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Everywhere Present

Christianity in a One-Storey Universe
Narrated by: Stephen Freeman
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Have you ever referred to God as the man upstairs?

Most Christians living in a secular society have unwittingly relegated God and all things spiritual to the second storey of the universe: a realm we cannot reach except through death. The effect of this is to banish God, along with the saints and angels, from our everyday lives.

In Everywhere Present, popular blogger and podcaster Fr. Stephen Freeman makes a compelling case for becoming aware of God's living and active presence in every moment of our lives here and now. Learning to practice your Christian faith in a one-storey universe will change your life and make possible the living, intimate relationship with God you've always dreamed of.

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  • Marc Ermine
  • 19-10-18

Excellent and thought-provoking

I enjoyed this book. The ideas are presented simply, but they pack a heavy intellectual and spiritual punch. I enjoyed that Fr. Stephen presents his book himself here so it is like listening to a much-extended version of his podcast, Glory to God.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-04-19

good book

solid world view. I found this book to be a refreshing world view. highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-11-18

Enjoyable Listen

Fr. Stephen presents a cogent argument for the necessity to dispel our misguided notions about a two story universe. This was an insightful and quick read.

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  • S.P. Turner
  • 30-06-18

great book by an excellent author.

Excellent book by Fr. Stephen, well worth your time and money. If you would like to get an idea about what he is talking about you can search his name, and various speaking engagements will be viewable.

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  • Dave Caves
  • 02-12-19

Eye opening!

loved the book. it really brought the faith to a new light. very deep. my only complaint is that the narrator read too quickly. had to slow the book down to 90% to keep up. other than that a great listen to be sure

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  • Cheesebodia
  • 09-11-19

A Strong Start but Mostly Forgettable

There is much to like here. I was taken in by the early chapters and quickly grew accustomed to his speaking voice and presentation style. Many moments, notably his journey to a monastery lined with martyrs' skulls, are truly captivating. However, there are issues that prevented me from fully appreciating this first foray into Fr. Freeman's work.

Largely abstract and ruminating, it never really settles into a structure and its themes are covered unsatisfactorily. Though some ideas are repeated endlessly it never quite amounts to a solid thesis. At times I felt lost in the navel-gazing and had a sinking feeling that little of importance was being said. This is not helped by the constant caricature of other communities (especially Protestantism), blaming them for the decline of faith and asserting things about their spirituality and piety that seem to invite a debate. This would all be standard fare and relatively innocuous except he does not often provide arguments for his points, only rather bare assertions.

In defense of holy icons he wisely starts with St. John of Damascus and supplies much food for thought on the Incarnation and its implications. At one point late in the book he unambiguously declares that iconoclasm will lead directly to a secular society, though he gives no clear argument here and seems to ignore the fact that the most iconoclastic faith also tends to be the least secular.

This book is entirely pastoral. While at times captivating, it unfortunately lacks both the scholarship and even the attempt to back up its claims. It is perhaps intended as a purely devotional work; as such I would recommend it to Orthodox Christians and no one else.

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  • Glad I read this book
  • 28-06-19

humility and clarity

I needed this book at this time and hope to see more from this author.