Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Love To Be Noticed is Sara Hagerty’s second book. Everything Bitter is Sweet, Hagerty’s first book tells the story of her journey through infertility and adoption as well the specific ways God taught her to listen closely to him.
Unseen is less of a memoir focused on a specific journey than her first book. She dives into her process of learning to pursue God in all seasons of life and understanding on a deeper level how God pursues us. Through different interactions with her children, husband, and friends, Sara reveals memories of things that when pulled together, teach us characteristics of God.
“God told me what I already knew, but what I needed to hear again: the story of God and me is my most significant story.” Sara writes as she explains one of the things she heard when she quieted herself before God.
Sara spends the totality of this book highlighting the story of Mary of Bethany in Mark 14 as well as her own life experiences. The idea of being Unseen begins with the understanding that it is a season of life where God hides us for a time. “God sometimes hides us in hardship or suffering. Other times, God hides us in plain sight, right in the midst of life that keeps going full tilt so we learn how to find Him while pursuing a career or leading a ministry or running a household.”
Being unseen is not always a physical state of life, but it is an important aspect of our walk with Jesus. Being unseen is an aspect of how God pursues us, and in return gives us an opportunity to pursue him.
Unlike her first book, Sara hasn’t written Unseen to be digested quickly. Even for the launch team coming up on a launch date, there has been an understanding that parts will need to be digested slowly. This is a book which may need to be put down for a bit.
Throughout the chapters, Sara reminds us that our relationship with God is ongoing. Part of that relationship includes listening. Asking questions and pausing to hear a response. This is a developed skill which comes from a place of surrender. Just as with her first book, I saw parallels in my personal journey as Sara explained her own. I also understood my past responses to situations a bit better. The best part for me in reading Unseen was that I was reminded of the way God pursues me with the desire to draw out the best parts of who he created me to be.
“We’ll mature without effort into wrinkles and gray hair, but our hearts won’t mature deep into God by default. We have to desire more and more of God.” Sara Hagerty
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