REVIEW: Blindsided by God ~ by Peter Chin


…even a brief glimpse of God in the midst of the storm is better than a lifetime spent in blissful ignorance.

Thanks to Bethany House for my complimentary copy and the opportunity to review this book.

“Blindsided by God” was my first review for Bethany House, and what an amazing read. Peter Chin, currently pastor at Rainier Avenue Church in Seattle, Washington, as well as husband and father to five children, shares his story of how God revealed to him in a very personal and very real way that…

1. God is always with you, whether it be a high time of constant praise and thankfulness, or a low time of nagging fear and doubt

2. God always has an intricately orchestrated plan, and we seldom see the choreography of that plan until after the fact.

3. God’s plan is not only beyond our understanding, it is far better than we could imagine or dream.

Peter’s story uses his first-hand experience to show how God stayed by Peter’s and his family’s side during one of the darkest times in their life; a time that–without giving everything away– I can best describe as traumatic, sometimes bizarre, and constantly humbling.

As Peter stated “God was not simply incomprehensible — He was incomprehensibly loving.” (pg 221)

Read his story, and I am sure you will re-examine what it means to walk by faith and what you consider a miracle.

Rating: gold stargold stargold stargold stargold star

Learn more about Peter Chin and Rainier Avenue Church by clicking here.


Galatians 2:20b

“So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

I was terribly late for my “morning” devotion today….I didn’t get it read until after 5:00pm. Better late than never, right? Anyway, the lesson from Joyce Meyer today was titled “God-Confidence”.

I obviously needed reminding today that it’s not about having confidence in myself, but rather having confidence in my Creator. The Scripture she used was 1 Corinthians 10:11-12 and the last two sentences stood out the most for me “…Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.” (The Message). How true is that? Nothing can happen without Christ first allowing it. Our very existence is because He created us, we didn’t create ourselves.

Yes, He gave me a brain and the knowledge to use it.  But I know that true wisdom would be to trust absolutely EVERYTHING to Him. Why wouldn’t I? He can see from beginning to end of all eternity. He knows each and every fork in my path and where it will lead. He knows the detours of life and when they will arrive. I think that’s why the second half of Galatians 2:20 stood out to me the most from that Scripture. Like it says, “…I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God…” not by trusting in myself.

I can’t remember who first said it, but it reminds me also of the analogy of our life being an open book and we have to choose who the author will be. Will we write our own biography? Or will we give the pen to the Author and let Him write the story? He’s already written it, we’re still living it. If we stop trying to take control and write our story AS we are trying to live it, we’ll be so much more successful. He will narrate to us if we will just let Him. Give Him the pen, let Him write the story into action, and follow His directions. How much more would we enjoy our life if we simply lived it? If we wore the “live” hat, rather than the multiple hats, “live” “write” “direct” “edit” “problem solve” “foresee” and who knows what else we can come up with.

I shouldn’t be like Moses and give excuse after excuse on why I can’t do something. I should have confidence in Christ and let Him guide my every step, no matter how simple I think it is.