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This book is for everyone who has a father.   And for all those who know what it’s like to long for a father’s blessing: his approval, affection and attention. It’s for anyone who’s ever longed to hear your dad say, “I love you. I’m so proud of you.”   You may already know what it’s like to live in the rays of such a blessing, to flourish in the marvelous light of a father This book is for everyone who has a father.   And for all those who know what it’s like to long for a father’s blessing: his approval, affection and attention. It’s for anyone who’s ever longed to hear your dad say, “I love you. I’m so proud of you.”   You may already know what it’s like to live in the rays of such a blessing, to flourish in the marvelous light of a father’s love. Yet, in this “fatherless generation,” it’s also likely you’ve never known the blessing of your earthly dad. The possibility of hearing the words, “I love you, I’m proud of you,” may be gone—washed away by your dad’s death or distance or divorce or disinterest. Your father’s blessing may be mired in a pit of regret, pain or abandonment.   But here’s the good news— regardless of how amazing or absent, invested or disinterested, empowering or deflating your earthly father was or is — you do have a perfect Father.   We see all throughout Scripture that God wants us to know Him as Father and wants us to live under the waterfall of His blessing.   In Not Forsaken, Pastor Louie Giglio invites us to reframe our view of fatherhood, by understanding that God is not simply the bigger version of our earthly dads, He is the perfect version of our earthly dads. And, He’s inviting us to walk in freedom as loved sons and daughters of the King.    God is not the reflection of your earthly father; He is the perfection of your earthly father.


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This book is for everyone who has a father.   And for all those who know what it’s like to long for a father’s blessing: his approval, affection and attention. It’s for anyone who’s ever longed to hear your dad say, “I love you. I’m so proud of you.”   You may already know what it’s like to live in the rays of such a blessing, to flourish in the marvelous light of a father This book is for everyone who has a father.   And for all those who know what it’s like to long for a father’s blessing: his approval, affection and attention. It’s for anyone who’s ever longed to hear your dad say, “I love you. I’m so proud of you.”   You may already know what it’s like to live in the rays of such a blessing, to flourish in the marvelous light of a father’s love. Yet, in this “fatherless generation,” it’s also likely you’ve never known the blessing of your earthly dad. The possibility of hearing the words, “I love you, I’m proud of you,” may be gone—washed away by your dad’s death or distance or divorce or disinterest. Your father’s blessing may be mired in a pit of regret, pain or abandonment.   But here’s the good news— regardless of how amazing or absent, invested or disinterested, empowering or deflating your earthly father was or is — you do have a perfect Father.   We see all throughout Scripture that God wants us to know Him as Father and wants us to live under the waterfall of His blessing.   In Not Forsaken, Pastor Louie Giglio invites us to reframe our view of fatherhood, by understanding that God is not simply the bigger version of our earthly dads, He is the perfect version of our earthly dads. And, He’s inviting us to walk in freedom as loved sons and daughters of the King.    God is not the reflection of your earthly father; He is the perfection of your earthly father.

30 review for Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father by Louie Giglio 4.5 stars Not Forsaken tackles the topic of what it means when our earthly fathers have fallen short of being good dads and how it severely impacts and misconstrues our view of God. This book is powerful. This book hurts to read. I made peace with my own father and the hurt that came from being raised in a household predominately ran by abuse from the paternal figure, but it still made me cry. It made me cry beca Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father by Louie Giglio 4.5 stars Not Forsaken tackles the topic of what it means when our earthly fathers have fallen short of being good dads and how it severely impacts and misconstrues our view of God. This book is powerful. This book hurts to read. I made peace with my own father and the hurt that came from being raised in a household predominately ran by abuse from the paternal figure, but it still made me cry. It made me cry because I was once this broken girl who refused to call God a father because I thought it was not only distrustful to God but because I had a lot of baggage when it came to the word “father”. I remember sitting across from my Life Group leader my freshman year of college after giving my life to Christ and how she told me about how she called God a father and what that meant for her as a child who was fatherless. I was angry in that one-on-one. I was angry because I didn’t want God to be my Father. I didn’t want to associate Him as a dad because while I had already forgiven my father I was still blinded and held captive by random memory waves abuse that would bring forth fear, anger, hurt, and loneliness. Somehow along the way, I started called God, “Father God”. When I start every prayer it’s always with, “Hey, Father God,” or “Father God”. I don’t know where the healing took place where I made this change exactly but I do know the minute I accepted God as my Father in every sense of the word true healing took place and I became a Daughter of the One True King who really knew her identity and just pander to Christian phrases and terminology of “God is my Father”. God really did become my Father and this book was like a full circle reminder of the healing process that God did in my heart. Giglio is a fantastic writer and listening to this audiobook was like a sermon series dedicated to God being my Father and how Jesus mirrors this in Scripture as well as walking through what it means to be born again. I love the heart of this novel. I love that Giglio wrote this like a series of sermons bleeding together because it’s powerful. Is this a perfect novel? No. I didn’t always love every second of it but I came pretty close to it. This book has power. If God is your Father and you know that, read this book. If God isn’t your Father yet, but you know Him or believe in Him, read this book. If you don’t know God at all and don’t even know if you believe in Him because your own father failed you, read this book. Read this book and let God speak something to you. He walked me through my own hurt and pain and brought abundant healing. My father and I have a pretty good relationship today. We talk and he often confides in me with stories of true pain from his childhood that he has rarely shared with others and not even with my own mother because with healing and forgiveness came a Daughter of God who learned how to pray for my father and with my father on this earth despite the pain that the past may reflect because I don’t look at my father and see the past anymore and this is something to rejoice about. Whimsical Writing Scale: 4.5 Plotastic Scale: 4.5 Cover Thoughts: This cover reminds me of Not That Bad by Roxanne Gay and it also has the word “not” in the title. I subliminally pick up books that look similar. Thank you, B & H Books, for providing me with a copy of the audiobook of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Schroeder

