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Overview An Indian Jesuit priest challenges Christians to grow stronger and deeper in their faith, encouraging them to experience the infinite breadth of God in a deeply personal way by moving from religion to relationship.
Do you have a real relationship with God, or do you just have a religion? Do you know God, or do you just know "about" God? "In How Big Is Your God?" Paul Coutinho, SJ, challenges us to grow stronger and deeper in our faith and in our relationship with God--a God whose love knows no bounds. To help us on our way, Coutinho introduces us to people in various world religions--from Hindu friends to Buddhist teachers to St. Ignatius of Loyola--who have shaped his spiritual life and made possible his deep, personal relationship with God.
From Publishers Weekly Coutinho, a Jesuit priest who has lived much of his life in India, once was told by a theology teacher at an American university that he was a heretic. He had merely posed a "what if," asking what the man would do if scripture scholars should determine that Jesus never existed as a historical figure. The teacher said he would have to abandon his work as a priest because he could never base his life on a myth, but Coutinho countered that he would still die for the myth. Conversant with India's Hindu and Buddhist traditions, Coutinho effectively uses this story to illustrate the differences between the Western and Eastern understandings of truth (one, he writes, sees truth as a set of beliefs while the other views it as an experience). Throughout this volume of short essays, Coutinho draws on Eastern religious traditions, blending them with his own Catholic practice to challenge and deepen readers' understandings of God. Besides asking questions like "Can you be religious without knowing God?" and "Are you running for fun or for your life?" he offers practical advice as well, including a PQR (Pause Question Respond) formula for handling difficult situations and BAD (Basement Attic Disposal) days for helping Westerners get rid of consuming possessions. Readers who favor "spirituality" over religion will most enjoy this book. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Publishers Weekly - 06/25/2007 page 49
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Studio: Loyola Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 7" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Loyola Press
ISBN 0829424814 ISBN13 9780829424812
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More About Paul Coutinho
Fr. Paul Coutinho, SJ is an internationally recognized Ignatian scholar, author, and speaker who brings an Eastern flavor to Western spirituality. A native of India, he frequently leads retreats, gives spiritual direction, and trains people to lead the Spiritual Exercises. He is the author of How Big Is Your God? and Just as You Are.He holds master's degrees in both clinical psychology and religious studies, and he has a doctorate in historical theology from Saint Louis University, where he specialized in Ignatian spirituality and is now a visiting theology professor.Coutinho currently creates and runs programs in Ignatian identity and mission for Saint Louis University's Mission and Ministry office, he is the editor of Ignis--the South Asian Ignatian spirituality journal--and also shares his gifts as the director of Ignatian Spirituality Programs for South Asia. He resides in St. Louis and divides his time between India and the United States.
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Inspirational May 20, 2008
This book has taught me to think differently. I especially liked the chapters on the four ways people relate to God. I would recommend this book to everyone. It's an easy read and the short chapters and related stories keep your interest. Our chapel women's group will start to read it as a group next month.
Thought Provoking Book Apr 27, 2008
I recommend this book to anyone looking to integrate their understanding of Eastern Spirituality with Western Christianity. No dogmatic, syrupy sermons here: this book is a delightful mix of theology and "out of the box thinking." Fr. Coutinho reminds us that we are each a sacred expression of God. His wonderful stories make the message come alive. I'm a recovering Catholic with eight years of parochial school training. Fr. Coutinho has re-awakened my interest in the religion I abandoned years ago.
good for the children Feb 27, 2008
A gentle book to remind us that we each carry deep within us our pwn personal image of God. Sometimes that image may be coloured by experiences or memories that need to be faced so we can find a truer image of God. My husband has purchased five copies of this book to give one to each of our five children, aged from 46 to 38. to encourage them as they journey through life.
Played havoc with my day -- but worth it Nov 25, 2007
This book played havoc with my day -- and incredibly enriched my life! When I picked up my new copy it was to just fill 15 spare minutes. But I finished it in one sitting. Can't recall when that's ever happened before. What an incredible journey! I am almost breathless, and yet so full of energy. What's a half day balanced against the rest of a life? This book is both challenging and affirming. More than that, it's so encouraging and insightful. And the little stories -- I am going to steal every last one of them if only I can recall them in the right circumstances. Heck, if I remember only one just once in my life, the world will be better for it. As I turned the pages I found myself making a list of family and friends with whom I have to share this book. Thank you, Paul Coutinho.
The Breath of God Nov 5, 2007
Jesus taught us by telling stories. Paul Coutinho does the same in this wonderful book. The brief chapters are understandable and thought provoking-perfect for daily or weekly reflection. I look forward to reading How Big Is Your God over and over again. It is good to be reminded that we are the breath of God.