Item description for The God Who Won't Let Go by Peter G. Van Breemen...
Overview In this beautifully written, personal exploration, van Breemen enters the depths of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and resurrection. A book written for our age, its message is timeless: there is absolutely nothing that can sever us from the love of God.
Publishers Description Reminds us that in an age where everything seems temporary, the love of God is permanent.
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Studio: Ave Maria Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.46" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2001
Publisher Ave Maria Press
ISBN 087793746X ISBN13 9780877937463
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More About Peter G. Van Breemen
Van Breemen is a retreat director and spiritual director.
Peter G. Van Breemen currently resides in Aachen. Peter G. Van Breemen was born in 1927.
Reviews - What do customers think about The God Who Won't Let Go?
A Higher Spiritual Level Jan 27, 2007
I cannot express in words how incredible this book is...in Chapter 1 alone, one sees the "awesome" nature of his subject. It does call us to a higher level, but helps one see just how possible this is to attain.
It was neat learning from a Europe theologian as he introduces to those of us on the other side of the Atlantic his personal European influences/contemporaries. In some respects, one can compare his writings to those of Henri Nouwen.
This book is a joy!
Incredibly Healing Aug 28, 2005
This author touches me deeply in every chapter. I picked the book up because of the title The God Who Won't Let Go which is a message I needed to hear at the time, and the book delivers on every page. It clearly presents the challenges we face in living out a Christian life, but provides the spiritual support and assurances we need to face those challenges in our dailly lives. The chapter on forgiveness of others is the most helpful and meaningful I have ever read. The book is comforting and incredibly healing!
Spiritual Food for the Hungry Apr 24, 2005
I bought this book after reading the reviews on this site and I was not disappointed. Father van Breemen is a man of God and communicates powerfully God's love for us. For those of us who are seeking a deeper relationship with God, this book is for you.
An Excellent Book By A Respected Spiritual Writer Jan 28, 2004
Peter van Breemen, a Dutch Jesuit, is a popular author who has penned a number of books on spirituality. His writings reflect his training in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and are peppered with his vast knowledge of many subjects and his keen understanding of the human condition. The readers of THE GOD WHO WON'T LET GO will certainly see these characteristics of van Breemen at work.
Van Breemen would probably be the first to admit that what he says is not all that new or original, but he presents the material in a manner that is both fresh and engaging. He focuses on a variety of themes common in the Christian tradition: God's love, the heart's deepest desires, vocation, redemption and forgiveness. These themes are based on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and van Breemen pays special attention to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as he explores these themes. The chapters of the book seem to flow from one to another rather than read like a treatise, and readers may wonder in what direction van Breemen is leading them. Yet after the book is completed, it is easy to see how it works as a whole, much like talks on a retreat. Since van Bremen does retreat work and spiritual direction, it is likely that he conceived of the idea for this book based on his retreat experience. The book is not meant to be read in one sitting and readers who do so will probably miss much of what van Breemen has to say. The book is ideal for spiritual reading. The chapters are concise and do not take a great deal of time to complete. The chapters also end with short prayers which can lead to further reflection.
While the book can be appreciated by just about any audience, it will probably be best appreciated by people familiar with Ignatian spirituality. Van Breemen writes in a style that can reach people at just about any spiritual level in a way that is respectful of a person's intelligence and challenges those who believe they have heard it all before.
my favorite author Jun 4, 2002
As a Protestant I started reading books by Catholic writers about 10 years ago starting with books by Henri Nouwen. I found they spoke much more to my circumstances than the Evangelical Protestant books I was used to reading. Instead of further instruction on "biblical living" they told me of a God who was with me in my troubles and constant failings, a God who I found very winsome. As van Breemen would say "a God who loves me as I am and not as I should be". However, as I would read these books my Protestant thinking would kick in with questions about how scripturally based they were as I read about this almost-too-good-to-be-true God. I worked my way through various authors, Nouwen, Basil Pennington, and others, as when one author would quote another author I would often check out the second author if I liked the quoted material. This finally led me to Peter van Breemen who has since become my favorite.
Van Breemen writes of a "loving God" to match any of the other authors I liked and yet his books are also very grounded in scripture (and satisfy my Protestant paranoia)! They blend presenting a God who loves us unconditionally and eternally with all the challenges that Jesus and scripture present us with as we are called to conversion. And because these challenges to conversion come in the context of descriptions of God's ever-new love they enable my faltering and faint heart to sometimes say "yes"!
I would highly recommend this and any of vB's books. My only caution is that his books often seem to come from oral presentations he has given and therefore have a different feel to them than a book that was written from scratch as a book.