Forsaken God?: Remembering the Goodness of God Our Culture Has Forgotten

Forsaken God?: Remembering the Goodness of God Our Culture Has Forgotten

by Janet Thompson

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Overview

Our morally deteriorating culture has forgotten God’s goodness to its own peril. Will the next generation even know God? The very survival of the Christian faith depends on creating a culture of God-memories that must start now! Today’s culture is quickly forgetting the goodness and power of God. The Bible describes the potential destruction through all generations to people who forget God. The dangers are paramount. If we don’t remember what God has already done, we won’t believe what he is capable of doing in the future. Memory builds faith. Forsaken God explores biblical examples of forgetting God as God repeatedly pleads for his people to remember his mighty acts and deeds. As you read this captivating book, you will have an opportunity to recall your own memories of God and learn new ways to remember God’s goodness and the power of sharing those memories with the next generation. The author and other contributors share open and honest stories of forgetting God’s goodness and offer ways that help them to remember.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780891126645
Publisher: Leafwood Publishers
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 579 KB

About the Author

Author, speaker, and freelance editor, Janet Thompson is the founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring and About His Work Ministries. Sharing life's experiences and God's faithfulness is the premise of Janet's writing and speaking. She’s the author of 18 books and has an MA in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and an MBA from Cal Lutheran University. After living in California all her life, and a member of Saddleback Church for 23 years, she and her husband Dave now enjoy living in the rural mountains of Idaho. Janet enjoys walking mountain trails and spending time with their 11 grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Foreword 13

