Searching for Certainty
Finding God in the Disruptions of Life
"I've fallen in love with this book. It reads as an anthem for the chronically hesitant among us, gently guiding us away from the belief that this life is up to us, inviting us instead to enter into the larger story of God."--from the foreword by Emily P. Freeman
We all long for certainty in life, yet things often don't go as we expect. When facing illness, job loss, strained relationships, and other struggles, our impulse is to question God and strive to fix things ourselves.
In this profound book, trusted ministry leader and leadership coach Shelly Miller shares how to reframe uncertain times and turn them into purposeful times of spiritual growth. Learn how to break unhelpful habits and thought patterns, make decisions in faith rather than fear, and know deeper than ever before that God loves you not for what you know or do, but for who you are.
"Few life-travelers have earned the right to teach us more than Shelly Miller."--LISA WHITTLE, author of Jesus Over Everything
"This book is a treasure."--SALLY CLARKSON, author of Awaking Wonder: Opening Your Child's Heart to the Beauty of Learning
Shelly Miller is a veteran ministry leader and sought-after spiritual mentor and leadership coach. She is the author of Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World and leads the Sabbath Society, an online global community that practices weekly rest as reality. She is described as a poet with an acute taste for authentic honesty, and a storyteller and avid photographer who helps people think about and see life differently. Making their home in London, England, Shelly and her husband, H, are the proud parents of two adult children.
"Few life-travelers have earned the right to teach us more than Shelly Miller. This kind of stellar writing cannot be faked. My book recommendation stack has grown smaller through the years, but this one is now on the list."
Lisa Whittle, author of Jesus Over Everything, speaker, and podcast host
"At our core, we all long to belong. Somewhere along the way uncertainty causes us to question everything. In Searching for Certainty, Shelly arrives as a trusted guide and companion for such a time as this, reminding us of our worth and to whom we eternally belong."
Kristin Schell, founder of The Turquoise Table
"Shelly's words come from a deep-forged well. Because of where she's been and her reach for God from that place, her words lead . . . and they heal. We need more writers, life-framers, like Shelly."
Sara E. Hagerty, bestselling author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, Unseen,
"Shelly Miller couldn't have known how timely her book would be, but that is only proof of her message: We don't need certainty of circumstance to live faithful, fruitful lives. This book is personal, poetic, and practical. Beautifully shaped by Shelly's gift for photography and storytelling, it is a book for every uncertain season of our lives."
Christie Purifoy, author of Placemaker and cohost of the Out of the Ordinary podcast
"A lot of people write books, but not many live those books like Shelly. Her words leak with a presence of someone full of wisdom and love--someone who has lived a life we want to glean everything from! We are so grateful for her and this book, and we know you will be too."
Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke, cofounders of familyteams.com and authors of Love That Lasts
"Searching for Certainty is a refreshing voice for struggling hearts. For those desperate for Christ's presence in unstable times, every page is compassionately truthful, vividly relevant, and readily applicable to the uncertain seasons of our lives."
Phylicia Masonheimer, national bestselling author
"Shelly has taken me on a journey that has inspired me. Her deep sympathy for personal struggles in life has left me with a deep feeling of hope and certainty of God's love. This book is a treasure."
Sally Clarkson, director, Sallyclarkson.com
"Shelly's words continue to mentor me. In Searching for Certainty, you'll be challenged and encouraged by a thought leader, beauty hunter, and profound question-asker. I look forward to referring back to this book many times for the rest of my life."
Myquillyn Smith, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Cozy Minimalist Home