Caught off Guard
About the Book
Where is the reality of God in the middle of careers and groceries? Why are so many believers frustrated with the enormous gap between what they know about God and how they actually live? In CAUGHT OFF GUARD (New Growth Press, January 2007), author William P. Smith graciously addresses these seekers who have become dissatisfied with merely “talking theology” and instead yearn to taste and experience the “real thing”—a God who desperately longs for relationship with them.
For those trapped in a world where faith exists in a separate sphere from the daily grind of diapers and deadlines, CAUGHT OFF GUARD echoes the rarely admitted cries of their hearts. “I know what is true, but for some reason the truths that I know and love don’t find their way into my daily life.” “I don’t find God as attractive as He is supposed to be.” Or, “The Christian life just doesn’t seem to work very well for me.” As a counselor and faculty member of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, William Smith understands this conflict many people daily experience between their heads and their hearts.
“Sometimes people know things about God more than they actually know Him,” says Smith. “And whenever knowledge outstrips experience, it is useless in the face of life’s difficulties.” That’s why he uses CAUGHT OFF GUARD to “flesh out” readers’ knowledge of God in the midst of their daily struggles. Instead of gushing out vague generalities and burdensome theologies, Smith instead shows how God longs to connect with those paralyzed by fear, shame, apathy and sin.
With real stories from today and biblical times, Smith demonstrates surprising and often unnoticed attributes of a loving and purposeful God by proving:
How God draws near to the radically undeserving
How God responds to people who have feeble faith or even active doubt
How God will help you as you seek to live a righteous life
How God changes the people around you by radically transforming your heart, mind and soul
In CAUGHT OFF GUARD, Smith draws an irresistible picture of the heart of God that shatters conventional wisdom, remains true to biblical principles and invites people to reconsider a deeper trust in our uncontrollable, loving God.
© Copyright 2011 by William P. Smith, M.Div., Ph.D.. Reprinted with permission by New Growth Press. All rights reserved.