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Embracing the mysterious God : loving the God we don't understand
White, James Emery, 1961-
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Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, [2003]

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174 pages; 22 cm
The betrayal of God -- The exclusivity of God -- The distance of God -- The silence of God -- The foolishness of God -- The mystery of God -- The will of God -- The deception of God -- The dislike of people -- The danger of people -- Conclusion : living in tension.
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One of Christianity Today's 2003 Books of the Year! We give ourselves to God and then struggle profoundly with the relationship. We are drawn in and then want to flee in fear. We move from faith to doubt, trust to confusion, intimacy to a feeling of abandonment. Coming to faith is like falling in love. It can be a head-over-heels rush to the altar or a slow acceptance that slips into a heartfelt embrace. Either way, eventually romance crashes headlong into reality. Often we make things worse either by feeling guilty about our struggles with doubt or by trying to dismiss them as unimportant or insignificant. We may even become resentful that God does not simply step in to clear up our confusion.When we find ourselves in any of these predicaments, the only way out is to face our uncertainties about God--deliberately and directly.In Embracing the Mysterious God James Emery White explores these struggles we all face--struggles of heart, soul, mind and strength. And struggles to love our neighbors as ourselves. Here you will find your tough questions about God addressed. Better still, you will find the way to renewed faith.

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While many recent books have addressed the difficulties of maintaining a deep, intimate relationship with God, White's contribution offers remarkable clarity of thought. The founding pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church and author of several books on spirituality structures his discussion around the "Great Commandment": to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and then to turn that love outward to others. He begins with the struggles of the heart, addressing the problem of evil and the scandal of the gospel's exclusivity, then moves on to conflicts of the soul, the mind, the "strength" and relationships with others. He candidly describes often-denied doubts that believers have in areas both major (the silence of God, the will of God) and minor (the fact that there are people we just don't like). Without giving simplistic answers to any of these questions, White provides insightful and encouraging guidance for all of them. He also contributes extremely helpful distinctions (e.g., different uses of the word "tolerance") that thoughtful Christians will be quoting for years to come. The book's moving, well-crafted illustrations-from the faith wrestlings of a young Mother Teresa to a moving story from Corrie ten Boom's childhood-give color and depth to the discussion. Reflecting a breadth of knowledge, this book will appeal to more educated readers, yet its accessibility and brevity will give it a much wider audience. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introduction: Struggling with God
Part 1 The Struggle of Our Hearts
1 The Betrayal of God
2 The Exclusivity of God
Part 2 The Struggle of Our Souls
3 The Distance of God
4 The Silence of God
Part 3 The Struggle of Our Minds
5 The Foolishness of God
6 The Mystery of God
Part 4 The Struggle of Our Strength
7 The Will of God
8 The Deception of God
Part 5 The Struggle with Our Neighbors
9 The Dislike of People
10 The Danger of People
Conclusion: Living in Tension