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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Books Publishing House (1984)
  • ISBN-10: 0940232170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940232174
  • ASIN: B004UN8SIO
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,832,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gene Edwards is one of America's most beloved Christian authors. He has published over 25 best-selling books, and his signature work, "The Divine Romance," has been called a masterpiece of Christian literature. He has written biblical fiction covering nearly the entire Bible, with titles that include the following: "The Beginning," "The Escape," "The Birth," "The Divine Romance," "The Triumph," "Revolution," "The Silas Diary," "The Titus Diary," "The Timothy Diary," "The Priscilla Diary," "The Gaius Diary," and "The Return."

Gene grew up in the East Texas oil fields and entered college at the age of 15. He graduated from East Texas State University at 18 with a bachelor's degree in English history and received his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gene is part of the house-church movement, and he travels extensively to aid Christians as they begin meeting in homes rather than in church buildings. He also conducts conferences on living the deeper Christian life.

Gene and his wife, Helen, reside in Jacksonville, Florida, and have two grown children.

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The Love of our Lord God is undiscriable.
Luz Vasquez
This book really helped me to see things from God's point of view.
Kip Perkins
This book is in beautiful condition and the binding is lovely!
Melody McManus

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dave Y. on April 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Divine Romance was... well... um... divine! And, gosh, the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because there's a few other favorite titles I've read that impacted me more intensely than this one in particular. I realize that this may make it seem I don't regard this book as a "hot" title, but nothing could be further from the truth. I really did almost give it 5 stars. This was a fantastic read and I highly recommend it to anyone, Christian or not!
Gene Edwards is a remarkable story teller and has the wonderful ability to draw the reader into reality through fiction. I don't know how else to put it. The Divine Romance is a fictional story (based completely on the reality of spirit life) about the creation of the world and God's intent for man from before the world was made. It illuminates a most spectacular description of the bride of the Lord Jesus Christ and God's romantic passion for her. The reader in turn is drawn into a rich encounter with Christ that is far from fiction. I felt the Lord's presence immensly while reading this book. It made me want to pray and to cry and to get really serious about my relationship with Jesus.
Gene's account wholly gels with Scripture, but he uses his imagination which is sparked by his deep love for Jesus to paint this incredible picture for the believer to understand how God really views His children. If you're a biblically technical critic, you might struggle a bit with this book because it is largely Gene's imaginitive insights into the Scripture and the reality of Christian life, more than it is verbatim Scripture. I found it delightful, and though it is fiction, it's almost impossible to just shelf it as a mere fictional story because, in reality, Gene is telling the Gospel truth.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Gene Edwards has attempted the impossible: to describe in finite language the infinite love of God and His purpose in creating and redeeming humankind. No one, and I repeat, No one has ever even approached doing this description better than Gene Edwards. Joy and indescribable intimacy permeate these words, as I rejoice in the love of God as I read this book. But it is not a once in a lifetime experience. Over the 10 or more years that I have owned a copy of this book, I have read it multiple times, and it affects me deeply every time I read it. I recommend it to everyone who wants to experience the depth of love a human being can experience with the living God.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Jones on December 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Despite not being a fan of "allegorical " or "fictional" storytelling based on biblical truths, I found this book a valiant attempt to put into words a marvelous truth in the Bible. God wants to get married! While I find many readers tend to get stuck in the allegory, some may discover something that they may have never considered before... the Bible is actually a book detailing a divine romance between God and His creation. It is easy to see how the ministry of Witness Lee (titles also available on Amazon) has influenced Gene's understanding of the Bible and contributed to his realization of the divine romance. One warning though, don't get stuck in the allegory-- let this book open your eyes to what may be a fresh perspective to God's plan for His chosen people.
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Format: Paperback
About a decade ago I first picked up this book. Something was bothering me, and I put it down. In the intervening time two things have happened. One is that, completely apart from this book I, too, fell in love with the story of God's divine romance with us. Passages like Ezekiel 16 would jump out at me, and I began to savor a figurative reading of the Song of Songs. I even read other authors on the topic like Brian Simmons and portions of Madame Guyon. This first step was important b/c in a way I may not have been ready for the unabashed bliss of God in relation to His Bride without it. This was not a truth trumpeted by my tradition, and it took awhile for me to be comfortable with it. The second thing that happened is that I started to become theologically savvy. Having been immersed in a lot of theological errors that had a negative effect on those I loved and upon me, I started to understand the import of theological study not just for head knowledge but for personal formation and the shaping of the Bride.

These two parts of me have been a bit at war while finally picking up this book for a full read-through. I don't often write book reviews, but I thought engaging this might be helpful for others either in choosing whether to read it or in reading with discernment.

First of all, I do find much in this book beautiful. For instance, there is a lovely scene when God is about to build woman in which His overwhelming passion at considering His own future counterpart is brilliantly evoked.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lori Patton on October 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book puts forth a beautiful message of the love between God and His creation. Edwards also does an excellent job of explaining the mystery of the Church as the Bride, as well as stepping out of time and space to try to view the universe as God does. However, I am only rating the book with four stars due to several questionable beliefs which Edwards seems to state as fact. Readers should consult with the Bible before blindly accepting these views. First is Edward's statement that Eve was created on the eighth day (after Creation) rather than on the sixth day along with Adam. I have never heard of this view before and I believe Genesis is very clear that God created male and female both on Day 6. Secondly, Edwards writes that God only wants man to love Him in return and does not require obedience to the law or adherence to any church practice including prayer. While it is certainly true that love is paramount in man's relationship with God, to negate the importance of prayer and the commandments is a disservice to the reader. Jesus Himself taught His disciples how to pray and told them to keep the commandments. In summary, I recommend this book as a good way to examine God's love for creation and to meditate on the salvation in Christ, but readers should realize this is a fictionalized account based on Biblical truth, and thus should not look to it as the Gospel itself.
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