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God So Loved, He Gave: Entering the Movement of Divine Generosity Hardcover – November 6, 2010
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About the Author
Justin L. Borger, Kelly's former student at Covenant College, serves as the Generosity Content
Director for the Maclellan Foundation.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is both throughly researched and profoundly moving. This author has put a great deal of thought and study into the subject, and that shows through on every page. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. Barry
I was hoping for a book that was different; more pragmatic. A book that would draw me back over the abyss of doubt. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brian W. Ewert