When God Seems Gone – Adam Mabry

When God Seems Gone: Finding Hope When Nothing Makes Sense by Adam Mabry
Also by this author: When God Seems Gone: Finding Hope When Nothing Makes Sense
Published by Good Book Company on March 1, 2023
Genres: Non-Fiction, Christian Life
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What do you do when it feels like God isn’t there―when the state of the world, our own suffering, or the struggles of those we know suggest that God is absent? When you’ve experienced soul-crushing silence from heaven, despite your fervent supplications? Using the book of Habakkuk, as well as his own personal experience of deep suffering, Adam Mabry examines the art of lament―how to cry out to God in desperation from a place of faith and hope.

I think we’ve all been there. It’s those moments what Mother Teresa called “the dark night of the soul” where God’s presence simply isn’t felt. When God Seems Gone is a brief exploration, based on author Adam Mabry’s personal circumstances, of finding hope and light when everything has fallen apart. In five brief chapters, Mabry covers how to deal with circumstances when God seems silent, slow, unfair, disappoints, or seems wrong. A final chapter then talks about our response.

He tackles the issue head-on, acknowledging that it is a reality that many believers face. He examines the various reasons why we may feel that God is absent from our lives, including sin, suffering, and doubt. Throughout the book, Mabry offers a compassionate and hopeful perspective that encourages readers to hold onto faith even in the midst of darkness. I do wish that When God Seems Gone had leaned more into speaking about what God is doing, even when God cannot be seen—and focused on the beauty of lament and how God laments with us in times of tragedy. It’s difficult to take this topic and say anything that’s not trite, particularly in a small amount of space. Mabry doesn’t offend, but neither does he say much that’s paradigm-shifting, either.

One of the strengths of this book is Mabry’s willingness to be vulnerable about his own struggles. He shares openly about his own doubts and fears, which makes the book relatable and approachable. The writing style is accessible and engaging, making it an easy read for those who may be struggling with these issues themselves. Mabry is honest that the book isn’t going to solve any problems and it probably won’t provide all the answers to the complex theological questions surrounding this topic, but it is a valuable resource for those who are looking for pastoral guidance and encouragement.