How does God really feel about us?
What Fatherhood Taught Me About the Father’s Heart
Several years ago, I began to question whether I could be certain any longer about some of the things I was "sure" of. By reflecting on being a father, I was able to re-evaluate God the Father and what I believed. It resulted in a more loving, less retributive view of God and, honestly, just a lot of good insights that I tried to capture in the book. It’s possible that you won't agree with all of it (and that is okay). This is my journey and I think you will enjoy coming along with me. You will laugh at times and shed tears at others. It’s from my heart to yours.
Foreword by Dr. Paul Fitzgerald
"[Karl's] story reflects the risk we all face in suddenly waking up to see so clearly something to which we have been blind...Being available to be surprised by God is key to deep spiritual growth beyond the limits of logic we feel gives us control."
Apparent Faith is a provocative and touching book that considers:
How should we understand prayer and challenges?
Is God really in control?
What role should the Bible play in our lives?
Is God really full of wrath and anger?
Why would God set up a system that is doomed from the start?
“Karl Forehand is a pastor and seeker who has been on a profound spiritual journey—a journey that led him away from narrow, judgmental fundamentalism into the deep, gracious richness of the kingdom of Christ.”BRIAN ZAHND, LEAD PASTOR OF WORD OF LIFE CHURCH IN ST. JOSEPH, MISSOURI AND AUTHOR OF WATER TO WINE
“In Apparent Faith, Karl Forehand gently guides his readers through his journey of faith and reveals what many before him have begun to find: God is not a monster. God is wholly loving, truly good, and God, when it is all said and done, is just like Jesus."MATTHEW J. DISTEFANO, AUTHOR OF 4 BOOKS AND CO-HOST OF THE HERETIC HAPPY HOUR PODCAST
“In these pages Karl Forehand pulls back the veneer of superficiality and honestly reflects on his journey of struggle and faith. ...His rediscovery of the ever-present God becomes a source of healing and transformation for Karl's heart and the centerpiece of his evolving beliefs about the nature of God, the Bible, the church, prayer, justice, war, parenting, and politics.”DEREK VREELAND, DISCIPLESHIP PASTOR AT WORD OF LIFE CHURCH, ST. JOSEPH, MISSOURI AND AUTHOR OF BY THE WAY: GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING JESUS
“Reading Apparent Faith is like reading a journal: someone’s touching and honest journal account of their journey towards a more Christlike God. Karl Forehand learned about the nature of God by taking a close look at the relationship between him and his children and shares those lessons with us.”JOE BEACH, PASTOR AT AMAZING GRACE CHURCH
“If I could somehow distill into words my story of being a father, husband, and a follower of Jesus, I am uncertain I would be able to do it better than Karl has here. This book gripped me, pulling emotions from me in the best ways.”SETH PRICE, HOST OF CAN I SAY THIS AT CHURCH PODCAST
“For better or worse, many of us form our image of God from our relationship with our earthly father. In Apparent Faith, Karl Forehand makes a heartwarming and compelling case that God reveals just as much of Himself in and through our relationships with our own children—pointing us to a love without limits and hope without end. This book will help you discover the Father we all long for; subtly hidden within so many of the relationships of life.”JASON ELAM, HOST OF THE MESSY SPIRITUALITY PODCAST
Karl J. Forehand was a bi-vocational pastor for 20 years until he suddenly realized that some things in his journey of faith needed to be reevaluated. He is the founder of Karl’s Coaching which endeavors to help people close the gaps in their life and find wholeness in body, soul, and spirit. He has training in spiritual leadership coaching, plant-based nutrition, and spiritual direction. He lives in Missouri with his wife Laura and dog Winston. He has three grown children and two grandchildren.Visit his blog