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God Reflected: Metaphors for Life [Paperback]

By Flora A. Keshgegian (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.41" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN  0800662547  
EAN  9780800662547  


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When a loved one dies, somebody inevitably says the death was God's will. The same claim is made when a person is cured of cancer. In a war, both sides often argue that they are carrying out God's will. Faithful people search for God's will for their lives, especially when they are faced with a decision, such as which job to take or whether to have another child. What is meant by God's will? How does God act? What is the character of the God whose will is expressed in and through our lives? This book answers these questions in relation to a broadly Christian perspective. Based on the traditional premise that everything we assert about God is metaphorical, this wonderfully written book presents a range of ways to imagine the nature of God and of God's power and will: from a personal but distant God who is fully in charge and in control, through more gentle and engaged images of God, and ultimately to a non-personal view of God as the energy for life in the universe. Each perspective offers distinct images for God and for the way in which God's will operates; each is assessed for its strengths and weaknesses. With deep insight and clear, inspiring writing, Keshgegian ultimately offers a way to imagine God and power that redefines the whole idea of God's will.

Publishers Description
When a loved one dies, somebody inevitably says the death was God's will. The same claim is made when a person is cured of cancer. In a war, both sides often argue that they are carrying out God's will. Faithful people search for God's will for their lives, especially when they are faced with a decision, such as which job to take or whether to have another child. What is meant by God's will? How does God act? What is the character of the God whose will is expressed in and through our lives? This book answers these questions in relation to a broadly Christian perspective.Based on the traditional premise that everything we assert about God is metaphorical, this wonderfully written book presents a range of ways to imagine the nature of God and of God's power and will: from a personal but distant God who is fully in charge and in control, through more gentle and engaged images of God, and ultimately to a non-personal view of God as the energy for life in the universe. Each perspective offers distinct images for God and for the way in which God's will operates; each is assessed for its strengths and weaknesses. With deep insight and clear, inspiring writing, Keshgegian ultimately offers a way to imagine God and power that redefines the whole idea of God's will.

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God is like a . . . .  Nov 11, 2009
Flora Keshegegian does a wonderful job exploring the different ways we think about God. I appreciated the "pros and cons" discussion of each metaphor specifically. Her approach is balanced with regard to language and roles as they relate to gender. God Reflected is our Spiritual Direction Group's book of choice for the upcoming seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. I'm looking forward to the discussions in our group.
 
Accessible, Challenging and Concise  Mar 31, 2009
We read this and discussed it for a Lenten Study in our congregation. The material and its presentation was well-written and invited good discussion in our group which was diverse. The progression from familiar to more progressive metaphors for God was a good way for folks to enter in familiar waters and allow themselves to be carried/challenged by other ways of thinking of the metaphors we use to talk about God.

Dr. Keshgegian's writing is clear, her system consistent and background work thorough. This book may challenge people beyond their current imaginations. A careful reading of background material and understanding that on one metaphor can apprehend the Divine in anything approaching a comprehensive fashion will yield most readers satisfying and challenging new ways of talking about God and their own Divine experiences.
 
A Thought-Provoking, Challenging Book  Nov 18, 2008
As Flora Keshgegian observes in the preface to this thought-provoking and challenging book, she often finds herself talking about God with people she meets at parties and other social gatherings. Because she is a theologian and ordained minister she feels pleased when acquaintances and friends reflect on their religious faith with her, and she encourages them to experience and imagine the divine in new ways. In "God Reflected" Keshgegian seeks to continue these personal conversations by offering seven different metaphors - some traditional, some unconventional - explaining the nature and character of God. None of these metaphors should be considered "true" in any absolute sense, she explains, but each has its own strengths and weaknesses. She is particularly intrigued by the notion of God as "energy for life," which she believes is a concept well-suited to the realities of the contemporary world. Keshgegian has a graceful and engaging writing style, and this book offers a compelling introduction to Christian theology.
 

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