    This is Louie's masterpiece and my favorite of his. It is also one of his most quotable books he has ever written. I read the book in a few days as I could not put it down. While he does not shy away from addressing the fact that so many people have not had good fathers, his father was an encouraging and present figure. He shares that "This book is for everyone who has a father. And for all those who know what it's like to long for a father's blessing–a father's approval, affection, and attentio This is Louie's masterpiece and my favorite of his. It is also one of his most quotable books he has ever written. I read the book in a few days as I could not put it down. While he does not shy away from addressing the fact that so many people have not had good fathers, his father was an encouraging and present figure. He shares that "This book is for everyone who has a father. And for all those who know what it's like to long for a father's blessing–a father's approval, affection, and attention. It's for anyone who longs to hear your daddy say, 'I love you and I'm so proud of you.'" He goes further, "but what unites us is the need that's woven into our souls–the need to be loved, and treasured, and noticed, and accepted by our father....We're all intrinsically wired to flourish under the waterfall of our father's blessing." But Louie points to the greater father, God the Father as the source. The book is a beautiful journey to better understand what fatherhood looks like for all of us and how only God can provide it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    God as Father is so misunderstood due in a lot of ways to the earthly fathers we've experienced. Giglio writes a compelling book on why we shouldn't use our own experiences of earthy fathers to overly influence our perspectives of God. the Father. Certainly, there are many great earthly fathers who reflect many of the qualities of our God, however, the goodness of God and His unending love are way beyond anything human fathers are able to be. Giglio encourages the reader to confront our images of God as Father is so misunderstood due in a lot of ways to the earthly fathers we've experienced. Giglio writes a compelling book on why we shouldn't use our own experiences of earthy fathers to overly influence our perspectives of God. the Father. Certainly, there are many great earthly fathers who reflect many of the qualities of our God, however, the goodness of God and His unending love are way beyond anything human fathers are able to be. Giglio encourages the reader to confront our images of the father and reveals the nature of the Heavenly Father. For many this might be a difficult read having had negative father experiences but Giglio gently helps the reader work through this. Sure, this book won't replace a good counsellor, however, provides such an in-depth insight into the loving nature of God it provides hope to those who've had such a poor experience. There are so many good chapters but I found Chapter 10, the last one, to be an absolute cracker. In this chapter, Giglio works through how we are able to become more like Christ using some brilliant verses that sum up the 'divine nature' that is both present in us and accessible to develop the fruits of the Holy Spirit in maturing as the beloved sons and daughters of Christ. Go get a copy of this book. Giglio has an engaging style, not unlike how he speaks, and as a result is very accessible and gracious. I received an advanced unfinished copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley with no expectations of a favourable review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert C. Rogers

    Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion Church, a megachurch in Atlanta, writes Not Forsaken to help people see God as a good Heavenly Father, especially those who have had a bad earthly father. The subtitle says it well: "Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father." Giglio begins by stating that every person has an innate need for a good father who is proud of him or her, yet the author readily recognizes that many people have had an abusive or absent earthly father, and this makes it diff Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion Church, a megachurch in Atlanta, writes Not Forsaken to help people see God as a good Heavenly Father, especially those who have had a bad earthly father. The subtitle says it well: "Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father." Giglio begins by stating that every person has an innate need for a good father who is proud of him or her, yet the author readily recognizes that many people have had an abusive or absent earthly father, and this makes it difficult for them to affirm God as good. Giglio confronts this dilemma step-by-step, making frequent use of scripture. First, he explains that God is good, even if Dad was bad: "God is not the reflection of your earthly dad. He is the perfection of your earthly dad" (p.76). Then, Giglio encourages the reader to "reverse the curse" through forgiveness of a bad father, saying, "Bitterness continues to pave a path to your past, while forgiveness paves a way to your future" (p. 114). Next, Giglio guides the reader to an understanding of the good fatherly qualities of God. He acknowledges some people will ask, If God is so good, why doesn't He stop evil? In a paragraph worth repeating, he responds to this question: "I think the answer is because the moment He steps in and removes all the collateral damage of this broken world from ever happening again, that will mark the instant life on earth is over. And in that moment the lost will be lost forever and many whom God wanted to become sons and daughters will be separated from His arms. So, He waits and extends grace another day. And for twenty-four more hours, we are caught in the crossfire of a sin-shattered world." Finally, he challenges readers that just as we tend to pick up the qualities of our parents, so we should "grow up like Dad," our heavenly Father. Although the book is only 235 pages, divided into 10 chapters, Giglio tends to repeat statements he has already stated, which is normal for a public speaker (which he is), but seems redundant when reading a book. Perhaps with more editing, he could have communicated just as well with fewer than 200 pages. Nevertheless, Giglio writes in a personal, encouraging style, based on solid Biblical interpretation, with many helpful illustrations. This book can be quite helpful to readers who struggle with the idea that God is a good Father. DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this book from B&H Bloggers, but I was under no obligation to write a favorable review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    I don't know about you, but I have struggled with the idea of God as my father. Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio reminds us that God is our heavenly father. However, He is not a "bigger version of our earthly dad." Instead He is our perfect father when we are born again and He wants us to remember that we share His heavenly genes and He does truly love us like no other. I listened to this audio book of Not Forsaken and it was good. However, I am a visual learner so seeing the words on the pages helpe I don't know about you, but I have struggled with the idea of God as my father. Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio reminds us that God is our heavenly father. However, He is not a "bigger version of our earthly dad." Instead He is our perfect father when we are born again and He wants us to remember that we share His heavenly genes and He does truly love us like no other. I listened to this audio book of Not Forsaken and it was good. However, I am a visual learner so seeing the words on the pages helped me drive this concept into my heart and head better than just listening. Giglio uses a lot of Scripture to help readers see that God is our Heavenly Father. He also uses some personal stories that well-illustrated his points on how God cares for each of us. He also talks about how hard it must be for so many of us who had far less than perfect fathers to see God as father. He acknowledges that the struggle is so real for so many. Yet, I like that Giglio never comes across as judging or admonishing. Instead he just gently points me to My Savior as our God. I especially liked the chapter about how we can see God as our father in how Jesus treated those He was with on earth. Not Forsaken has given me a lot to think about and reflect on as I see God as my Father, my perfect father. I have a new set of genes as a part of the heavenly family. I no longer need to look at my father as a heavenly role model type. Instead I can just pray for him and see him as someone in need of a heavenly father too. I encourage anyone with father struggles in their faith to read this book. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luna_Roja

