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God The Ingenious Alchemist: Transforming Tragedy Into Blessing [Hardcover]

By John R. Claypool (Author)
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"God's goodness is bigger than all human badness," writes best-selling author John Claypool in this timely new book. "God's power and willingness to forgive are greater than our human capacity to sin." The Bible is often held up as a source of family values, but it is also full of families who falter and do so generation after generation. Few families have visited as much evil on each other as Abraham's descendants in Genesis. Using these stories, Claypool explores how God turns the "lead" of evil-like Jacob's theft of Esau's birthright, and Joseph's brothers selling him into slavery in Egypt-into the "gold" of abundant blessing, as alchemists were said to do in the past. God is always more interested in our future, according to Claypool, than in our pasts. In this book, as in his other books, Claypool explores the biblical texts carefully, and with a pastoral eye for the characters from Genesis and his contemporary readers. This book that offers challenge and comfort to people who feel that their sins may be beyond God's concern and their lives beyond redemption.

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"God's goodness is bigger than all human badness," writes best-selling author John Claypool in this timely new book. "God's power and willingness to forgive are greater than our human capacity to sin." The Bible is often held up as a source of family values, but it is also full of families who falter and do so generation after generation. Few families have visited as much evil on each other as Abraham's descendants in Genesis. Using these stories, Claypool explores how God turns the "lead" of evil like Jacob's theft of Esau's birthright, and Joseph's brothers selling him into slavery in Egypt into the "gold" of abundant blessing, as alchemists were said to do in the past. God is always more interested in our future, according to Claypool, than in our pasts. In this book, as in his other books, Claypool explores the biblical texts carefully, and with a pastoral eye for the characters from Genesis and his contemporary readers. This bookoffers challenge and comfort to people who feel that their sins may be beyond God's concern and their lives beyond redemption. "

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Studio: Morehouse Publishing
Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.38" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.54"
Weight:   0.42 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Morehouse Publishing
Edition  New  
ISBN  0819221805  
ISBN13  9780819221803  


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God The Ingenious Alchemist: Transforming Tragedy Into Blessing  Feb 1, 2006
Wonderful perspective by John Claypool on living out our daily lives with hope.
 
God The Ingenious Alchemist: Transforming Tragedy Into Blessing  Aug 28, 2005
John Claypool never disapoints me. He has had life experiences that back up his thoughts as well as viewing them from a Biblical perspective. He ties together the loose ends that sometimes make us wonder why we are here. He is an 'easy read' and I am always uplifted after reading one of his books.
 
No thots simpler...more descriptive or dramatic -- Revised  May 21, 2005
Following distinguished pastorates in Louisville, Fort Worth, Jackson & Birmingham, John earned a reputation as "confessional preacher." He deserves to be called a preacher's preacher. His first ten poignant books of narrative sermons often resound in my memory from his struggles with diagnosis of multiple myeloma in June of 2003. After victorious stem cell transplant, he has returned for replenishment with the strongest Chemotherapy yet!

In-spite of his persistent battles, John continued teaching and preaching regularly: May Commencement service of University at Wake Forrest, preaching conferences at Emory University, Church seminars, 3 in one weekend in Newnan, GA. Recently to Washington and Chicago for the Lectionary Homiletics Conference, back to a final Commencement Service of McAfee-Mercer School of Theology!

In a brief intro to this simpler, more descriptive account, John re-creates from his store of unique parabolic and paradoxical stories of Jacob, Esau, Joseph & Brothers. He adds their awesome relationships to quotations from Earnest Campbell, Paul Tillich, MLK and Simone Weil: "Creation is the moment when God ceased to be everything so that humans could be something!"

In his unique U-turn, John borrows from that creative spark of a spontaneous teaching style: "According to Genesis, this 'dark turn'(Freud) of what began as a joyful adventure brought utter anguish to the heart of God." In his compact Intro, he gets to the heart of his total Theme: "Let me describe what I mean by the words "God, The Ingenious Alchemist, and use those wonderful old narratives to illustrate and, hopefully, illumine for you an insight into the nature of the Holy One!" These are "the first words of an on-going conversation..." Not the "Last Word..."

Surely an appropriate disclaimer, written only months before his untimely death on September 3rd of 2005. Following a dedication to his Doctors and Staffs in the Kann Center of DeKalb General Hospital, he includes, "the many dear ones who pray for and encourage me, and my devoted caregiver who never leaves my side, my beloved wife, Ann.

His most fascinating, ingenious, story focuses on Gert Behanna, seldom active in publlc life as John's friend. She was not often considered to be a strong Christian until she reached that end of her rope! John's newer stories +++more familiar ones, echo as valuable gems and jewels to be mined. What a remarkable autobiograhical book of 98 total pages. Amen! Retired Chap Fred W. Hood
 

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