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The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed

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We each long to be seen and understood. Yet most of our days pass seemingly unwitnessed. Drawing from both personal and biblical story, Sara Hagerty explores the spiritual richness of being hidden in God—“wasting” resources, time, and ourselves at His feet even when no one else sees.


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?”

Contributor(s) Sara Hagerty
About the Contributor(s) 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 Africa and one toddler who’s found his voice amid them all. 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. Sara writes regularly about life delays, finding God in the unlikely, motherhood, marriage, and adoption at

UPC 025986339975
ISBN-10 0310339979
ISBN-13 9780310339977
Release Date Aug 29, 2017
Weight (lbs) 0.6700
Height 8.30
Width 5.50
Length 240
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $18.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Miriam
Overall Rating
In Unseen, with profound wisdom and humble sincerity, Sara Hagerty urges us to turn away from the noise of the world and delightfully waste time with God, pampering Him with our love. This inspiring book give us a priceless gift, inviting us to realize the very purpose of our existence, created and redeemed to become fully alive in God. Unseen is just the compass we need to chart us into safe waters. Sara reveals the hidden beauty of abiding in the unseen. In a world that is programmed to be seen, we come alive in the unseen. As the heart journeys into hiddenness, we are ushered into new-found identity and intimacy with God. In Unseen, Sara reveals herself so vulnerably with a rare, winsome transparency, skillfully combining the art of storytelling with the Gospel. Unseen will draw you closer to the heart of God than never before. Hidden within its pages is the key to the heart of God. You will be totally transformed, as you find your heart lifting up to God in praise and worship. Hidden away in the heart of God, you will know what it truly means to taste Christ's love. I encourage you to read this deeply inspiring book for your spiritual edification. (Posted on 8/30/2017)
Review by Miriam
Overall Rating
In her spiritually uplifting and deeply enlightening book, Unseen, Sara Hagerty eloquently writes about the extraordinary gift of being unseen in a very noticeable world. Sara's heart longed to be seen and understood when she felt unwitnessed, unnoticed and unappreciated. Sara struggles to confront a dilemma when she questions her faith as to whether God, who loves her when she serves Him in ministry work, still loves her when she is unseen and does not do anything for Him. We can find contentment when we are unseen and unknown, hidden away from the glaring eyes of the world. God is the only One who truly knows us and understands the priceless value of the unseen in our lives. Being hidden away in God imbues us with true freedom, inspiring us to help others in joyous abandon. Only when we give ourselves wholeheartedly and unreservedly to God can we live out what God intended and who He created us to be. We are to offer all our unseen moments to God, in all our secret places, where God meets us with a radical, unhinged love that surrenders everything at His feet. Unseen and hidden away, God invites us to share His life. Even when no one applauds us and nothing makes sense, when no results are visible, we can waste our love on Him.

As Sara struggles with her doubts and fears, Christ weeps unseen for a lost world that does not recognize His presence or care about Him. As we lift up our faces to Him, dazzled by His glowing radiance, He reaches out to us. Sara heard His tender whisper, gently calling her to Him, through all the pain and loneliness of being unseen in a very noticeable world. Each time Sara's desperate heart broke in despair, Christ sought her lovingly and engulfed her in His warm embrace. Through pain and perplexity, Sara found intimacy with Jesus. When life stopped for her, God met her at her greatest point of need. His Word and His whisper took on new meaning in the darkness of her despair. Sara found God in the most unlikely places. She beckons us to God, who sees us just as we are. When we feel unnoticed and invisible, our hearts seeking to live in the fullness of life with Jesus, we feel His tender gaze upon us. He is the only one worth vying for. Sara leads us to the heart of Christ. There is a divine purpose in everything we do. Nothing ever goes unnoticed by God who loves us. We must spend time with Him, to find our ultimate sense of fulfillment in His approval, and be content in His presence alone. We hear His voice and see His miracle of grace in our hearts. The most fruitful and fulfilling service to God is right in the heart of His will. There is divine conviction and confirmation in this true-to-the-gospel book. Let it revive your faith in the most eternally beautiful way.

In Unseen, Sara declares that we must desire the praise of God and not the fleeting praise of man. As we are faithful to Jesus in all our secret places, we get God's perspective and clarity of vision on the unseen worth of our daily lives. We are to be faithful and to rest in God's sweet love. Let us ignore the clamoring world and surge into His sacred sanctuary, to hear His voice alone, in quietness and confidence. We are safe and secure in the palm of His hand, hidden in His gaze. Jesus wants us to live life with Him, not just for Him. When we enjoy the affection of Christ, we do not crave the applause of people. Hidden away, unseen by the world, Sara gazed into the father-heart of God, who loves her more than life itself. She glimpsed His glory and felt His unconditional love for her flowing freely into her heart. Sara discovered who God was when she was alone, unseen and had nothing to give Him. She met God and tasted His goodness. This book will set the world on fire for God. I recommend it to everyone who wishes to know the unseen beauty of a life hidden in God. (Posted on 7/23/2017)

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