Seeing in the Dark by Nancy Ortberg (Tyndale House)
This third novel by Nancy Ortberg, author of Looking For God and Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands, focuses on the necessity to see God in everyday life and sense an awareness of his presence. It is a quick, easy read, and Ortberg serves pieces of wisdom in bite-sized chunks. She draws from her own experiences and those of her friends to make her point that God still is good in the hard situations of life.
Sweet and hopeful, but not providing groundbreaking information, Seeing in the Dark is a good pick if you’re experiencing a challenging time and need some encouragement. Ortberg conveys empathy and a readiness to see through the darkness of life to find the everlasting light of Christ.
It reads as if Ortberg were talking readers through a tough time, and she throws in pieces of her personality to lighten the mood. But among the lighthearted moments, she tells stories of life’s difficult experiences. Those stories allow the author and the reader to connect and jointly figure out how to navigate the dark so as to see the light better.