    I WAS GIVEN AN ARC COPY OF THIS BOOK BY THE PUBLISHER AT MY REQUEST IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW And what an amazing book it was! If you know me, you know I don't give five stars easily, but in this case if I could give ten, I would. The author explains how our relationship with our earthly father, or the lack of it, affects our view of God. We dive on the subject head on not shying away and admiting that not everyone has a good father. Giglio shows us pieces and glimpses of his very own experie I WAS GIVEN AN ARC COPY OF THIS BOOK BY THE PUBLISHER AT MY REQUEST IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW And what an amazing book it was! If you know me, you know I don't give five stars easily, but in this case if I could give ten, I would. The author explains how our relationship with our earthly father, or the lack of it, affects our view of God. We dive on the subject head on not shying away and admiting that not everyone has a good father. Giglio shows us pieces and glimpses of his very own experience on the matter, gives us very relatable situations and draws pictures that will have you nodding your head with a smile on your face before you know it. We soon realize, sometimes with tears in our eyes, that even if we had or have an amazing father, God is, and always will be, SO much better! Biblically sound, this book is a great reminder that our abba daddy is always there to watch us swim without floaters, get that big account at work... and everything in between. In my opinion this is, to this day, Louie Giglio's best book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Craig Dean

    Giglio is undoubtably a modern day Barnabas, he brings clarity and comfort every time he speaks. I have no doubt this book will touch some greatly in a transformational way, and some of the anecdotes are moving. That said, as a book it tries to be everything to everyone and suffers for it. As someone with a great earthly father I found the appeals to me superficial and redundant, despite a clear attempt to engage me as a segment of its intended audience. Indeed, I struggled to find real meat behi Giglio is undoubtably a modern day Barnabas, he brings clarity and comfort every time he speaks. I have no doubt this book will touch some greatly in a transformational way, and some of the anecdotes are moving. That said, as a book it tries to be everything to everyone and suffers for it. As someone with a great earthly father I found the appeals to me superficial and redundant, despite a clear attempt to engage me as a segment of its intended audience. Indeed, I struggled to find real meat behind the baby food. There were valuable reminders here, and powerful truths, but not much by way of original insight. There is value in this book, particularly as an outreach tool.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mark Durrell

    A much-needed and profound message for Christians. In many ways, I wish someone had put a book like this in my hands 20+ years ago, when I took my first step out in following Jesus. We often see Father God through the filter of imperfect fatherhood, hence failing to see God as the perfect Father He is. That aside, it is a timely publication for this season of my life journey. I highly recommend it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Create With Joy

    According to Louie Giglio, we all have a primal, innate longing for our father’s attention, affection, approval and blessing. Those of us who were blessed with good earthly fathers are positioned to flourish as we move into adulthood. However, those of us who were not so fortunate hunger for our father's approval. Often, this feels like a shadow hanging over our lives. In his new book Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father, Giglio offers hope to those whose fathers According to Louie Giglio, we all have a primal, innate longing for our father’s attention, affection, approval and blessing. Those of us who were blessed with good earthly fathers are positioned to flourish as we move into adulthood. However, those of us who were not so fortunate hunger for our father's approval. Often, this feels like a shadow hanging over our lives. In his new book Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father, Giglio offers hope to those whose fathers did not bless us as we were growing up. Not Forsaken points the way to our Heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally and will never leave or forsake us. There are so many things that I liked about Not Forsaken. First and foremost, this book helps us to assess and understand the nature of our relationship with our earthly fathers – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Second, this book shows how that relationship impacts us in all aspects of our lives, including our current relationships and our relationship with our Heavenly Father. For a lot of us, this experience is painful and exposes us to wounds that need healing. Giglio assures us that this is okay. He encourages us to cry, express our anger, take time to journal, and to experience the full range of emotions we need to feel as we work our way through this book. The end result? Knowing and experiencing God as Father can unlock prison doors, heal wounds, and propel us into greater purpose in our lives. Listening to Louie Giglio read Not Forsaken on audiobook was an incredible experience. It gave me the opportunity to have Louis Giglio speak biblical truth directly into my life. If you are in need of Fatherly love, Fatherly blessing, and Heavenly Father healing, I encourage you to read and/or listen to this book! This excerpt is taken from the original review that is published on my blog. To read my review in its entirety, please visit Create With Joy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Haldeman

