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Sacred Thirst: Meeting God in the Desert of Our Longings [Paperback]

By M. Craig Barnes (Author)
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By showing how the story of the woman at the well is the story of every believer, Barnes illustrates how readers spend much of their lives trying to satisfy their thirst in ways that leave them high and dry. "Thirst for God" is a book for people who know there must be more to the Christian life than what they are experiencing, and who long to encounter God instead of just acquiring more knowledge about Him.

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Jesus once said, "Whoever drinks of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty." So why are Christians still thirsty? We throw ourselves into church work, Bible studies, prayer, missions, fellowship. Yet still we search restlessly for something more. What are we missing? Perhaps the answer is, more of Jesus. Church meetings and programs, ministry, Christian counseling, and home groups are all good, but they are not him. It doesn't matter how devoted we are to these wonderful activities; they are not the same thing as communion with Jesus. Our souls crave him alone. In Sacred Thirst, author and pastor Craig Barnes brings us face-to-face with our desperate longing for God. Like the woman at the well, we have tried to satisfy our parched souls with so many other things even religious things. But when we get to the bottom of our desire, we find Jesus quietly waiting with his living water intimate communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This book is filled with unique insights into human experience and the character of God. With his keen understanding of the needs of contemporary Christians, Barnes points to the only way our thirst will ever be satisfied. Drawing from his rich background in the Bible and his tender insights as a pastor, he leads us into a new understanding of ourselves and the uncontrollable but gracious God we seek."

From Publishers Weekly
In this deep, inspiring book, Barnes plays with biblical images of deserts, flowing streams and living waters, applying them to contemporary life. He says that he wrote the book especially for Christians who find themselves in a spiritual desert with a sense of "soul sadness" or spiritual loneliness, having lost the astonishment and joy of their faith. Barnes, senior pastor of National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., notes that in the Old and New Testaments, characters from the patriarchs to Jesus used such desert experiences as metaphors for pilgrimage toward God. Today's Christians can use their spiritual deserts toward that same end, seeking God's flowing streams of mercy to sustain and refresh them as they journey to the Promised Land. Barnes cautions that often Christians mistake their intellectual knowledge, prayers, church attendance and good works as replacements for God; he claims that making idols of these activities creates a sense of dissatisfaction and a longing for more. Often Christians settle for the desert, but Barnes says that "sacred thirst" can call them from barren spirituality to embrace the holy joy of God. Just as Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well that he could give her living waters and she would never thirst, so he promises contemporary followers that the Holy Spirit is the living water that restores parched souls. Barnes's powerful and beautifully written book is a balm to the weary pilgrim. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Sacred Thirst: Meeting God in the Desert of Our Longings by M. Craig Barnes has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Retailing - 12/18/2000 page 22
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/27/2000 page 73

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.55" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 9, 2001
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310219558  
ISBN13  9780310219552  
UPC  025986219550  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! M. Craig Barnes (PhD, University of Chicago) is president of Princeton Theological Seminary, where he also serves as professor of pastoral ministry. He previously taught at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and has pastored several churches. He is the author of eight books, including Sacred Thirst, Hustling God, When God Interrupts, and Yearning, and is a columnist for The Christian Century.

M. Craig Barnes currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Sacred Thirst  Feb 16, 2007
Craig Barnes has experience coupled with a willingness to allow the Holy Spirit to lead his life. The benefit is the readers. This book has insight and reality that will hit home with those who have been around the kingdom of heaven on earth for a while. The book is a "keeper." You will want to refer to it from time to time.
Incredibly Inspiring  Dec 12, 2005
I'm sure there are Christians out there, who like me, look for relevance and inspiration in their religious study. Craig Barnes is by far the most effective preacher I've seen, and his writings communicate the meanings of scripture in ways that seem to transcend the English language. For me, this book, "Hustling God," and "When God Interrupts" have been instrumental in getting through tough times. Some of the other (5 star) reviewers have said it better than I can. While some of his earlier writings are a bit more "intellectual," I cannot recommend his books enough.
Finally, Some Truth Telling  Nov 11, 2002
This book tells the hard truth about our thirst, and how it cannot be satisfied by anything or anyone but Jesus, the living water. The author writes as a pastor who clearly understands the human soul and its insatiable thirst for God.

I was hooked after the first few pages that tells the moving story of a little boy giving the eulogy at his mother's funeral. Afterwards, as silence filled the sanctuary and everyone's heart, the pastor-author walked to his pulpit wondering what words could respond to such pathos. This marvelous book is his response to that question, and to my own longing for a word from the Savior.

Barnes speaks God's Word in ways that are both tender and prophetic. His writing style is fresh and engaging.

The chapter "It's Not About You" is particularly helpful and freeing, as it turns the focus away from the self, even the hurting self, and toward the work of a gracious God.

Facing life's lonelyness and finding "living water"  Oct 24, 2002
No book gives you the answers to life's questions. Barnes begins to help you focus on both the questions and where to find the answers. People are searching and Barnes not only help you determine how you are searching but how to find what you are really looking for. If you can take the time to read and think about the issues, you may find a new direction for yourself and your church.
Feel good dribble  Oct 20, 2002
While Barnes sometimes contradicts himself in the book saying otherwise, this book is typical weak, pop culture dribble that is all about me, me, me. My wants. Feel satisfied! You should feel satisfied with life! With Jesus! "YOU are the beloved" Barnes assures us in the very end of the book, and anything is possible for you! Christ is not the center of this book, a book which does not address why Christ is not sufficiently the focus of our lives *independent* of whether we are "living life to its nonthirsty fullest" and why Christ is not *our* beloved. This tract between hardcovers is one of those two hour reads -- nothing really averse but the book is simply pop modern, nonsubstantive rambling. I picked this up in his old church's downstairs bookstore and read it at Starbucks after what I thought was a marvelously simplistic sermon gave by the replacement pastor to Barnes who is no longer at National Presbyterian. I think that National Presbyterian judging by its pastors and authors must be really one dimensional Baptist. I half expected an altar call there. It is a Presbyterian church that promotes the 'Alpha Course' for goodness' sake. This book is at the level of the 'Alpha Course'. I gave the book two stars instead of one because there is so much modern stuff that truly is averse, awful theology these days in popChristian circles that is just contradictory to historical understandings. This book isn't heretical like on the Benny Hinn and his ilk, but Barnes' book just doesn't offer substance. My favorite part was finding out that you can sing the famous hymn "Amazing Grace" to the tune of the Animals' old 1960s song, "House of the Rising Sun." That was cool anyway (try it!). A meaty book? No. This is a book more along the lines of Pauline allusions to baby milk. Paul demands that we grow up (!) and get to the meat of matters. Paul's dictum ought finally (ha ha) be picked up on by 21th century popChristianity but I fear that this would require too much of all involved. Christianity has been reduced to "JESUS LOVES YOU, MAN! You! You! You! And you ought to live a FULL and HAPPY life!" I wonder what first century, persecuted Christians would have thought, not to mention Church mothers and fathers through the centuries who exhibited truly sacrificial lives of study and service.

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