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Sacred Thirst: Meeting God in the Desert of Our Longings

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Jesus once said, "Whoever drinks of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty." So why are Christians still thirsty? We throw ourselves into church work, Bible studies, prayer, missions, fellowship. Yet still we search restlessly for something more. What are we missing?

Perhaps the answer is, more of Jesus. Church meetings and programs, ministry, Christian couns
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Published January 9th 2001 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2001)
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Gary B
Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I enjoyed parts of this book and found some of it helpful. There were other sections where I think I got lost in some of the more ephemeral talk of the author.

The basic premise of the book (as I see it) is that we are all thirsty with a God-given thirst. That thirst can and will only be satisfied in God by the Holy Spirit. No amount of prayer, fellowship, friendship, church or bible reading will directly satisfy the thirst though some of those things can point us to where our thirst can be quenc
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Eric
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Using the framework of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan Women at the well, Barnes seeks to address the spiritual yearning and thirst that is found in most every human life at one point or another. He accurately assesses the strains on the human spirit in our modern society and clearly helps us to notice our areas of spiritual disconnect. Then, in a very positive way (as compared to more Evangelical writers), he speaks of the movement and power of the Holy Spirit to help us reconnect with, and ...more
Dana Gisser
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
There's so much contradiction in this book or things that just don't seem to fit together to me. While there were some really great thoughts/lines that made great tweets or quotes there was a lot of cynical and cyclical viewpoints. The discussion I had with this book was good but I think it was the people not the book, it was better than mediocre but not as good as I was hoping. I wanted to feel challenged but instead most of the time I just felt like nodding and saying "okay, but your point is ...more
Tim
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not the first Barnes book I have read and just wonderful for its constant pointing to Jesus and its clear diagnosis of spiritual dis-ease and loneliness when we turn away. The prose is absent Christian cliche and is wise. He is the best sort of Calvinist.
Mary Pilkington
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is such a thought provoking book inspiring one to walk in step with their Lord. It is a book and would read over and over as there are so many nuggets of truth.
Katie
Oct 26, 2007 rated it liked it
A little dry...but great thoughts on spiritual droughts and how to draw more intimate with the Lord.
Karen
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Next to scripture, this book and his others bring me cose to the meaning of God with us.
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