THE STORY OF GOD A BIBLICAL COMEDY ABOUT LOVE AND HATE

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Story Of God

Author : Chris Matheson
ISBN : 9781634310260
Genre : Fiction
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"Part Kurt Vonnegut, part Douglas Adams, but let's be honest, Matheson had me at 'Based on the Bible.'" —Dana Gould, comedian and writer The Bible offers some clues to God's personality—he's alternately been called vindictive and just, bloodthirsty and caring, all-powerful and impotent, capricious and foresighted, and loving and hateful. But no one has ever fully explored why God might be such a figure of contrasts. Nor has anyone ever satisfactorily explained what guides his relationship not just with angels, the devil, and his son, but also with all of creation. Might he be completely misunderstood, a mystery even to himself? Might his behavior and actions toward humankind tell us much more about him than it does about us? Enter the mind of the creator of the universe, travel with him through the heavenly highs and hellish lows of his story, from Genesis to Revelation, to better understand his burdensome journey: being God isn't easy. After hearing his story—at times troubling and tragic but always hilarious in its absurdity and divine in its comedy—you'll never look at a miracle or catastrophe—or at our place in the universe, or God's—the same way again.
Category: Fiction

Trouble With God

Author : Chris Matheson
ISBN : 9781634311519
Genre : Fiction
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In this riotous, globetrotting sequel to The Story of God, the universe's premier antihero, God, returns, as lonely, misguided, angry, and troubled as ever. Regretting many of the decisions he made in his debut book, and wrestling with his continued ambivalence to both his son(s) Jesus and his frenemy Satan, God decides to set things right with creation—again. But this time, he asks, why stick around the dusty Land of Israel or a decaying heaven when there's a much bigger world to explore—and countless others out there just waiting to love and praise him? And why work with the same tired old prophets, when there are much better candidates for the job? Journeying from the sands of Arabia to the hills of Utah to the stars of Southern California, God works to set his message—and record—straight. But with each new book he commissions, the same old questions, demons, and troubles remain. Forever haunted, he decides to do away with creation once and for all...or wait, maybe just apologize? Returning to where it all began, God makes one final judgment, with the fate of the universe—and himself—hanging in the balance.
Category: Fiction

Satan S Story

Author : Chris Matheson
ISBN : 9781939578280
Genre : Fiction
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In this comedic postscript to The Story of God, we finally get to hear Satan's side of the biblical story. God (and, by extension, the Jesuses) may get all the love, but what about Satan? Clever, patient, and forever plotting, might he be the one who gets the last laugh? Might the greatest story ever told ultimately be all about him?
Category: Fiction

New York Magazine

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.
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A Divine Comedy

Author : Cecil Donald Leighton, Jr.
ISBN : 9781434963444
Genre : Fiction
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November Promotion -- Free Copy. A Divine Comedy is a compilation of the author’s novels True and its sequel One. It is a star-crossed romance set in California, Britain, and Europe -- mainly France -- in 1985-86, whose theme is self-discovery. In the first half of the story, the main character Tom Spotted Tail Augustine Stearns, a hip Stanford preppy studying in France, grapples with, and struggles mightily to resolve, through his post-modern education and traditional Roman Catholic faith, the pressing and divisive issues of his day, i.e., race, class, religion, nationality, sexuality, and AIDS, especially as they relate to his formation and identity. During his first term abroad and grand tour, Tom journeys inward and, in the process, comes face to face with his working-class roots, biracial past, bisexual heart, Christian faith, saving God, and what it means to be true. In the second half of the story, Tom comes home from his studies in France for the Christmas holiday. Back in Los Angeles, the hip Stanford preppy finds himself in a lit Bel-Air pool and in the arms of a young man, surrendering to a psychosexual weakness far deeper than the shimmering blue waters and as old as the curse of Original Sin. Despite his repentance, frequenting the sacraments of the Church, and marriage to a brilliant blonde coed from Napa Valley, Tom again finds himself in the arms of the love that dare not speak its name, this time in France. Under the seductive power of this ancient Greco-Roman form of love, his own "thorn in the flesh...an angel of Satan" (2 Cor 12:7), intransigent as Saint Paul's, Tom is led deep into a Dantean woods of melancholic isolation and sin, spiritual correction and purification, but also, ultimately, unmerited love and redemption. In the course of this interior journey into his own unique versions of inferno, purgatorio, and, finally, paradiso, as both sinner and saint, Tom discovers what it means to be one, in weakness and in strength, in flesh and in spirit, in time and in eternity. This book is also available for purchase by Kindle device and app users in the Kindle Store on Amazon.com.
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The Bible According To Jim

