Why did we write this book?

Because, if you are like I was, you are tired of pain whether it be physical or mental. You are tired of having to start over again – over and over and over. You may be exhausted from your efforts to keep up, or just survive. Maybe you are tired of the world, or political, economic, or religious systems that never seem to deliver what they promise. Maybe you live under the cloud of knowing you are responsible for your future yet realize, with sinking despair, that you don’t have what it takes if the wrong things happen.

Multitudes of people are hurting for answers and don’t know where to turn. Everything, everyone, has let them down. It matters not if you are in a position of prominence or an unknown individual just wanting to live comfortably and peaceably. The rich seek for better. So do the poor. All people have a distant, flickering memory of a time when things were different.

Deep inside we sense that somehow life could be better. We all have a knowing… yet don’t quite remember what that knowing is. We just want… what is it we want? Commercials tell us what we want. But, no that’s not it. We go ahead and buy, but the results don’t satisfy. The government knows what we need. Surely, it will provide. But, no. It has yet to deliver real life for anyone. Capitalism, socialism, communism, totalitarianism, isms, isms, isms. “I know they work for some people. Maybe if I try hard enough it will work for me.” “Maybe the right religion is the answer.” But, for most, even that has not answered the cry of the heart.

I wanted security and peace. I wanted to know that if I failed or the economy or society failed, God really is a Father Who will take care of me, without me having to first jump through hoops. I wanted to know that I am important to someone who is greater than me. I wanted to know I am important to God in a way that brings rest from all of my fears and concerns.

It was around the year 1992 when the content of UNSEEN began coming together. It took over two more decades before it was ready for publishing. 1992 was a very difficult year. But, I came to realize God was teaching me. I remember the day. Suddenly, a messenger from God appeared at my door, in the form of an acquaintance. I knew immediately he had brought the answer I sought. And, I got angry. So angry that I refused to speak to God for two weeks. What God began to teach me I already knew. But, not like this. God was using words and phrases I had heard in church, but this was different. God was redefining words, He was teaching me using common terminology, used by everyone, but showing me His meanings were different from mine. I liked what I was learning because my turmoil began to leave. From the First Century to today, many meanings of words, phrases, and concepts have changed drastically. Were the epistles (letters) of the New Testament as confusing to early Christians as they are to readers today? No! Because many of the words meant something else to them.

Most of what I have learned is self evident. Simple. So simple that most people respond to me with, ” I know that.” Unfortunately, because the whole world has embraced “new” as better, the whole world, including many that seek God, has been duped into understandings that actually defy reason. And, because God is the source of human ability to reason, it makes sense that He created reason to make sense.

After that messenger showed up, I felt God could have taught me much sooner. Surely I didn’t have to suffer for 40 years. Why was God so cruel? A great man once said, “Since you think you can see, you are blind.” That was a perfect description of me. It took extreme pain from holding on to a searing hot iron before I was willing to admit that, maybe, some things I believed were not true. Maybe I didn’t know as much as I thought I did. Remember that old saying, “Let go and let God.” I didn’t know anyone that could explain how to do that. Eventually, my pain did it for me.

Throughout the following years I discovered that I have not been alone. Others wonder if God will ever help them, or is His help only for special people and those who have gone to Heaven. UNSEEN contains a door into understanding why we have missed God’s simple message – How to have an abundant life. The truth is, we don’t really know what “an abundant life” is. Is it mainly about money? If you have been taught that it starts with getting financial prosperity or healing then you have been taught incorrectly. You can have those and still not know the safety and security that God has promised, or, you can discover a fellowship with God in which His very presence will answer your questions… and, well, the rest takes care of itself, and you may never realize when it all happened. Your life will have changed. Truthfully? God doesn’t want to give you prosperity or healing. He wants to give you Himself. His Being is more prosperity and health than a human can comprehend. He is the health and prosperity you seek. As His life appears within you, everything that is not from Him leaves.

James E. Campbell, Jr.

