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The Desert Experience

Personal Reflections on Finding God's Presence and Promise in Hard Times

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At one time or another, every Christian goes through a period which is referred to as a "desert experience"―a time when they feel forsaken by God, in doubt about what God would have them do, a period of darkness of the soul. Many, during those times, feel they are alone in this experience, but this thought-provoking book shows readers that they are not alone―that in fact, many well-known Christians have been there also. Featuring personal testimonies from each contributor, The Desert Experience offers readers encouragement and valuable lessons from those who have made it through the "desert"―lessons of hope, humility, goodwill, and the sovereignty of God―all lessons necessary for the maturing of a Christian.
Contributor(s) Tommy Barnett, Jill Briscoe, Nancie Carmichael, Jack Hayford, Gordon MacDonald, John C. Maxwell, J. I. Packer, Dr. Charles F. Stanley, Dr. John Trent, Sheila Walsh
About the Contributor(s) Tommy Barnett
Tommy Barnett is pastor of Phoenix First Assembly, one of the three largest congregations in America, a popular communicator, and the founder of the Los Angeles International Church (known as The Dream Center), an inner-city ministry reaching more than 20,000 people a week. Pastor Barnett lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jill Briscoe


Nancie Carmichael
Nancie Carmichael and her husband, Bill, published such well-known magazines as Virtue and Christian Parenting Today for twenty years. Together they have written several books, and they regularly lead family seminars throughout North America. Nancie was recently awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Western Baptist College, Salem, Oregon, for her ministry and service. She is also a much-sought-after conference speaker.

Jack Hayford

Dr. Jack Hayford is the founder and Chancellor of The King’s University, and founding pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California, where he served as senior pastor for more than three decades. Since becoming pastor emeritus, this “pastor to pastors” has focused his efforts on issues of church leadership and pastoral ministry through the Jack W. Hayford School of Pastoral Nurture. Pastor Hayford has penned more than 50 books and composed 500 hymns and choruses.

Gordon MacDonald

Gordon MacDonald has been a pastor and author for more than fifty years.  He serves as Chancellor at Denver Seminary, as editor-at-large for Leadership Journal, and as a speaker at leadership conferences around the world. His books include Building Below the Waterline, Who Stole My Church, A Resilient Life, and Ordering Your Private World.  Gordon and his wife, Gail, live in New Hampshire.

John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Maxwell was identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. He is the founder of the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP. He can be followed at For more information visit

J. I. Packer
J. I. Packer is a professor of history and systematic theology at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Charles F. Stanley

Dr. Charles Stanley is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta. He is the founder and president of InTouch® Ministries. His bestselling books include The Source of My Strength and How to Listen to God.

Dr. John Trent
Dr. John Trent is president of and founder of The Institute for the Blessing at Barclay College. John is a sought-after speaker and an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including six books for children. He has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs and leads The Blessing Challenge, a joint partnership with Focus on the Family and John and his wife, Cindy, have two grown daughters, Kari and Laura.

Sheila Walsh
Sheila Walsh, Women of Faith speaker, is the author of the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess series, God Loves Broken People, The Shelter of God's Promises, The Storm Inside, and a novel, Sweet Sanctuary. Sheila lives in Frisco, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and their son, Christian.
ISBN-10 1400277973
ISBN-13 9781400277971
Release Date Jul 15, 2008
Weight (lbs) 0.4600
Height 8
Width 5
Length 192
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $12.99
Format Paperback
Language English

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