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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Authentic (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884543170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884543173
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bob Sjogren and Gerald Robison have put together a parable, which is not only humerous, but profound. It helps redefine who we are in relationship to Christ in a way that is prophetic, yet easy to accept."
- Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus at Eastern University and author of It's Friday But Sunday's Commin'

"Cat & Dog Theology will help you reevaluate your relationship with the Master. This kind of obedience training is what the church needs, especially in 21st century America!"
- John Ankerburg, Ankerburg Theological Institute

"Many Christians today have lost sight of the fact that the ultimate purpose of man is to glorify God. In their marvelous book, Bob Sjogren and Gerald Robison show very clearly how our theology has deteriorated, and how we can be restored to a correct and dynamic belief and trust in our great God and Savior."
- Bill Bright, Founder, Campus Crusade for Christ

“Topics such as feel-good theology, suffering, fairness, “winner’s circle gospel,” wrong priorities, and Christian humanism are dealt with in a fresh way that causes even the most seasoned theologian or missionary to ponder if he or she has not unwittingly been affected with this self-centered mindset. . . . At first the book’s title made me skeptical about its contents. But once I began reading it, it was one book I could not put down. Its message is so important I now require all my missions students to read it, and recommend missionaries and mission committees to do so as well.”
- Marvin J. Newell, professor, Moody Graduate School, as reviewed in EMQ Magazine

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Dr. Gerald Robison and Bob Sjogren teach seminars on 'Cat and Dog Theology' worldwide.

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I would highly recommend this thought-provoking book.
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful By J. D Jones on May 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Being as a missionary sent out from the same church which the author attends, I have the privilege of knowing this outstanding family and their commitment to the Lord. They are kind sincere people who know and walk with God. I also have no doubt that this book was birthed, at least in part, from God's personal dealing with Bob's own spiritual life as to what motivated him in missions. His desire to put God's glory at the center of missions is commendable and in this desire I whole heartedly agree with him. I have both the book and the DVDs which are meant to accompany them, so in a way my critique will be directed towards the message found in both.

The greatest weakness, however, seems to be one of theological immaturity. Though he says that cat theology "is not incorrect but rather incomplete", one gets the impression that "cat theology" is flat out wrong. For example, Jeremiah 29.11 is quoted in which God promises blessing. It is acknowledged that this is a good verse but then we are asked how many of us like a certain verse by Paul which speaks of suffering for Christ. We are left with the impression that "immature and self-centered" Christians quote Jer. 29.11 while more spiritually minded Christians quote verses on suffering.

There is a sense in which the authors seem to be pitting one group of Bible verses against another. John 3.16 and other verses which describe God sending Jesus to die out of love for the world are somehow "immature or humanistic" or at least of less importance than John 12.28 and other verses which depict Jesus as dying to glorify God. At one point the question is asked "What did God the Father get out of Jesus' death?" The answer of "people" is given as an answer and immediately mocked.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TexasHockeyFan on June 22, 2004
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Meant to give it 3 stars, not 4.

I first experienced Bob's material when I took the "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" class at my church several years ago. Bob used this material to teach the second class.

"Cat and Dog Theology" parallels Bonhoeffer's "Cheap Grace" concept but is much more illustrative and easier to comprehend (and very entertaining). And it hits the nail on the head every bit as much as DieBon did. "Cat and Dog" asks us : Is God our cosmic servant (cat theology), or are we God's earthly servants(dog theology)? It also gives very clear examples so your can determine how much of a canine or feline you are (I still have to admit to a few "meows" myself).

An important read for everyone, even us overly intellectual Presbyterians. (And certainly better than "The Purpose Driven Life", though just about anything is....)
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By aboulet on June 25, 2005
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Mr. Sjogren came to speak at my school two years in a row to do his powerpoint presentation, which is actually this book pressed into three 50 minute sessions. I immediately realized that what he was saying (and what he wrote in this book) is simply rehashing what Jonathan Edwards and John Piper (among others) have been saying. This book reads much like 'Desiring God' by Piper, only it lacks the theological depth and practical application that Dr. Piper presents in his book. Not only that, but Mr. Sjogren does not cite Dr. Piper or Jonathan Edwards in his presentation, when he uses some of the exact phrases and concepts that both have used before. Intellectual honesty = giving credit to whom credit is due.

Do yourself a favor and do not purchase this book. Purchase 'Desiring God' by John Piper or 'Religious Affections' by Jonathan Edwards. They are both more original and VERY much more theologically minded.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jason Cross on July 19, 2003
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Great book on getting our focus back to what it should be. Very fun, creative approach to a very tough subject. It is a wonderful book written for our time (and all time). America's churches will do well to take heed in glorifying our Maker like He deserves to be glorified.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "carol24209" on May 8, 2003
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When I was introduced to the concepts presented in this book I was dumbstruck with awe at how incomplete our understanding of who God is and His plan for mankind especially in America. Fellow Christians, this book will help remove the scales from your eyes and put a fire in your belly. If you truly love the Lord and want to know Him and make Him known read this book!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Husker on September 26, 2005
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I have to disagree with a couple of the reviewers on this page. This is an excellent book with points to challenge your comfortable way of thinking. Yes, they take a "one sided" view, but they admit that - they are focused on a problem in the American church and unless it is well defined, we cannot correct it. I found this a very challenging read - not that it was difficult to read, but rather, it challenged my selfishness. That was hard to take. Hopefully, I have expanded my actions to be less selfish as a result of this book. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Worden on July 20, 2008
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Seldom does a book like this have to power to change your thinking and therefore your life. The church has a great opportunity to get back to basics as this book reminds us that it is not about us, but about the Glory due to our Creator. If you think the main reason that Christ died was to save us--reread John 12.27,28 and then read this book to see how much of a "cat" Christian you might be. (Don't be fooled by the title of this book). It is the difference between how cats and dogs view the world (dogs have a master-in this case God; whereas cats have servants-God, the Church, Angels, etc.). This book is a must for all serious Christians. Remember this life is not all about you- it is about bringing the most Glory to our heavenly Father!
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