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From the author of the 20 million-plus-copy best-selling novel The Shack and the New York Times best sellers Cross Roads and Eve comes a compelling, conversational exploration of the wrongheaded ideas we sometimes have and share about God.

Wm. Paul Young has been called a heretic for the ways he vividly portrays God's love through his novels. Here he shares 33 commonly uttered and sometimes seemingly innocuous things we say about God. Paul exposes these as lies that keep us from having full, loving relationships with our creator.

With personal anecdotes, and sharing the compassion felt from the "Papa" portrayed in The Shack - soon to be a major film starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer - Paul encourages listeners to think anew about important issues including sin, religion, hell, politics, identity, creation, and human rights and helps us discover God's deep and abiding love.

©2017 William Paul Young (P)2017 S&S Audio

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Thoughtful and mind provoking

It was amazing how many of the ideas I grew up with which made me not even want to think about God. I feel as though a light switch has been flipped and see God in a completely different light. Really makes one think about their own relationship with God.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Opened my eyes and my heart

Listening to this book opened my eyes and my heart to the truth that relationships and love really is what matters. I didn't agree with all of Paul's perceptions and it did help me to stop and think about what I do truly believe and desire in my relationship with God. After listening to the audio book I did buy the paperback -I still like holding great books and being able to read and reread passages. It's a great listen, read and reread book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Thought-provoking

This author always incites me to think deeper, better things about God and my relationship with Him. Very good book!

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I want to believe...

... I want to believe the right things about God. Isn't that why any of us listened to this work by Wm. Paul Young? The second half of chapter titles had me gasping: "You need to be saved", "Sin separates us from God", etc. It's as if he was saying that the bedrock of my Christian upbringing was itself a Lie (with a capital "L").

I appreciated very much how Young dedicated a section at the end to showcase the passages of Scripture that seem to point to a God who is restoring all things, which includes every human soul. In addition to wanting to believe the right things about God, because I believe that all other beliefs stem from what we believe about God, I want to believe that God is merciful enough to save everyone, because heaven knows that He is powerful enough to do so.

I just finished reading Revelation, however, and it seems to smack in the face of this hope that all will be saved. A very violent book, Revelation, especially if you take it literally. 1/3 of Israel will be killed?? Blood up to the horse's bridle? All in the Lamb's Book of Life (which was decided before the foundations of the world) will be saved and all others will be thrown into the "lake of fire"??

But is it all literal, Revelation? When we die, will Peter be standing there behind a literal podium with a literal, GIGANTIC (hopefully) book of the "saved"? Will Jesus show up when your name isn't in there and say "depart from me, I never knew you"?

I want to believe the right things about God.

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  • 07-18-17

Opens ones mind but is stongly opinionated

While I enjoyed the authors suggestions to broaden ones view of God, by providing an opposing opinion Paul makes the same mistake as all those he who told the "lies". Thanks none the less for the questions raised.

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Bravo!

Paul Young shares his insights into the character and heart of God, revealing the lies we so often find easier to believe than the truth. Rich and powerful stories paint a beautiful picture throughout the book raising important questions and inviting the reader to deeper conversations. All is written in the name of Love and relationship.

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Another amazing book by Wm.Paul Young fantastic A+

This is an another amazing book by Wm. Paul Young. I can't say enough about the wonderful, beautiful, truths he finds in scripture. The way he paints the beautiful picture of God our Father and Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit was inspiring. I would recommend this to everyone the world could do with more real love ,God's love.

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Lies we believe about god

Thought I was on the right track however since reading Lie's we believe about god I now can say with all my heart that I'm on my way.amen

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Spiritually Inspiring , Mindi and Heart Opening

W. Paul Young has in a very eloquent and simple way dealt with many of my preconceived notions of who God is and where we fit into Creation!

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Thank you!

This is one of the best books I have read/listened to in my life. I have been a follower of Jesus for 30+ years and spent 5+ years in vocational ministry. This book puts more words to the things I believe then anything else I have read to date.

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  • 09-12-17

Exceptional

The very best narrator i have ever heard... From God's heart to mine shalom in graceful gratitude