Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father

Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father

by Louie Giglio

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National bestselling book from Louie Giglio, author of Goliath Must Fall and co-founder of Passion City Church and the Passion Conference…

What do you think about when you think about God?

Some would say he’s a ruler that expects absolute loyalty and tribute. Others say God is their coach who’s only satisfied when they’ve pushed hard enough and performed to his expectations. Maybe to you he’s more like a virtual assistant you address when you’ve exhausted all other options, or an old man sitting in a cloud who’s best days are behind him, better off forgotten.

Your view of God is the most important thing about you. It informs everything about who we are and who we’re becoming. It is vital we understand this; because if we have a flawed view of God, we’ll have a flawed view of life.

What would it mean to us then if God’s desire was to be nearer to us - not a coach or a King, a genie or a distant memory,  but a Father - a perfect Father who never wants you to live a day without his blessing?

In Not Forsaken, Louie Giglio points us to a God is not absent or ambivalent, but is available and affectionate, ready to shower us with his approval and love. This has radical significance for the very foundations of the Christian faith. Louie offers this promise, that our God has spanned heaven and earth to reach us.

When we take hold of this truth, we are not defined by our pasts but by the love of a perfect Father. God wants us to experience his unique, unconditional love and to live in the freedom, abundance, and blessing He freely gives. Our hearts are transformed by Him and we are free to rest in the identity, value, and plan God has given us.

You are not forsaken. You are loved. You are valued.

You are cared for by the God of the universe whose arms are strong and whose heart is good.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781535956949
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 32,952
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Louie Giglio is Pastor of Passion City Church and the Founder of the Passion movement, which exists to call a generation to leverage their lives for the fame of Jesus. Since 1997, Passion has gathered collegiate-aged young people in events across the US and around the world. Notably, in 2017, more than 55,000 students gathered for Passion 2017 in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome for one of the largest Jesus-focused collegiate events in history. Each year, Passion continues to see 18-25 year olds fill venues across the nation in pursuit of lives lived for God’s glory. In addition to the collegiate gatherings of Passion Conferences, Louie and his wife Shelley lead the teams at Passion City Church, sixstepsrecords and the Passion Global Institute. Louie is the national-bestselling author of Goliath Must Fall, The Comeback, The Air I Breathe, I Am Not But I Know I Am, and Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science. As a communicator, Louie speaks at events throughout the US and across the globe. He is widely known for messages like Indescribable and How Great is Our God. An Atlanta native and graduate of Georgia State University, Louie has done post-graduate work at Baylor University and holds a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Louie and Shelley make their home in Atlanta. 