Author : Rev. Dr. James K. Stewart
ISBN : 9781496949264
Genre : Religion
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In 1976, Rev. Dr. Stewart read the whole Bible for the first time and became fascinated with God’s relationship with creation. After an early life in construction, Dr. Stewart felt God’s calling and returned to university. At university, he majored in ancient history and studied the Hebrew language. His exegetical work is taken directly from biblical Hebrew and Greek. This ability has helped him understand how ancient male bias has been promoted by the church in all ages. As a student of the Bible, he has come to see how the women’s voice has often been suppressed. He has also come to appreciate that when it is not suppressed, a certain beauty shines forth. Knowledge of scripture, from the Hebrew perspective, allowed him to discover how the male voice can make a positive statement at the beginning of a story and then go on to contradict the statement by describing the negative actions that followed. Dr. Stewart lives in Milverton, Ontario, with his wife, Marjorie, of forty-five years; they enjoy visiting their two children and five grandchildren. Retirement has given him the opportunity to research, write, and play golf. —Ordained as an Elder in Chedoke Presbyterian Church in 1981 —Attended McMaster University, Hamilton, in1996 —Diploma in Theology, Knox College, Toronto —Master of Divinity degree, University of Toronto —Doctor of Ministry, Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio —Certificate course in conflict management, Conrad Grebel, Waterloo —Ordained to Ministry of Word and Sacraments in 2001 —Pastor of churches in Bathurst, New Brunswick, and Milverton, Ontario —Retired in 2012 —Past Master of Corinthian Lodge #513, Hamilton, Ontario —Past Most Wise Sovereign of Hamilton Chapter of Rose Croix —Honorary Member of Supreme Council AASR 33 —Jim was a master scuba instructor. —He loves diving and fi shing in the Caribbean.
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365 Daily Meditations For Women

Author : Mary Ruth Howes
ISBN : 0687017335
Genre : Religion
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In 365 Daily Meditations for Women, twelve Christian women come together to share what it means for them to have faith and to live out that faith day by day. Each month a different woman writes about her trust in Jesus Christ.
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Practical Theology

Author : Peter Kreeft
ISBN : 9781586179687
Genre : Religion
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Saint Thomas Aquinas has been admired throughout the ages for his philosophical brilliance and his theological sanity, but author and professor Peter Kreeft thinks the practical spiritual wisdom of Aquinas is just as amazing. In this book, Kreeft brings together 358 useful, everyday insights from Aquinas' masterpiece the Summa Theologiae. He pairs these easily digestible quotes from the Summa with his own delightfully written commentary in order to answer the kinds of questions real people ask their spiritual directors. These 358 passages from the Summa have helped Kreeft in his own struggles to grow closer to the Lord. His practical, personal, and livable advice is the fruit of his labors to apply the insights of Aquinas to his own quest for sanctity, happiness, and union with God.
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Hosea Amos Micah

Author : Gary V. Smith
ISBN : 9780310872672
Genre : Religion
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Scratch beneath the surface of today’s culture and you’ll find we’re not so different from ancient Israel. True, our sophistication, mobility, and technology eclipse anything the Israelites could have imagined. Our worship is far different, to say nothing of our language and customs. Yet if the prophets Hosea, Amos, and Micah were to visit us today, we might be shocked to see how little their messages would differ from the ones they delivered 2,800 years ago. For human hearts are still the same--and so is God. Injustice, oppression, and political corruption anger him as much as ever. Apostasy still grieves him. His judgment of sin remains as fierce as his love is strong. And the hope God extends to those who turn toward him is as brilliant now as at any time in history. Revealing the links between Israel eight centuries B.C. and our own times, Gary V. Smith shows how the prophetic writings of Hosea, Amos, and Micah speak to us today with relevance and conviction.
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