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Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father

Author: Louie Giglio

ISBN-10: 153595695X
ISBN-13: 9781535956956

Publishing Date: May 7, 2019

Availability in London: Creation Bookstore.
Available in: Paperback, Kindle Edition, Audiobook

Reviews courtesy of: Goodreads


And for all those who know what it’s like to long for a father’s blessing: his approval, affection and attention. It’s for anyone who’s ever longed to hear your dad say, “I love you. I’m so proud of you.”

You may already know what it’s like to live in the rays of such a blessing, to flourish in the marvelous light of a father’s love. Yet, in this “fatherless generation,” it’s also likely you’ve never known the blessing of your earthly dad. The possibility of hearing the words, “I love you, I’m proud of you,” may be gone—washed away by your dad’s death or distance or divorce or disinterest. Your father’s blessing may be mired in a pit of regret, pain or abandonment.

But here’s the good news— regardless of how amazing or absent, invested or disinterested, empowering or deflating your earthly father was or is — you do have a perfect Father.

We see all throughout Scripture that God wants us to know Him as Father and wants us to live under the waterfall of His blessing.

In Not Forsaken, Pastor Louie Giglio invites us to reframe our view of fatherhood, by understanding that God is not simply the bigger version of our earthly dads, He is the perfect version of our earthly dads. And, He’s inviting us to walk in freedom as loved sons and daughters of the King.

God is not the reflection of your earthly father; He is the perfection of your earthly father.


Sarah Marie rated “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father” a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Not Forsaken tackles the topic of what it means when our earthly fathers have fallen short of being good dads and how it severely impacts and misconstrues our view of God. This book is powerful. This book hurts to read. I made peace with my own father and the hurt that came from being raised in a household predominately ran by abuse from the paternal figure, but it still made me cry. It made me cry because I was once this broken girl who refused to call God a father because I thought it was not only distrustful to God but because I had a lot of baggage when it came to the word “father”. I remember sitting across from my Life Group leader my freshman year of college after giving my life to Christ and how she told me about how she called God a father and what that meant for her as a child who was fatherless. I was angry in that one-on-one. I was angry because I didn’t want God to be my Father. I didn’t want to associate Him as a dad because while I had already forgiven my father I was still blinded and held captive by random memory waves abuse that would bring forth fear, anger, hurt, and loneliness. Somehow along the way, I started called God, “Father God”. When I start every prayer it’s always with, “Hey, Father God,” or “Father God”. I don’t know where the healing took place where I made this change exactly but I do know the minute I accepted God as my Father in every sense of the word true healing took place and I became a Daughter of the One True King who really knew her identity and just pander to Christian phrases and terminology of “God is my Father”. God really did become my Father and this book was like a full circle reminder of the healing process that God did in my heart. Giglio is a fantastic writer and listening to this audiobook was like a sermon series dedicated to God being my Father and how Jesus mirrors this in Scripture as well as walking through what it means to be born again. I love the heart of this novel. I love that Giglio wrote this like a series of sermons bleeding together because it’s powerful. Is this a perfect novel? No. I didn’t always love every second of it but I came pretty close to it. This book has power. If God is your Father and you know that, read this book. If God isn’t your Father yet, but you know Him or believe in Him, read this book. If you don’t know God at all and don’t even know if you believe in Him because your own father failed you, read this book. Read this book and let God speak something to you. He walked me through my own hurt and pain and brought abundant healing. My father and I have a pretty good relationship today. We talk and he often confides in me with stories of true pain from his childhood that he has rarely shared with others and not even with my own mother because with healing and forgiveness came a Daughter of God who learned how to pray for my father and with my father on this earth despite the pain that the past may reflect because I don’t look at my father and see the past anymore and this is something to rejoice about.

David Schroeder rated “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father” a 5 out of 5 stars.
This is Louie's masterpiece and my favorite of his. It is also one of his most quotable books he has ever written. I read the book in a few days as I could not put it down. While he does not shy away from addressing the fact that so many people have not had good fathers, his father was an encouraging and present figure. He shares that "This book is for everyone who has a father. And for all those who know what it's like to long for a father's blessing–a father's approval, affection, and attention. It's for anyone who longs to hear your daddy say, 'I love you and I'm so proud of you.'"

He goes further, "but what unites us is the need that's woven into our souls–the need to be loved, and treasured, and noticed, and accepted by our father....We're all intrinsically wired to flourish under the waterfall of our father's blessing." But Louie points to the greater father, God the Father as the source. The book is a beautiful journey to better understand what fatherhood looks like for all of us and how only God can provide it.

Robert C. Rogers rated “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father” a 4 out of 5 stars.
Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion Church, a megachurch in Atlanta, writes Not Forsaken to help people see God as a good Heavenly Father, especially those who have had a bad earthly father. The subtitle says it well: "Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father."