    First, I’d like to share a little testimony relating to this book. My counselor mentioned it in passing, but I being the book enthusiast that I am wrote the title down and sought it out. Specifically for my flight to and from New York in June. So I began reading it on my way there, and set out to finish it on my flight home.... Up until this point I hadn’t minded the strangers sitting next to me. But the woman who sat down next to me on my last flight to Des Moines seemed a tad grumpy, and just g First, I’d like to share a little testimony relating to this book. My counselor mentioned it in passing, but I being the book enthusiast that I am wrote the title down and sought it out. Specifically for my flight to and from New York in June. So I began reading it on my way there, and set out to finish it on my flight home.... Up until this point I hadn’t minded the strangers sitting next to me. But the woman who sat down next to me on my last flight to Des Moines seemed a tad grumpy, and just gave me this negative impression that I admittedly grumbled about in my head for a few minutes. About midway through the flight as I’m reading this book I’m asked, “Do you have a good relationship with your father?” I turn to find it’s this woman who has asked. We engage in conversation, and a little ways into it she tells me her father committed suicide when she was young, and it’s something she’s really struggled with. So she’d been reading over my shoulder because of the subject matter being about God as the perfect father, and wondered if I would go back a page so she could catch back up. We had a great conversation about faith, and she shared that she’d slowly been seeing God revealing Himself to her lately, and I just sat there after our conversation feeling incredibly humbled by God and how he nipped my negative thoughts about this woman right then and there. Before parting I gave my copy of the book to this woman, and she seemed surprised that I would just give it to her, especially having not finished it. But I’m so thankful God provided that moment to not only teach me a lesson, but also provide her with an encounter with His love. I ordered another copy and have just finished it tonight. While my overall impression of the book is one of introductory material, less meat than I had hoped, I did learn a few things. Specifically, how frequently God is referenced in the Bible as father, and for some reason this book really hit that idea home for me and changed my thinking about God in some ways. I love the idea of God being the perfect father, filling those areas our earthly fathers fail us. This connected well with things discussed in the men’s group I attend, where we’ve been studying Wild At Heart and Fathered by God by John Eldridge. And then it felt as though it shifted into more of a gospel presentation, giving it that impression I spoke of before - more of an introductory type of book, a great start for people seeking God, desiring to begin a relationship with Him, to understand the core of the message of Jesus. Overall a great read, but maybe not for the Christian looking to be challenged, digging deeper into masculinity, fatherhood, God as the father...etc.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    My dad was not a perfect father. He was a hardworking man who worked most of his life at a rendering plant that took the byproducts from chicken processing plants (the intestines, feathers, and such) and cooked them in order to make chicken feed. Yes, that is right. Chickens eat chicken every day. Dad was a deacon and the son of a Baptist preacher. He was humble, kind, and a man of integrity. With all of that he still wasn’t perfect. Louie Giglio, the national bestselling author of Goliath Must F My dad was not a perfect father. He was a hardworking man who worked most of his life at a rendering plant that took the byproducts from chicken processing plants (the intestines, feathers, and such) and cooked them in order to make chicken feed. Yes, that is right. Chickens eat chicken every day. Dad was a deacon and the son of a Baptist preacher. He was humble, kind, and a man of integrity. With all of that he still wasn’t perfect. Louie Giglio, the national bestselling author of Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants and The Comeback: It’s Not Too Late and You’re Never Too Far, and co-founder of Passion City Church and the Passion Conference, has come out with another work entitled Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons and Daughters of a Perfect Father. This book invites us to take a look at the character of God from a Biblical perspective in order to get a view of God as Father that may not match our view of father that we may have gotten growing up. The author believes that our view of God is the most important thing about us. To have a flawed view of God leads us to have a flawed view of life. Unfortunately, that view gets marred by past experiences. Giglio goes through great lengths to distinguish the one true God from that of our earthly father. In my opinion he almost spills too much ink doing this. As a matter of fact, I felt uncomfortable at times reading this book because I honestly believe that I have a good dad. No, he wasn’t perfect but he was good. Sometimes I got the feeling that this book was written only for those who had poor fathers. In this book he spoke of forgiving our father’s for their imperfections but this maybe the best part of this book. In his chapter he said, “To forgive your dad is not to release him from the consequences of his actions. Rather it’s to release him to God who said, ‘Vengeance is mine…says the Lord’…You don’t release your dad FROM SOMETHING as much as you release him TO SOMEONE. You offload the role of being judge and jury to God, who is just and fair, knowing full well that your heavenly Father will exact justice at the right time and in the right way.” For me personally that was the most helpful statement in the book. Once again if you had a crappy dad who didn’t give you the blessing and love that you should have received, this book will be a great read for you. Otherwise you may feel as I uncomfortable reading the book. I’ve read better from Giglio and yes, I will continue reading his future works. I’m sure this book will be a blessing to many. I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    Fairly good read but not enough scriptural meat to savor In his new book, “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father,” Louie Giglio provides the framework for his entire work when he writes, “The most important thing about you is what you think about when you think about God (page 24).” “Even if the blessing of our dad escapes us,” he writes, “the love of our heavenly Father can still find us… no matter what has happened on this side of eternity between you and your da Fairly good read but not enough scriptural meat to savor In his new book, “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father,” Louie Giglio provides the framework for his entire work when he writes, “The most important thing about you is what you think about when you think about God (page 24).” “Even if the blessing of our dad escapes us,” he writes, “the love of our heavenly Father can still find us… no matter what has happened on this side of eternity between you and your dad; you are not forsaken by God (page 15).” Published by B&H Publishing, his 256-page book contrasts the fractured relationship some may have had with their earthly fathers against our loving Almighty God who will never fail us. However, he prefaces this by saying even though we may have had fathers who were great earthly examples to us, our walk with our Heavenly Father far exceeds that in many ways. While Giglio does a fine job of explaining how and why some Christians have trouble seeing God as their Father, his book sorely lacks the biblical depth and examples it needed to fully illustrate all that our Heavenly Father is. For starters, I would have liked to have seen him delve a lot more into the life of Jesus, and why “He is the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15)” and the ultimate example to us of the Father’s love. Jesus said in John 14: 7, “…He who has seen Me has seen the Father…” Secondly, I wanted to see more personal stories via testimonies from others who have come to know the Father this way – and from all earthy father spectrums. Thirdly, Giglio took a very long time to get make his points in some sections, which were oftentimes very rambling and quite repetitive throughout the book. In addition, what also would have helped is if he would have provided discussion questions and summaries toward the end of each chapter, as well as an accompanying study guide and DVDs like he did with his previous books, “The Comeback” and “Goliath Must Fall.” Overall, there was a lot of fairly good general information that most Christians should already know, yet not enough in-depth, scriptural meat to really chew on and savor. I gave Giglio’s book a 3 out of 5 stars. Full disclosure: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, I received this book free through B&H Publishing. My opinions are my own and I wasn’t required to write a positive review. © 2019 by Doug S., M.A.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karl Dumas

