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Great Book to Help Understand the Nature of God Mar 14, 2007
One of the most formative Classes I ever took at Northwest College was Old Testament Metaphors for God. This class taught me a lot more than word pictures. It taught me about how people think. Generally we think in pictures and when it comes to a topic like God, pictures are really the only way to come to understand God. This was a huge eye-opening moment for me as a christian and as an aspiring Pastor. It changed the way I read the Bible, it changed the way I pray, it helped me to see God in many different lights. It was a brilliant class, taught by a brilliant prof. Dr. Stallman.
Anyway, that class is what drew my eye years later to The Diety Formerly Known as God by Jarrett Stevens. In the book the author sets out to examine the commonly held views of God, such as Cosmic Cop, our Parents on steroids, an all you can eat buffet, etc. But he doesn't just leave it there. He also goes on to examin some of the pictures of God that we get from the Bible, such as Tired-Eyed Father, a Gardner, etc.
Stevens does a great job of breaking down this metaphors in a clear easy read sort of way. I was reminded over and over again about OT Metaphors, and I loved each chapter. This book is a great introduction to some really basic theology, and metaphor thinking. This book, or the ideas from the book, would be a great resource for a sermon series about the Image of God. I think I will have to come back and revisit that notion.
On a 1-10 scale, I'm giving this book a solid 7. Not the best book I've ever read, but really fun to read, the Author comes across as an actual person and not just words on a page.
BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE IT WHEN PEOPLE STEAL YOUR STUFF!!! Mar 10, 2007
one of the most compelling things about this book was the way stevens seemed to connect with people who become disinterested when they read as well as his depth to challenge the most avid reader. his ability to speak to those who are far from God and those who are well versed on the topic of religion is also an incredible gift for a first time author. once i finished my copy of the book it made its way to a friend who saw it on my shelf and borrowed it. he recently told me that he let a friend of his borrow it now too. i'm not expecting to get my book back anytime soon. that's the sign of a great book!
2 enthusiastic thumbs way up Feb 27, 2007
i read this book, along with many in our warehouse at work, to familiarize myself with our products. this book stood out to me and it became one of my favorite Christmas presents to give last year. if you've ever heard jarrett speak, you know his passion for his subject. jarrett writes the way he speaks, and that has always impressed me in a writer. the content of this book is uncanilly insightful. jarrett says what we're all thinking, and poses these ideas in such a nonthreatening way that it compells usto stop and consider what role we have placed God in in our lives. Your God is Too Safe has been a personal favorite over the last few years. stevens' book sits next to it on my shelf at home and is held in high regard. great book. highly recommended!
Highly Recommended!!! Jan 17, 2007
With humor and insight Jarrett Stevens inspired me to spend some time with God and continue my journey of knowing and relating to Him. As I read this book I could not help but take a look at the views I personally have of God and begin deconstructing the negative and dysfunctional views. I laughed out loud and even cried a few tears about how personal and honest Jarrett was. Truly, his vulnerability and ability to tell a great story will win you over, page after page! Young or old, you will finish this book with a new [and healthy] perspective of the amazing faithfulness and goodness of God!
Inspiring, Real, & Insightful Jan 15, 2007
I loved this book! I read it in less than 1 week. Stevens does an incredible job making JB Philips book come to life for a new generation. He speaks theology for dummies, but doesn't dumb down his audience. Stevens does a great job identifying what our issues are with God & why we've acquired them. He speaks a universal language. But he doesn't allow us to stay in our "stuck images" of God, but rather gently leads us to construct healthier images based on who God REALLY is. Jarrett Stevens does a masterfully honest job in speaking from his own journey so his book doesn't come across as preachy, but as a fellow sojourner who loves Jesus & is committed to knowing him as he's meant to be known. His personal stories combined with true theology moved me to want to identify my own unhealthy images of God & do the hard but rewarding work of rebuilding a better perception of my Creator. Thank you, Jarrett, for writing such an inspiring, real, & insightful book.