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Everyone who thinks they know God should read this book. August 19, 2013
I loved the soft fabric-like feel of the book and the earthiness of the cover. It made me think of what it might look like to experience a subway coming to a stop, but from the inside of a boxcar, as the neon lights from the city whiz by.
The author immediately drew me in by using a story about a wager on a horse and then telling about a great artist, Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, to make the point that we need to take the time to look down in order to see up, because God is always active underneath it all. Then he lays out example after example, leaving no doubt, of how God defies societies and governments, even protocol and social norms to confound and shame the wise.
This author's courage to tackle the toughest questions in life with such wisdom and insight is commendable, in that he did so in spite of the risk of criticism from theologians and hardcore believers from one camp or another. I found his honesty refreshing. I experienced confirmation of God's compassion as well as the encouragement to keep believing in that compassion.
This author is a genius. I love how he wrote every word of this book. It is truly beyond amazing and I'd give it a 5 plus plus rating. I can't wait to share it with my friend, but I just might have to reread it again first. I can't wait to discover, for myself, how God will show Himself mischievously mysterious. I wish every one who thinks they know God would read this book.
Review by Nellie Dee
Jesus was not in a hurry.
He had only three years of public ministry—three years to heal and teach and change the world—but the Bible never tells us he was rushing through them.
We are the ones who rush through them. Catching the gist of this parable. Smiling at the punch line in that dialogue. We can race through the Gospels in hours, fully briefed on Christ’s life, but hardly changed.
Until we sit down with Mike Nappa’s God in Slow Motion. Nappa hasn’t carved up the Gospels for quick review or sliced them into tiny pieces for academic study. He has taken ten important moments from the life of Christ and reveled in them, chewing on their words, relating them to life, comparing them with modern culture, allowing the Spirit to work, and letting Christ change him.
The result is a rich, personal, and biblical narrative about Jesus and how His purposes unfold, then and now. See how God is sneaky about his glory. How he presents evidence for belief. How he can be comforting and terrifying at once. This is the “good news” in all its many-splendored wonder: the life of Christ, frame by frame.
And it is worth every minute because it will change you too.
|Publication Date||August 13, 2013|