Yet most of our lives is unwitnessed. We spend our days working, driving, parenting. We sometimes spend whole seasons feeling unnoticed and unappreciated. So how do we find contentment when we feel so hidden?
In Unseen, Sara Hagerty suggests that this is exactly what God intended. He is the only One who truly knows us. He is the only One who understands the value of the unseen in our lives. When this truth seeps into our souls, we realize that only when we hide ourselves in God can we give ourselves to others in true freedom—and know the joy of a deeper relationship with the God who sees us.
Our culture applauds what we can produce, what we can show, what we can upload to social media. Only when we give all of ourselves to God—unedited, abandoned, apparently wasteful in its lack of productivity—can we live out who God created us to be. As Hagerty writes,
“Maybe my seemingly unproductive, looking-up-at-Him life produces awe among the angels.”
Through an eloquent exploration of both personal and biblical story, Hagerty calls us to offer every unseen minute of our lives to God. God is in the secret places of our lives that no one else witnesses. But we’ve not been relegated to these places. We’ve been invited.
We may be “wasting” ourselves in a hidden corner today: The cubicle on the fourth floor. The hospital bedside of an elderly parent. The laundry room. But these are the places God uses to meet us with a radical love. These are the places that produce the kind of unhinged love in us that gives everything at His feet, whether or not anyone else ever proclaims our name, whether or not anyone else ever sees.
God’s invitation is not just for a season or a day. It is the question of our lives: “When no one else applauds you, when it makes no sense, when you see no results—will you waste your love on Me?”
It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of life, the never ending to-do list, all the things that call us away from Him. Sara’s writing always brings me back to the God that sees me. This book is a gift to those of us longing to find our way back to Him.
This is a book for the one who feels invisible, for the soul who feels like her every day acts of service go unnoticed, for the restless heart that longs to live in the fullness of life with Jesus. Unseen put into words something God has been teaching my heart for a very long time - that His tender gaze on us is the only one worth vying for. Sara's writing is exquisite as always, leading us to the feet of Jesus. She's vulnerable, raw, honest and wise, and her words remind us that there is purpose in everything we do, and nothing goes unnoticed the God who loves us and delights in us.
What I love most about Sara's book are the glimpses into her friendship with God. Listening in on some of their conversations will call your heart, as it did mine, to want more time with Him; to find your security, peace and rest in His approval, His presence alone. Hear His voice, see Him at work in these beautiful stories.
In a world that screams, "Hey, look at me!" it is a rare treasure to discover someone whose life instead whispers, "Why, will you look at Him?". Unseen will both prick your heart and encourage your soul, teaching you that the most fruitful and fulfilling life of service to God is stealthily off the beaten path, yet smack-dab in the center of his will. Part confirmation. Part conviction. All gospel-true. Let the pages of this book rearrange your thinking in the most eternally beautiful of ways.
Permission to turn away from the noise of the world and waste time with God-- this book was exactly what my soul needed. Sara writes with both profound wisdom and humble sincerity.
What a beautiful gift Sara has given us, yet again! "Unseen" is an invitation back into the blessed center of what you and I were made for. To become fully alive in the practice of being seen by God, and lo and behold, it's more than enough. This, my friends, is a message we must herald!
Unseen is just the compass we need in this noisy, frenetic, hustling world we live in. Sara peels back the layers of what we deem valuable, and exposes the beauty of abiding in the unseen and unrecognized...and we can't help but desire the same.
In a world that constantly shouts and strives to be seen, Sara Hagerty shares a shimmering secret: we come alive in the unseen. This heart journey into hiddenness will usher you to a place of newfound identity and intimacy with God.
As Mary of Bethany let down her hair amidst murmurs, Sara Hagerty lets down her hair in UNSEEN. Her transparency made me both laugh and love her for revealing herself so vulnerably. She winsomely models what we all desperately need: to long for the praise of God instead of constantly craving the fleeting praise of man.
Sara's inspiring book addresses what most of our lives are like: waiting, being faithful in the hidden places, and working hard day after day. Yet, her message gives us God's perspective on the great worth of our lives when we walk with God in the moments that no one else sees. This book will affirm you, inspire you to keep being faithful, to see beauty right where you are and to rest in God's sweet love for you every day. You will love this book.
Reaching into our inmost hungerings, Sara beckons us to leave the clamoring voices of the many and to forge into the sacred space of His voice alone. With both wonder and practicality, Unseen will escort you to find that longed for place of JOY and STABILITY—hidden in His gaze.
In this exquisite book, Sara combines vulnerable storytelling with the Good News of the Gospel to show us that Jesus longs for us to do life with Him rather than just for Him. And she so beautifully demonstrates how enjoying the affection of Christ frees us from craving the applause of man. I’m desperate to “waste” more time with Jesus after reading Unseen, and I will recommend it over and over again.
In a world that idolizes success and significance Sara shows us the power of wonder and stillness in the midst of crazy days. She gives us the courage to become unseen. And shares the surprising lessons of her journey
Sara Hagerty doesn’t have a message to share with us, she has treasure. Reading Unseen, I felt no burden of guilt and I sensed no wagging finger. Instead, I found myself longing to experience the beauty and power of a life hidden in God. Because of this book, I have remembered who I truly am and what it is I truly desire. Sara’s quiet story is transformative.
Sara Hagerty’s heart beats like this: Jesus … Jesus … Jesus. With this book, Sarah ushers you into a place where your heart will beat like that too. You can’t read this spectacular book, without wanting more of Him, without hearing your heartbeat coming into sync with His – the One who always, always sees you right where you are.
Unseen is a refreshingly timely message and book. It’s our invitation to greatness and being fully known. Sara gives us a pathway to being seen, and reminds us that being hidden with God is never time wasted or alone. I desire a deeper friendship with God after reading her words.
Sara Hagerty has written a beautiful and powerful book that I will give to any Christian who wonders what God is up to in times of trial, stress, or monotony. It might seem as though Sara's story won't connect--she's managed four international adoptions, for starters--and yet Unseen managed to draw forth the desires and fears and dreams we have in common. I will return to this book in the future when I need a reminder of God's faithfulness, God's purposes, and God's love for me.
Unseen is pregnant with the powerful, liberating revelation that there is nothing we can do to earn God's love, an unconditional love we can experience perhaps the most in times where we are the least "useful" in our service to him. Despite growing up in the church and accepting Christ at a young age, the greatest moment of my life was having an encounter where I further grasped the depth of God's love for me, that couldn't increase or decrease by anything I said or did. As a professional athlete in an industry of culture and performance, the freedom that this brought has been life-changing and career-changing. I hope that this book allows you to experience the same.
“And it’s clear when you walk with Jesus, that the hiddenness, the faithfulness, and the obscurity, is where you are actually seen the most. By Him. With ferocious white hot piercing eyes. And his eyes, his gaze of love, is what changes us, what makes us, and what we all are desperately searching for in the first place.
“And that’s why this book is so important. Why we are so thankful for Sara. Not many people are shouting this message from the mountaintops, because honestly I think not a lot of people have found this secret—but Sara has and her story is deeply compelling and inspiring. It changed us, and I know it will change you.”
Jefferson & Alyssa Bethke
NYT Bestselling Author of Jesus > Religion and It’s Not What You Think
and co-authors of Love That Lasts
Sara Hagerty is the author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, a wife to Nate, and a mother of six, including four children adopted from Ethiopia and Uganda and two miracle babies. After almost a decade of Christian life, she was introduced to pain and perplexity and, ultimately, intimacy with Jesus. God met her and moved her when life stopped working for her. His Word and His whisper took on new shape and form to her in the dark.