to ponder the questions asked. They helped me out personally, so I believe they could help you as well. Also, if a particular chapter seems to really touch you, I'd recommend writing out your feelings. Don't rush through this book: absorb its message.
This work will not rid you of all your doubts, but it will help you to frame your understanding, help you on your spiritual journey. I'm surprised more people haven't read this book.
Greig provides a comprehensive look at unanswered prayer. I could recommend his work to any Christian who struggles with prayer--any denomination. And I could recommend it even to Christians who have never dealt personally with unanswered prayer, as it gives you a means by which to comfort those who are struggling, and you yourself will be better equipped if your prayer life ever seems futile. Also, I could recommend it to anyone who doubts Christianity on the basis of having a prayer left unanswered. (However, this is not a comprehensive apologetic work on Christianity as a whole like Mere Christianity or The Case for Faith.) It won't tie up all the loose ends in your prayer life, but it can give you a better understanding of prayer and, ultimately, of God.