“I Dared to Call Him Father”

Publisher’s Summary

How do I give myself to God completely? What happens when I do? This is a book for everyone who has ever asked these questions.

I Dared to Call Him Father is the fascinating true story of Bilquis Sheikh, a prominent Muslim woman in Pakistan who faced these questions at the crossroads of her life and found the astonishing answers. Her unusual journey to a personal relationship with God turned her world upside down – and put her life in danger – as a series of strange dreams launched her on a quest that would forever consume her heart, mind, and soul.

©1978, 2003 Bilquis Sheikh (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

I began listening to this Audio Book three days ago, and it is completely blowing my mind and scouring my soul. The Lord put it before me now, because I wouldn’t have been ready to listen to it before my own similar experiences of meeting Him in dreams. Through this wonderful woman, God is showing me where I am still weak in my faith, and what I need do about it. Yesterday, after listening to a few chapters, I got up and went through my home office like a human tornado. I couldn’t believe the strength that filled my 54 year old body to move and lift, and do everything I did in just a couple of hours! It was a symbolic act of what I am striving to do with my thought and emotional processes. Yesterday, I cleared away many old habitual ways of thinking and feeling that were tripping me up in my desire to walk closer to God day by day, depending only on the stimulating peace and promise of His Presence.

When would I learn that I cannot worry and trust God at the same time?”

A very salient point for me, because for the past few weeks, I have been obsessively worrying about how “my” book will be received, when it will get its first review, how many copies it will sell, etc. etc. In truth, His Presence is all that really matters. What happened to Bilquis happens to me: whenever I find myself thinking in certain ways, resisting doing something I wouldn’t normally do, I  lose the glorious sense of His Presence – a spiritual “sensation” akin to standing in warm sunshine on a cold day when the sun is suddenly obscured by a cloud. When I prayerfully strive to untangle decades of ingrained thought and emotional processes, obediently listening to what the Lord is telling me (sometimes through opening the New Testament at random) and I realize there is something God either wants me to do, or wants me to stop doing, the deep, steady, quiet joy of His Presence blessedly returns.

I highly highly recommend this Audio book! It is a joy to listen to.