    Over the years, at any number of Men’s Ministry events, I’ve heard about how difficult it is to use the image of God as a loving father when talking to men. I know that I’m not an exception just because I grew up in a not overly bizarre two-parent home, but I know a lot of men who didn’t have that luxury. Or worse they grew up in a two-parent home where the dad was abusive: verbally, physically, emotionally, or even sexually. Other friends grew up without a male role model/father figure, and oth Over the years, at any number of Men’s Ministry events, I’ve heard about how difficult it is to use the image of God as a loving father when talking to men. I know that I’m not an exception just because I grew up in a not overly bizarre two-parent home, but I know a lot of men who didn’t have that luxury. Or worse they grew up in a two-parent home where the dad was abusive: verbally, physically, emotionally, or even sexually. Other friends grew up without a male role model/father figure, and others had a mom with bad luck with relationships. The male figures in their lives seemed to come and go as if through a revolving door. It’s hard to see someone as a loving Father when they disappear as quickly as they show up, or when they are around, they’re drunk or on drugs, and speak with their fists more than with their tongue. So I get it…it’s hard to ask someone to look at God as a loving father, when the examples of father that they know are so negative. Dads in many places are the guys who come around for a while and then abandon those who love them, trust them, and want their attention. Some dads stay around. Others forsake the family. That’s what many men think of when they hear the word father. But God the Father is different. He doesn’t forsake us. And that’s the message that so many people need to hear. Men, but also women. Louie Giglio’s book Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons and Daughters of a Perfect Father (B&H Publishing Group: Passion Publishing, 2019) goes a long way towards helping people understand the difference between even the best of the best earthly fathers, and God the Father. Little boys want to grow up to be like daddy, and Giglio shows us how we would all be better off trying to be more like God than like any man (other than Jesus) who has ever walked the earth. We all have a story, and when we learn to follow God, then our stories take on a significant turn—for the better. Lives are changed and eternities are changed. I received a copy of this book from the publisher as a participant in their bloggers’ program. I was not required to write a positive review. 4/5

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tanja Lunney

    In Not Forsaken, Louie Giglio’s latest novel, he addresses those who have had great earthly fathers, those who have non-existent fathers, and every type of father in-between. Therefore, making this book relatable to everyone who picks it up! Louie uses many examples of his personal relationship with his earthly father, making Not Forsaken easily relatable. He gives the revelation that many times we compare our earthly father to our heavenly father, leaving us to believe a less than perfect image In Not Forsaken, Louie Giglio’s latest novel, he addresses those who have had great earthly fathers, those who have non-existent fathers, and every type of father in-between. Therefore, making this book relatable to everyone who picks it up! Louie uses many examples of his personal relationship with his earthly father, making Not Forsaken easily relatable. He gives the revelation that many times we compare our earthly father to our heavenly father, leaving us to believe a less than perfect image of who Abba is. Throughout Not Forsaken, Louie continually speaks into the depths of your heart and reminds you of your new identity found in Jesus Christ, equipping you to seek God to heal the wounds of the past and live out your life in true freedom only found in Jesus. Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio is a book that I wish I had when I was just beginning to walk with the Lord due to knowing just how important it is to know God as Abba and your identity in him as his child. No matter where you are in your walk with God Not Forsaken will help you grow closer to the Father, release you from the lies of comparing your earthly father to your heavenly father, and assist you in walking as a Child of God! Overall the review I give Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio is a solid 5/5. Everyone, no matter your background or current life stance, needs to read this book and remember who they are and who Abba truly is. There is great freedom found and voids that are able to be filled when you know your heavenly father on a personal basis. As Louie Giglio states, “through our faith in Christ, we can find the father we have been longing for all along”. Thank You A big thank you to Louie Giglio for reminding us yet again of how great our heavenly father is! You continue to remind me of how worthy he is of our praise. Another thank you to Net Galley and to the publishers at B H Books for allowing me to have the opportunity to read and review this amazing book and also generously providing the audio-book to me as well!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Rating 3.5 Stars Your life is no longer dictated by what was done to you. #notforsaken the position, and the forgiveness and the power of the spirit that comes with being His. Louie Giglio is passionate about others knowing God and it is a passion that will do us all well. It is this passion that has lead Giglio to write about his own experience and the experience of so many of being forsaken. You may have been forsaken by a parent, a spouse, a friend and I would guess that we may have forsaken a Rating 3.5 Stars Your life is no longer dictated by what was done to you. #notforsaken the position, and the forgiveness and the power of the spirit that comes with being His. Louie Giglio is passionate about others knowing God and it is a passion that will do us all well. It is this passion that has lead Giglio to write about his own experience and the experience of so many of being forsaken. You may have been forsaken by a parent, a spouse, a friend and I would guess that we may have forsaken another as well. However, that part is not discussed which I think needs to be addressed. It is in forsaking others that maybe a struggle to love others well. To get past the shame and guilt. The same freedom of the forsaker and the forsakee is available in the gospel of Christ. It is a balanced text that makes it not about the victim but about the savior. There is something about the longing for a parents approval and affection but our longing for something needs to be redirected which Giglio explains and gives his readers a new hope. The goal of the book is ultimately to love God more but also to forgive and be able to love those that have hurt us. It is not a how to book but a Behold the Lord your God. A goal that ultimately frees us for so much more. A Special Thank you to B&H Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris MacLeavy

