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Dogspell: A Dogmatic Theology on the Abounding Love of God Paperback – June, 2000

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Mary Ellen Ashcroft, author of "The Magdalen Gospel" and"Temptations Women Face," admits in "Dogspell" that she has learned an awful lot about God from...Cluny, her black lab. Although sometime overly colloquial and chatty, Ashcroft is making quite serious points, both about God and about religious language generally.

Following theologians like Janet Martin Soskice, Ashcroft insists that metaphor is an essential tool for talking about God. This is not something that goes without saying in an age when many Christians are stuck a hyper-rational, scientifically-verifiable, Enlightenment way of thinking about religion. Scripture and the church have always provided lots of metaphors. But sometimes we get stuck in a metaphor-groove. While "God is King," writes Ashcroft, is a useful and true metaphor, it is neither useful nor true to think of God only as king, only as magisterial, only as an enthroned being on high before which we bow down. Ashcroft wants us to think about God as a dog. For dogs, she say, love their people limitlessly and immediately. Your dog is always thrilled to see you when you come home, even if you've only been gone for 10 minutes. And your dog never grows weary of you. That, says Ashcroft, is exactly how God loves us: boundlessly, ceaselessly, unreasonably. (Beliefnet, June 2000) -- From Beliefnet

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  • Paperback: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Forest of Peace Publishing (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939516519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939516513
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,917,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 4, 2001
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Dogspell is a playful and entertaining reminder of God's love -- even in the darkest times. Whether away from home, caught in the rain/mud, regardless of appearances; God, like a dog, loves unconditionally. The metaphor of God as dog emphasizes the joy of a loving relationship with God. Mary Ellen Ashcroft creates parallels between the greeting of a dog and God's welcome, a dog's love of all people and God's love, and a dog's need for attention and God's call. Each reader will find a unique personal message and inspiration in this book.
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I use this with teenagers going through confirmation class. It is so easy for youth to relate to - and even for adults. Also good for a small group, or for church vestry/council/session reflections.
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A wonderful, inspiring and humorous book--perfect for everyone, even those of us who are cat lovers rather than dog lovers. I already had my copy but purchased two copies for friends of mine.
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Ms. Ashcroft understands how humans love their dogs. George Eliot said people long for an affection altogether ignorant of their faults, and that we love our dogs because they look at us with a pure love, an "uncritical" attachment. But the "Abounding Love of God" translates the no boundaries love of her Lab, into an image of the no boundaries love of God for his human creatures. If you love dogs, and you want to love God more, this book is for you.
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