A couple of years ago, I started tweeting a series of thought under the heading, “Words you will NEVER hear God say.” For those of us who have grown up in a religious environment, sometimes we heard positive affirmations so often that they became meaningless. But when you look at negative space, elements stand out that you missed or that your assumptions had hidden.
Words you will NEVER hear God say:
“The depth of my affection for you is dependent upon you.”
“I expected you to do better.”
“If you don’t say the magic words, my hands are tied…sorry about that.”
“I allow evil because it will make you a better person.”
“You are deafer than my ability to communicate.”
You get the idea.
Well, this adventure into dark space has become my newest & first non-fiction book, Lies We Believe About God—which launches March 7, 2017!
Inside short essay-story telling, I explore twenty-eight of the common lies that many of us believe about God. Some may directly apply to you, while others won’t, but each is designed as an invitation to a larger conversation about the assumptions that we make about God, about being human and that shape our experience of life. Some of these might make you cheer, while others might upset you. Listen to both. None of us has ever made significant changes in our lives until something is uncomfortable and challenging. Why change if things are going well and I feel in control.
This book is an invitation to explore questions and the discomfort that attends them.
Amid so much beauty and wonder in our world there are large fractures. We are often lost and adrift, lonely and broken and we know implicitly that something is not right. We are designed for growth and change, but often find ourselves stuck in places where the prison of the lies we believe have become our sanctuaries.
Some of the lies include…
“God wants to use me.”
“God is in control.”
“God is a prude.”
“God does not submit.”
“Death is more powerful than God.”
“Hell is separation from God.”
“Sin separates us from God.”
“God is disappointed in me.”
If you are so inclined, come along on this part of the adventure, and join me in a conversation that is both challenging and kind.
Also, if you’d like to read or listen to a preview of the book, you can do that here, as well.
Love to you and yours,