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The God Who Won't Let Go Paperback – August 1, 2001
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- Item Weight : 7.5 ounces
- Paperback : 162 pages
- ISBN-10 : 087793746X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0877937463
- Dimensions : 5.51 x 0.37 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Ave Maria Press; 60765th edition (August 1, 2001)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #977,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Van Breemen would probably be the first to admit that what he says is not all that new or original, but he presents the material in a manner that is both fresh and engaging. He focuses on a variety of themes common in the Christian tradition: God's love, the heart's deepest desires, vocation, redemption and forgiveness. These themes are based on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and van Breemen pays special attention to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as he explores these themes. The chapters of the book seem to flow from one to another rather than read like a treatise, and readers may wonder in what direction van Breemen is leading them. Yet after the book is completed, it is easy to see how it works as a whole, much like talks on a retreat. Since van Bremen does retreat work and spiritual direction, it is likely that he conceived of the idea for this book based on his retreat experience. The book is not meant to be read in one sitting and readers who do so will probably miss much of what van Breemen has to say. The book is ideal for spiritual reading. The chapters are concise and do not take a great deal of time to complete. The chapters also end with short prayers which can lead to further reflection.
While the book can be appreciated by just about any audience, it will probably be best appreciated by people familiar with Ignatian spirituality. Van Breemen writes in a style that can reach people at just about any spiritual level in a way that is respectful of a person's intelligence and challenges those who believe they have heard it all before.
Van Breemen writes of a "loving God" to match any of the other authors I liked and yet his books are also very grounded in scripture (and satisfy my Protestant paranoia)! They blend presenting a God who loves us unconditionally and eternally with all the challenges that Jesus and scripture present us with as we are called to conversion. And because these challenges to conversion come in the context of descriptions of God's ever-new love they enable my faltering and faint heart to sometimes say "yes"!
I would highly recommend this and any of vB's books. My only caution is that his books often seem to come from oral presentations he has given and therefore have a different feel to them than a book that was written from scratch as a book.
I had already read it for myself but read it again to my dad while he was dying. I loaned my copy to a client when she was dying but never got it back from her family so I bought a kindle version this time. It is a great book, not just for dying! It just seems those near the end really appreciate the healing wisdom shared.
This is the kind of book that you read one page and sit with it and let it stir. It is worth the purchase just for the writings of the Ten Commandments - they are written as freedoms.