Praise for Aloof

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Aloof
Figuring Out Life With a God Who Hides
by Tony Kriz

"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

"Like having a late-night conversation with a good friend where no topic is off limits, and no question is too difficult to ask. Kriz's engaging candor offers an invitation to travel with him on life's journey with the Silent Divine, a mysterious yet merciful God who often seems to hide."

--Sarah Thebarge, Author of The Invisible Girls

"Televangelists and preachers make out that God is ever present and easily accessible, but the stark reality is, at best, we perceive God fitfully, partially, and mysteriously. Tony Kriz, brutally honest and sincerely compassionate,, invites us into the mystery of the God who appears aloof, but who beckons us through the fog of life."

--Michael Frost, Morling College, Sydney

"Tony's raw and compelling storytelling drives the reader off the beaten path of intellect and into the rocky terrain of our hearts greatest pain, loss, and unorthodox hope. This book is liberating in that it asks the questions so many of us have about the not-so-tangible-presence of God, yet find ourselves too fearful to ask. Tony doesn't offer all the answers, but gives us the freedom to see, experience, and communicate with God in ways we wouldn't have considered. A must-read for us everyday folks committed to stumbling toward Jesus."

--Jon Huckins, Cofounding Director of The Global Immersion Project and Author of Thin Places: Six Postures for Creating and Practicing Missional Community

"It's a breath of fresh air to come upon a book like Aloof. Tony Kriz challenges paint-by-numbers conventionality with brave honesty about doubt, struggle, and the elusiveness of God—a struggle many Christians experience but few are willing to acknowledge so candidly. Just as Tony has made a friend out of a "doubting Thomas" like me with his kindness, openness, and infectious new ways of seeing things, he is bound to make legions of literary friends with his remarkable new book."

--Tom Krattenmaker, USA Today Contributing Columnist and Author of The Evangelicals You Don't Know

"Tony Kriz unlocks memories, mystery, and imagination in this invitation to see the divine breath which is invisible to so many, though it surrounds all of us every day. A masterful storyteller and whimsical writer, Kriz provokes his readers to live into the reality of the silence of God, and wait in anticipation for the times when we're surprised by the tangible realities of God with us."

--Michael Kimpan, Executive Director of The Marin Foundation

"Tony takes us on a powerful, vulnerable journey through his spiritual life, from a young boy to a man. We are invited to walk with him as he wrestles with a God who at times does not seem near enough, tangible enough, or intimate enough. His unnerving honesty reveals the questions found deep in our own hearts, and will ultimately help us find hope in the mercy of God who remains constant through our struggle and invites us to rest."

--Kevin Palau, President of the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association

"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 walks us through his prism to find where God really lives."

--Hon. Jason A. Atkinson, Oregon State Senator, Producer of A River Between Us