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Robert MacFarlane has written that language does not just register experience, it produces it. Our religious language in particular informs and shapes our understanding of God, our sense of self, and the way we make sense of our challenging path back to loving heavenly parents. Unfortunately, to an extent we may not realize, our religious vocabulary has been shaped by prior generations whose creeds, in Joseph Smith's words, have filled the world with confusion. I make all things new, proclaimed the Lord. Regrettably, many are still mired in the past, in ways we have not recognized.

In this audiobook, Fiona and Terryl Givens trace the roots of our religious vocabulary, explore how a flawed inheritance compounds the wounds and challenges of a life devoted to discipleship, and suggest ways of reformulating our language in more healthy ways all in the hope that, as B. H. Roberts urged, we may all cooperate in the works of the Spirit to find a truer expression of a gospel restored.

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Brian

I loved this book. I need to get a print version so I can properly cite passages. may the Givens continue to write and speak and continue to enlighten. Sin isn't cause for punishment - it is need for healing from The Healer. Righteousness isn't a solitary endeavor, it is being with and strengthening others, just as Jesus heals and comforts us.

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A must read!

As always, this couple presents concepts in a way that challenges traditional cultural ideas about the nature of God. This book brings hope and a much more useful sense of direction to the energy we expend on spiritual pursuits. I highly, highly recommend. So grateful for people who are willing and love to research like this! What a huge gift to the rest of us.

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This is a Mormonism I can get behind

excellent book, excellent reading. would that something more akin to the ideas put forward in this book were peached from the pulpit in every meetinghouse, tabernacle, and conference center... maybe that'll be the case someday.

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Absolutely incredible, transformative book!

Fiona and Terryl teach so beautifully the plain and precious things that have been lost and need to be found again in order for our faith to become transformational. Transactional faith rots and dies, while transformative faith grows and multiplies. I love the reframing of sin back to the original woundedness. Christ is our healer. He taught two commandments centered on love. Love, not obedience for reward, should be the reason we are motivated in all we do. Only this will truly transform us into becoming more like Christ.

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Definitely worthwhile

Reading (or listening not overly distracted) this work is like cleaning a dirty lens by clarifying truths of Christianity we are probably familiar with but get soiled by numerous influences we may hardly be aware of. This work is a great contribution to show the ongoing process of Restoration as both personal and institutional and where Reformation is not Restoration. It elucidates at least some of the "plain and precious" eternal truths that have been lost to the world at large and are now available to us through the ongoing work of Restoration; and most importantly what that means to us in our daily lives and relationships to everyone and everything- essentially being healed through the love of God. The narration by Fiona Givens is excellent.

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Beautiful

This is the second book I have listened to by the Givens. This, like "The God Who Weeps" was beautiful, clarifying and thought-provoking. It is quite cerebral, I found that I had to give it my full attention to comprehend the concepts being examined and taught. This book helped me to reframe a lot of the myths that I had formerly absorbed about God, sin and Atonement and showed me that God is more inline with my own experiences and understanding of our relationship with them and how They really are. I love Fiona's reading of the book, she gives the words greater meaning and heart.

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Can't Stop Thinking About This

I finished this book, and can't stop thinking about it. It re-frames the gospel in a way that—on the one hand, is nothing revolutionary or new—but on the other hand, is completely different from the way I've understood and lived the gospel in my 35 years of life.

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Restoring Our God of Passions

This bold and humble work of scholarship lays out the framework for foregrounding the riches of "the church in the wilderness" with the benefit of the ancient and unique gems of understanding and power unearthed by the restoration of the latter-day Gospel through Joseph Smith who loved and cherished the great truths of all faiths that will ultimately unite all of God's children with their perfect Heavenly Father who proffered our earthlife as an educative rather than retributive process for becoming perfectly loving and vulnerable like him through the unifying, atoning, sacraficial and onging work of his son, our premortal, mortal, and eternal Examplar, the Savior and Healer of our woundedness in time, that we all might have eternal life with the felicitous company of all our loved ones, past, present and future. This is a great little book.

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Great, logical book

Fiona read this book beautifully. She kept me interested and mixing through the book quickly.

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Inspirational View of the Gospel

this book has putten into words thoughts and feelings that I have had and felt for decades. it is a complete, thoughtful, and inspirational view put into words more completely explaining the restoration than anything I have ever read.