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Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith by [Bloom, Jon]
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“Vivid, nourishing sketches of Bible characters learning to live with their sometimes startling Lord.”
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

“To live by faith is no small thing. Jon Bloom’s Not By Sight provides brief readings—one per day would be ideal—to help us rethink our lives in the light of Christ’s faithfulness. The audacity of this book is that it simply but thoughtfully takes Christ at his word. How rare, how powerful.”
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee

“Spurgeon said, ‘My books are my tools.’ And the book you hold in your hands is one wise match for the journey. Bloom’s stories and insights ignite—ignite fire in bones, and ignite the old and best paths, and ignite glimpses of His glory that make us want to run this walk of faith!”
Ann Voskamp, author, New York Times bestseller, One Thousand Gifts

“Jon Bloom is a Christ-centered, God-worshipping, kingdom-oriented guy. And since not all writers are, those are good reasons to read this book! But it’s more than that. Jon is a gifted writer of something we need more of—truth-telling nonfiction that’s full of imagination. For years I have read Jon’s Desiring God blogs and pondered them, saving some of them to quote from in future books. I love how Jon repeatedly takes me back to Scripture. God says his words won’t return to him empty without accomplishing his purpose. He never says that about our words. That’s why Not By Sight will endure beyond this world—it is infused with the life-giving Word of God that will never die.”
Randy Alcorn, Founder and Director, Eternal Perspective Ministries; author, Heaven and Happiness

Not By Sight creatively and winsomely invites readers into the realities of the gospel accounts, enabling us to hear the rocks of the adulterous woman’s accusers fall to the ground, feel the tingle of health rushing through the leper’s body, see the panic in Peter’s eyes as he begins to sink, smell the fragrance that has been poured on Jesus’s feet, and taste the fish Jesus serves to the disciples for breakfast.”
Nancy Guthrie, Bible Teacher; author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series

“Forgetfulness and familiarity. Faith is often plagued by these twin faults. We easily forget what we know about who God is and what he’s done for us in Jesus Christ. When we turn to Scripture for help, our familiarity dulls the wonder in the splendid story of God’s mercy to mere men. We need to be reminded of the old stories of Scripture, that they might irrigate our parched souls and ignite our faith. In Not By Sight, my friend Jon Bloom shatters our familiarity with the Bible by helping us see afresh how the drama of Scripture unfolds in the gritty reality of human experience and how those stores are infused with grace as they fit into the greatest story: God’s plan to save sinners by his Son. Do you need to be reminded of what you already know? Do you need to be shaken from your familiarity? Jon’s fresh tellings of the old tales will help you recover surprise and delight in the stories of Scripture.”
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

“There is nothing quite like the gritty, grace-filled stories of Scripture to awaken our hearts to the all-sufficiency of Jesus Christ. And there is hardly anyone I know more gifted or capable of bringing them to life and making poignant, and often painful, application of them than my good friend, Jon Bloom. This is a wonderfully insightful, powerfully edifying, and above all Christ-exalting book that I cannot recommend too highly.”
Sam Storms, Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“Do you, like me, feel the futility of straining to get hope from the things you can see? Using the voices of those who have gone before us, Jon Bloom describes the better way—walking by faith with Jesus, our Blessed Hope. Not By Sight takes you on a walk through the cloud of witnesses whose testimony of God’s always sufficient grace, echoes through the ages. I’m grateful for this meditation on the precious promise of God’s provision to enable us to put one foot in front of the other by faith.”
Gloria Furman, pastor’s wife, Redeemer Church of Dubai; author, The Pastor's Wife and Missional Motherhood      

“What happens when we humbly and expectantly meditate on the stories of the Scriptures while wearing the lens of the gospel? Ask Jon Bloom, or better still, buy his new book, Not by Sight, and discover for yourself. This treasury of short devotionals is the nourishing fruit of a man smitten with Jesus and hungry for grace—a brother whose words make the gospel beautiful and believable, to believers and non-believers alike. This is a book you’re going to want to give to a whole lot of friends, no matter where they are in their faith story.”
Scotty Smith, Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee

“There are probably only two books I’ve read with a depth of discipleship untouched by the Church at large in America. Not By Sight by Jon Bloom is one of those. More than once, I found myself unable to continue reading as tears filled my eyes, my heart being so deeply moved and encouraged by Jon’s soothing words about the surprising, but always trustworthy ways of God. More Christians need to understand these truths if they are to walk firmly into every good work God has prepared for them. If you only read one book this year, I strongly recommend it be this one.”
Matt Brown, Evangelist; author; Founder, Think Eternity

About the Author

Jon Bloom is cofounder and president of desiringGod.org and the author of Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith. Bloom and his wife, Pam, live in Minneapolis with their five children.