    From Tozer's 'knowledge of the Holy', Giglio reminds us that what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. He begins Not Forsaken by addressing all the misrepresentative ways that people often think about God: the man upstairs, the benevolent grandfather, the angry punisher. By removing those incorrect categories, Giglio makes sure his readers are laying the same foundation by clearing away all the rubble before pouring the slab. With compassion, Giglio From Tozer's 'knowledge of the Holy', Giglio reminds us that what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. He begins Not Forsaken by addressing all the misrepresentative ways that people often think about God: the man upstairs, the benevolent grandfather, the angry punisher. By removing those incorrect categories, Giglio makes sure his readers are laying the same foundation by clearing away all the rubble before pouring the slab. With compassion, Giglio encourages his readers that no matter what kind of father you had (or didn't have), God is not the reflection of your earthly father; rather he is the perfection of fatherhood. God—who primarily wants to be known by us as our Father—is everything we'll ever need. He understands our pain, loves us more than we could ever imagine (demonstrated by him sending his own son to the cross), and has the power to take the worst of what the world has to offer and turn it around for our good. A particular praiseworthy observation of Not Forsaken is that typically, popular Christian books can be 1/3 too long, or have a little too much 'stuffing' in each chapter. Not so with Giglio. The book is encouraging and valuable all the way through, and the last two chapters contain particular encouragement, without which the book would be incomplete. A thoroughly enjoyable, valuable work. (And the audiobook is read by the author too, which I love.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ellie | Complete and Equipped

    If you’ve ever heard Louie Giglio preach, then you’ll probably understand why I bought this book. He has such a strong biblical wisdom and speaks softly about the love that God has for us as His children. His stories are relatable and sometimes humorous; it’s easy to fall in love with the way he speaks! I heard a few of his sermons related to the topics of this book and I was sold. ‘Not Forsaken’ is for those of us who may have trouble connecting with our Heavenly Father because we can’t get past If you’ve ever heard Louie Giglio preach, then you’ll probably understand why I bought this book. He has such a strong biblical wisdom and speaks softly about the love that God has for us as His children. His stories are relatable and sometimes humorous; it’s easy to fall in love with the way he speaks! I heard a few of his sermons related to the topics of this book and I was sold. ‘Not Forsaken’ is for those of us who may have trouble connecting with our Heavenly Father because we can’t get past the hurts and person that is our earthly father, if this person even had a role in our lives. God the Father is arguably the characteristic of God that He wants us to see Him as the most considering we are His sons and daughters. The concept of a Father that has unconditional love for His children and would never harm them can be a hard pill to swallow for those of us whose dad did the opposite. I loved that Louie repeatedly said, “God is the perfection of our fathers, not the reflection.” In all of the ways our earthly fathers failed or fell short, God is perfect. This book helped me with a lot of processing for my own personal experiences and gave me such a beautiful picture of God to admire. Whether your father was/is loving in every way or you yearn for a deeper connection with him, this book will speak to your heart about the love our Lord has for you.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Not Forsaken is a Christian living non-fiction book by author Louie Giglio. I wanted to read this book because it’s by an author I trust and admire. The author states: This book is for anyone who longs to hear their daddy say ‘I Love You and I’m so proud of you.’ (pg# 4) He wrote this book to help the reader find freedom in God as a perfect heavenly Father. (pg# 23) A quote I pondered on: ‘The most important thing about you is what you think about when you think about God. (pg#25) I learned there a Not Forsaken is a Christian living non-fiction book by author Louie Giglio. I wanted to read this book because it’s by an author I trust and admire. The author states: This book is for anyone who longs to hear their daddy say ‘I Love You and I’m so proud of you.’ (pg# 4) He wrote this book to help the reader find freedom in God as a perfect heavenly Father. (pg# 23) A quote I pondered on: ‘The most important thing about you is what you think about when you think about God. (pg#25) I learned there are basically six types of earthly fathers and no matter which you have you will not be forgotten by your heavenly Father. Chapter four talks about the six types of earthly fathers. The cover and title drew my attention to this book. I recommend the book to anyone who has ever had a dad. I also believe the reader would like the book and study The Comeback, also by the same author. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Larimer

    "Not Forsaken" by Louie Giglio is a Christian Non fiction book. Louie tells the reader it is important to understand who God really is and not who We think He is. We often have a very distorted view of God and this distorted view of God clouds are perspective of life. He says if Jesus got the nails pounded in Him He must love us very deeply. He says if we can be open to changing our view of God we will see Him for who He really is and deepen our relationship with Him. We will then realize we are "Not Forsaken" by Louie Giglio is a Christian Non fiction book. Louie tells the reader it is important to understand who God really is and not who We think He is. We often have a very distorted view of God and this distorted view of God clouds are perspective of life. He says if Jesus got the nails pounded in Him He must love us very deeply. He says if we can be open to changing our view of God we will see Him for who He really is and deepen our relationship with Him. We will then realize we are highly valued and esteemed by God. God does not view us like our earthly Father may have viewed us. God is unconditional and consistent. When We view life from this perspective we will live in freedom and our relationship with God will deepen and be richer. He also encourages us to watch how we think since our thinking should be from an eternal perspective. This book is written in a very personal and practical way. I was given this book by the publisher and netgalley to read and review . I am not obligated to give a positive review. Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)

