About A Field Guide to God
Author Patty Kirk wasn't always a believer. She experienced a decade of skepticism that led her to actively seek God and to write A Field Guide to God: A Seeker's Manual, which details her struggle to sense the presence of a God who can't be seen, heard or touched.
In this courageous tale of faith, Kirk suggests both practical and unconventional exercises for seeking God's presence, striving to bring more meaning to the journey toward devotion. She explores new methods of prayer and Bible reading, and guides readers to remember their past experiences with God and recognize the messages He sends us in everyday life.
A Field Guide to God even includes simple, creative exercises at the end of each chapter so that you can practice the book's suggestions. It is an inspiring read full of advice from someone who wrestled with her beliefs — only to find that God is always there.
Excerpt From the Book
"In this book, I undertake to study the periods of God's absence from my life, both as a believer and as a nonbeliever, and to document the process of acquiring, reacquiring, and developing faith by collecting and reviewing the incontrovertible evidence of God's ongoing but invisible presence. All sorts of circumstances can cause a person to lose track of God and misplace the gift of faith. Locating God again — or finding God for the very first time — entails actively seeking God's presence and then recognizing it when you find it."
"A Field Guide to God: A Seeker's Manual by Patty Kirk, begins by recounting a period in life when the author ceased to believe in God. Rather than a willful decision, it came to her as a gradual slipping away of her childhood faith—the simple confidence she once had that God was present slowly faded into an overwhelming sense of absence. As a young woman, she concluded that her former faith had been a fantasy, and fell into atheism. But something would not let her go. A longing, a yearning that she could not explain, drew her to seek again for God, until years later—grown, married and pursuing life as a writer and teacher—she discovered God again. This journey, and the subsequent growth in her Christian faith, is woven throughout the book, offering 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, and an offering of hope to anyone wondering, 'Where has God gone?', and 'Why is He absent?' Through her own experiences wrestling with these questions, Patty Kirk creates a guidebook for faith that can be treasured by both the seeker and the lifelong believer. —BookPage"
"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
About the Author
Patty Kirk is a Writer in Residence and Associate Professor of English at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She has taught and/or studied in Berlin, Beijing, Boston, New Orleans, and southern California, and she has written for Today's Christian Woman. She and her family live on a farm in eastern Oklahoma.
Read more about her on her website, www.amateurbeliever.com
- Product Details
Author: Patty Kirk
Page Count: 256
Trim Size: 5 2/3" x 8 1/2"