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Attempting to recapture the spirit of J. B. Phillips' classic, Your God Is Too Small, Stevens addresses various assumptions about God and sorts through twelve different views of God, six destructive and six constructive. God is not, for instance, a cop waiting to catch you breaking the law. Neither is he a talent show judge, wincing as you struggle through life. Far more constructive is an image of God as the neighbor you can call for help in the dead of night or a tired-eyed father waiting for his child to return home safely. These images come straight from Jesus' teachings and invite you into a new experience with the true and living God.
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Publication Date: 2009
Jarrett Stevens is a pastor, writer, and speaker. He and his wife Jeanne live in downtown Chicago where they have planted a growing church, Soul City, and do life with their two young children, Elijah and Gigi. Jarrett was previously on staff as a teaching pastor with Willow Creek Church in Chicago, as well as pastoring at North Point Church in Atlanta. Known for his humor and honesty, Stevens is a popular speaker at churches and conferences both nationally and internationally.
Years ago Stevens found himself stunned and amazed when reading through Your God Is Too Small by J. B. Phillips. The inspiration for The Deity Formerly Known as God was Stevens desire to put that book into a form that todays audience could appreciate and understand. The author puts God into tangible images that are easy to relate to. Visuals like the cop around the corner, boardroom leader, and a late night neighbor help readers understand God in functional, specific ways.
If you have ever felt like you dont understand exactly who God is, or if you are currently trying to find a better way to explain him to the people who dont know him, this is an excellent resource. Readers will find themselves nodding their heads as they realize that they have had some of these views on God at times. This easy to read, yet intriguing book is about a subject we can never know enough about. I recommend it highly. Alyssa Curry, Christian Book Previews.com
Judith Merrill5 Stars Out Of 5September 18, 2008Judith MerrillAs a high school Sunday school teacher, I would recommend this book to anyone teaching or working with youth.This book will allow your youth to explore their true feelings about God. It will than allow them to see God throught Jesus's eye, and hopefully a clearer view of who God is.
Safiya4 Stars Out Of 5August 24, 2007SafiyaThe Deity Formerly Known as God is an eye-opening page turner that I encourage everyone, Christian and non-Christian alike, to read. I believe that each of us carries an unhealthy image of God around inside of us, and this book has helped me to let go of mine. I strongly recommend it.
Alan Reynolds2 Stars Out Of 5November 5, 2006Alan ReynoldsThis book was almost completely pathetic. There were a couple of good chapters, but they were severely drowned out by the abundance of stories and lack of substance. Heresy abounds, and God is brought from Sovereign to warm-fuzzy. It claims to recapture the spirit of JB Phillips "Your God is too Small." It doesn't. Don't waste your time or money. Nice try, horrible result. It basically becomes more non-sense from "postmodern" Christianity. Blah.