Are we missing half the picture of God? For more than five millennia, scholars focused on the paternal or fatherly qualities of God's loving kindness, but forgot or ignored the maternal aspects. What is it about this issue that triggers such controversy? As a committed Christian and an investigative journalist, Trudy Beyak spent five years on a journey with pen and notebook in hand researching the Scriptures and interviewing more than fifty leading biblical scholars and celebrities from North America to the Middle East. What is God really like? What sacred evidence does the Bible reveal?
Trudy Beyak invites the reader to join her on a global journey to discover a fresh spiritual view of God that is relevant and encouraging for everyone. By weaving elements of her personal story, interview highlights with over fifty Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish leaders, and biblical facts, Trudy invites the reader to experience the comfort and intensity of God's infinite embrace: a love that shelters, protects and brings healing to every soul.
An award-winning investigative journalist, Trudy Beyak is acclaimed by the North American newspaper industry for her compassion and tenacity in pursuing stories that help people live healthier, happier lives. She lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia and has three daughters and seven grandchildren.
"This new book is an amazing example of how a collection of articulate, educated people deeply committed to differing religious faiths can agree on a concept that has never even occurred to most of us. And, yet the concept is so obvious." -Vivian Ruskin, a journalist who is related to Mark Twain
"God expresses his love in the metaphors of the family, both father and mother." -Ravi Zacharias, international evangelist
"God's love for us is like the deep love a mother has for her newborn, like the protective love a mother has for her sick three-year-old child, like the unconditional love a mother has for her cantankerous 18-year-old." -Anne Lamott, New York Times best-selling author
"All three persons of the Godhead reveal paternal and maternal qualities in their relationship with us. They are one in essence...The paternal aspect of God is a combination of authority and care; the maternal quality is one of loving support." -J.I. Packer, general editor, English Standard Version Bible
"When God created men and women to be like him, women are half of the equation--we are half of the picture." -Ruth Graham, author, daughter of Billy Graham
"The Old Testament prophets used the analogy of the "womb" to disclose how God gently "shelters us" and "carries us in compassionate love." -Pope Benedict XVI