Figuring Out Life With a God Who Hides
"Reading Aloof is a pleasure. People will debate the ideas — is there a God or not? — but no one will put this book down feeling cheated. It is a work of art." —Frank Schaeffer, author of Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God.
Written in an authentic, conversational style, Aloof is easily accessible to those who don't know much about the Bible, yet the message is still theologically informed and culturally relevant. This book will help you process how God acts uniquely towards us, depending upon each stage of life.
If you are someone whom God audibly speaks to and/or tangibly touches, then I envy you. If you are more like me and God feels distant most of the time ... here are five things to do to embrace the waiting.
"Can you really trust God when he is silent? It's an age-old question. Easy to answer for those who've not experienced silence. With the precision of a surgeon and the tenderness of a wounded spirit, Tony Kriz walks us through his prism to find where God really lives."
"Those early beliefs, even the very first beliefs we had as children, no matter how fanciful, could offer a key to understanding our inner lives today. Was everybody else taught to ignore those early imaginations the way that I was? Maybe it is time to do some personal excavating."
Find more reflections on faith from author Tony Kriz on his personal blog.
"It's a fairly universal experience of everybody. Some of us are more attuned to the divine than others; almost all of us have had seasons where God felt distant; and there are many people who feel God has never interacted with them tangibly on any level."
Sometimes, I think, religious people need to ask these questions more often. This is why I appreciate Tony Kriz’s Aloof. He gives us a model for asking the questions.
Could it be, as Tony suggests, that even within the core of mourning, something caused by something I hate so much, there is the “plausible suspicion” of a blessing (God caring for, welcoming and knowing us)?
Moments of divine revelation happen on a daily basis. Synchronicities appear random until we learn to listen to movements of “hidden wholeness” (Thomas Merton), revealing God in all things and all things in God.
The God I use to know, pre-Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome, that God was absent all the time. It was the emotional equivalent of waiting to be given a rose on The Bachelor.
If God exists, where is He? If He’s so loving, how can He withhold Himself from all the suffering in the world? If He loves me in particular, why don’t I sense His presence more than I do or even at all?
Rebecca Florence Miller
Kriz’s insights about why it might be that we experience God hiding from us are among the richest insights on this topic I’ve ever read. My underlined and dog-eared pages are proof that I will be returning to this book again.