Everybody Needs Some Cave Time
Author Jorge Acevedo
With unbridled honesty, pastor Jorge Acevedo explores the “caves” we all experience in life – anger, fear, depression, temptation, grief, hopelessness, and death – and how these caves can be a surprising place where we discover hope, redemption, and space to be with God.
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Several years ago, Eric Evans took Jorge and some friends on a tour of Ohio Caverns in West Liberty Ohio. While the group was deep in the cave, Eric turned out the lights. There is no dark darker than being in a cave when the lights are off. The experience caused Jorge to reflect on the other times that he’d experienced his personal cave time. Each chapter represents a different aspect of what it means to be alone in the dark of our own personal caves. I thank Jorge for helping to shine light on the dark times of our lives and reminding us that Jesus is the one true light of the world.
Jorge has mined valuable treasures in his exploration of "the cave" experience as a follower of Christ. Well done Jorge. Because of this challenging work, may we all grow to see the gems waiting for us in "the caves" of our own spiritual formation experiences.
What a great book! Honest, transparent, biblical and deeply pastoral; this book will encourage, inspire and bless you. Highly recommended!
Cave time is not a pejorative term. In fact, cave time is part of life. The question for all of is what we will do in our own cave-time experiences. If you are challenged to read this book, expect the miraculous when it comes to your finances, relationships, addictions, mental state and overall wellbeing. Trust me; you will not be the same!
While exploring seven caves found throughout the scriptures, author Jorge Acevedo invites his reader to experience “cave time” of their own. This refreshingly honest look at suffering and humanity gifts us permission to evaluate the hidden as well as the hopeful
parts of our lives. Jorge’s straight-forward approach makes this study accessible for all longing to grow in authenticity in their relationship with Jesus. I’m convinced – Everybody Does Need Some Cave Time!
Jorge Acevedo skillfully weaves together personal and pastoral experiences, with biblical exposition and application, about the most profound and powerful fears and emotions of human life. The result is a highly readable but deeply challenging book that ably and wonderfully presents ‘caves’ as holy places rather than hiding places, because the transforming power of God can be experienced there. Read it and be changed for good!
My spiritual father has written an opus. In each cave, be prepared to encounter God through a real man sharing real stories of pain and redemption. Jorge makes our decision clear, our caves can either be a hiding place or a holy place. Time and again, Jorge has sat with me in my own caves, and I’m so excited to see what God does through this book by this incredibly humble and grateful follower of Jesus.
Jorge is one of the most engaging, honest and transparent Christians I have ever met. At times, disturbingly so. No frills. No facade. Always from the heart. He is a voice of hope and healing that is worth hearing. He was born to write this book.
This wonderful resource provides significant help for navigating life. Jorge through his vulnerability shows how the caves or dark challenges of life can become the very places where new paths of hope and value spring from. I am deeply indebted to Jorge as he has helped me tremendously navigate the caves of my life.
The idea of “cave time” makes us uncomfortable but in this book, Jorge masterfully shows us the blessing of the cave. Readers will no longer merely see the cave as a place of darkness but a place where we can expect to find God ministering to the deep needs of our souls and bringing about healing. Everybody Needs Some Cave Time is a book that invites us not only to see the caves differently but courageously embrace them as necessary parts of the journey, love ourselves more intentionally, embrace the love of God in hard places, and come out of the cave with a song of praise.
Jorge Acevedo and I have known each other for nearly 39 years in a variety of roles. He’s been my pastor, friend, and colleague. He is my brother in Christ. Throughout the decades of my life, Jorge has been with me in the “Cave Time” moments I have experienced. In those trying times, his faith, encouragement, and love for Jesus were a catalyst for me to discover how God could transform my caves from a hiding place to a holy place. This book brings these gifts to your life. With practical insight and fresh understanding of Scripture, along with real world application and personal experience of someone who has “been there,” this book can guide you into a deeper trust of God in the depths of life’s trying times.
For anyone who’s ever been in a dark “cave” in your life—whether of anger, fear, depression, temptation or hopelessness—the life-giving, practical message of this excellent book is that God longs to convert your cave into a sacred space of growth and hope. What a timeless, powerful “read” — one I plan to recommend to every ministry leader I know!
Jorge is one of the best pastors at practical wisdom in the church. Born of his own life struggles, Jorge speaks everyday words about people in the Bible and people he knows like all of us that need to transform our places of hurt and woundedness to places of healing. God is waiting to meet us and Jorge, like the patient pastor he is, shows us how.
