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Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed Hardcover – August 29, 2017
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"It's easy to get lost in the shuffle of life, the never ending to-do list, all the things that call us away from Him. Sara's writing always brings me back to the God that sees me. This book is a gift to those of us longing to find our way back to Him."
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"What a beautiful gift Sara has given us, yet again! 'Unseen' is an invitation back into the blessed center of what you and I were made for. To become fully alive in the practice of being seen by God, and lo and behold, it's more than enough. This, my friends, is a message we must herald!"
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Sara Hagerty is the author of the critically-acclaimed Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, a wife to Nate, and a mother of six, including four children adopted from Ethiopia and Uganda, a brand new babbling babe, and one toddler who's found his voice amid them all. Sara writes regularly about life-delays, finding God in the unlikely, motherhood, marriage and adoption at SaraHagerty.net.
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Another facet of this season is that I'm trying to figure out the balance between promoting the work I've been given, and trusting God to fill in my gaps.
So when I heard the title and subtitle of Sara's book, I was ready.
And reading it did not disappoint! It's about how we want to hurry and even claw our way out of hidden or difficult seasons, but that's the very place where God can do some amazing things IN us. No matter what's happening outside us.
Sara is beautifully vulnerable throughout. She doesn't try to paint herself as someone who has all the answers. In some ways, her authenticity and her themes remind me of Brennan Manning. There are dozens of meaningful, thought-provoking, mind-and-heart-changing quotes I could include here. I underlined like mad in every chapter. But this one is probably my favorite:
"[In] my twenties... I envisioned growth to be outstretched [tree] branches... and mostly ignored the roots. But I could no longer grow tall in God without caring for my root system, without acknowledging that something buried beneath the surface gives life to the trunk and branches I showed the world.... God was ever so gently inviting me back to the soil. To hide *in* Him rather than perform *for* Him, to shift my attention from branches to roots, from my visible work for God to my unseen life in God.... He was patiently drawing my eyes away from the branches and down to my thirsty roots."
"Unseen" is about underground growth. It's about turning to God in little, daily, mundane moments, unseen by most of the world - but always seen by Him. It's about pouring out time with Him, even when anyone else (including you) might call it a waste. It's about giving up on trying to be strong, to be enough; and instead letting our weakness turn us to Him for His strength, for His enough.
The exchange of my weakness for His strength is fairly easy to grasp - as a theory. Really absorbing it into my heart and living it out, day to day - that's another story. It's a theme that's popped up in my journal for years, but this year, it's been a relentless one. Sara's words are helping me see what it looks like to let the lesson really sink deep. I hope it sticks this time. I think if I keep on with the root work, it will.
So like every Type A I start planning. Should I go back to school, volunteer, look for a part time gig, start a small group, have another child. But I had no peace to do any of those things. This book shifted my perspective to realize the true value of this hidden season with the Lord. What if I was supposed to "waste" this time with Him. What if this maybe the most valuable "work" I ever do? What if my work for this season was to be still and know Him more intimately.
You need this book. You need to see that the times when it appears that your life is going no where fast and no where exciting is the exact time that you can sow seeds of everlasting value deep down into hidden places.