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If God Is Love: Rediscovering Grace in an Ungracious World [Paperback]

By Philip Gulley (Author) & James Mulholland (Author)
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Argues that one's beliefs play a key role in how one lives and interacts in the world, inviting readers to envision a world where everyone shares a belief that God loves every person, in a companion volume to If Grace Is True that proposes world transformation through spiritual change. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

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If God is love, why are so many Christians fearful, and why do so many church leaders sound hateful? Two controversial pastors address issues the church won′t face, calling us to restore grace as the center of the Christian life.

o In If Grace Is True, Pastors Philip Gulley and James Mulholland revealed their belief that God will save every person. They now explore the implications of this belief, and its power to change every area of our lives. They attempt to answer one question: If we took God′s love seriously, what would our world look like?

Gulley and Mulholland argue that what we believe is crucial and dramatically affects the way we live and interact in the world. Beliefs have power. The belief in a literal hell where people suffer eternally has often been used by the Church to justify hate and violence, which contradicts what Jesus taught about love and grace. The authors present a new vision for our personal, religious, and corporate lives, exploring what our world would be like if we based our existence on the foundational truth that God loves every person.

Gulley and Mulholland boldly address many controversial issues people in the pews have wondered about but churches have been unwilling to tackle. For too long, the Christian tradition has been steeped in negativity, exclusion, and judgment. Gulley and Mulholland usher us into a new age--an age where grace and love are allowed to reign.

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  • Ingram Advance - 10/01/2005 page 157

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperOne
Pages   303
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 11, 2005
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060816155  
ISBN13  9780060816155  

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More About Philip Gulley & James Mulholland

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! PHILIP GULLEY, a Quaker pastor, has become the voice of small-town American life. Along with writing Front Porch Tales, Hometown Tales, and For Everything a Season, he is the author of the Harmony series of novels. Gulley lives in Indiana with his wife, Joan, and their sons.

Philip Gulley currently resides in Danville, in the state of Indiana. Philip Gulley was born in 1944.

Philip Gulley has published or released items in the following series...
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Reviews - What do customers think about If God Is Love: Rediscovering Grace in an Ungracious World?

Wonderful.  Mar 8, 2007
While I do not agree with the authors on their "salvation for everyone," I do agree with virtually everything else in the book. I would love discuss this book with the authors one day.
Out of my Comfort Zone  Mar 8, 2007
This book and their other, "If Grace is True," were the basis of a spiritual breakthrough in my life. I devoured them both, I underlined and highlighted line after line. For the first time in my life, all my questions were being answered and everything I had thought/believed/questioned started to fall into place. Both challenged me beyond my comfort zone...questions about spirit, religion, politics and patriotism. It wasn't always fun but it was so so good for me.
Smorgasbord Christianity  Jan 5, 2007
Phillip (or the publisher) 'reels' in the reader (especially the Christian reader) with a catchy subtitle about rediscovering Grace (which I would argue is what we all need to be about - all the time). The important point that he makes early is that we all need to rediscover God's Grace so we can live graciously in an ungracious world.

So what is my beef with his book? In his great quest for spiritual answers, Phillip has decided that he is greater than God. For he states, up front, the rather bizzare claim that "all will be saved". He then goes on to take the Bible WAY out of context to "prove" his point.

He wants us to believe that all will eventually be "goodness and light" - he professes not to believe in Satan - etc, etc.

The SERIOUS problem that I have with his book is that he absolutely fails to deal with the issue of evil in this world. If we are all going to be saved, and there is no devil, or satan, or evil force - then why is there so much violence, hatred, and malice in the world today. Phillip does not have an answer for that, simply because he has decided to lift a brand of 'goodness' theology from the Bible, and has refused to acknowledge the greater truth - that salvation only comes from Jesus Christ, because man is inherrantly evil at his core, and cannot save himself, or enter a relationship with God by himself, without Christ. His refuses to believe this CORE tenat of the Christian faith, and his solution to his unbelief is to write this book to essentually say "Look, I know what the Bible said, but what you (the reader) read in the Bible is NOT the truth. I know better and I am going to tell you". In taking this approach, Phillip has taken on the very blasphemous role of deciding that he knows God better than Jesus did, and that he is a better truth-teller than Jesus. How arrogant.

This bad theological message should come accross loud and clear to the mature Christian reader. The danger of the book is that it has the potential to lull many Christians into thinking that Jesus didn't mean what he said when he said things like "heaven can only be entered through a narrow gate" and "at that day I will say ... depart from me, for your deeds were evil"

Phillip Gulley practices a brand of Smorgasbord Christianity that is akin to eating Chinese fast food - it leaves you feeling full and satified, but in only a few hours you find yourself hungering for more, and you have that dissatifying, empty feeling.

I found it an interesting, thought provoking read for a mature Christian who is very grounded in solid biblical truths. All others should stay away.
Please, come to the Scriptures with humility  Oct 10, 2006
My mother has been friends with Mr. Mulholland and his family for several years, and she and I will both testify that he is a kind man with good intentions. However, we are both saddened by the message he and the other writer put forward in this book and his other works. I sincerely hope that readers of this book will not embrace everything that is said without also going to the scriptures to examine his claims. I feel this issue is important enough to warrant such extended study, and I hope you do as well.
Give everything to "de po'" which we will always have with us  Sep 12, 2006
I always liked Mr. Gulley's books until I read or tried to read this one.
It was the most communist inspired book I have ever seen. He blamed me, at least I felt like he did, for everything from slavery to the 9-11 attack. According to him we should kiss all these mustlims (or whatever they are) and ask their forgivness for them attacking and killing our people which weren't even all Americans, but people of every nationality.

I don't mind helping those less fortunate, but I enjoy my material possesions and feel that I earned them. I
If I would lose all my possesions today, I could handle it. After all I can learn to be miserable in about three minutes.

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