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God Is an Amateur Paperback – February, 1994

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It is my deepest faith that God both desires and has the ability to make intimate contact with every human creature. After all, St. Augustine claimed that God loves each of us as if there were none other in all the world to love, and that he loves all as he loves each. This being the case, expect the Holy One to do high business with your soul, and begin to look not necessarily for a voice you can hear with our ears, but events that correspond amazingly to the need of that moment. The book that appeared somehow on my desk authentically "spoke" to my situation. Appropriateness, not audibility, is the clue, and if you will widen your understanding to include this form of "speaking," who knows, dear friend, what may become a burning bush for you?

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Forward Movement (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880281472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880281478
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,201,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred W Hood on January 2, 2005
Examples from early years in Birmingham as Rector of St. Lukes Episcopal Church, as he was in-between his shorter more compact homilies and his earlier involved confessional sermons he began while still in Louisville at Crescent Hill Baptist Church. In 1970's and 1980's I was on the receiving end of reading sermons from my Pastor in Huntsville. A short time after the death of his daughter, he quoted those who made his grief bearable being enrichened with meaning.

In mid-1980's Barbara and I listened to him daily in a Montreat Music Conference. There we heard sermons about "Warmth, Warmth, More Warmth," the visit of "The Magi to Bethlehem," plus his oft' used metaphors from Kierkegaard, Frederick Buechner, Sam Keen, Madeleine L'Engle, and Fred Craddock. In the first sermon of this book, I borrowed his examples about changes from the old English words as Artistic, Awful, Awesome. The prison inmates on leaving those Chapel Worship Services after hearing his stories

of miraculous healing, asked, "Chaplain, did that really happen?"

Since I have reviewed six of John's later books, I have become aware of his increasing stock of stories from the sources above have been amply supported by many others from Anthony DeMello. One difference is a continual effort to connect up his sermonic material to the concerns and issues of his listeners.

Gladly added by Retired Chalain Fred W Hood
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