It was in the cave of a solitary confinement cell that I met Jesus and found freedom for the first time in my life. A corrections officer stuck a Bible in my chow slot... I woke, my dungeon flamed with light. Upon release, I heard about a wild pastor who led with transparency about his own soul struggles. He was leading a flourishing church with a culture of recovery for the "the ones no one else wants or sees." Jorge Acevedo helped show me that even I was redeemable and called by God. Jorge has been a mentor, friend, and guide through the caves of life ever since. He is right, God does some of his best work in caves, let him guide you through your own in this incredible book. -Michael Adam Beck, pastor, professor, author, Director of Fresh Expressions for The United Methodist Church, Director of Fresh Expressions House of Studies at United Theological Seminary.
Beginning with the compelling assertion that, “A cave can either be a hiding place or a holy place,” Pastor Jorge Acevedo masterfully unpacks the narratives of several “cave time” stories. In doing so, he guides us all in turning our most challenging moments, our personal cave time experiences, into life affirming and life-giving moments as we encounter the transforming power of the Lord even in the darkest of places. Since cave time is inevitable for everyone, this book prepares the reader to move through these experiences, allowing God to do some of His deepest work
With Everybody Needs Some Cave Time, Jorge is speaking my language and reading our mail. I have visited all these caves he walks us into. I have been "bad and mad," paralyzed by fear, full of grief, and I have even walked into the cave of hopelessness. My guess is that you have, too, and may even be in one of those dark places now. If so, you are in luck. In this exploration of the caves we find ourselves in, we discover that others have gone before and know the way out. Like a well trained guide, Jorge leads us back into the broad daylight of hope using scripture, experience, and a ton of hard-won wisdom. Thank you, Jorge, for getting us from the cave to resurrection.
Jorge has done it again! In his real, vulnerable and right-on-time kind of way, Pastor Jorge has delivered a message that every Christian needs to read. This book hits on the exact issues that all of us are dealing with in our world today. Thank you, Jorge for once again pastoring and mentoring us in how to live a life that looks more like Jesus.
For the past 25 years, I have met with Jorge and a small group of local pastors weekly. His honesty to share his cave time experiences with us has benefited me greatly. Jorge is a pastor of pastors and he writes with a shepherd’s heart. As you read this book, Jorge will pastor you through your dark times in the caves of life.
The title of Jorge Acevedo’s latest book, Everybody Needs Some Cave Time, caught me off balance for just a moment. Why would I want to have cave time? I’m not into exploring or hanging out in dark or scary places.
But just a few pages into the book, I quickly realized I’ve spent plenty of time in several of the seven types of caves that my friend Jorge writes about. And ultimately, I’ve l come out stronger and better. This book is inspiring, hopeful and down-to-earth, chock-full of practical and helpful steps to meeting God in dark places.
I’ve known Jorge for nearly three decades as a friend and a same-town partner in ministry and you will deeply appreciate his authenticity and relatable writing style. You owe it to yourself to pick it up, read it, and reflect on the many Biblical characters who’ve done cave time. Everybody really does need some cave time.
Dark places are a part of everyone’s life. These caves are often places we hide out. Jorge Acevedo helps us see that they are actually holy places where God meets us. Jorge has credibility as a pastor who has helped thousands walk through dark times, but he also holds authority as someone who knows the power of God personally in his own cave times. There is so much healing found in the words of each page. I needed this book, you will too!
Cave Time is a reality in each of our lives, whether we want it or not. Jorge Acevedo offers us the needed Biblical perspective on the various deep and dark places that life takes us, showing us that there is no place so dark that God’s light does not follow us there. Perhaps most importantly, Jorge’s experiences and vulnerability shed light on the ways that our caves can be holy ground, places where we encounter God’s love and grace. This book is so needed in today’s world and I’m glad to have it as a resource and guide!
Life is unpredictable, messy, and hard – and most of us are ill-equipped to deal with the difficult seasons of life. We live in denial and avoid our emotions, turn to addictions and compulsions to numb the pain, or try to white knuckle our way through it (because we think that’s what “good Christians” do). But the truth is that the only way out of pain is through it. We have to walk into the caves of life – the painful experiences and emotions that are part of being human – because when we do, we find that God wants to meet us there. In Everybody Needs Some Cave Time, pastor Jorge Acevedo explores with unbridled honesty the “caves” we all experience in life – anger, fear, depression, temptation, grief, hopelessness, and death – and the way that these caves can be a surprising place where we find hope, redemption, and space to be with God. Weaving together powerful anecdotes from people in Scripture; personal stories of addiction, recovery, loss, and healing; and a wise faith that has withstood the ups and downs of life, Acevedo connects us to our own humanity and the humanity of Jesus who invites us into the cave of resurrection where we can find new life. Everybody Needs Some Cave Time will help you embrace the messiness of life, live in the tension of pain and joy, and discover how God can form your character even in dark seasons. Without denying, dismissing, or avoiding pain, you will learn how to use it to develop more capacity for hope and a spiritual resilience that will transform you into the person you were created to be.