I received a copy of this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father by Louie Giglio
Published by B&H Books, christianaudio.com on May 1, 2019
Genres: Christian Living
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Narrator: Louie Giglio
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National bestselling book from Louie Giglio, author of Goliath Must Fall and co-founder of Passion City Church and the Passion Conference…
What do you think about when you think about God?
Some would say he’s a ruler that expects absolute loyalty and tribute. Others say God is their coach who’s only satisfied when they’ve pushed hard enough and performed to his expectations. Maybe to you he’s more like a virtual assistant you address when you’ve exhausted all other options, or an old man sitting in a cloud who’s best days are behind him, better off forgotten.
Your view of God is the most important thing about you. It informs everything about who we are and who we’re becoming. It is vital we understand this; because if we have a flawed view of God, we’ll have a flawed view of life.
What would it mean to us then if God’s desire was to be nearer to us - not a coach or a King, a genie or a distant memory, but a Father - a perfect Father who never wants you to live a day without his blessing?
In Not Forsaken, Louie Giglio points us to a God is not absent or ambivalent, but is available and affectionate, ready to shower us with his approval and love. This has radical significance for the very foundations of the Christian faith. Louie offers this promise, that our God has spanned heaven and earth to reach us.
When we take hold of this truth, we are not defined by our pasts but by the love of a perfect Father. God wants us to experience his unique, unconditional love and to live in the freedom, abundance, and blessing He freely gives. Our hearts are transformed by Him and we are free to rest in the identity, value, and plan God has given us.
You are not forsaken. You are loved. You are valued.
You are cared for by the God of the universe whose arms are strong and whose heart is good.
Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio might just be the turning point in how I structure or interact with my reviews of Christian Living titles in the future.
I’m very selective in the novels that I choose to read and review, whether they are non-fiction or fictional. I evaluate if there is a possibility of the story, or the message, affecting me so much that I would want to write about it. Sometimes I’m surprised when a book I chose to read on a whim turns out to be featured on my blog, but Not Forsaken fell in the former category and my feelings about it should’ve made me treat it like the later.
Not Forsaken held an empowering and relevant message that I feel that many people need to hear, myself included. I knew that in this season of my life something from this topic would be needed to help me navigate some of the battles that I was facing. Sadly, I didn’t expect the message to get swallowed up in my inability to tolerate Louie’s voice on audio nor how un-relevant it was to my experiences.
Shortly after I received the e-ARC (electronic advance review copy) I was also offered the audiobook copy as a reading companion. At the time I thought it was a great idea for those moments when I couldn’t sit and read or when I was on the go, but it quickly became a hindrance to my reading experience and stunted my ability to move through this novel as quickly as I’m used to.
I hope this review is not taken out of context seeing as this isn’t my first time interacting with any of Louie Giglio’s work. I have been a fan of Giglio since he came to my hometown back in 2011 with Chris Tomlin as part of his concert. There were just some things within Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio that I wasn’t ready to address, or they just weren’t relevant to my experiences growing up or in the interaction with my dad and Heavenly Father.