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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310329698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310329695
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A forceful presentation ... vividly inspiring."
--Dallas Willard, author of Divine Conspiracy and Renovation of the Heart

"This book shows why anyone who grasps the nature of God and of his gospel will live a life poured out in acts of generosity. I'm glad to recommend it.
--Tim Keller, Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

"An amazing book."
--Jerry Bridges, author of The Pursuit of Holiness

"Charming writing, winsome freshness, and gospel zeal."
--Bryan Chapell, President Covenant Theological Seminary

"A work of rare theological and spiritual perceptiveness. This is practical Christian divinity at its best: intellectually astute, humane, and animated by the gospel's generosity.'
--John Webster, Professor, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

"A must read. This is a great book ... beautifully written, practical, helpful, and biblically sound."
--John M. Perkins, civil rights activist, Founder and President Emeritus of the Christian Community Development Association, and President of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation

"A rare combination--a robust, warm-hearted, accessible book that glorifies our generous Triune God and will instruct and inspire readers throughout the church."
--Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bibl

"A thought-provoking, deeply needed vision of our calling to gospel-living."
--Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church

"Here is a rich portrayal of redemption!"
--Bruce K. Waltke, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Regent College, Vancouver BC

"I highly recommend God So Loved, He Gave for every recipient of God's grace who desires to become a participant in divine generosity."
--Howard Dayton, Cofounder, Crown Financial Ministries, Founder, Compass-Finances God's Way

"Kapic leads us into the breathtaking vistas with beauty and wisdom. This book itself is a welcome gift to Christ's body."
--Michael Horton, author of The Christian Faith

"An elegant portrayal of a marvelously generous God."
--Richard J. Mouw, President and Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary

About the Author

Kelly M. Kapic is Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He is the author of Communion with God: The Divine and Human in the Theology of John Owen and editor of The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics, Overcoming Sin and Temptation, and Communion with the Triune God. Kelly is married to Tabitha, the U.S. National Director of Medair, an international relief and rehabilitation organization. Kelly and Tabitha have two children, Jonathan and Margot.

Justin L. Borger, Kelly's former student at Covenant College, serves as the Generosity Content
Director for the Maclellan Foundation.

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Nevertheless, it a big book in other ways.
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This is a book that will challenge you to see the gift of eternal life and how God calls you in every area of life to live out the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dave J. Jenkins
I agree with the litany of glowing endorsements that this is a book that should move to the top of your reading list.
Wesley Vander Lugt

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wesley Vander Lugt on November 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It is rare to recommend a book without any reservations, but Go So Loved, He Gave is that sort of book. I agree with the litany of glowing endorsements that this is a book that should move to the top of your reading list.

With sparkling prose, Kelly M. Kapic (professor of theology at Covenant College) and Justin Borger (Generosity Content Director for the Maclellan Foundation) describe the biblical story through the lens of generosity, articulating a comprehensive vision supported by compelling expositions of particular passages. At the heart of this story is the triune God who owns all things not through holy hoarding, but through acts of holy generosity. Out of his loving generosity, God created the world, but sinful humans abused this gift by selfishly taking, becoming broken and banished instead of enjoying the bliss of belonging. Astonishingly, God addressed this brokenness not by punishing his rebellious creation, but by giving himself so that his creatures can truly belong to him. Belonging to God means participating in his kingdom inaugurated by the work of Jesus, and living within the movements of divine generosity.

At this point in the book, the narrative slows down and deals in more detail with the nature of God the Father's gift of the Son and the Spirit, as well as the process of believing, experiencing, and living within this gift. The authors do so through unrushed, conversational retellings of Gospel stories, which reveal that faith in Jesus is itself a gift from God while at the same time an urgent demand. The Spirit too is a gift uniting us to Christ as a guarantee, seal, and first-fruit of fully experiencing God's gifts in the kingdom and new creation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dave J. Jenkins VINE VOICE on December 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
God So Loved, He Gave: Entering the Movement of Divine Generosity is written by Kelly M. Kapic Professor of Christian Studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia along with Justin Borger who serves as the Generosity Content Director for the Maclellan Foundation. The book is broken down into three sections: First, from belonging to bondage, second God Reclaims all by giving all: Son, Spirit and Kingdom, and in the final sections concludes with living in the gifts: cross, resurrection church.

Dr. Jerry Bridges in the endorsing this book notes that this work should be read attentively and prayerfully, and he's spot on with that statement. This is an important book, one that is grounded in the premise that God's generosity in creating the world, and specifically in sending the gift of His Son to do His work in the Cross and Resurrection.

This work is thoroughly grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The authors explain how God created a good and perfect world but that world turned from him and now- the Father loved the world and gave the Son, and the Father and the Son pour out the gift of the Spirit into the hearts of humanity bringing about praise, hope and new creation. The Gospel in this work is never assumed but rather explained in great detail.

As the argument continues to unfold in the book, the reader will get a greater sense of the work of God in creation and in the Word of God. The authors conclude this book by looking at the practical ramifications for all they have said but even then they do not revert to self-help but ground all they say in the Word of God.

This is a book that received glowing endorsements from many men, I highly regard such as Justin Taylor, Dr. Bridges, Dr. Horton, and Dr.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dave K on March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We might expect a book about giving to be a guilt-trip and focused on our wallet. This book is neither of these.

It begins "Let me tell you a story...the story about God."

That tells you a lot about this book. It is not a long book, although its 200 pages are closely typed and it is tightly written. Nevertheless, it a big book in other ways. The book sweeps from creation, through the fall to redemption with God himself as the centre of the story. As the main actor in this drama God is thoughtfully and beautifully shown to be God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And the story's major theme is God giving himself in the Son and the Spirit to a people who never deserved such grace.

With this as the big picture the application becomes refreshingly different to many exhortations to generosity you may have heard.

> It is saturated in grace - we are reminded to give because we have first received.
> It is God-centred - you are inspired to grow in generosity, but wonder and thankfulness for the Triune God is the dominant melody.
> It is inviting rather than pushy - as the subtitle suggests, we are invited into God's story and into the relationship between the three persons of the Trinity.

But this God of grace takes you to quite dizzying heights, and things look a bit different from his perspective. Just as God invites you in to join him, he invites you to join him going out in self-giving. Kapic and Berger show that it is the grace of the Triune God which will make generosity so much more radical than it would be otherwise. E.g.

> God didn't just give things, but his person - so how can we respond by just giving a percentage rather than our whole selves?
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