When God Turned Off the Lights: True Stories of Seeking God in the Darkness

Front Cover
Gospel Light Publications, Aug 14, 2009 - Religion - 224 pages
3 Reviews
Every devoted Christian experiences periods of time when God seems far away, when the light of His face seems to have turned away and left His child to fumble in the darkness. During periods of spiritual blackout, when God seems to be silent, we feel as if we’ve been put on hold: We wait and wait for God to get back on the line. We know it will be wonderful when the light comes back on and drives away the darkness, but we want it now—not later. Award-winning writer Cecil Murphey has journeyed through this darkness three different times during his many years following Christ, and each time was more difficult than the last. He suggests that believers have three choices when the lights go out: (1) Give up, (2) examine ourselves for sin or failure, or (3) accept that God’s face is hidden with His purpose in mind. In When God Turned Off the Lights, readers will learn how to make the most of their time on hold by pondering the mysteries of God’s character, confident that He will turn the lights on once again.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: When God Turned Off the Lights: True Stories of Seeking God

User Review  - Terra - Christianbook.com

The book "When God Turned Off the Lights" is about helping us face dark despair, doubting that God could love us because we fall short as Christians, and being disappointed with God for not fixing ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Tmtrvlr - LibraryThing

When God Turns Off the Light is a deep and personal story of the author, a dedicated Christian, who suddenly falls into a time of spiritual emptiness. He feels as if God has turned His face away. It ... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

FOREWORD
11
THE LIGHTS GO OUT
15
GODS HIDDEN FACE
19
WHEN GOD ISNT THERE
23
ON HOLD
31
WHY GOD?
39
SOMETHING LOST
45
BITTER OR BETTER?
55
PROTESTING INNOCENCE
117
GODS SLEEP
125
YOU OWE ME
135
FINDING GOD IN BABYLON
145
NEEDED GUILT
155
WHEN GOD STARES
167
UNHEALED PLACES
177
BEYOND SURRENDER
185

BEWILDERED BY THE DARKNESS
67
COMPLACENCY
75
AFFLICTIVE PROVIDENCES
85
SECRET SINS
97
OLD WOUNDS
107
UNDERSTANDING SILENCE
195
SHAPED BY SILENCE
203
THE LIGHT RETURNS
221
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
223
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

CECIL MURPHEY, known as “the man behind the words,” is an award-winning writer who has collaborated on a number of bestselling books, including 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven Is Real with Don Piper, Touchdown Alexander with Shaun Alexander and Rebel with a Cause with Franklin Graham. He is a recipient of the Gold Medallion Award, two-time recipient of the Silver Angel Award for Excellence in Media, and the inaugural recipient in 2007 of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Dr. Murphey is the author of I Choose to Stay and The Immortality of Influence. He writes a weekly devotional for Crosswalk.com.

Bibliographic information