The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to be Noticed

Unseen

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Every heart longs to be seen and understood.

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?”

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How Others Saw Him Through the Book

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.

Jennie Allen

Founder of IF: Gathering and Author of "Nothing to Prove"

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.

Katie Davis Majors

Author of "Kisses from Katie" and "Daring to Hope"

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.

Barbara Rainey

Wife of Dennis Rainey and mom of six married children. Co-founder of FamilyLife, author of Letters to My Daughters, The Art of Being a Wife, blogger and creator of EverThineHome, the holiday and home collection from FamilyLife.

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.

Karen Ehman

Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and New York Times Best-selling author of Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It and When to Say Nothing at All and Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World, Wife and Mother of three

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.

Sarah Mackenzie

Author of "Teaching from Rest: The Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace" and "Read-Aloud Revival" (Zondervan 2018)

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!

Christy Nockels

Songwriter, worship artist, "The Glorious in the Mundane" Podcast

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.

Ruth Chou Simons

Author of "GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart", founder of gracelaced.com

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.

Allen Arnold

Author of "The Story of With"

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.

Dee Brestin

Author of "The Friendships of Women" and "He Calls You Beautiful"

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.

Sally Clarkson

Author of "The Lifegiving Home" and "Different", blogger at SallyClarkson.com and host to "At Home with Sally and Friends" podcast

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.

Dana Candler

Author of "Deep unto Deep"

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.

Jeannie Cunnion

Author of "Mom Set Free"

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

Susan Alexander Yates

Speaker and Author of many books on parenting and her new "Risky Faith" and "The One"

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.

Christie Purifoy

Author of "Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons"

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.

Jennifer Dukes Lee

Author of "The Happiness Dare" and "Love Idol"

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.

Esther Fleece

Author of "No More Faking Fine"

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.

Amy Julia Becker

Author of "A Good and Perfect Gift" and "Small Talk"

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.

Sara Hall

Professional Marathon runner, Co-Founder The Hall Steps Foundation

In Unseen, Sara Hagerty turns our eyes to the beautiful reality that God is happily engaged in our everyday moments. She helps us see what we cannot see with our eyes, inviting us to "hide" ourselves in our intimately close Father. That's why I'm so grateful for this book! Sara's words have reoriented my heart around the joy available to me in all

Christine Hoover

Pastor's Wife, DesiringGod contributor, Author of "Messy Beautiful Friendship"

In a world that screams for attention and begs to be seen, it's easy to feel completely unnoticed amidst all the noise. In her beautifully challenging and profoundly inviting book, Hidden, Sara Hagerty welcomes readers into a space of confidence and rest in being truly known by the only One who really matters. A breath of fresh air in a sometimes suffocating room, Hidden clears the clutter and makes space for your soul to inhale deep and lasting acceptance. Get lost among these pages and remember that you've already been found.

Logan Wolfram

Speaker and Author of "Curious Faith: Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility"



From the Foreword

“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

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Meet Sara Hagerty

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.

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