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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