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Overview Christ came to turn the world right side up, but many of his followers continue to live empty, upside-down lives. "Falling for God" likens the journey of authentic spiritual transformation to the process of developing a relationship with one's spouse.
Publishers Description Falling in love is one of life's greatest joys. So imagine the endless joy of falling head over heels for God. Falling in love is one of the most magnificent experiences of human life. Remember what it feels like? How it happens? You spend time with that special someone, get to know each other, and then one day find yourselves so intimately connected it is as though your souls have become intertwined. Compare that experience with your current relationship with God. Why doesn't it feel just as passionate, just as wonderful? Gary Moon believes it can. If you're not head over heels in love with God, you're missing out on an incredible experience-but you're not without hope. "Falling for God "will inspire you to pursue a passionate, intimate relationship with a God who-even though he doesn't need anything from you-wants more than anything to be united with you. Through Bible study, personal meditation, and classic spiritual exercises, you'll discover how to experience this loving connection with the lover of your soul. The journey will take you through honest conversation and active communion to a deeper experience of intimate union with God. "Falling for God "will move you to embrace an all-out passion for joyful and abundant living.
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Studio: Shaw Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date Mar 16, 2004
Publisher Shaw Books
ISBN 087788076X ISBN13 9780877880769
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More About Gary W. Moon
Gary W. Moon is Vice President for Spiritual Development at the Psychological Studies Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. A member of the Advisory Board for the American Association of Christian Counselors, he also serves on the editorial boards for The Journal of Psychology and Christianity and Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal. Along with Larry Crabb and David Benner, he has developed a new journal, Conversations: A Forum for Authentic Transformation.
Reviews - What do customers think about Falling For God?
Book review Aug 26, 2006
I bought this book at the recommendation of a friend. It has really moved me deeply, helping me to increase in my walk with the Lord. There is humor to lighten in places, but also much practical advice. Can't wait for my best friend to read it, so we can compare notes.
Falling for ambiguity Sep 30, 2005
I have the same problem with this book that I had with Dr. David Benner's ... while it is well-meaning and steeped in a love for God and humanity, its methodology is immersed in subjective mysticism.
Like many evanglelical mystics, Dr. Moon and Dr. Benner have both seem to embrace the ambiguous nature of faith at the expense of its objective underpinnings. Obedience to the call to love our neighbor is the essential manner in which we are to realize and express the character of God through our humanity.
In my fallible opionion, surrender to this call does not necessarily involve contemplative 'listening' to God's Spirit, and transformation does not involve an eradication of our selves ... our true self is the result of the transforming grace and love of Christ that comes through, not at the expense of our humanity. Christ made it very clear that to abide in His love means obeying His command to love one another, a truth echoed by Paul, John, James and Peter throughout the New Testament. This involves practical compassion and sacrifice, and while there is an experiential, mystic element to our faith, it is not an end in and of itself. Faith is realized through works of love or it is no faith at all.
While Dr. Moon would never argue against the compassionate nature of faith, his emphasis on the subjective relationship with Christ, in my opinion, at the expense of the objective nature of love for neighbor, could prove a danger to a seeking soul.
A gentle book with personal anecdotes and bits of humor to guide Christians in finding intimacy with God Aug 3, 2005
"This book is about life lived in constant, close contact with God," writes Dallas Willard in his foreword to FALLING FOR GOD. He then lists qualities a Christian needs to maintain a life of "grow[th] in grace and knowledge of" Jesus (2 Peter 3:18): information, imagination, persistence, patience, and realism. And these are the faithful qualities that Gary Moon directly or indirectly addresses in this gently provoking guidebook for Christians desiring intimacy with God.
The overriding image of the book is love --- as in "falling in." What does it entail? How does it work? How is intimacy maintained over time? The first chapter, "The Three Cs of Lasting Love," sets up the three-part outline for the book and the elements of the "romantic relationship with God": conversation, communion, and consummation.
Moon --- a well-connected and well-positioned Christian counselor whose academic history is never clearly laid out --- is well versed in classical Christian spirituality and spiritual formation that may be "standard fare" to Catholics attuned to Ignatian or Benedictine spirituality and people committed to 12-step recovery programs but new material for conservative evangelicals.
For starters, the definitions of and exercises regarding prayer center on listening to God as much as or more than on talking at or to God. "Silence is the most foundational of all Christian disciplines." The chapter titled "Learning to Listen" ends with a helpful list of "indications of the voice of God."
Part 2 of the book, "Communion," focuses on fidelity (willingness versus willfulness), transparency before God (overcoming a fear of total commitment), and the meaning and reality of surrender. "Many of us are like the rich young man, unwilling to place our idols in the dumpster. We cannot do it on our own. We need God's help, and often that help comes in the form of pain." We also need the help and accountability of a community of believers.
As I said, this book is written gently --- replete with personal anecdotes and humorous quips; it's clear that Moon is with his readers on this journey --- but Moon, as the saints before him, notes that the intimate relationship with God involves becoming more and more like Christ, who ultimately surrendered his life.
Part 3, "Consummation," first addresses the issue of relational forgiveness, including a powerful example of the salvation of a devastated marriage, with Hugo's "Les Miserables" being the facilitating counseling tool. Moon then turns to spiritual reconciliation before ending with a discussion of "Union with God" and what it means.
Each of 10 chapters ends with more-than-cursory study and prayer "helps": a biblical passage, followed by a short commentary and reflection questions, a meditation exercise, and a spiritual (prayer) exercise. Each of the three book parts ends with a short bio and sample writings of classic spiritual writers: Frank Laubach, a Protestant (conversing with God), Thomas Kelly, a Quaker (communion with God), and Teresa of Avila, a Catholic (union with God).
Moon ends his book with a challenge: "Don't settle for brief encounters instead of intimate dialogue; don't become content with a salvation contract instead of enjoying communion; and don't withhold parts of your heart. Instead, pursue union. Say yes to God's extravagant proposal."
--- Reviewed by Evelyn Bence
Passionate Love for a Loving God Aug 24, 2004
This could be the single most important book I have read in the last 30 years. Being a Christian for the last 31 years yet always feeling that there must be something more....something I was missing. Gary Moon develops the theme of God's love relationship with us in a very simple yet profound way. His object lessons told through true life stories make this an extremely easy read for all Christians.The church today has put the cart before the horse, before we can look and act like Christians we must fully become one. "Falling for God" shows you how to develop that deep personal relationship with the God who passsionately loves you ,everything else flows out of that. Yes , the abundant life is available now. A must read for all those tired of following rules that lead you no where.