Faith Is Not Blind

by Bruce C. Hafen, Marie K. Hafen

Faith is not blind

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We often encounter unexpected questions and complexities that can challenge our faith. Faith Is Not Blind offers fresh concepts and tools that will help readers learn from these experiences, rather than feeling disillusioned by them.

Award-winning authors Bruce and Marie Hafen draw upon a lifetime of experience in Church service, college teaching, and parenthood to help readers embrace both the spiritual and the intellectual aspects of the gospel. Their approachable tone and real-life examples acknowledge complicated gospel issues, yet clearly and gently guide readers through the steps necessary to work through complexity, develop informed testimonies, and become filled with the faith that comes from knowing God.

REVIEWS

"A profoundly important book. Spiritually uplifting and intellectually rigorous. Every young Latter-day Saint should read this." —Hal B., ages 31, Boston, MA

"Elder and Sister Hafen's book helped me understand that what appears to be a minefield of unanswered questions is, in reality, just an unfamiliar path to more knowledge. Instead of running away from uncertainties, we can embrace the challenge of gaining our own testimonies." —Heidi P., ages 22, Laie, HI

Product Details

Pages144
Size5 x 8
ISBN9781629725185
PublishedDeseret Book 2018
Audiobook NarratorBruce C. Hafen
Audiobook NarratorMarie K. Hafen
Audiobook RuntimeApproximately 5 hrs.
AudiobookUnabridged

About the Authors

Bruce C. Hafen

Bruce C. Hafen was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1996 and has been a General Authority Emeritus since 2010. An internationally recognized family law scholar, he has served as president of BYU–Idaho, dean of the BYU Law School, and provost at BYU. Two of his past books won the year’s best book award from Deseret Book: The Broken Heart in 1989 and A Disciple’s Life: The Biography of Neal A. Maxwell in 2002. He recently served as president of the St. George Utah Temple. Bruce and Marie Hafen are the parents of seven children and the grandparents of forty-six.

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Marie K. Hafen

Marie K. Hafen has taught at BYU–Idaho, the University of Utah, and BYU–Provo—classes in Shakespeare, writing, and Book of Mormon. She has been a contributing author to several books, including, with her husband, Covenant Hearts: Why Marriage Matters and How to Make it Last (2005) and The Contrite Spirit: How the Temple Helps Us Apply Christ’s Atonement (2015). She has served on the Young Women General Board, on the Deseret News board of directors, and as matron of the St. George Utah Temple. Bruce and Marie Hafen are the parents of seven children and the grandparents of forty-six.

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Reviews

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Faith is Not Blind
By , Submitted on 2019-02-15

Yep! Yep! And Yep! I listened to the Audio Book on the Deseret Book's app (pretty much love that--all these fantastic audio books and more at my fingertips)! I LOVED the beautiful, understandable and radiant truth to Simplicity, Complexity and then onto the more mature Simplicity on the other side of Complexity. People have flaws. True. Sloppiness and Awkwardness happen and will continue to occur. However, we cannot deny the beauty, love and direction that comes from connection and communication with God. God's grace is sufficient! I am grateful for this book and the additional insight I gained from listening to it! Yea for Simplicity on the other side of Complexity. It is an amazing reason to celebrate!

A Book on Faith for Our Times
By , Submitted on 2019-02-12

I’m a fan of this Author and was glad to find this on a recent trip to the book store. One other reviewer mentioned it but the concept he develops in this very good book on faith is the process of understanding simple, then complex and eventually seeing the simple in the complex as it relates to the gospel. He writes clearly, in very understandable terms and brings to life faith in the age in which we now live. I highly recommend this book.


By , Submitted on 2019-02-09

This book was riveting from start to finish. It provided a clear and beautiful model for the faith journey. I wish every member of the church could read it. Like Lehi's dream, it creates a template and allows us to see where we are in the process of gaining a relationship with God and his son Jesus Christ. It was a special treat to hear it read by the authors. Thank you both for this timely book.

Answer to my prayers !
By , Submitted on 2019-02-03

I have been praying, reading and serching for the words and scriptures and vocalublary I need to express my "Chosing to Beleive" to people I love that are in the "Faith Crisis" stage of maturity and this wonderful book Faith Is Not Blind has given me the most powerful quotes, scriptures, insights that thrilled my heart and I feel I can share with others. I highly recomment the audio book! listening while driving to and from work each day became so exciting and made the time fly. I now have bought the hardcover, because I need to go back and take notes..... Thank you Brother and Sister Hafen... I knew you from the Val Verda 2nd ward and the Stone Creek ward in Bountiful. You will bless GENREATIONS with this wonderful book!

Faith is not Blind
By , Submitted on 2019-01-26

This was a book, that I totally enjoyed, I picked it up, and read it till I was finished, so it was morning when I finished it. It gives nice references to read as well, and since I like to work on them as a text book level, I have enough room for notes on the sides. Being someone who has severe depression, and an agoraphobic, its nice to be able to study the scriptures, and find the lesson's there in them... I have found that its easier to cope with some of my anxieties, through reading this. I hope this can help someone else.

