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"Prepare to see God in new ways."  SHANE HIPPS. Teaching Pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church.  shanehipps.com  

"Jeff Cook offers an honest voice in the midst of too many saying the same thing with subtle, monotonous, meaningless differences ... There's more in this little book than its length indicates. Digest this book."  SCOT McKNIGHT. Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University.

"A creatively written and historically grounded portrait ... Everything New presents Jesus in beautiful and compelling ways."  PRESTON SPRINKLE.
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About the Author

Jeff Cook teaches philosophy at the University of Northern Colorado. He pastors Atlas Church and lives in Greeley, Colorado with his wife and two sons. You can see his work at: everythingnew.org

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Subversive Books (June 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615602274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615602271
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jeff Cook teaches philosophy at the University of Northern Colorado.

He pastors Atlas Church in Greeley, Colorado.

You can see his work at: www.everythingnew.org

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Adamson on August 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book takes a number of approaches to the problem of God-belief in a culture that has made many things about it intellectually and emotionally unsatisfying. I find that the greatest strength here is stepping away from the old standbys of traditional apologetics - arguments that prioritize biblical literalism, disparage the morality of the nonreligious, or try to systematically develop an intellectual framework that carefully sidesteps or weasels around legitimate conflicts within contemporary Christian theology. This may have been effective at one time, but I find more and more that recent work in apologetics invests more in shoring up an increasingly irrelevant religious culture than in developing a compelling case for Christ's teachings.

Cook avoids this trap by tackling the issues that matter directly - how can we believe in a good God in an evil-filled world? How can we find relevance in ancient biblical writings that were authored far before developments in astrophysics and biochemistry started to offer compelling explanations for things like the fate of the universe, or the chemical workings of our motivations and actions?

This book doesn't try to discredit those advancements, or gloss over difficult issues - it makes them the crux of the argument, and offers some novel perspectives that, in my opinion, make it evident exactly how limited the apologetics of the last few decades have really been.

I find Cook's case for why the story of Christ is fundamentally different from all other religious traditions to be the single most important part of this book. The God of Christ is one that takes the symbols of our deepest pain, struggle, and fear and turns them into images of hope and peace, and that is, as he says, "a God worth believing in".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Collin Cannon on February 4, 2015
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"Everything New" was the second book-length piece I had read by Jeff Cook. The first, Seven, is also worth your consideration if studying the Seven Deadly Sins and the Beatitudes is of interest to you. This later piece by Cook, Everything New, is a favorite of mine in Christian theology, second only to Lewis. I consider this work seminal for my later interest in Christian theology and my further involvement into church life more generally.
Now that it has been re-released, I greatly look forward to getting members of my extended family a copy of the book so that they can share a similar experience.
(Also, listening to the audio version by the author is a great way - I found - in hearing the tone of the work in its intended voice.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.C. Lembo on February 5, 2015
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I found this book uplifting and inspiring during a dark and confusing time. The ideas cook shares in this piece were the catalyst for my return to a relationship with Christ. I remember feeling elated while reading this because I, for the first time, didn't feel alone in the ways in which I believed in a loving God. This book gave me a sense of community and hope. I shed a few tears, and had some great laughs! A friend gave me my copy, and I gave that to another friend, now that it has been rereleased, I'll be purchasing another! "Everything New" makes a fabulous gift, it is worthy of your time, and a permanent home on your bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alberto De Luca on April 10, 2015
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"Everything New" was a phenomenal book. As a former student of Jeff Cook, this book brought me back to his classroom. Jeff's class had a greater impact on me than any other during my time at UNC. The book is a great example of Jeff's ability to convey such powerful messages through the simplest of personal stories (that I couldn't help but smile for some). His ability to captivate readers/audiences regardless of their religious beliefs speaks volumes about the type of write/speaker Jeff is. I am excited for my siblings to finish this book so that they can experience why I was so eager to attend Philosophy in college.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josh Packard on March 9, 2015
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Jeff Cook writes a fascinating little book about the nature of God, belief and faith as told through ideas of heaven and hell. In it, he combines the very best of academic training as a philosopher and the practical nature of his vocation as pastor. So there's historical context, but not at the expense of theological grounding. And there's application to modern life, but with a long historical and contextual lens. Most importantly, if you read carefully, you begin to see how this one idea, that God makes everything new, can open up an entirely unique and important conversation about God.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie McMartin on March 5, 2015
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This book changed the way I viewed God. It gave me permission to question and wrestle with issues of Heaven and Hell that I had previously neglected. As a graduate student studying English, I have never been more impressed with the open and humanizing tone of a Christian writer. This book reveals a Jesus that isn't reduced to a deistic therapist but is concerned with the redeeming of the earth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Scheffer on March 9, 2015
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Jeff Cook takes the reader on a journey from faith to doubt and back to faith. This book is beautifully and thoughtfully written and presents a graceful balance between philosophy and theology. In a world filled with evil and suffering, pain and doubt, Everything New points toward a God who is in the business of transformation. Good news indeed.
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