Preface 15

Introduction 19

Book Design 27

Section 1 Recognizing God

Chapter 1 Recognizing His Voice 31

Chapter 2 Recognizing His Presence 43

Chapter 3 Recognizing His Intervention 53

Chapter 4 Recognizing His Omnipotence 59

Section 2 Honoring God

Chapter 5 Honoring His Greatness 71

Chapter 6 Honoring His Glory 79

Chapter 7 Honoring His Wonders and Miracles 87

Chapter 8 Honoring His Purpose 95

Section 3 Praising God

Chapter 9 Praising His Creation 103

Chapter 10 Praising His Faithfulness 111

Chapter 11 Praising His Compassion 119

Chapter 12 Praising His Provision 127

Chapter 13 Praising His Goodness 135

Section 4 Celebrating God

Chapter 14 Celebrating His Renown 143

Chapter 15 Celebrating His Acts 151

Chapter 16 Celebrating His Name 159

Chapter 17 Celebrating His Blessings 169

Chapter 18 Celebrating His Mercies and Forgiveness 177

Section 5 Remembering God

Chapter 19 Remembering His Word 189

Chapter 20 Remembering His Ways 199

Chapter 21 Remembering His Love 207

Chapter 22 Remembering His Sacrifice 213

Chapter 23 Remembering His Commission 221

Generation to Generation 235

Mentoring the Next Generation 243

Appendix 256

Journaling 256

Combining Ways to Remember God's Goodness 258

How Good Is God? You Can Remember 260

Additional Ways to Remember God's Goodness 261

Ten Truths to Remember about God 262

A Forever Prayer for You to Remember 262

A Salvation Prayer 263

Prayer and Praise Journal 264

Mentoring Relationships, Small Groups, and Book Club Guide 266

About His Work Ministries 268

Notes 270

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend ‘Forsaken God?’ by Janet Thompson. You don’t read this book so much to learn as to remember. Well written and easy to read it is still not a quick read. Rather you will linger remembering your story and your journey - and your guide is your loving Father! Page after page He brought to mind His mighty acts in my own life. In remembering and re-living past milestones, my trust, my peace, my assurance was multiplied. This is not someone else’s biography, it is every reader’s. An added delight has been that as I have been reading in Numbers and Deuteronomy, the Israelites' journey has taken on new meaning and I can identify more with them (not always a good thing!). If you wish to spend some quality, very intimate time with our Father where you can see and reflect on what He has been doing for you, read ‘Forsaken God?’; you will be praising!!
heidiheart More than 1 year ago
We’re simply not prepared. Life knocks us off our feet and we feel disappointed, bereft and alone. Google, our friends, self-help books become our “go to” for comfort and advice. We have forgotten God who is waiting with open arms to be the One we run to. He is our Father who helps us with all our hurts and wants to be our ultimate provider. Janet Thompson’s beautifully crafted words guide us into a refreshing awareness of God’s goodness for today and our next generations. This book is seeped in scriptures and stories that remind the reader that God has the perfect answers for all of our problems. We need this wake up call. It helps to have a highlighter because none of us want to miss any of God’s goodness that is available right now.
KathyHoward More than 1 year ago
In the introduction of her new book, Forsaken God?, author Janet Thompson reminds us of a startling truth: "It only takes one generation forgetting the goodness of God to erase God completely from our culture." While most believers know this, we aren’t sure what we can do about it. Forsaken God? is the help we need! Janet doesn’t just tell us why we should remember God’s goodness and the difference it will make in our lives; she takes us by the hand and guides us through practical ways to recognize God’s presence and activity. She helps the reader develop a new awareness and equips us with the tools we need to step into a new level in our relationship with God. Steeped in Scripture and filled with real life examples, Forsaken God? will help you grasp God’s goodness and share the bounty! —Kathy Howard, Bible teacher and author of Unshakeable Faith and God Is My Refuge
kathy_reads More than 1 year ago
Do you have two minutes? Do you have thirty? It doesn’t matter. In Janet Thompson’s Forsaken God? you will find a nugget or a boulder that will remind you why you trust in God. Her powerful book will supply more biblical principles, stories, prayers, and discussion ideas than you ever thought possible. I guarantee you will remember!
AnitaFreshFaith More than 1 year ago
“Janet Thompson reminds us we are in a love relationship with our creator. He adores us and wants to shower us with proof. It is we who too often pull away. Forsaken God? isn’t a book propagating guilt, it is a how-to manual showing us practical as well as spiritual ways to restore the romance in our relationship with the Almighty.” —Anita Agers Brooks, inspirational business/life coach, international speaker, and award-winning author of Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over and First Hired, Last Fired: How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“I especially would encourage grandparents to read this book. It does a great job of challenging us to share our spiritual journey with our children, grandchildren, and future generations in verbal stories and/or in print. Our stories of how we have experienced God working in and through our lives can have a great impact on future generations of his faithfulness in our lives. We can demonstrate to them that life is hard, not always fair, but God will walk with us, if we allow him to hold our hand.” —Lillian Penner, National Prayer coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network, author of Grandparenting with a Purpose
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
What a refreshing book! Grounded in God’s Word and bolstered with stories from believers, Janet Thompson gently guides her readers in remembering the goodness of God when our society has largely forgotten him. The promptings for personal reflection at the end of each chapter help readers develop healthy heart habits. Thank you, Janet, for giving us what we need: not another self-help book, but a well-timed reminder of profound truth: God is good. ~Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed...Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives
LoriWildenberg More than 1 year ago
Do you have some God stories? You know, times where the Lord showed up, perhaps he spoke to you? I do but I have to confess I have a memory problem. I forget those great God-incidents each time I face a new struggle. Janet encourages her readers to recall how God has moved in past struggles Then we are able to trust him with present and future challenges. Forsaken God motivates and encourages me to remember and then share my stories. If you want to be empowered during a struggle or want to know how to share your faith through your personal God stories-- you will want to read this book. Review written by, Lori Wildenberg, co-author of 3 parenting books (including Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love), speaker, and parent consultant and trainer.
Dianne_00 More than 1 year ago
Just reading the first couple chapters reminded me of God-incidences (not coincidences) and “God winks” that I’ve seen Him give me over the years of following Him, which began stirring my faith, strengthening it as memories came of what God has done for me. This book also reminded me of my failure to follow through on what may have been His leadings. The author wrote “God is perpetually at work in a believer’s life…” (P. 49). What an encouragement! I found myself wondering what doors might have opened if I had acted on those nudges? What doors might He open if I still do? Excuse me. I’m going to have to run because I’ve got some things to do… Before I go, though, let me say if you want to see the One True God at work and whispering to you in your life, your work…and beyond…then I highly recommend this book. It’s a powerful book for our times. It’s all good. But I think I enjoyed the personal stories the most.