Giglio begins by stating that every person has an innate need for a good father who is proud of him or her, yet the author readily recognizes that many people have had an abusive or absent earthly father, and this makes it difficult for them to affirm God as good. Giglio confronts this dilemma step-by-step, making frequent use of scripture. First, he explains that God is good, even if Dad was bad: "God is not the reflection of your earthly dad. He is the perfection of your earthly dad" (p.76). Then, Giglio encourages the reader to "reverse the curse" through forgiveness of a bad father, saying, "Bitterness continues to pave a path to your past, while forgiveness paves a way to your future" (p. 114). Next, Giglio guides the reader to an understanding of the good fatherly qualities of God. He acknowledges some people will ask, If God is so good, why doesn't He stop evil? In a paragraph worth repeating, he responds to this question: "I think the answer is because the moment He steps in and removes all the collateral damage of this broken world from ever happening again, that will mark the instant life on earth is over. And in that moment the lost will be lost forever and many whom God wanted to become sons and daughters will be separated from His arms. So, He waits and extends grace another day. And for twenty-four more hours, we are caught in the crossfire of a sin-shattered world."

Finally, he challenges readers that just as we tend to pick up the qualities of our parents, so we should "grow up like Dad," our heavenly Father.

Although the book is only 235 pages, divided into 10 chapters, Giglio tends to repeat statements he has already stated, which is normal for a public speaker (which he is), but seems redundant when reading a book. Perhaps with more editing, he could have communicated just as well with fewer than 200 pages. Nevertheless, Giglio writes in a personal, encouraging style, based on solid Biblical interpretation, with many helpful illustrations. This book can be quite helpful to readers who struggle with the idea that God is a good Father.

Craig Dean rated “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father” a 3 out of 5 stars.
Giglio is undoubtably a modern day Barnabas, he brings clarity and comfort every time he speaks. I have no doubt this book will touch some greatly in a transformational way, and some of the anecdotes are moving.

That said, as a book it tries to be everything to everyone and suffers for it. As someone with a great earthly father I found the appeals to me superficial and redundant, despite a clear attempt to engage me as a segment of its intended audience. Indeed, I struggled to find real meat behind the baby food. There were valuable reminders here, and powerful truths, but not much by way of original insight.

Luna_Roja rated “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father” a 5 out of 5 stars.
And what an amazing book it was! If you know me, you know I don't give five stars easily, but in this case if I could give ten, I would.

The author explains how our relationship with our earthly father, or the lack of it, affects our view of God.

We dive on the subject head on not shying away and admiting that not everyone has a good father.

Giglio shows us pieces and glimpses of his very own experience on the matter, gives us very relatable situations and draws pictures that will have you nodding your head with a smile on your face before you know it. We soon realize, sometimes with tears in our eyes, that even if we had or have an amazing father, God is, and always will be, SO much better!

Biblically sound, this book is a great reminder that our abba daddy is always there to watch us swim without floaters, get that big account at work... and everything in between.

In my opinion this is, to this day, Louie Giglio's best book.

Karl Dumas rated “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father” a 4 out of 5 stars.
Over the years, at any number of Men’s Ministry events, I’ve heard about how difficult it is to use the image of God as a loving father when talking to men. I know that I’m not an exception just because I grew up in a not overly bizarre two-parent home, but I know a lot of men who didn’t have that luxury. Or worse they grew up in a two-parent home where the dad was abusive: verbally, physically, emotionally, or even sexually. Other friends grew up without a male role model/father figure, and others had a mom with bad luck with relationships. The male figures in their lives seemed to come and go as if through a revolving door. It’s hard to see someone as a loving Father when they disappear as quickly as they show up, or when they are around, they’re drunk or on drugs, and speak with their fists more than with their tongue.

So I get’s hard to ask someone to look at God as a loving father, when the examples of father that they know are so negative. Dads in many places are the guys who come around for a while and then abandon those who love them, trust them, and want their attention. Some dads stay around. Others forsake the family. That’s what many men think of when they hear the word father. But God the Father is different. He doesn’t forsake us. And that’s the message that so many people need to hear. Men, but also women.

Louie Giglio’s book Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons and Daughters of a Perfect Father (B&H Publishing Group: Passion Publishing, 2019) goes a long way towards helping people understand the difference between even the best of the best earthly fathers, and God the Father.

Little boys want to grow up to be like daddy, and Giglio shows us how we would all be better off trying to be more like God than like any man (other than Jesus) who has ever walked the earth.

We all have a story, and when we learn to follow God, then our stories take on a significant turn—for the better. Lives are changed and eternities are changed.

Tanja Lunney rated “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father” a 5 out of 5 stars.
In Not Forsaken, Louie Giglio’s latest novel, he addresses those who have had great earthly fathers, those who have non-existent fathers, and every type of father in-between. Therefore, making this book relatable to everyone who picks it up!

