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About the Author

Diana Pavlac Glyer is an award-winning writer whose work focuses on the creative process. She holds degrees in art, education, literature, and composition. She has published extensively on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings, and is best known for "The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community." She teaches English at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Lindale & Associates (May 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057804501X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578045016
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Russ Renovatio on April 29, 2015
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There are four key things to note about "Clay in the Potter's Hands" :

(1) Diana Pavlac Glyer is not just a potter who has written a book about the art and the steps involved. She is a teacher, a veteran university-level educator. Her experience at the potter's wheel, plus her intellect and skill with words, might be enough to recommend this book. You'll quickly find those things to be just the topsoil of a very valuable crop that you're about to harvest.

(2) This isn't merely a how-to book about pottery. If that's all it were, it would be terrific enough. You don't have an interest in making pottery? No problem. This is a book about process - of pottery, sure; and even more of life itself. And it's about the results - in you, by you. This book (CIPH for short) is a loving embrace that takes you on a journey of finding a fullness of life by engaging in the woven intricacies of your mind and heart. It is a tender introspection and dedication to exploring the deepest and highest meanings. It's all lovingly crafted and presented with rich insights shaped by gratitude and hope, which are built on the author's very wonderfully, beautifully shared joy of her dedication to life's discoveries. Her joy becomes yours, by osmosis if you will. Ultimately, CIPH is a guidebook that is very nearly a holistic experience in itself. The only limitations here are on the part of the reader because reading it is participation. Diana Glyer doesn't challenge you to examine your heart, your mind, and your approach to life; she welcomes you to it and invites you to make a profound adventure of it.

(3) CIPH may be the easiest read you'll ever have. It's as if the author is simply sitting with you, talking with you. That is, in fact, the case.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Maudlin on July 7, 2011
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This book is very powerful, especially for folks who have had some wobbles in life and aren't entirely sure they can be redeemed *here* - I think many Christians have confidence about their eventual, heavenly redemption - but here, in this life, well... we're fallen, we're broken, and we become easily discouraged -- BUT God does not. It's helps to be reminded that He's big, I'm little, He's got a whole different perspective on the matter of *me* and the shape of my life. A great book to read quickly and a great book to read slowly and allow it to soak in (and the photographs are beautiful, too).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Lazo on July 1, 2011
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I love this book--and I don't normally appreciate devotional literature. However, with incredible deftness, skill, and hours of honest prayer, Diana Glyer has crafted an ideal book for all who grapple with God--it guides firmly even while leaving space both for readers and the ultimate Author of all--the Potter who is not daunted.

I have left good, honest tears on every page and shall return to this book again and again. I urge others to buy this, to share it in private and in small groups, and to come to know the healing that is in the Potter's hands.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Sainsbury on May 12, 2015
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I have always like the use of metaphors to deepen the understanding of important ideas and thoughts that enrich out lives. That we are brought into this life and shaped by God is so well presented by Diana Glyer in her book, "Clay In the Potters" hands" She likens the intricate process and care of the making of a simple article of clay to the transformation of us as God's children. I found her prayers, and questions for discussion, so very inspiring and helpful as I seek to further understand my relationship with God. A great read for all, for those of us who seek God in their lives every day and for those yet to make that connection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Long on May 11, 2015
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I was skeptical when I first picked up this book. So much has been written and said on the metaphor of God as the Potter, that I wondered what Glyer could possibly add to the conversation. _Clay in the Potter's Hands_ proved me wrong. Glyer has the ear of a poet, the eye of an artist, and the mind of a scholar, which makes reading this book so enjoyable, inspirational, and illuminating. This is the most detailed and thorough treatment of this metaphor that I've come across. My wife and I have used excerpts of this in our college courses. Simply put, if you are an artist, writer, teacher, pastor, or Christian, you'll enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Hayes on May 12, 2015
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Diana Gyler’s Clay in the Potter’s Hands is a sensitive, insightful, and prophetic work that presses the wisdom and love of God firmly into the clay on the potter’s wheel so that we might grasp the significance of God’s hand in the trials we face as He shapes us to His likeness. This book is written with visceral understanding of pottery-making, reverence for the Divine, and first-hand knowledge of humanity's daily struggles as we wrestle with and yield to God. This work is beautifully written and would make an amazing audio book, as well as a must-have in our libraries. I hope we can look forward to that in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug Jackson on May 10, 2015
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Extending a single biblical metaphor to book-length is a tricky business, especially when doing so requires expert knowledge not only in exegesis but in pottery, but Diana Glyer manages it beautifully. Her obvious love of her crafts - shaping clay and shaping words - and of the spiritual communion of which she writes, make this book an aesthetic delight and a devotional blessing. In a world of Evangelical devotional books that cloy with sloppy sentiment, this is a refreshing change!
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