Atlanta, Georgia

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Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Grace515 11 months ago
Just started reading chapter 4 of Not Forsaken last night, and it’s already so good. Looking at God as a father that we can go to, that loves us, that champions us, is so important. We can so easily compare God to our earthly father, which could be either good or bad. We could see God as an angry God, a God that’s only there when we need Him, or an almost perfect God. But God is so much more than all that. He loves us more than any person here on earth could ever love us. He cares about us even more than our earthly fathers. No matter who your earthly father is, whether he was/is good or bad, God is even greater than him. Even if you were forsaken by your earthly father, there’s good news. Jesus was forsaken by His Heavenly Father, the God of the universe on the cross, so we never would be forsaken by Him. No matter what your relationship with your dad looks like, this book is so great for everyone. I highly recommend this book, and I don't think you'll be disappointed by it!
J Kelley 11 months ago
Not Forsaken is an excellent and easy read. It can and will shift your mind, heart, and life around what a father looks like. Whether you have the dad who has been supportive and present; an absent dad; a dad that is abusive, etc. - this book comes around the GREAT news that WE ALL have a Perfect Father! He will never forsake us. He will never let us down. He always knows what is best for us. He lavishly loves us and wants a relationship with us. Pastor Louie dives right in sharing a thoughtful and truth-filled message about who we truly are. The message Pastor Louie unpacks within its pages is one of a kind and just what this generation needs! Your life will be changed by reading this and I know this book's message will have a ripple effect for many years to come.
Amaack 5 months ago
Not Forsaken opened my eyes to things I was believing about God because I had seen them in my own father. Things that disappointed. Things that hurt. In the pages of Not Forsaken, Giglio issues an invitation to lay down the misconceptions you’ve developed about God. To reframe all that you believe about who He is and know God as a perfect Father. Giglio is sensitive to the fact that everyone’s relationship with their dad is unique. Because of this, Not Forsaken takes a slow approach to change your mindset. It’s not a book to rush through. There’s enough to sit with and make the narrative your own. Giglio creates space for you to explore your understanding of God as father and then reframe it to see God as the perfect father. Not Forsaken is for those who had a great relationship with their dads and are able to see God as perfect. It is also for those who have had rocky relationships or even no relationship with their fathers. In Not Forsaken, Giglio takes you on a journey to restore and renew your view of God. You’ll definitely finish the book changed. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
Pattistep 5 months ago
In this book, Lou Giglio does a beautiful job of presenting God as our Heavenly Father who loves us with an everlasting love. The author gives us a balanced view of God’s love and mercy versus His justice and righteousness. He goes into detail about how our views of our earthly father can give us a wrong perception of God as our Heavenly Father and the relationship we can have with Him. He highlights the relationship pictured in the Bible between Jesus and God the Father. The author also writes about forgiveness and how bitterness can poison our lives. Lou Giglio shares his heart with us all throughout this book. He speaks of his relationship with his own father and how that influenced him in the early years of his life. I’d recommend this book to anyone who has faced heartache because of their relationship, or lack of one, with the father. But this book is for all of us to fully realize the wonderful love, grace, and mercy that God offers to each one of us. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Fitzysmom 6 months ago
I knew what this book was about when I picked it up. I knew it was going to be about our earthly fathers as well as our heavenly Father. I thought I was ready to read it. But I wasn't. I read the first chapter, cried my eyes out, and promptly tossed it on the coffee table and walked away. But that book just kept calling my name. So I picked it back up and read some more. I cried a little more and put it back on the coffee table. After this second reading session I knew I needed to finish it. I knew I would find healing in the end but I also knew it would be like ripping a band-aid off. And it was. My earthly father was a flawed man. He hurt me deeply but God showed me how to forgive and move on. Louie Giglio's writing took me through that journey again and it was tough but it was so worth it. If you have a father, and we all do, you need to read this book. Even if you have to read it over a period of time like I did you should. Being able to see your relationship through the lens of your heavenly Father puts things in perspective. I found this book to be a hard read but worth every tear. We all have a longing for a good father and this affirms that He's already there just waiting for you to come to Him. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
emiliec 7 months ago
( I received this book for free for review from B&h publishing) I have no books by this author so I think this book will help me start a collection of his books.I like the topic of this book I think it is very important and original.Getting back on the topic of Louie Giglio I have never listened to his sermons before and I don't know much about him.I love the design of the book I think the message is clear and I love that about it,its not too much which I like.So this concludes my review of this book I would give it a 4/5 stars so get yourself a copy.
Teadrinker 7 months ago
I don't know about you, but I have struggled with the idea of God as my father. Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio reminds us that God is our heavenly father. However, He is not a "bigger version of our earthly dad." Instead He is our perfect father when we are born again and He wants us to remember that we share His heavenly genes and He does truly love us like no other. I listened to this audio book of Not Forsaken and it was good. However, I am a visual learner so seeing the words on the pages helped me drive this concept into my heart and head better than just listening. Giglio uses a lot of Scripture to help readers see that God is our Heavenly Father. He also uses some personal stories that well-illustrated his points on how God cares for each of us. He also talks about how hard it must be for so many of us who had far less than perfect fathers to see God as father. He acknowledges that the struggle is so real for so many. Yet, I like that Giglio never comes across as judging or admonishing. Instead he just gently points me to My Savior as our God. I especially liked the chapter about how we can see God as our father in how Jesus treated those He was with on earth. Not Forsaken has given me a lot to think about and reflect on as I see God as my Father, my perfect father. I have a new set of genes as a part of the heavenly family. I no longer need to look at my father as a heavenly role model type. Instead I can just pray for him and see him as someone in need of a heavenly father too. I encourage anyone with father struggles in their faith to read this book. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
Ian_Acheson 11 months ago
God as Father is so misunderstood due in a lot of ways to the earthly fathers we've experienced. Giglio writes a compelling book on why we shouldn't use our own experiences of earthy fathers to overly influence our perspectives of God. the Father. Certainly, there are many great earthly fathers who reflect many of the qualities of our God, however, the goodness of God and His unending love are way beyond anything human fathers are able to be. Giglio encourages the reader to confront our images of the father and reveals the nature of the Heavenly Father. For many this might be a difficult read having had negative father experiences but Giglio gently helps the reader work through this. Sure, this book won't replace a good counsellor, however, provides such an in-depth insight into the loving nature of God it provides hope to those who've had such a poor experience. There are so many good chapters but I found Chapter 10, the last one, to be an absolute cracker. In this chapter, Giglio works through how we are able to become more like Christ using some brilliant verses that sum up the 'divine nature' that is both present in us and accessible to develop the fruits of the Holy Spirit in maturing as the beloved sons and daughters of Christ. Go get a copy of this book. Giglio has an engaging style, not unlike how he speaks, and as a result is very accessible and gracious. I received an advanced unfinished copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley with no expectations of a favourable review.