Friday, July 17, 2009

Finding an Unseen God by Alicia Britt Chole

Every individual comes with a story behind their beliefs. I am always intensely curious to hear such stories on how one comes to certain conclusions, what experiences have formed their perspective and what potential experiences may change a foundational belief. In Finding an Unseen God, Alicia Britt Chole shares her story of how she formed her atheistic worldview, strengthened it as time progressed, only to abruptly exchange it for Christianity.

Chole shares her personal story of her family, her childhood, and her transformation. She not only gives us a glimpse of the mind of the atheist, but the heart as well. There is even a chapter of what not to say to an atheist. Chole is obviously intellectually gifted and full of compassion; I respected her insight and the transparency of her spiritual thought process.

Chloe tells two parallel stories, that of before her conversion, and that after. However, Chloe intertwines the timelines of her two stories with an creative arrangement of chapters that show how the experiences of both impacted the other. As her story unfolds, it is clear that Chloe's life experience prior was used to form a stronger faith after her transformation. At the conclusion of the book, Finding an Unseen God leads up to a dramatic and personal encounter with God that resulted in her immediate conversion. I found myself wanting to know more about her experience than was written. However, Finding an Unseen God is less about the Chloe's specific encounter and more about God's perfect timing, spiritual journeys and process of asking questions and seeking answers. Chloe's spiritual journey will make you reflect upon your own story, your beliefs and the grace of God whom desires a relationship with us.

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