As Christians, many of us experience times in our spiritual lives when it feels like God is silent. For reasons we don't understand, we're unable to sense His presence, feel His comfort, or hear His direction. And although we may be following Him as best we know, our spiritual lives feel dry and He seems more distant than ever.
In Silent God, Joseph Bentz addresses the pain and bewilderment many feel when they can't hear God's voice. He examines the possible influences that can unknowingly invade our lives and block our ability to hear God. Television, radio, iPods, cell phones, internet, email, traffic, and crowded schedules contribute to our noisy world. Every moment is bombarded by noise, both external and mental, that clutters our thoughts and causes us to lose the ability or desire to settle down and really commune with and listen to God. Bentz explains how the accumulation of all this noise can contribute to God's silence in our lives and shares valuable and practical ways to control the noise so we can hear God once again. He also explores ways God may use silence as a means of working out His spiritual purposes in our lives. Bentz shows how sometimes our spiritual routines become spiritual comforts that, instead of pointing us to God, end up replacing Him. He offers insight and understanding for persevering through the silence and reassures us that doing so will result in essential spiritual growth and a deeper commitment to Christ.
He also explores ways God may use silence as a means of working out His spiritual purposes in our lives. Bentz shows how sometimes our spiritual routines become spiritual comforts that, instead of pointing us to God, end up replacing Him. He offers insight and understanding for persevering through the silence and reassures us that doing so will result in essential spiritual growth and a deeper commitment to Christ.
Silent God reveals a new understanding of the mystery and power of God and shows how to find Him through the silence and emerge with a greater sense of purpose and a deeper connection with Christ and His love.
What Others Are Saying About Silent God:
"With an intriguing blend of experience, insight, frustration, and solid content, Joseph Bentz prophetically warns us of how the noises of life can drown out the whispers of God. He also guides us with practical wisdom on how to reshape our lives so we can hear God. Regularly. Clearly. This book is a must for anyone desiring intimacy with God." – Tim Riter, author of Strong Enough to Be a Man and Not a Safe God
"Out of a journey of sometimes personal pain, Joseph Bentz gives us insight into a God who may be "silent" for a time, but who is never really absent from us. As He works behind the scenes during these times of silence we can trust Him, as did Abraham, Sarah and Job, to "never leave us or forsake us." During the "dark night of the soul" He is present. Included at the end of the book is a helpful guide for small group and adult Sunday school classes, with insightful and thought-provoking questions which are sure to spark group discussion. Recommended reading!" – Jacquelyn Swinney, Pastor of Spiritual Care, Glendora Community Church
"Bentz masterfully highlights one of the most important dynamics of our Christian faith: the silence of God, and warns of the pitfalls of misinterpreting this silence. This book has encouraged me to reduce the 'noise' of my life and reconnect with God. I would encourage every committed Christian to read it." – Steve Singley, California attorney and prosecutor
"In Silent God, Joseph Bentz masterfully guides us on a journey that gently reveals God's heart! I was compelled to shut out unnecessary noise and sit at God's feet and drink freely of His Living Water. What joy to find Him even when I couldn't hear His voice. Thank you, Joe, for giving the framework to embark on an adventure such as this." – Sandra Schoger Foster, author of Daddy, Will You Dance With Me?
Ideal for Small Group Study
One feature of Silent God is that it is designed for individual or small group study. It includes a 30-page study guide at the end that will lead individuals or groups through the book with activities and questions. For groups that are interested, the author sometimes joins in the discussions of his books by speakerphone. If you are interested in the author's participation in your group study, click on the contact link below.