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A long winded confusing struggle with God, religion and transcendence
on February 1, 2014
This book is about a man’s struggle with god and religion, and “… exiting religious slavery”, and embracing grace. The author asserts “I believe grace brings such a soulshift that will awaken that inner abundance and contentment.” And introduces the concept of grace-shock: “It is shocking that a … dedication to God manifests in hatred, even violence and abuse, and all that in the name of that God.”
Brilliant men are quoted:
Men never do evil so completely and so cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. ~ Blaise Pascal
Books and parables are cited. The author asks a lot of rhetorical questions. And exactly what does this mean:
“But it matters, more important, that we manifest the love of God on every dimension. Behavior and belief are not unimportant, but I do say—through word and deed—that our distinguishing characteristic as authentic people of grace, love, and truth; that we are a people who love as he loved—unconditionally. That is what will bring about belief and behavior transformations that would otherwise lead to destructive outcomes.”
If you want to see how the author drives readers in circles, look at the table of contents.
There are many many confusing passages in this book that defy analysis. Read this book if you want to be confused about God, religion, transformational love, and grace to the point where you just want to give up and let someone else give you the answers, just like in the Landmark Forum.