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The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life | [Terryl Givens, Fiona Givens]

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

"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."
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Publisher's Summary

"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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "So engaging that I listened to it twice"
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    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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer NAMPA, IDAHO, United States 07-13-13
    Jennifer NAMPA, IDAHO, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "To bad this level of thought isn't taught."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The God Who Weeps to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The God Who Weeps?

    Yes, if I had the printed version I'd be typing the quote.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ward 11-20-14
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    "Wonderful subject. Well researched."
    Would you listen to The God Who Weeps again? Why?

    The reader was wonderful. A very soothing voice. The analogies and historical references were excellent. Rang true.


    What does Fiona Givens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accent and inflection


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Beautifully written and beautifully read"
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    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Awesome . . ."
    What did you love best about The God Who Weeps?

    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.


    What does Fiona Givens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This narrator brings a reverent cadence to the work that makes all the difference.


    What did you learn from The God Who Weeps that you would use in your daily life?

    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.


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    "I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The God Who Weeps the most enjoyable?

    When you think that you're insights have been expanded all that is possible in one book, it just keeps giving!!


    What other book might you compare The God Who Weeps to and why?

    I can't think of any other books that really compare...I guess some similar concepts were brought up in "Visions of Glory".


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    It's one that you can read over and over, and still glean more from each time.


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    "Eloquently written, describing our most loving God"

    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!

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    "My all time favorite religious book"
    Where does The God Who Weeps rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What about Fiona Givens’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    The beauty of this book is evidence of its own truth. The authors illustrate so clearly the sentiments that we all have feel but struggle to articulate. The writing is impeccable, and the performance (narration) is expressive and clear (although there are some minor imperfections in the audio production.) It is a good portrayal of both Mormon doctrine and the doctrine of the human spirit. I enjoyed it so much I listened to it twice in a row.

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