Wednesday, October 7, 2009

When God Turned Off the Lights by Cecil Murphey

Is it possible that God would use a time of spiritual loneliness and isolation in our life as an answer to our prayer for "something more?" That's what happened with best-selling author Cecil Murphey. In When God Turned Off the Lights (Regal, September 2009), he openly shares from his journey that seemed to be stalled in darkness.

Murphey decided to write about his months of seeking God in the darkness because he suspected his situation wasn't unique. "If this happened to me, a rather ordinary believer, surely there are others out there who have wept in the isolated blackness of night and wondered if they would ever see God's smile again."

Murphey could have handled this topic as a theologian and given pages of heavy, hard-to-read advice, but he chose to write from his heart and expose it for the readers to see. He talks honestly and shares his skepticism and frustration. He asks hard questions. And he lays out the steps of healing that brought him back to the light.

When God Turned Off the Lights is a book for those of us who ask, "What's wrong with me? Why are others living in the sunlight while nothing but dark clouds and darkness envelop me?" Readers will learn:

  • Why God turns off the lights
  • Why we have to have dark nights
  • Why asking "why" isn't the right question
  • What's worse than going through the darkness
  • How to feel worthwhile and accepted by God
Read a guest post from Mr. Mruphey here.

Each chapter of When God Turned Off the Lights ends with an inspirational personal quote from Cec. Here's a sampling:

Although it may seem as if God is asleep when we go through deep darkness, could it be that God is most watchful in the moments of our despair?

Could it be that moving from why to what might take us one more step closer to the light?

Our task is to hang on. We wait until God takes us off hold and deals directly with us again.

God's provision is based on unconditional love - not on my faithfulness.

About the Author: Award-winning writer Cecil Murphey is the author or co-author of more than 100 books, including the "New York Times" bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). He's also the author of When Someone You Love Has Cancer and Christmas Miracles, both 2009 releases. Murphey's books have sold millions and have brought hope and encouragement to countless people around the world.

Gift Basket Includes:
When God Turned Off the Lights
1 Book Light
1 LED Nightlight
1 LED Flashlight
Select Dark Chocolate

I've decided to make this a scavenger hunt type contest. There will be two answers to your comment. During the summer, I featured another one of Cecil Murphey's books. Here's what you need to do. Look back in archives and tell me the title of that book. (hint: OK I'll be nice I'll give you a tip. It was featured in July sometime.) In your comment answer these two questions:

Questions # 1 - tell me the title of that book featured in July.

Question # 2 - someone I love is a cancer survivor. Who is it? (hint: you'll find the answer in my side bar.)

Want a bonus name in the drawing? Go to my other blog: Lighter Side and tell me a second person dear to me that has survived cancer. You can get to lighter side here.

From all those that comment with correct answers your name will go in the hat; one will be drawn to go into the KCWC's grand prize drawing for the gift basket. Be sure to leave me an e-mail address in case you are the winner. Winner will be drawn on Oct. 21st.

Giveaway now closed thanks; however you may still leave a comment if you wish concerning anything. I love comments.

This blog tour is through:



adge said...

1. It was When Someone You Love Has Cancer.
2. I think it's your mom.

Bonus: Your Aunt.



Shawntele said...

Thanks for the hints!!

#1 ~ When Someone You Love Has Cancer
#2 ~ Your Mom, praise God, that is wonderful. And I completely missed that in your sidebar, so I am glad it was part of the questions. :)
Bonus ~ And your Aunt has survived as well, so awesome! Sorry to read of your loss. :(

Great giveaway, I hope I got all the answers correct!!

Cammy said...

When Someone You Love Has Cancer

Your Mom (What a wonderful blessing)

Your Aunt (Another wonderful blessing)

This is fun. I havent entered a giveaway like this before. Thanks!