    I knew what this book was about when I picked it up. I knew it was going to be about our earthly fathers as well as our heavenly Father. I thought I was ready to read it. But I wasn't. I read the first chapter, cried my eyes out, and promptly tossed it on the coffee table and walked away. But that book just kept calling my name. So I picked it back up and read some more. I cried a little more and put it back on the coffee table. After this second reading session I knew I needed to finish it. I kn I knew what this book was about when I picked it up. I knew it was going to be about our earthly fathers as well as our heavenly Father. I thought I was ready to read it. But I wasn't. I read the first chapter, cried my eyes out, and promptly tossed it on the coffee table and walked away. But that book just kept calling my name. So I picked it back up and read some more. I cried a little more and put it back on the coffee table. After this second reading session I knew I needed to finish it. I knew I would find healing in the end but I also knew it would be like ripping a band-aid off. And it was. My earthly father was a flawed man. He hurt me deeply but God showed me how to forgive and move on. Louie Giglio's writing took me through that journey again and it was tough but it was so worth it. If you have a father, and we all do, you need to read this book. Even if you have to read it over a period of time like I did you should. Being able to see your relationship through the lens of your heavenly Father puts things in perspective. I found this book to be a hard read but worth every tear. We all have a longing for a good father and this affirms that He's already there just waiting for you to come to Him. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Neta Q

    I stopped attending church in the Spring of 2016. I pray every day and journal, but I do not read my bible every day. There is not a day that goes by where I do not think about my walk with God. This book soothes me to not vilify myself and my actions. The relationship that I have with my earthly father is strong, but Louie Giglio intuitively connects that message to the condition of the soul as it relates to the desires of our hearts and the relationship we have with God, our spiritual father. I stopped attending church in the Spring of 2016. I pray every day and journal, but I do not read my bible every day. There is not a day that goes by where I do not think about my walk with God. This book soothes me to not vilify myself and my actions. The relationship that I have with my earthly father is strong, but Louie Giglio intuitively connects that message to the condition of the soul as it relates to the desires of our hearts and the relationship we have with God, our spiritual father. I was not going to read/listen to this book. I felt that I might not connect just because I have a great relationship with my own father. I can see no faults in my father and felt that this book was for people with immense challenges with the father figures in their lives. I highly recommend this book not only for the connection it fosters but the nuanced way Mr. Giblio tells me, encourages me, and implores me to believe, that I matter. God my spiritual father loves me and no matter what I do I am not a 'bad person.' I believe in God and continue to pray for my ongoing transformation, in my heart and mind, and that I persevere to that 'gradual maturity', Mr. Giglio so eloquently intoned.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda O'Dell

    Wow! Thanks to Louie Giglio for writing this book! In our culture, where families are broken because our fathers have abandoned, or checked out of their family responsibilities, this book is current and timely and on point! God put this book on my heart, as we near Father's Day again, as the day has always been bittersweet for me. My earthly father committed suicide when I was 1 month old, a premie, had to stay in the hospital for a month to gain some weight and finally the day arrived for me to Wow! Thanks to Louie Giglio for writing this book! In our culture, where families are broken because our fathers have abandoned, or checked out of their family responsibilities, this book is current and timely and on point! God put this book on my heart, as we near Father's Day again, as the day has always been bittersweet for me. My earthly father committed suicide when I was 1 month old, a premie, had to stay in the hospital for a month to gain some weight and finally the day arrived for me to go home to my parents and sister and it was to be a celebration! My dad, decided to kill himself that very day! Now I know that is not my fault but what a selfish act to do. But as this book details the fact that God is our Heavenly Father and He was with me that day and every day since, even before I came to faith in Him as a teen, God my Father was always there, and He never left me nor forsaken me. I'm glad that God put this book in my hands because it's a reminder that God is the Perfect representation of Fatherhood. Regardless of what kind of earthly father we had or didn't. This book is a MUST READ! Thanks to Louie Giglio for writing this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Lloyd

    Although I have a great relationship with my earthly father, I recognize that there are many individuals who are not in a similar situation. For some it may be because they never had the opportunity to meet their father or maybe their father walked out on them at a very young age or maybe it is another reason. Regardless, there is our heavenly father is always there in support of us. Through this book, Louie Giglio gives an account of his relationship with his dad, but he also guides us to see th Although I have a great relationship with my earthly father, I recognize that there are many individuals who are not in a similar situation. For some it may be because they never had the opportunity to meet their father or maybe their father walked out on them at a very young age or maybe it is another reason. Regardless, there is our heavenly father is always there in support of us. Through this book, Louie Giglio gives an account of his relationship with his dad, but he also guides us to see the truth that we have a heavenly father that will not give up on us. It does not matter what the relationship with our father on earth looks like, we have a perfect father that we can rely on at all times. We have all experienced hiccups in our life that causes us to view our heavenly father different than he actually is in reality. We grumble, worry, and wonder whether this can all be real and yet he stands ready and willing to come to us. Giglio helps illuminate the path to a better, closer, deeper relationship with our heavenly father. This book was provided to me in order to give a fair and unbiased review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    “Open your eyes and see how astonishingly beautiful He is.” I enjoyed listening to the audio version of Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio. He also is the narrator and I do believe it added a depth of authenticity to his storytelling to hear him recall stories about his own dad. His persona is engaging and witty and had me chuckling a few times. Giglio’s statements relating to how we think about God are right on target because so often we base our conclusions on who God is by what we think about our ow “Open your eyes and see how astonishingly beautiful He is.” I enjoyed listening to the audio version of Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio. He also is the narrator and I do believe it added a depth of authenticity to his storytelling to hear him recall stories about his own dad. His persona is engaging and witty and had me chuckling a few times. Giglio’s statements relating to how we think about God are right on target because so often we base our conclusions on who God is by what we think about our own fathers, who aren’t in any way, shape or form perfect. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to know more about God, the deep and abiding love of a true Father, and for healing that we all need. Not Forsaken points us to the source of all goodness and perfect love, our heavenly Father! Philippians 1:6 ~ And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. I received an audible download of the book from the publisher in exchange for my review. No compensation has been received.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marvy Herrera

