"Whether by design or by chance," Terryl and Fiona Givens write, "we find ourselves in a universe filled with mystery. We encounter appealing arguments for a Divinity that is a childish projection, for prophets as scheming or deluded imposters, and for scripture as so much fabulous fiction. But there is also compelling evidence that a glorious Divinity presides over the cosmos, that His angels are strangers we have entertained unawares, and that His word and will are made manifest through a sacred canon that is never definitively closed.
What we choose to embrace, to be responsive to, is the purest reflection of who we are and what we love. That is why faith, the choice to believe, is in the final analysis, an action that is positively laden with moral significance." As humans, we are, like the poet John Keats, "straining at particles of light in the midst of a great darkness." And yet, the authors describe a version of life's meaning that is reasonable - and radically resonant.
It tells of a God whose heart beats in sympathy with ours, who set His heart upon us before the world was formed, who fashioned the Earth as a place of human ascent, not exile, and who has the desire and the capacity to bring the entire human family home again.
©2012 Terryl L. Given (P)2012 Shadow Mountain
"I read this fine book in order better to understand what Mormons believe about divine compassion, and it certainly gave me that. But more important: I received in reading it some deeply personal lessons about the tears of God." (Richard J. Mouw, PhD, President and Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary)
"Writing from the perspective of Mormon faith, Terryl and Fiona Givens have produced a work of theological reflection that has much to offer not only to Latter-Day Saints, but to intellectually and morally serious men and women of every religious persuasion who ponder the mystery of a God who, though profoundly transcendent, reveals Himself to us, offers us His friendship, and even shares our joys and sorrows." (Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University, author of The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, and Morals)
As a graduate-degreed, church-going Christian not many discussions of the Fall of Adam, Free Agency, or the Atonement of Christ fully engage my soul because I have heard it all so many times, particularly at the foundational level. What the Givenses accomplished with this book is to elevate the narrative to a higher realm of intelligence that challenges your mind while fully engaging your heart. I found myself thinking time and again that they had just put to words what I believe to be true but could not express as completely as they do.
I really enjoyed the narration by Fiona Givens because (1) I like British accents and (2) I believe that a work as spiritual and personal as this one is enhanced by the author's own voice.
I don't at this time own a copy of the printed version. But I will soon, and I will high light it and annotate it to my heart content.
Yes, if I had the printed version I'd be typing the quote.
The God Who Weeps, is an amazing book. I am LDS and I pray that someday our talks and lesson will be delivered with as much fullness. There is a saying amongst Church members, "Milk before meat." This book is the meat with a full bodied glass of wine with it. Truly enjoyable. Thank you, Terryl and Fiona Givens.
This book describes a God who not only weeps, but knows us. The language, the poetry, the choice of metaphors work seamlessly - aiding the listener to grasp something of the ineffable - something beyond description. It really is lovely.
This narrator brings a reverent cadence to the work that makes all the difference.
God's weeping for us, made me weep for God who knows our suffering - yet must allow it that we might learn in order to experience and even choose to learn - humility, grace and compassion while in this mortal coil.
This is a beautiful exploration of the existence of God. I loved the writing (though some will find it overly academic I just adored its richness). And the audio by Fiona Givens was pure ear candy.
The reader was wonderful. A very soothing voice. The analogies and historical references were excellent. Rang true.
The accent and inflection
When you think that you're insights have been expanded all that is possible in one book, it just keeps giving!!
I can't think of any other books that really compare...I guess some similar concepts were brought up in "Visions of Glory".
It's one that you can read over and over, and still glean more from each time.
This book gives new meaning to the phrase a loving all merciful God. Fiona's voice is heavenly to listen to, and her and her husband's words inspire and captivate.
On a side note, their mastery of the English language allows them to use extensive descriptive language. If you're looking for an easy read, this is probably not what you're looking for. But if you're looking for something to ponder, touch your heart, and help bring you closer to a oving father in heaven, then get this book! Can't wait to read their next book The Crucible of Doubt!
Other than the Scriptures - this was instantly my all time favorite religious book. It is eloquently written, and reverently expressive of a loving God. My goal the past few months has been to learn to love others as God and Christ love us, and this book brought more light and understanding to my quest. I had to buy the hardcopy as well so I can mark it up.
Her voice is soothing and melodical, almost like she is singing the Psalms. It makes you feel that you have cuddled up in a warm blanket.
Nothing in this book makes sense of Mormonism. They go to great lengths to discuss a pre-mortal existence and why original sin is a poorly thought out belief. However it does nothing to explain the 150 years of Mormon racism as they divided spiritual ordinances along racial lines and taught that it was God's will to do so. The book does not explain the Mormon belief that polygamy is a necessary practice in order to attain the highest levels in the hereafter. Nor is there any mention of the LDS church demanding 10% of you gross income.This book does not make any sense of the nonsense that is Mormonism.
The narration was sloooooooowwwww. I had to increase the speed to 2x just to get the narration up to normal speed.
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