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Surprised by God: How and Why What We Think about the Divine Matters Paperback – June 11, 2018
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- Item Weight : 4.2 ounces
- Paperback : 94 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1532635656
- ISBN-13 : 978-1532635656
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.24 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Cascade Books (June 11, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #131,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reading this book is like reading the biblical book of Job. Chris presents God as one who must be feared, who is beyond understanding, but capable of being known. Even so, our knowing God should not be translated into familiarity. God should always be approached in awe. The God of the Bible defies the domestication of deity that readers try to superimpose.
The temptation is to read Scripture, or theology, in an effort to understand God so that we can manipulate divine power in our behalf. That is especially true of popular Pentecostal/Charismatic spirituality. Green encourages us to sincerely engage Scripture and theology, but reminds that our knowledge of God cannot give us authority over him. God is utterly free of human manipulation. God graciously reveals himself. We are passive, overwhelmed by wonder.
This book is short, but each page is dense. The density of the words means that although small, the book is heavy. Filled with sincere contemplation, it deserves to be read slowly, and repeatedly.
“The good news is that GOD is not needy. GOD is conditioned by nothing, and so is in no way vulnerable to manipulation. And just for that reason we can trust the divine promises, and can rest in the hope that the end purposed for us is good as HE is good. GOD does not need our love, or our worship, or our obedience. GOD does not create or redeem us to meet some lack in HIS life. HE creates and saves for nothing but our good. All that HE does, like all that HE is, is gift. To see that is to live in the light.”
I've intentionally read this books slowly (as opposed to my habit of devouring short books like this) because each chapter is like a spiritual speed bump, necessitating my slowing down for contemplation and meditation on the writing. I am extremely grateful for this.
I intend on keeping this book in my backpack and returning to it time and again throughout my life.