 

Why did we write this book?

Because, if you are like I was, you are tired of pain whether it be physical or mental. You are tired of having to start over again – over and over and over. You may be exhausted from your efforts to keep up, or just survive. Maybe you are tired of the world, or political, economic, or religious systems that never seem to deliver what they promise. Maybe you live under the cloud of knowing you are responsible for your future yet realize, with sinking despair, that you don’t have what it takes if the wrong things happen.

Multitudes of people are hurting for answers and don’t know where to turn. Everything, everyone, has let them down. It matters not if you are in a position of prominence or an unknown individual just wanting to live comfortably and peaceably. The rich seek for better. So do the poor. All people have a distant, flickering memory of a time when things were different.

Deep inside we sense that somehow life could be better. We all have a knowing… yet don’t quite remember what that knowing is. We just want… what is it we want? Commercials tell us what we want. But, no that’s not it. We go ahead and buy, but the results don’t satisfy. The government knows what we need. Surely, it will provide. But, no. It has yet to deliver real life for anyone. Capitalism, socialism, communism, totalitarianism, isms, isms, isms. “I know they work for some people. Maybe if I try hard enough it will work for me.” “Maybe the right religion is the answer.” But, for most, even that has not answered the cry of the heart.

I wanted security and peace. I wanted to know that if I failed or the economy or society failed, God really is a Father Who will take care of me, without me having to first jump through hoops. I wanted to know that I am important to someone who is greater than me. I wanted to know I am important to God in a way that brings rest from all of my fears and concerns.

It was around the year 1992 when the content of UNSEEN began coming together. It took over two more decades before it was ready for publishing. 1992 was a very difficult year. But, I came to realize God was teaching me. I remember the day. Suddenly, a messenger from God appeared at my door, in the form of an acquaintance. I knew immediately he had brought the answer I sought. And, I got angry. So angry that I refused to speak to God for two weeks. What God began to teach me I already knew. But, not like this. God was using words and phrases I had heard in church, but this was different. God was redefining words, He was teaching me using common terminology, used by everyone, but showing me His meanings were different from mine. I liked what I was learning because my turmoil began to leave. From the First Century to today, many meanings of words, phrases, and concepts have changed drastically. Were the epistles (letters) of the New Testament as confusing to early Christians as they are to readers today? No! Because many of the words meant something else to them.

Most of what I have learned is self evident. Simple. So simple that most people respond to me with, ” I know that.” Unfortunately, because the whole world has embraced “new” as better, the whole world, including many that seek God, has been duped into understandings that actually defy reason. And, because God is the source of human ability to reason, it makes sense that He created reason to make sense.

After that messenger showed up, I felt God could have taught me much sooner. Surely I didn’t have to suffer for 40 years. Why was God so cruel? A great man once said, “Since you think you can see, you are blind.” That was a perfect description of me. It took extreme pain from holding on to a searing hot iron before I was willing to admit that, maybe, some things I believed were not true. Maybe I didn’t know as much as I thought I did. Remember that old saying, “Let go and let God.” I didn’t know anyone that could explain how to do that. Eventually, my pain did it for me.

Throughout the following years I discovered that I have not been alone. Others wonder if God will ever help them, or is His help only for special people and those who have gone to Heaven. UNSEEN contains a door into understanding why we have missed God’s simple message – How to have an abundant life. The truth is, we don’t really know what “an abundant life” is. Is it mainly about money? If you have been taught that it starts with getting financial prosperity or healing then you have been taught incorrectly. You can have those and still not know the safety and security that God has promised, or, you can discover a fellowship with God in which His very presence will answer your questions… and, well, the rest takes care of itself, and you may never realize when it all happened. Your life will have changed. Truthfully? God doesn’t want to give you prosperity or healing. He wants to give you Himself. His Being is more prosperity and health than a human can comprehend. He is the health and prosperity you seek. As His life appears within you, everything that is not from Him leaves.

James E. Campbell, Jr.

 

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