Louie uses many examples of his personal relationship with his earthly father, making Not Forsaken easily relatable. He gives the revelation that many times we compare our earthly father to our heavenly father, leaving us to believe a less than perfect image of who Abba is. Throughout Not Forsaken, Louie continually speaks into the depths of your heart and reminds you of your new identity found in Jesus Christ, equipping you to seek God to heal the wounds of the past and live out your life in true freedom only found in Jesus.

Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio is a book that I wish I had when I was just beginning to walk with the Lord due to knowing just how important it is to know God as Abba and your identity in him as his child. No matter where you are in your walk with God Not Forsaken will help you grow closer to the Father, release you from the lies of comparing your earthly father to your heavenly father, and assist you in walking as a Child of God!

Overall the review I give Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio is a solid 5/5. Everyone, no matter your background or current life stance, needs to read this book and remember who they are and who Abba truly is. There is great freedom found and voids that are able to be filled when you know your heavenly father on a personal basis. As Louie Giglio states, “through our faith in Christ, we can find the father we have been longing for all along”.

Thank You

A big thank you to Louie Giglio for reminding us yet again of how great our heavenly father is! You continue to remind me of how worthy he is of our praise.

Chris MacLeavy rated “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father” a 4 out of 5 stars.
From Tozer's 'knowledge of the Holy', Giglio reminds us that what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. He begins Not Forsaken by addressing all the misrepresentative ways that people often think about God: the man upstairs, the benevolent grandfather, the angry punisher. By removing those incorrect categories, Giglio makes sure his readers are laying the same foundation by clearing away all the rubble before pouring the slab. With compassion, Giglio encourages his readers that no matter what kind of father you had (or didn't have), God is not the reflection of your earthly father; rather he is the perfection of fatherhood. God—who primarily wants to be known by us as our Father—is everything we'll ever need. He understands our pain, loves us more than we could ever imagine (demonstrated by him sending his own son to the cross), and has the power to take the worst of what the world has to offer and turn it around for our good.

A particular praiseworthy observation of Not Forsaken is that typically, popular Christian books can be 1/3 too long, or have a little too much 'stuffing' in each chapter. Not so with Giglio. The book is encouraging and valuable all the way through, and the last two chapters contain particular encouragement, without which the book would be incomplete. A thoroughly enjoyable, valuable work. (And the audiobook is read by the author too, which I love.)

Nancy Larimer rated “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father” a 5 out of 5 stars.
"Not Forsaken" by Louie Giglio is a Christian Non fiction book. Louie tells the reader it is important to understand who God really is and not who We think He is. We often have a very distorted view of God and this distorted view of God clouds are perspective of life. He says if Jesus got the nails pounded in Him He must love us very deeply. He says if we can be open to changing our view of God we will see Him for who He really is and deepen our relationship with Him. We will then realize we are highly valued and esteemed by God. God does not view us like our earthly Father may have viewed us. God is unconditional and consistent. When We view life from this perspective we will live in freedom and our relationship with God will deepen and be richer. He also encourages us to watch how we think since our thinking should be from an eternal perspective. This book is written in a very personal and practical way.

Linda O'Dell rated “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father” a 5 out of 5 stars.
Wow! Thanks to Louie Giglio for writing this book! In our culture, where families are broken because our fathers have abandoned, or checked out of their family responsibilities, this book is current and timely and on point! God put this book on my heart, as we near Father's Day again, as the day has always been bittersweet for me. My earthly father committed suicide when I was 1 month old, a premie, had to stay in the hospital for a month to gain some weight and finally the day arrived for me to go home to my parents and sister and it was to be a celebration! My dad, decided to kill himself that very day! Now I know that is not my fault but what a selfish act to do. But as this book details the fact that God is our Heavenly Father and He was with me that day and every day since, even before I came to faith in Him as a teen, God my Father was always there, and He never left me nor forsaken me. I'm glad that God put this book in my hands because it's a reminder that God is the Perfect representation of Fatherhood. Regardless of what kind of earthly father we had or didn't. This book is a MUST READ! Thanks to Louie Giglio for writing this book.

Leandrita Ortega rated “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father” a 5 out of 5 stars.
I love Pastor Giglio's style of writing...great storytelling with just enough humor to illustrate his points. Whether you had an amazing earlthy dad, a terrible one or somewhere in between, this book will help you understand God's perfect love for us. We can be whole and healed in Jesus name!

Blake Western rated “Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father” a 5 out of 5 stars.
This well written book points us to the perfect Father, our Heavenly Father. The author uses many illustrations from personal experience among others to show how people often transfer their feeling toward an imperfect earthly father to God. It is a helpful book for all Christians whether new to the faith or mature followers.