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The Hidden Face of God: Finding the Missing Door to the Father through Lament
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The Hidden Face of God: Finding the Missing Door to the Father through Lament


NavPress 2007

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At some point in our lives, most of us experience the sense of God’s absence. Rather than letting the distance widen, Michael Card says that this is exactly the time for a deeper pursuit of God. The method he proposes is recovery of the profound, biblical practice of lament.

Lament allows our sorrows and suffering to surface in free and courageous expression to God. Lament is the groan of the Holy Spirit within us: our cries and tears, our longing for God’s forgiveness of our sins, his healing of our inner and outer wounds, and the mercy of his salvation. Lament is finding the language of the deepest contents of our hearts and pouring out our hopes and hurts before the Father.

In The Hidden Face of God, Michael Card leads us through 40 reflections that help us learn the lost language of lament. Journey with this popular artist and writer toward a more profound and intimate connection with the heart of God.

The Logos Bible Software edition of this volume is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of spiritual disciplines. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original language texts, and important concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about faith, meditation, and Christlikeness.

Key Features

  • Discusses how to learn from times of lament and biblical parallels
  • Seeks to understand lament and sadness
  • Includes questions for discussion and thoughts for meditation at the end of each chapter


  • Part One: A Safe Sanctuary
  • Part Two: A Place for the Poor and the Prisoner
  • Part Three: A Gathering of the Guilty
  • Part Four: The Man of Sorrows

Praise for the Print Edition

What does the church have to say when our shame and sadness is unbearable, our loneliness excruciating, and our faith empty? In his amazing book, Michael Card reminds us of the most profound answer–Jesus’ presence is all there is. Lament leads us to the hidden face of God.

—Scott Roley, pastor, Christ Community Church, Franklin, TN

Michael Card is plowing ground that has been fallow for far too long—the field of lament, which has a rich and fertile past in biblical history. His book is a place to plant your tears, a well-watered place where your heart will surely grow.

—Ken Gire, author

Michael is the rare combination of a Jesus-glorifying artist/educator/musician/theologian/philosopher/writer. He expresses my heart’s deepest longings for which I had never before found words. In his God-given gifting, he encourages me to release every emotion to the Creator and Redeemer of us all.

—Don Finto, director, The Caleb Company

Product Details

  • Title: The Hidden Face of God: Finding the Missing Door to the Father through Lament
  • Author: Michael Card
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 181

About Michael Card

Michael Card is an award-winning musician, performing artist, and songwriter. His many songs include “El Shaddai” and “Immanuel.” He has also written numerous books, including A Violent Grace, The Parable of Joy, and A Fragile Stone. Card is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in biblical studies. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.