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Finding An Unseen God





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Finding An Unseen God by Alicia Britt Chole

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"Alicia Britt Chole and her poignant insights are downright refreshing and overflowing with intellect."

As a child, I remember being taught that just because people might dogmatically state and believe there is no God, let alone a personal, intimate one—this does not mean He is not real and exists only in our own minds!

The author of Finding An Unseen God says, "I sincerely believed that there was no God. As a young Atheist, I simply considered myself a realist who preferred unanswered questions over fairy tales." Without any warning, her worldview crumbled in the presence of the Almighty.

Throughout the pages of Finding An Unseen God, Alicia Britt Chole’s life story is blended beautifully with her rebirth/transformation story separated as alternating chapters. The short chapters allow the reader’s mind and heart to walk with her without getting bored or bogged down with excessive detail. The chapters, “Lovable . . . not just Quotable, part one and two” and “Sustainable Through Life-Size Pain, part one and two” are a few of my favorites in terms of practical wisdom. I found great enjoyment as I read her “5 Things I Like about God.” They are; 1) He delights in sincere questions, 2) Walking with God sharpens, not dulls my mind, 3) God is not a fool, 4) He is the ultimate realist, and 5) God is knowable.
Her authenticity draws the reader into considering what they believe and do not believe. Her thought-provoking approach is both logical and reasonable. Her portrayal of a relentless God who passionately pursues us stirred my heart and gently pushed me into prayers of thanksgiving.

Alicia Britt Chole and her poignant insights are downright refreshing and overflowing with intellect. Although analytical and philosophical in nature, her writing is conversational and uplifting. It is a quick yet not fluffy read. She is definitely somebody who I’d enjoy hearing speak in person, as well as reading again.

Her closing thoughts eloquently summarize her thesis, “Escorted by faith, I entered an indescribably beautiful, stunningly satisfying, adventure-filled mystery: Truth is not dead. God has always lived. Life is full of pain. Death is but a door. And the God who is, aches to loves us.”

I highly recommend Finding An Unseen God: Reflections of a former Atheist for all people-- no matter where they may be on their life’s timeline whether pursuing God or ignoring Him (and still being pursued). This will definitely be a Christmas gift to friends, family and fellow employees.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.