Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me

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Pub Date 10 Oct 2017 | Archive Date 05 Sep 2019


You are "The God Who Sees Me."

Discover a close relationship with God—no matter the pain or suffering in your life. Witness the depths of God’s compassion through the eyes of Hagar, a runaway slave who meets the living God in a desert of despair, where she gives Him the name El Roi, "The God Who Sees Me." A largely forgotten Old Testament character, Hagar is actually one of only a few people who have ever spoken directly with the LORD.

Through this seven week study, you will find that when you surrender your life into God’s hands, your trials and triumphs serve a magnificent purpose: to draw you into the arms of the faithful God who sees you.

You are "The God Who Sees Me."

Discover a close relationship with God—no matter the pain or suffering in your life. Witness the depths of God’s compassion through the eyes of Hagar, a runaway slave...

Advance Praise

“This study is deep and packed with surprising insights! I enjoyed exploring the story of

Hagar—an often-discarded woman who played a profound part in human history. I love how Shadia weaves in her personal experiences, helping readers connect with her and understand how to apply the teaching to their own lives. This study beautifully captures the depth of God’s love for all people. I am excited to share it with others!

Francine Rivers, international best-selling author

“Few biblical stories illustrate hope in the hard places of life better than Hagar’s. Shadia beautifully illuminates that hope, offering encouragement not only for the destination of our lives but also for the journey. Through this study, readers will be inspired to trust God, embrace His purposes, and experience His victory.”

Chris Tiegreen, author of the Dancing in the Desert Devotional Bible and various One Year devotionals

“This refreshing study digs deep into the life of Hagar. . . . Thought provoking and practical, it will help readers develop a desire to serve our Savior. I highly recommend it!”

Fouad Masri, founder and president of Crescent Project

“Hagar: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me is certain to inspire its readers to go deeper in understanding God’s unfathomable love and purposes, specifically amid our personal heartaches and pain. . . . This extensive study draws us deeper into the biblical text to search for answers. There we find ourselves prompted by Shadia’s own transparency to surface our intimate longings. Relating to Hagar as a person who was used, abused, and rejected brings us face-to-face with a God who reaches far beyond cultural expectations to meet Hagar in the midst of her pain. This study will lead you there as well.”

— Bev Hislop, D.Min., author of Shepherding a Woman’s Heart and professor emerita of Pastoral

Care, Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon

“Hagar is sometimes downplayed as a minor and almost expendable figure in the more

prominent story of Abraham and Sarah, but Shadia Hrichi’s book reveals a complex and

fascinating woman facing the same spiritual struggles as the rest of us. All of us have something

to learn from this woman who suffered despair, rejection, and abuse but still managed to

find hope in the One she called the ‘God Who Sees Me.’”

—Joseph Bentz, author of Nothing is Wasted

“A Bible study on Sarah’s Egyptian slave girl? I’ve never done a study on Hagar before, but Shadia

reveals that there is more to Hagar’s story than meets the eye. She was used and abandoned.

Where was God in that? I’ve also wrestled with this question at times. Who hasn’t? Thank

you, Shadia, for opening my eyes to Hagar’s story; in doing so, it helped me to see myself.”

—Kay Marshall Strom, author and international speaker

Shadia’s love for Jesus and her biblically solid, uncompromising approach to Scripture will

bless you.”

—Mark Matta, Director of Ministry Relations, Leading the Way with Dr. Michael Youssef

“This study is deep and packed with surprising insights! I enjoyed exploring the story of

Hagar—an often-discarded woman who played a profound part in human history. I love how Shadia weaves in her...

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I love a great bible study. The very first thing I noticed is that this has a notes section. When I have a thought or scripture that I want to review later, I love referring to my notes! I also enjoyed that although this is a bible study, it has a devotional feel as well. Each week has a new focus. This was a great study and I would recommend it.

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HAGAR by Shadia Hirchi is an in-depth Bible study about the story of HAGAR and her place in the biblical narrative. It is clear from the author's writing that she has a deep love for God and a desire to help others by shedding light on often overlooked Bible stories.

Hirchi uses examples and stories from her own life to help readers to connect with Hagar's story. She also encourages readers to carefully consider the biblical text. She provides exercises and questions that require readers to examine the biblical text very closely in order to find the answers. I worked through this study on my own, but this study would also work well for a small group.

I really enjoy reading Bible Studies and commentaries that are written by people from diverse faith backgrounds. Hirchi's work helped me to see Hagar's story from a unique perspective. She picked up on some very interesting connections that helped me to see Hagar's story through a different lens. Her writing also helped me to draw connections to my own life and to consider how God might be speaking to me through the biblical text.

Note: Thank you to Celebrate Lit and Net Galley for a free copy of this book. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I’m thankful for the opportunity to read this Hagar Bible study. I did not really consider all that would be in here, but the author does a good job with some very tough stuff.

As someone who has experienced abuse and manipulation, I think she does a remarkable job of showing truth without wallowing in the mud.

She gives credit where credit is due and does not shy away from the ugly parts.

I feel like I have a better idea of who Hagar is now, and what she experienced than ever before.

My eyes have been opened a bit to my personal beliefs and where they do not match what I SAY that I believe. Meaning that I am guilty of seeing circumstances and making judgments of God’s level of care.

But God does not change. The same God who promises Hagar a legacy of descendants, is also the one who allowed her to be sent away with nothing but her son and a few supplies in the desert.

One thing that really makes me like this Hagar Bible study is how much it incorporates the whole counsel of scripture. No story in the Bible stands alone, and this one is no different. Considering the woman at the well, and Job, and many other passages give this depth and richness.

While it may seem like each lesson is long, after the first week, you don’t even notice. In fact, my husband took the kids for a couple of hours one Sunday, and I did all of week three in on sitting. I kept trying to get up and go “do something productive” with my time, but I couldn’t set my Hagar Bible study down!

My relationship with God and my awareness of my position within the Great Story has grown through this study!

I did receive a copy of this book from @NetGalley and Celebrate lit, and choose to review it here. All thoughts are my own.

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A past pastor encouraged us to choose a name of the Lord each year to claim as our own, to study and learn more about that attribute of God. My name this year was "The God who sees me!" I was thrilled to see this book come up as a tour option and jumped on the chance to review it. I have not finished the entire study, but I am growing as I read it and gaining understanding of who El Roi is and what it means to belong to "The God who sees me." This study gets me in The Word and adds interesting points to ponder and pray.

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