    I received an ARC from B&H Books via NetGalley, this review is my opinion. Great book, Pastor Louie Giglio. Take us on the journey of discovering our true and perfect father, he opens up and talks from his own experience with his father and shows us the importance of forgiving and let go of the past in order to be free in our present. I like that he says that we may think we don’t need our dad, but in the end, the pain is there only hidden. It is painful and as he says, we all have a different e I received an ARC from B&H Books via NetGalley, this review is my opinion. Great book, Pastor Louie Giglio. Take us on the journey of discovering our true and perfect father, he opens up and talks from his own experience with his father and shows us the importance of forgiving and let go of the past in order to be free in our present. I like that he says that we may think we don’t need our dad, but in the end, the pain is there only hidden. It is painful and as he says, we all have a different experience with our dads. Forgiveness needs to be my decision, not even God will force me to do it. I am grateful for this book because it has open my eyes to the meaning of God the father and it takes time, but I can say it for myself. Knowing you are loved and accepted by God, change your life. I recommend this book because we all have some issues either with our fathers or we truly don’t see God as our father and I think it will help you with those situations.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matthias

    This is an excellent book (as Louie says) for anyone who has a father! As a believer with much biblical training and an excellent father, I didn’t get as much mileage out of it as others might. But it certainly made me appreciative of my earthly father and has made me love my Heavenly Father so much more! Perhaps my biggest takeaway from the book is a beautiful example of how to help people whose fathers have hurt them. As a pastor, I see the hurt that happens when fathers are absent or abusive. This is an excellent book (as Louie says) for anyone who has a father! As a believer with much biblical training and an excellent father, I didn’t get as much mileage out of it as others might. But it certainly made me appreciative of my earthly father and has made me love my Heavenly Father so much more! Perhaps my biggest takeaway from the book is a beautiful example of how to help people whose fathers have hurt them. As a pastor, I see the hurt that happens when fathers are absent or abusive. I wish every person who has had that experience could get about five hours alone with this book and a tender heart. Oh, that God would open eyes to see that everything they’ve missed in life could be found and perfected in their relationship with God in Christ. Thanks to Louie Giglio for the book and thanks to my cousin George for introducing me to the book and author!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Benner

    This book from start to finish was a journey that dug deep, encouraged forgiveness, and lit a fire in the heart. For me, it came in the perfect season, all thanks and glory to God, our perfect Heavenly Father. Louie’s beautifully illustration of our perfect Father’s love takes the reader on a journey to seek to give forgiveness, pour out blessings, and to know God on a deeper level. If someone reads this and is currently not walking with Jesus, this book will be life changing. For Jesus follower This book from start to finish was a journey that dug deep, encouraged forgiveness, and lit a fire in the heart. For me, it came in the perfect season, all thanks and glory to God, our perfect Heavenly Father. Louie’s beautifully illustration of our perfect Father’s love takes the reader on a journey to seek to give forgiveness, pour out blessings, and to know God on a deeper level. If someone reads this and is currently not walking with Jesus, this book will be life changing. For Jesus followers, it taps into an even deeper look on what the cross of Jesus REALLY means for us, our identity, and how we live out our purpose; with love. Amazing book, and when I find myself struggling with unforgiveness and perspective, this will be a well I keep coming back to to dig deep from. So thankful for this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Gohl

    This book is amazing. It is a book I really needed to read. If you've struggled with your relationship with God as your Abba Father it is very helpful. Many of us don't/didn't have a good relationship with our earthly father's so that struggle is there. Louie is very adept at giving scripture showing God's love for His children. God loves you! If you have any doubts about that, please read this book. I found it very insightful.  I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to w This book is amazing. It is a book I really needed to read. If you've struggled with your relationship with God as your Abba Father it is very helpful. Many of us don't/didn't have a good relationship with our earthly father's so that struggle is there. Louie is very adept at giving scripture showing God's love for His children. God loves you! If you have any doubts about that, please read this book. I found it very insightful.  I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Stewart

    As the world stands today, we are in a fatherhood crisis. I would guess that less than 25% of the population has had what they would call a “good” relationship with their fathers. Louie Giglio intended for this work to be a reminder to everyone, whether their father-son/daughter relationship was great or terrible, that we all have a perfect Heavenly Father who loves us, who chose us, and who have given us ultimate freedom in Jesus. Personally, I thought that Giglio did an excellent job of combin As the world stands today, we are in a fatherhood crisis. I would guess that less than 25% of the population has had what they would call a “good” relationship with their fathers. Louie Giglio intended for this work to be a reminder to everyone, whether their father-son/daughter relationship was great or terrible, that we all have a perfect Heavenly Father who loves us, who chose us, and who have given us ultimate freedom in Jesus. Personally, I thought that Giglio did an excellent job of combining scripture, personal anecdotes, and sheer intuition into a powerful, powerful message.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book took me a while to finish. It wasn't because it wasn't good. It was because I had to have time to chew what I had just read, taste it, savor it and then digest it. I grew up with my dad in life and I'm still blessed to have him as a daily part. So there were times that I would read a passage and think "that's not me". However, the overall theme of the book goes beyond what your relationship is or isn't with your earthly father. This book is a reminder of who your family is once you acc This book took me a while to finish. It wasn't because it wasn't good. It was because I had to have time to chew what I had just read, taste it, savor it and then digest it. I grew up with my dad in life and I'm still blessed to have him as a daily part. So there were times that I would read a passage and think "that's not me". However, the overall theme of the book goes beyond what your relationship is or isn't with your earthly father. This book is a reminder of who your family is once you accept Christ.

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