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Things Not Seen

Too often I’ve been a museumgoer in my Bible reading. But the gift of God-granted desperation can make a miner out of a museum-goer. And the new book Things Not Seen: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Trusting God’s Promises is one result of my desperate mining for the treasures of God in the Bible that I need in order to live—in order to live by faith.

Like Not By Sight from two years ago, Things Not Seen is 35 brief narrative meditations—narrative diggings—seeking to unearth the gems of faith from familiar Bible stories that may have become like familiar museum exhibits—things we think we know that still may hide things we’ve not yet seen. And like Not By Sight, and most of the books at the Desiring God site, Things Not Seen is available as a free PDF, as well as for purchase.

But you don’t need this book to be a miner. You need the Bible and a desperate desire to find all the treasure that God has buried in the field of his Word (Matthew 13:44). But maybe the book will be an encouragement to get the pick and shovel out again.

I’m not knocking museums for being what they are. But when it comes to the Bible, let’s approach it more like miners than museum-goers. There is life-transforming, sin-eradicating, hope-birthing, despair-destroying, eternal life-giving, love-fueling gold there for those who dig.  

Bloom’s new book Things Not Seen is now available in paperback and as a free PDF.

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Jon Bloom is the Executive Director for Desiring God Ministries