"Whether by design or by chance," Terryl and Fiona Givens write, "we find ourselves in a universe filled with mystery. We encounter appealing arguments for a Divinity that is a childish projection, for prophets as scheming or deluded imposters, and for scripture as so much fabulous fiction. But there is also compelling evidence that a glorious Divinity presides over the cosmos, that His angels are strangers we have entertained unawares, and that His word and will are made manifest through a sacred canon that is never definitively closed.
What we choose to embrace, to be responsive to, is the purest reflection of who we are and what we love. That is why faith, the choice to believe, is in the final analysis, an action that is positively laden with moral significance." As humans, we are, like the poet John Keats, "straining at particles of light in the midst of a great darkness." And yet, the authors describe a version of life's meaning that is reasonable - and radically resonant.
It tells of a God whose heart beats in sympathy with ours, who set His heart upon us before the world was formed, who fashioned the Earth as a place of human ascent, not exile, and who has the desire and the capacity to bring the entire human family home again.
"I read this fine book in order better to understand what Mormons believe about divine compassion, and it certainly gave me that. But more important: I received in reading it some deeply personal lessons about the tears of God." (Richard J. Mouw, PhD, President and Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary)
"Writing from the perspective of Mormon faith, Terryl and Fiona Givens have produced a work of theological reflection that has much to offer not only to Latter-Day Saints, but to intellectually and morally serious men and women of every religious persuasion who ponder the mystery of a God who, though profoundly transcendent, reveals Himself to us, offers us His friendship, and even shares our joys and sorrows." (Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University, author of The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, and Morals)
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So engaging that I listened to it twice
As a graduate-degreed, church-going Christian not many discussions of the Fall of Adam, Free Agency, or the Atonement of Christ fully engage my soul because I have heard it all so many times, particularly at the foundational level. What the Givenses accomplished with this book is to elevate the narrative to a higher realm of intelligence that challenges your mind while fully engaging your heart. I found myself thinking time and again that they had just put to words what I believe to be true but could not express as completely as they do.
I really enjoyed the narration by Fiona Givens because (1) I like British accents and (2) I believe that a work as spiritual and personal as this one is enhanced by the author's own voice.
Awesome . . .
This book describes a God who not only weeps, but knows us. The language, the poetry, the choice of metaphors work seamlessly - aiding the listener to grasp something of the ineffable - something beyond description. It really is lovely.
This narrator brings a reverent cadence to the work that makes all the difference.
God's weeping for us, made me weep for God who knows our suffering - yet must allow it that we might learn in order to experience and even choose to learn - humility, grace and compassion while in this mortal coil.