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What is God like? A punishing judge? A doting grandfather? A deadbeat dad? A vengeful warrior? "Believers" and atheists alike typically carry and finally reject the toxic images of God in their own hearts and minds. Even the Christian Gospel has repeatedly lapsed into a vision of God where the wrathful king must be appeased by his victim son. How do such "good cop/bad cop" distortions of the divine arise and come to dominate churches and cultures?

Whether our notions of "God" are personal projections or inherited traditions, author and theologian Brad Jersak proposes a radical reassessment, arguing for a more Christlike God and a more beautiful Gospel. 

If Christ is "the image of the invisible God, the radiance of God's glory and exact representation of God's likeness", what if we conceived of God as completely Christlike - the perfect incarnation of self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love? What if God has always been and forever will be "cruciform" (cross-shaped) in his character and actions? 

A More Christlike God suggests that such a God would be very good news indeed - a God who Jesus "unwrathed" from dead religion, a love that is always toward us, and a grace that pours into this suffering world through willing, human partners.

©2015 Plain Truth Ministries (P)2019 Plain Truth Ministries

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A thoughtful book with an unsuitable narrator.

A really thoughtful & helpful book by Brad Jersak on why & how our image of the true God may be damaged, & how to restore it. He covers a lot of ground in this book, which I have on Kindle, but I found it very hard to listen to the accompanying Audible as the narrator is just wrong for the tone & content. They are personal, thoughtful & profound but the narrator comes across as pushy, sarcastic & very preachy, which contradicts the heart of what he is reading.

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  • Not-so-Plain Jane
  • 07-10-19

Audible chose the wrong narrator!

I cannot continue to listen to this book, as the narrator gets in the way of me hearing the writing. He seems to have no connection to or understanding of the subject, He comes across as a 1950's actor, emphasizing random words for drama, rather than context. If you have ever heard the author interviewed, you will be very disappointed how poorly matched the narrator is. Brad Jersak is a deep, thoughtful theologian, with a gentle pastor's heart. His tone and intent are completely missing from the reading of this important book. I will be returning it for credit, and buy the print copy to read myself. Audible, just because it is a "religious" book, you don't need to find a stodgy actor to read it.

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  • Justin D. Kearns
  • 02-07-19

A Theological "Must Read"

This is perhaps the most theologically challenging book I've read, but well deserving to be read. It tackles important theology in a way very well communicated - simply but deeply. Perhaps I may agree to 90%, yet I give this book 5 stars because Jersak deserves it! Too well done to be ignored. I have read the word since my childhood, digging into it for many many hours of personal study. At many points, I felt the truth he was communicating was truth I have seen so vital to understanding the nature of the kindness of the heart of God revealed through scripture. I highly recommend this book to theologans and to those who find problems in Christianity. Great narration and great thinking!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-19

Major overhaul

challenges the age-old God-as-monster theory that has been prevalent in the church for at least 150 years

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  • John
  • 14-06-19

The narrator is HORRIBLE

The narrator has an obnoxious voice, I could handle this, but his saying "quote" and "close quote" is enough to drive one out of ones bloody mind.

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  • steve betten
  • 19-04-19

solid

A must listen/read for any church attending christian who has been indoctrinated in the western traditions.

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  • Doug Maddox
  • 13-03-19

Finally! A view of God who looks just like His Son.

Brilliant, fun, depth, and freeing, Brad's interpretations of our Father look just like Jesus. I've seen and heard Him for years. Now, I know Him in a deeply loving and freeing new way; a way discovered by many others, many centuries before. Who would have thunk?!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-20

Disappointed.

Had difficulty listening to this narrator. Could not stay focused due to his voice.

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  • Rudolph Mckinney
  • 16-08-20

beautiful

Such beautiful re-engagement of the scriptures that integrates the personal experience with CHRIST. I enjoyed this a lot.

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  • BTW
  • 14-07-20

Great book, didn’t care for the narration

This is a great book by Brad Jersak and incredibly important for the church today. I really disliked the narrators voice and rhythm of speaking. I wish Brad would have narrated the book himself.

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  • roger funk
  • 26-06-20

Christ’s love will fill your heart

A richly biblical view of the astounding love of Jesus Christ, God the father and the Holy Spirit for all mankind. A must listen for those wanting to understand the love of God and the cross on a deeper and more personal basis.