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  • File Size: 469 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CB1J476
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By Gloria Furman on May 11, 2013
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You can almost feel the desert sand in your shoes as you read about the saints of old who walked by faith. Bloom writes short, memorable stories based on characters in the New Testament. With creativity and pastoral sensitivity, the author reminds us again and again that our faith is in the very same God who calms storms, forgives sins, and raises the dead.

I'm grateful for this meditation on the precious promise of God's provision to enable us to put one foot in front of the other as we walk with him by faith. I'll be re-reading this book often!
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The author, Jon Bloom, wrote a monthly for Desiring God. I often come across people that had every single letter that JB every wrote. Bloom has an exceptional gift of relating biblical stories with the ability to almost put you right into the scene, to hear the discussion or thinking, to watch the miracles, and to help us all realize that right now we do walk by faith and not by sight. One day the sight of our Christ will be bold and wonderful. Today, these selected letters from Bloom's collection will encourage just about anyone you know. Whether you are reading it devotionally, to a parent in a retirement center, or for your kids each letter brings up a fresh, bold question about the biblical story. It is worth owning and giving as a gift.
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This book is AWESOME. Every chapter is only three pages long (or so). So I like to read one every night before I turn out the light. If you ever struggle with doubt or faithlessness, this book will help. The accounts chosen are very relevant to our lives today and the points are made well. You won't have to think long and hard about the lessons you are to learn. They are obvious and instantly applicable. Plus, the writing is humorous at times and entertaining. I consider my nightly reading to be a "treat." I look forward to my daily dose of faith booster!
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A fresh re-imagining of several narratives from the Bible. Some are merely an attempt to put the reader in the vicinity of the story. Others go a bit further, adding imaginative details on the thoughts and words of those we read about in the Scriptures. For example, how and why did Thomas get separated from the eleven, so that he was missing in John 20:24, and how did the reaction of the other disciples affect him when he next met them?

I adore this kind of imagination: thinking about things that might have happened, might have been said (always staying true to what's recorded in the text). It helps put even more flesh and blood on people who were eyewitnesses of the glory.
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This book was incredible. Real simple, yet stirs your heart and affections for Jesus unlike any other. Probably because it's based on so much scripture. Definitely a faith builder
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My husband has dementia. Every night before turning out the light I read one of these stories to him and he always says, "That was a good one." We're going through the book for the third time because the stories are so uplifting and nutritious food for thought when going to sleep.
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Jon puts his prayful story-telling ability to great use here. You can almost fell that you are there seeing the biblical story as it happens. Very stimulating to my faith in Jesus and enriching my love for Him.
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"Not By Sight: A Fresh Look At Old Stories of Walking By Faith" takes readers directly inside scriptural narrative and offers them a front row seat of observation.

Bloom writes: "The purpose of this little book is to imaginatively reflect on the real experiences of real people in the Bible in order to help you grasp and live what it means to "trust in the LORD with all your heart, and...not lean on your own understanding." Its goal is to help you believe in Jesus while living in a very confusing and painful world (pg. 18)."

Who's it written for?

As Bloom stated, his goal is to help you believe. "...believing in Jesus is very difficult...Because of this, it is crucial that followers of Jesus learn to "walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Cor. 5:7). In other words, we must learn to trust God's promises more than we trust our perceptions (p.17-18)." You, the searching, the new Christian, or the old Christian. It is for any of you.

In the glowing forward written by friend and ministry partner John Piper, Piper writes:

"New Christians or old Christians, what we need in order to walk by faith and not by sight is glimpses. I know that sounds contradictory. We need sight not to walk by sight? But it's not contradictory, because the sight we need is not a sight of what the day holds, but a sight of who holds the day (p.14)."

Readers in every stage of faith should benefit from Bloom's book, as we all need to be confronted regularly by scripture's stories of faith. God placed these stories throughout His word to challenge, encourage, convict, and sanctify us. The book of Hebrews underscores the need for constant reminder of the faithful saints that have gone before us.
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