What happens when God turns up? 'Has God become as familiar and forgettable as a fridge magnet? That's the danger Krish Kandiah faces up to in this wonderfully readable and very challenging book. Bible stories come to life as Krish tells them afresh, richly illustrated with personal experience and social relevance, and in each case the living God turns up - strange, dangerous, and, like Aslan, not safe but good.' CHRIS WRIGHT, LANGHAM PARTNERSHIP In an age of social and political uncertainty, Krish Kandiah turns to less familiar and more uncomfortable parts of the Bible to discover the true character of God - but be warned: he may be stranger than you think. Building on the challenges he explored in PARADOXOLOGY, Krish strips us of our comfortable assumptions and invites us to look afresh at God's character. When Abraham welcomes three men for dinner, he ends up pleading for the life of a city. When Jacob meets God by the river, they end up in a fight. And when two forlorn disciples meet a stranger on the road, their lives are turned upside down. GOD IS STRANGER challenges us to lay down our expectations of God and delight in the power that is proven by his very strangeness. 'Be warned: this book could seriously affect your view of yourself, of the world and of God - I highly recommend it to you!' PAULA GOODER, BIBLE SOCIETY 'An important and timely book from someone who lives out its message.' PETE GREIG, 24-7 PRAYER INTERNATIONAL
'This is an urgent, powerful and prophetic book that has the potential to change your life forever. Full of passion, biblical insight and real-world application, it demands not just to be read but to be acted on!' Revd Canon J. John 'Be warned: this book could seriously affect your view of yourself, of the world and of God - I highly recommend it to you!' Paula Gooder, Bible Society 'Has God become as familiar and forgettable as a fridge-magnet? That's the danger Krish Kandiah faces up to in this wonderfully readable and very challenging book. Bible stories come to life as Krish tells them afresh, richly illustrated with personal experience and social relevance, and in each case the living God turns up - strange, dangerous, and, like Aslan, not safe but good.' Chris Wright, Langham Partnership 'An important and timely book from someone who lives out its message in the spheres of politics, church and (most important of all) his own family home.' Pete Greig, 24-7 Prayer International
A Woman’s Journey through Family, Failure, and Faith
Author: Merideth Parrish
With the goal of answering the long-unanswered question of “God who?”, blogger-turned-book author Merideth Parrish recounts the many stories of pain, perseverance, and periods of self-mutilation and self-discovery she has endured in just thirty-two years of life. In this memoir, Parrish shares some of the most private and personal periods of her life, ranging from excruciatingly painful to exceedingly joyful. Encompassing episodes of sexual abuse and abandonment by her father, her journey brought her up against close-calls, violent encounters, and near-fatal collisions with the unforeseen conditions and bad choices that became her life. Parrish also tells how, along the way, she discovered the ultimate purpose for which God exists and the process that matured her into a restored and redeemed woman of God. Offering compelling and emotional insight into her life’s journey, God Who? From Stranger to Superhero follows the path that unearthed and defined her Christian character.
Growing up the son of agnostics, John Koessler saw a Catholic church on one end of the street and a Baptist on the other. In the no-man’s land between the two, this curious outside wondered about the God they worshipped—and began a lifelong search to comprehend the grace and mystery of God. A Stranger in the House of God addresses fundamental questions and struggles faced by spiritual seekers and mature believers. Like a contemporary Pilgrim’s Progress, it traces the author’s journey and explores his experiences with both charismatic and evangelical Christianity. It also describes his transformation from religious outsider to ordained pastor. John Koessler provides a poignant and often humorous window into the interior of the soul as he describes his journey from doubt and struggle with the church to personal faith
There are those who go to gay bars and salsa clubs with rosaries in their pockets, and who make camp chapels of their living rooms. Others enter churches with love letters hidden in their bags, because their need for God and their need for love refuse to fit into different compartments. But what goodness and righteousness can prevail if you are in love with someone whom you are ecclesiastically not supposed to love? Where is God in a salsa bar? The Queer God introduces a new theology from the margins of sexual deviance and economic exclusion. Its chapters on Bisexual Theology, Sadean holiness, gay worship in Brazil and Queer sainthood mark the search for a different face of God - the Queer God who challenges the oppressive powers of heterosexual orthodoxy, whiteness and global capitalism. Inspired by the transgressive spaces of Latin American spirituality, where the experiences of slum children merge with Queer interpretations of grace and holiness, The Queer God seeks to liberate God from the closet of traditional Christian thought, and to embrace God's part in the lives of gays, lesbians and the poor. Only a theology that dares to be radical can show us the presence of God in our times. The Queer God creates a concept of holiness that overcomes sexual and colonial prejudices and shows how Queer Theology is ultimately the search for God's own deliverance. Using Liberation Theology and Queer Theory, it exposes the sexual roots that underlie all theology, and takes the search for God to new depths of social and sexual exclusion.
A study of Salman Rushdie's seven published novels, with a special focus on his earliest, "Grimus", and his most provocative, "Midnight's Children", "Shame" and "The Satanic Verses". It shows how Rushdie employs cosmology, mythology and mysticism to structure otherworldly dramas.
Readers who enjoyed Letters to a Young Poet will cherish this enchanting work of fiction. Stories of God is a series of interconnected short stories in which Rilke offers his own unique understanding of the divine. Full of wonder and playfulness, and written in a simple, folktale style, these thirteen stories suggest, among other things, that God is present in our daily world and is seeking know humans as urgently as we have sought to know God. This new translation is the most lucid and lyrical translation of this work available in English. Rilke's German prose was unique in that he liked to use words in uncommon ways, employed obscure words, and sometimes invented words. Kohn'the translator of Shambhala's popular edition of Hermann Hesse's Siddharthaa has created a translation that is highly readable and enjoyable while remaining faithful to the German. Through this new translation, a new generation of readers will be able to appreciate the rare beauty, simplicity, and intriguing spiritual philosophy that have made this one of Rilke's most beloved prose works.
Calvinist Baptist preacher William Miller (1782-1849) was the first prominent American popularizer of using biblical prophecy to determine a specific and imminent time for Christ's return to earth. On October 22, 1844 - a day known as the Great Disappointment - he and his followers gave away their possessions, abandoned their work, donned white robes, and ascended to rooftops and hilltops to await a Second Coming that never actually came. Or so the story goes. Reflecting Rowe's meticulous research throughout, God's Strange Work does more than tell one man's remarkable story. It encapsulates the broader history of American Christianity in the time period and sets the stage for many significant later developments: the founding of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the tenets of various well-known new religious movements, and even the enduring American fascination with end-times prophecy. Rowe rescues Miller from the fringes and places him where he rightly belongs - in the center of American religious history.