A Field Guide to God: A Seeker's Manual (Christianity)

Kirk, Patty

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Barcode: 9780824947927

Release date: 15/02/2010

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A thoughtful, courageous exploration, in the tradition of Kathleen Norris's Amazing Grace, of how to actively seek God and find evidence of God's presence from a believer who experienced a decade of unbelief.

In her Confessions of an Amateur Believer, Patty Kirk gave readers an honest account of what it means to embark on a real relationship with God in today's world. Now, in A Field Guide to God: A Seeker's Manual, she turns her engaging prose on a more practical matter how to discover God's presence in a world where we can't see, touch, or hear him. Courageously expressing her struggles with faith and doubt, Patty Kirk shows how to reencounter God in both conventional and unexpected ways. From new ways of reading the Bible and experiencing prayer to remembering how we've experienced God in our past and remaining open to indirect messages in everyday life, she helps readers bring more meaning and hope to the faith journey. In addition, each chapter concludes with simple, creative exercises that help you reach out to God. She encourages readers to step out of longing and passive seeking to take action and creatively pursue a God who is always there.

From Publishers Weekly
Kirk earned applause (and a PW starred review) for Confessions of an Amateur Believer, an honest account of what it means to develop an intimate relationship with God in a culture that, like the doubting apostle Thomas, wants to "see" before believing. Her new work takes readers on a guided tour, so to speak, of God's markers along life's pathways, teaching readers to recognize them. Above all else, the author is a thinker, and Christian readers, as well as others, will appreciate Kirk's concern to make certain her facts are solid before presenting any theological statements. Especially effective is Kirk's section on inattention, or as she terms it, "the skill we lose as we age." Kirk blames maturation as part of the problem for most adults. Unlike children, who notice everything, adults only pay attention to what pertains to them at that particular moment, thus missing much of what is really happening. Wonderfully written and intellectually vigorous, the book offers a picture of Kirk as she wrestles with her faith in ways that make God manifest in the world for others.
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Review
'Kirk earned applause (and a PW starred review) for Confessions of an Amateur Believer, an honest account of what it means to develop an intimate relationship with God in a culture that, like the doubting apostle Thomas, wants to 'see' before believing. Her new work takes readers on a guided tour, so to speak, of God's markers along life's pathways, teaching readers to recognize them. Above all else, the author is a thinker, and Christian readers, as well as others, will appreciate Kirk's concern to make certain her facts are solid before presenting any theological statements. Especially effective is Kirk's section on inattention, or as she terms it, 'the skill we lose as we age.' Kirk blames maturation as part of the problem for most adults. Unlike children, who notice everything, adults only pay attention to what pertains to them at that particular moment, thus missing much of what is really happening. Wonderfully written and intellectually vigorous, the book offers a picture of Kirk as she wrestles with her faith in ways that make God manifest in the world for others.' --Publishers Weekly

'One of the most engaging and accessible confessions of faith and handbooks of Christian counsel that I have read in many a day.' --Phyllis Tickle, author of The Words of Jesus and founding editor of Publishers Weekly's Religion Department

'Patty Kirk's A Field Guide to God is moving and lovely and a pleasure to read. Kirk's vulnerability and honesty in telling the story of her own off-again, on-again pursuit of God acknowledges the complexities and messiness of faith while simultaneously revealing that God is always nearby and longs to be found.' --Ginger Kolbaba, editor of Kyria.com, Christianity Today International

'A Field Guide to God is a masterful and beautiful examination of what faith is, who God is and what a life with God can be. Her words are powerful and thoughtful, gentle yet full of conviction, an offering of hope to anyone wondering, 'Where has God gone, and why is He absent?' Patty Kirk creates a guidebook for faith that can be treasured by both the seeker and the lifelong believer.' --BookPage

A Field Guide to God took me by surprise, and reading Patty's journey was a most satisfying experience. The book has depth, richness and a great measure of literary sensibility.' --Philip Yancey, author of Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference

(A Field Guide to God) is a masterful and beautiful examination of what faith is, who God is and what a life with God can be. Her words are powerful and thoughtful, gentle yet full of conviction, an offering of hope to anyone wondering, 'Where has God gone, and why is He absent?' ... Patty Kirk creates a guidebook for faith that can be treasured by both the seeker and the lifelong believer.' --BookPage

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