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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ensign Peak; First edition (October 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609071883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609071882
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Terryl Givens (PhD Comparative Literature, UNC Chapel Hill) holds the James A. Bostwick chair of English and is professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond. Author of several books, his writing has been praised by the New York Times as provocative reading, and includes, most recently, When Souls Had Wings, a history of the idea of premortal life in Western thought, and a biography (with Matthew Grow) of Parley Pratt (winner of the 2012 Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association). Fiona Givens (MA European History, University of Richmond) recently retired from directing the French Language program at Patrick Henry High School, in Ashland Virginia. Besides education, she has worked in translation services, as a lobbyist, and as communications director of a non-profit. A longtime collaborator in Terryls previous books, this is her first coauthorship.

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Very well written.
Debrakluit
I also read Terryl Givens book "Letter to a doubter" It was just as good, only a little shorter.
Ilene Witt
All in all a very good book that makes God a personal god that loves and cares for each one of us.
John Burgon

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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful By SciFiFan on December 8, 2012
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Terryl and Fiona Givens provide profound insight into the nature of God, our relation to Him, and the meaning of life. Their prose is clear and flowing, building logically from one illuminating concept to the next. Their case that faith is a conscious choice, and must necessarily be so in order to preserve freedom and agency, is inspiring.
Though perhaps less intellectually rigorous an apologia than Alvin Plantinga provides, here the Givens are his equal in presenting logically and clearly the case for the existence of God, and the nature of God as necessarily comprehensible, loving, and concerned for His children.
While written from a Mormon perspective, it is in no way a sectarian sermon or argument. The Givens' tone of gentle persuasion and clear logic is very reminiscent of C.S. Lewis.
This book's rightful place is with the best of Christian literature, and deserves to be read by anyone of any belief system who is concerned about the big questions of life.
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74 of 92 people found the following review helpful By sdone on October 25, 2012
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In John 17:3 One reads: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. Despite this seeming injunction to KNOW God, many would push Him away into such a far place in their attempt to glorify His image that He becomes neither possible to know nor even remotely interested in us, either as a group or as individuals. In this little gem Terryl and Fiona Givens remind us that it is possible for us as children of God to know our Father and to be about His business, the business of finding eternal life which actually began in the far distant past. We continue that quest in this vale of tears separated from the only true source of happiness. They remind us that we see through a glass darkly at first, but that we can come to know even as we are known and that it is not just an idle statement, that we can know God. It does not lessen His greatness or glory, but rather adds to it. They poignantly remind us that we can be "joint heirs with Christ if it so be that we suffer with him that we may be glorified together."

With erudition and sensitivity they take us on a journey through scripture and literary comment that helps us to be aware of what we knew and what we can know regarding this most important of all truth. The beauty of their work is in its validity and in realizing that the truly great thinkers of all time knew the source of their wisdom and what gave them utterance. When scholars would give us a picture of deity that is so far removed from anything understandable nor even possible to love the Givens remind us of our relationship to this God we worship and His divine Son, a relationship that not only allows, but begs for our understanding.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Shauna Wheelwright on October 24, 2012
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START THIS BOOK IN CHAPTERS 3-5 THEN READ CHAPTERS 1-2! JUST SAYIN'
I have had a couple of people now tell me that this book is a little hard to get into...And I tend to agree...
BUT...
Once you get to chapters 3-5 you can't put it down!
Amazing thoughts on who the God we worship is and how he LOVES his children~~US!
AND...How he wants us to be HAPPY!
If you have started this book...and have put it down...pick it back up and skip to chapter 3...
You will be happy you didn't give up on this book :)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Smootiful on August 19, 2013
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I was not ready for this book to end. I could have read and read forever. Honestly, this is one of the most profound and important books I have ever read. Having been raised in a fundamentalist Christian faith, I was all too familiar with the typical vengeful and fearsome God portrayed in the Old Testament. So much so that I have felt horribly bruised by it, and never able to believe the oxymoron that God actually LOVED me even while being so cold, distant and vengeful all of the time. I have spent my whole life up until this point really trying to believe that he loves me. This book is an epiphany...a game changer. It is salve for the soul. The Givens gently but perfectly guide the reader towards the truth about God, divinity, and his love for us in a way that makes the kind of sense that rings true in the deepest part of your soul. This book will be added to my current yearly "re-read" list.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TBC on May 8, 2013
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I've never read a book like this before but it's timing in my life was perfect - right around when the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre happened the same day a dear high school friend died in a tragic accident. I had picked it up because I'd heard a couple podcasts of the authors and couldn't stop thinking about how much I wanted more of what I heard from them. This book helped crystalize many thoughts, experiences, and feelings I have had all my life and the book expressed them so beautifully! This book is meant to be read aloud, it begs to be!

I have always struggled to know how to explain my LDS faith to others. I wanted to come from a common ground with other people of faith. I needed a broader vocabulary, a bank of knowledge to draw from. I really appreciated how timeless questions and dilemmas of where did I come from, what's the purpose of life, what happens after I die and so forth are framed through the lens of the world's greatest thinkers with the same questions. Their questions, answers, or portrayals are complimented by an explanation of LDS beliefs in a way I have rarely heard before, but craved as a lifelong member and wannabe scholar. In college I struggled to get a concise understanding about who and what shaped classic theology and world views. Four years wasn't long enough to digest all that was of interest to me! This is a great resource on that score drawing on the authors' backgrounds in comparative literature. And not just from Christians, I love that!

I also really appreciate that the book begins by recognizing everyone has a choice - to believe in God or not. Both are valid and evidence can be found on either side if you pursue it. But to not choose is also a choice. It all boils down to God and our agency - so simple.
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