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- Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004M5HJ9E
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“Reading this book will change the way you think about yourself, God, the Christian life, and maybe a few other things along the way! Bypassing centuries of unbiblical ‘Christian’ teaching, Ralph Harris brilliantly returns us to the start of the Christian life―what happens at the new birth―and shows the wonder of God’s plan to express His life through each believer. If you’ve wondered why the Christian life as generally taught doesn’t entirely work, this book is for you!”
―David Gregory, author of the bestselling Dinner with a Perfect Stranger
“I just finished reading God’s Astounding Opinion of You today and wanted to say how much I enjoyed the book. The author has a real gift for communicating the truth of who we are in Christ and of our Father's ridiculously over-the-top love in a way that really communicates. I found it hard to put down the book every time I started reading it. I especially appreciated the personal transparency and nonreligious approach in sharing the message. Some books are enjoyable but forgettable. Others are memorable and inspirational. Now and then you’ll come across one that is transformational. This book fits in the last category. I guarantee those who read it with a hungry heart won’t be disappointed.”
―Steve McVey, president of Grace Walk Ministries
“This book will seriously spoil you for the religion of rules and the futile attempt to keep them! It will also lead you to the heart of the real Gospel―relationship with the God who passionately loves you. This is a must read for those weary of aimless wandering in religious systems while knowing that there must be more to knowing God than what they presently experience. There is and this book will show you the way. May the blessing of God rest on the book that it may be used to bring life and hope to all who read it.”
―Malcolm Smith, president of Unconditional Love International
“Ralph reminds us in a refreshing way that we are not on our own when it comes to pleasing God. It is Christ in us who shines forth His glory. And we can rest in the knowledge that He is able to accomplish in us and through us all that we are called to be.”
―Twila Paris, Dove Award winning singer/songwriter and author
“Something happened to me when I was reading Ralph Harris's book. I thought I had a pretty good grasp on how God sees me. I truly had not seen how little I believed it! Ralph’s engaging style convinced me anew that God isn't twisting my arm to get me to do things His way; instead, He invites me to discover how uncomplicated it can be to walk with Him, yielding simply to the Holy Spirit as I take a breath and wait in the glorious moment of the ‘intentional pause.’ I am changed, and it feels wonderful.”
―Sue Thompson, author of The Prodigal Brother
“I love what Ralph has done with God’s Astounding Opinion of You! Ralph has captured―and effectively communicated―what God thinks of us. By claiming God's opinion, rather than that of the various negative forces that surround on a daily basis, we can change our lives so that they really work (more and better than we ever dreamed of). Once this concept is a constant in our lives, the climax of this collection of wonderful stories and biblical truths is an increased attraction to God and a desire for more and more of Him!”
―Marita Littauer, president of CLASServices Inc.
“Spending a couple of hours with Ralph leaves me refreshed and charged up, ready to see what God will do next. Reading this book is very much like sitting down with Ralph over coffee―he writes that well. But the message of this book is the best part. Don’t miss out on this surprising and clear exploration of grace!”
―Tom Beaman, senior pastor, Grace Evangelical Free Church
“I've been a Christian for 38 years and in full-time ministry for 30 years, and this is the best book I've ever read. It does the best job of explaining the grace of God and God's astounding opinion of you that I have ever seen. It is inspiring and uplifting in a way that you feel as if you're having a conversation with the author. It is easy to read but full of profound truths. I would be surprised if it didn't change everyone's life who reads it. Do yourself a big favor and read this book.”
―Mike Quarles, coauthor, Freedom from Addiction, director of Grace Walk Recovery Ministry
About the Author
Ralph Harris, a longtime pastor and teacher, is now President of LifeCourse Ministries in Longmont, Colorado, a ministry devoted to teaching people about their astounding identity in Christ and how to live from God’s opinion of them. A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) and Life Pacific College, Ralph writes extensively, meets with people and groups via the Internet, and travels and speaks frequently for the ministry. He, his wife, Sarah, and their daughters, Ellen and Emma, live and love to play in the amazing expanse of the Rocky Mountains.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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I re-read chapter 13 two times to make sure I didn't miss him writing "Look at yourself as God sees you!", but given how he expounds at length on applying that principle when he states it in the other chapters of the book, I am sure I didn't miss it if he gave it: it should have taken about a third of the chapter judging from the other chapters, but there is not a peep, not a mutter.
My suspicion is that he didn't, because if the subject of the chapter was how God frustrated Paul by giving him the thorn in the flesh (not mentioned is the phrase "Messenger of Satan"), then reminding people that "You're a son/daughter of God!" immediately raises the question of why God violated His revelation to Paul that fathers shouldn't provoke their children to wrath (Eph. 6:4). Paul put the father as the subject of the passage, putting the onus on the father for his provocations, not on the child for giving way to wrath.
I would normally get very exasperated at such exercises in Spiritual and Exegetical Onanism (think about it), and fling the book away, except that it was on my IPad. And the rest of the book is REALLY very good and I highly recommend it, so I prayed about it (Ralph isn't the only Grace believer puzzled and frustrated by that passage) and decided instead to write this review (my first one on Amazon Books, so Pastor Harris should be flattered! (And I WANT to say Ralph, because he's so open about his flaws and struggles, one can't help but think of him as a friend long before the end of the book)).
I think the key is in the preceding passage: it is believed that the person who went to heaven and saw those awesome visions was Paul, and spoke in the third person because he didn't want to "trigger" the experience that created the temptation to pride that the "messenger of satan" was intended to counteract (where's the work of the Spirit, by the way?) In chapter 15, Pastor Harris urges us to imagine and believe how Heaven views us,so I wonder this: is that what happened to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:1 - 4, necessitating verses 7-12 as "damage control", because he didn't have to imagine or believe what Heaven thought of him, but that he witnessed it personally as part of that vision? Did Paul OD on Grace? If so, then the antidote, the solution, the response of God to Paul's prayer was...grace. Talk about the hair of the dog that bit you!
The wonderful thread that links the chapters together ("See yourself and others as God and Heaven sees you") is mysteriously broken in chapter 13. It needs fixing, so I look forward to the second edition.
If you give one book to anyone this year, yourself included, I so encourage you to let it be this book - you and others will bless you for it big time!