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A More Christlike God

A More Beautiful Gospel
Written by: Bradley Jersak
Narrated by: Tim Welch
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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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.

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  • Jim
  • 2019-08-02

The most Beautiful Truth

This book is beautiful exegesis of the amazing love of God in 3 persons. I listened twice after reading the book twice and will do it all again. Take your time, its a feast to enjoy fully.

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Excellent theology helping undo some bad ideas

The theological content is excellent and helpful in undoing some bad ideas, especially those prevalent in modern Evangelicalism.
It can be some dry reading/listening at times.
The reader does a good job, but doesn't sound quite like the author.
I would recommend this to any student of theology.

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Glorious and Weighty Theology in Layman’s terms

I appreciate Brad’s treatment of this important topic. I was raised “fundamentalist evangelical” and it has deeply scarred my view of God and probably how I raised my kids (Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy).

Brad does the hard work of helping us understand what the early church and the Eastern church believed about the Gospel and sheds light in dark places.

The good news that Brad shares is that: God is ALL good, and God is always for us” - What a different world this would be if all believed it.

I hope, with all of my heart, that Brad is right.

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  • Justin D. Kearns
  • 2019-07-02

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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  • Plain Jane
  • 2019-10-07

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-29

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
  • 2019-06-14

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
  • 2019-04-19

solid

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

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  • William Alomar
  • 2019-03-27

great read!

what a blessing to the church. wish all would read and rethink there "foundational" truths.

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  • Doug Maddox
  • 2019-03-13

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?!