Today, I’m featuring a new book by Cecil Murphy. I just received my copy in the mail and I can’t wait to read it! I’ll be giving a copy away in November when I post the review, but in the meantime, you have another opportunity to be entered win a copy and a gift package by commenting on one of the my blog entries from now until October 22. On that day, I’ll send the name of one blog reader to Cec’s publicist and your name will be entered into the drawing.
When God Turned Off the Lights
Author Cec Murphey
About the Author: Award-winning writer Cecil Murphey is the author or co-author of more than 100 books, including the “New York Times” bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Dr. Ben Carson). He’s also the author of When Someone You Love Has Cancer and Christmas Miracles, both 2009 releases. Murphey’s books have sold millions and have brought hope and encouragement to countless people around the world. ) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with
Murphey decided to write about his months of seeking God in the darkness because he suspected his situation wasn’t unique. “If this happened to me, a rather ordinary believer, surely there are others out there who have wept in the isolated blackness of night and wondered if they would ever see God’s smile again.”
Murphey could have handled this topic as a theologian and given pages of heavy, hard-to-read advice, but he chose to write from his heart and expose it for the readers to see. He talks honestly and shares his skepticism and frustration. He asks hard questions. And he lays out the steps of healing that brought him back to the light.
When God Turned Off the Lights is a book for those of us who ask, “What’s wrong with me? Why are others dark clouds and darkness envelop me?” Readers will learn:while nothing but
- Why God turns off the lights
- Why we have to have dark nights
- Why asking “why” isn’t the right question
- What’s worse than going through the darkness
- How to feel worthwhile and accepted by God
Each chapter of When God Turned Off the Lights ends with an inspirational personal quote from Cec. Here’s a sampling:
- Although it may seem as if God is asleep when we go through deep darkness, could it be that God is most watchful in the moments of our despair?
- Could it be that moving from why to what might take us one more step closer to the light?
- Our task is to hang on. We wait until God takes us off hold and deals directly with us again.
- God’s provision is based on unconditional love – not on my faithfulness.