A mirror to my soul
By , Submitted on 2019-01-09

This book helped me view my own heart, and begin to make some needed changes. I am excited to work on my faith amid the storm of complexity; the goal is now to enter the harbor of simplicity on the other side of complexity.


By , Submitted on 2019-01-04

Without a doubt, this is one of the best books that I've read to help me better understand and gain answers to challenging questions that emerge during my faith journey. The three-stage framework is simple to understand and apply but it is sufficiently flexible and robust to account for the complexities that inevitably arise when one goes beyond a surface understanding of issues. After reading this book, I feel I am better equipped to not only ask better questions but to explore answers in a more reasoned as well as faith-based manner. Perhaps most importantly, I feel that I'm better able to understand and cope with the road bumps that inevitably come along as one seeks to think deeply about issues that don’t have immediate, clear-cut answers. The most powerful attribute of this book is that it provides the reader with very practical suggestions to keep moving forward in a constructive way. This is an invaluable resource for anyone desiring to strengthen one's faith without turning away when confronted with challenging issues and questions. This book is extremely well written with excellent concrete examples throughout. In a word...it is a real masterpiece!

MY HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
By , Submitted on 2018-12-26

This book is a MUST READ for every member of the Church! Not even kidding. Bruce and Marie Hafen address faith crisis issues head-on in this book in the most clear, articulate, unique, and effective way I have ever seen. Instead of tackling individual faith-shaking issues one by one, they describe broader paradigms and ways of dealing with complexity and tension in faith areas that, in my opinion, are vital for the development of mature and productive faith today. Couldn't recommend it more highly!!!

Thank you for this book
By , Submitted on 2018-12-15

I’ve listened to the audio book twice. Ive felt “lost” for a while as my child-like faith came crashing into some harsh realities and have had to figure out what is real and what is/was delusional in my personal “faith history”. The Hafen’s address three stages of faith that I can really relate to. They give me hope that all this complexity will return to simplicity with effort to rebuild. This hope is incredibly helpful to me right now.

Love Love Love this Book!
By , Submitted on 2018-12-14

There are so many things in the world that challenge our faith. This book does a fantastic job of explaining why that is a good thing and even necessary for our spiritual maturity. It has given me a much better perspective on how to approach topics and issues I don't fully understand.

An Important book!
By , Submitted on 2018-12-11

I was thrilled to receive this book as a gift - and read it in just a couple of days. Not only is it timely - it is important! The principles taught by Elder and Sister Hafen encourage readers as they move from 'simplicity of faith, through complexity and into simplicity beyond complexity' - as they grow in faith. After reading this book, I purchased several as gifts for friends and family. I especially wanted to share this book with friends/family who have callings in the Church that put them in a position to offer counsel and guidance to others who may be struggling with a crisis of faith.
Thank you Elder and Sister Hafen for sharing your wisdom and insight!

Faith deepening
By , Submitted on 2018-11-28

Even reading this book just once, it's stayed with me. In moments of intense and overwhelming uncertainty or doubt, it means more than words can say to feel that you're not alone. It means so much to feel that there IS light and understanding to come, even if it's a little farther down the tunnel you're in. This book made me feel that. It is faith deepening. Thank you! - Elizabeth, age 20, Provo UT


By , Submitted on 2018-11-27

I throughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. It gives you much to think about whether you are struggling with faith or not. Rather than testing your faith, this book helps you to understand faith as a powerful asset; that it can be gained and regained throughout your life. Read it!

Great Book!
By , Submitted on 2018-11-26

Fabulous stories of life experiences! Great advice and wisdom!
Help for individuals and healing for a nation! I read it, reread it, can't put it down!


By , Submitted on 2018-11-16

The book’s core message has had a profound influence on my life. It has changed my perspective on the way I want to live the gospel. With a newly discovered depth of faith, I have become more receptive to spiritual promptings and realize that I can use all experiences (good and bad) to deepen my discipleship.

Timely and helpful
By , Submitted on 2018-11-11

I was lucky enough to read an early copy of Faith is Not Blind. As someone born somewhere between Gen X and Gen Y I found the book to be very helpful - written by someone with great experience, yet relevant for people my age. Uncertainty is part of the process. It’s not unusual to have doubt and if we view it the right way, doubt and searching can make us stronger.

An immensely helpful reframing of the faith journey
By , Submitted on 2018-11-09

I loved this book. I found it equally inspiring and practical in the way it frames the natural progression of faith that at times brings most of us to wonder. As a millennial, I found the tone approachable, relatable, and validating – not the least bit patronizing or condescending. As a bishop, I find the principles of the book immensely helpful in counseling with members of all ages as they pursue and progress along their own journey of testimony-building.

Book full of great information
By , Submitted on 2018-11-05

I really enjoyed many parts of this book. I especially loved the beginning. It was very captivating, however, I am only giving this book three stars because I had a really hard time getting interested in reading it after the first few chapters. The book just got a little bit dry. It did pick up again towards the end, but it is not a book I would read again. I think many people would enjoy it and learn a lot from it, I just got a bit bored with it and found it hard to go back and read. This would be a nice book to listen to as an audio book, if that format were available.

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