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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Windblown Media; 1 edition (November 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935170058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935170051
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A good book is a good read. A great book forces you to actually put it down, go away, and digest what you just read because of how it messed with your heart or head. This is a great book!"—Drew Marshall, host of The Drew Marshall Show, Canada's most-listened-to spiritual talk show

"Be ready to have your spiritual world rocked. Hufford takes us outside the traditional misunderstandings of God and shows us the Father Jesus constantly spoke about."—Wayne Jacobsen, collaborator on The Shack

About the Author

Darin Hufford is the host of the Into the Wild podcast and the founder and president of the Free Believers Network. He travels and speaks throughout the world on knowing the heart of God. Currently, Darin lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Angie, and their five children.

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Darin writes about a God whose love is unconditional!
Jerry Johnson
This book was a really good read and covered many areas that I have felt for a long time.
If you have doubts about God's love, I would highly recommend this book.

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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Chad Estes on October 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
God is Love.

It seems to be a simple thought conveyed in a simple sentence; a skinny diving board of a definition suspended over the greater pool of theology; an entry point for the uneducated. Darin Hufford doesn't agree. He portrays this minimal concept in a whole different light in his book, "The Misunderstood God." Instead of this truth being the jumping off platform to enter the deeper things of knowing God, he sees it as the whole, defining point. He thinks we've been lied to, about God, and about his love, especially for us.

Using the familiar passage in 1st Corinthians commonly referred to as "The Love Chapter," Hufford takes the definitions of love and applies them to God. Though it sounds like a basic, Sunday School lesson, the results are profound and often disturbing. If he is right, some of the common characteristics we have clothed God with are full of holes. Though he doesn't specifically finger any Christian teacher or leader with his correction, he doesn't need to. This isn't a treatise against one specific denomination; it is full-frontal attack on fear-based religion. Though I wished I'd read through his chapters unscathed, I found that many of the thoughts, beliefs and actions he confronts are ones that I've heard, accepted and repeated myself.

With a much appreciated edit from Windblown Media, Hufford's book (which was previously titled "The God's Honest Truth") is nearly half the length, has a friendlier cover, is half the cost, and has some great, new content. Hopefully it will find a new life and be read by a whole lot more people.

A suggestion--I expect this book to be misquoted by others whose opinions and positions are challenged by the content within.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Jim Robbins on October 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Our emotional health is directly tied to our view of God. Faulty assumptions about God will sabotage your heart. For that reason, I highly recommend Darin Hufford's new book, "The Misunderstood God - the lies religion tells us about God," because the book so ably exposes those harmful assumptions and invites the reader into a deeper freedom.

The book also has staying power. I found myself reflecting on key portions of the book long after I'd read it. The chapter exposing the myth of "The Angry God" reminded me that, "Love is not easily provoked." And despite what we may have been told, the Holy Spirit is not easily wounded or offended. Our God's heart remains supple and open without the fragile neurosis that plagues most of us. We need him to be strong like that.

This book will help you get that heavy pack of religious assumptions and misunderstandings off your back, because you were never meant to carry that.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Aida Calder on October 19, 2009
Format: Paperback

Darin Hufford has in my opinion hit a home run with his newest book. A rewrite of his previous book, "The God's Honest Truth," "The Misunderstood God" is half the size of the original and has been updated with new material. Filled with examples taken from the author's own life, it's simple to read and yet very profound.

We've been told that God is love, yet religion has painted a picture of a god that is the complete opposite of love. As Darin explains, our understanding of love is so upside down that we've actually given Him the personality and characteristics of the devil. Using 1 Corinthians 13 as its foundation, "The Misunderstood God" turns the meaning of love right side up and paints a picture of God that is beautiful and very appealing.

I was originally introduced to Darin's ministry when I read "The God's Honest Truth" several years ago. I was immediately captivated and my life hasn't been the same since. Although I immediately fell in love with the original, this new edition is just as good.

I highly recommend "The Misunderstood God" but I suggest reading it with an open heart and mind. If you let it, it'll blow apart the lies you've been told about God and, like me, I believe you'll never again settle for manmade traditions. Instead, you'll want to know this wonderful God who really is love.

I gave this book a 5 star rating only because I couldn't give it a higher one.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alice J. Ferguson on October 20, 2009
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From the pen of a former pastor, comes a story of passion whose unfettered force fills the lungs of his writing and resuscitates the reader to respond with either a resounding "yes," a faint hope that breathes "can this be so?" or an expulsion of air that cries "heresy!" Darin Hufford is pretty much guaranteed attention and to get one of those responses in the reading of his new book The Misunderstood God. Attention that is enhanced by his powerful grip on the English language, keen insight into human behavior, and the character of his God, that leaves us in no doubt about his conviction that God really is misunderstood and that the Christian religion has perpetuated lies about who he really is.
The brilliance of this book lies in the way he has taken perhaps the most familiar of all biblical sentiments--the four verses in the Love (or Wedding!) chapter of I Corinthians that extol the virtues of love as patience, kindness, selflessness etc--and shows how historically humankind has distorted these qualities due to the lack of comprehension of what constitutes real love, and then subsequently transferred that twisted perception onto God--creating him in our own inadequate image and rendering him manifestly misunderstood.
But the most compelling feature of Darin's writing is his use of very personal experiences to illustrate and illuminate the obfuscated face of Father God. One that illustrates a combination of love's attributes--patience, not easily angered and protective--is the recollection of an incident when one of his little girls found him following evening service embarrassed and nervous because she had not made it to the bathroom in time and whimpered, "Daddy, I went pee-pee." Without even a pause, I scooped her up in my arms and covered her from the crowd.
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