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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the 20 million-plus-copy best-selling novel The Shack and the New York Times best sellers Cross Roads and Eve comes a compelling, conversational exploration of the wrongheaded ideas we sometimes have and share about God.

Wm. Paul Young has been called a heretic for the ways he vividly portrays God's love through his novels. Here he shares 33 commonly uttered and sometimes seemingly innocuous things we say about God. Paul exposes these as lies that keep us from having full, loving relationships with our creator.

With personal anecdotes, and sharing the compassion felt from the "Papa" portrayed in The Shack - soon to be a major film starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer - Paul encourages listeners to think anew about important issues including sin, religion, hell, politics, identity, creation, and human rights and helps us discover God's deep and abiding love.

©2017 William Paul Young (P)2017 S&S Audio
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By Anonymous User on 18-02-2020

Full of light and liberty

Thank you for the joy that you share WM Paul Young. My heart is light yet full as a consequence of sharing your journey.
Papa is especially fond of us!
Fr AJ Kelley OSFS

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By Irene Matejka on 25-11-2018

Life Changing

The best information to ponder on to be able to separate our Triune God from religious ideas. Love it! The best book I've ever listened to.

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By claire on 04-04-2017

Opened my eyes and my heart

Listening to this book opened my eyes and my heart to the truth that relationships and love really is what matters. I didn't agree with all of Paul's perceptions and it did help me to stop and think about what I do truly believe and desire in my relationship with God. After listening to the audio book I did buy the paperback -I still like holding great books and being able to read and reread passages. It's a great listen, read and reread book.

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By Dennis Reimer on 15-03-2017

Thoughtful and mind provoking

It was amazing how many of the ideas I grew up with which made me not even want to think about God. I feel as though a light switch has been flipped and see God in a completely different light. Really makes one think about their own relationship with God.

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By K. Jones on 30-08-2017

I want to believe...

... I want to believe the right things about God. Isn't that why any of us listened to this work by Wm. Paul Young? The second half of chapter titles had me gasping: "You need to be saved", "Sin separates us from God", etc. It's as if he was saying that the bedrock of my Christian upbringing was itself a Lie (with a capital "L").

I appreciated very much how Young dedicated a section at the end to showcase the passages of Scripture that seem to point to a God who is restoring all things, which includes every human soul. In addition to wanting to believe the right things about God, because I believe that all other beliefs stem from what we believe about God, I want to believe that God is merciful enough to save everyone, because heaven knows that He is powerful enough to do so.

I just finished reading Revelation, however, and it seems to smack in the face of this hope that all will be saved. A very violent book, Revelation, especially if you take it literally. 1/3 of Israel will be killed?? Blood up to the horse's bridle? All in the Lamb's Book of Life (which was decided before the foundations of the world) will be saved and all others will be thrown into the "lake of fire"??

But is it all literal, Revelation? When we die, will Peter be standing there behind a literal podium with a literal, GIGANTIC (hopefully) book of the "saved"? Will Jesus show up when your name isn't in there and say "depart from me, I never knew you"?

I want to believe the right things about God.

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By Amazon Customer on 10-01-2019

Exactly what I needed precisely when I needed it.<br />

I intuitively knew that the God I knew theologically was not The God Jesus shows Himself to be when I found myself depressed, anxious and suffering from the trauma induced by believing God was going to punish me and my family and all of the atrocities that flow out of living out that belief (spanking, submissive marriage, etc.). 3 years ago I pulled the plug on all of it and deconstructed my faith Marie Kondo style- if it didn't look like Jesus and didn't bring my life joy and create greater health and Wholeness, it had to go. If I read something about God that didn't look like Jesus, I would assume that it was ancient Man's misunderstanding of God or religion's attempt to control people-it wasn't really who God is. I am very right brained by nature and I have had to basically invent another language/way of understanding and interpreting God based on what I knew and was learning about my brain and body and my design through neuroscience and neuroplasticity (I was pursuing healing from my childhood and religious trauma). My premise was that If I was following my Divine Designer's true intentions for how to live, learn by making mistakes, parenting through non violence and unconditional love and mutual respect it would complement my Design, cultivate trust & get us all out of fight or flight so we could heal. It's been working through the past 3 years and I am really seeing miraculous progress. The problem was that I was unable to communicate with my left brained husband in a way that satisfied his questions about what to do with the seemingly wrathful nature of God he sees in the Bible. At some point I wanted to be able to read the Bible again without being retriggered, too. This book helped me understand and simply break down all the niggling inconsistencies between what I've learned about God from a Penal Substitutionary Atonement view and the God I've come to know and trust by looking at Jesus. I wept as I read and listened to this book- tears of relief and JOY! God really IS GOOD and His love swallowed up all the retributive violence- not an appeased blood lust. I hope my husband finds this book as healing as I have. I respect his journey and his process of finding answers. This book is exactly what I needed precisely when I needed it most.

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By Jordan McGill on 31-12-2018

Wonderful read for spiritual healing

Raw, personal, and so full of sincere honesty. This book was referred to me by my yoga instructor and it has helped ease my conscious. I was involved in a spiritual abusive community, some even say it was a cult, and Mr. Young helped me in a way I didn’t think was possible. I recommend this book to anyone that puts God in a box and feels the need to gain perspective on His undying love for mankind.

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By David on 18-07-2017

Opens ones mind but is stongly opinionated

While I enjoyed the authors suggestions to broaden ones view of God, by providing an opposing opinion Paul makes the same mistake as all those he who told the "lies". Thanks none the less for the questions raised.

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By Jennifer G. Wills on 19-04-2017

Bravo!

Paul Young shares his insights into the character and heart of God, revealing the lies we so often find easier to believe than the truth. Rich and powerful stories paint a beautiful picture throughout the book raising important questions and inviting the reader to deeper conversations. All is written in the name of Love and relationship.

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By Amazon Customer on 18-04-2017

Amazing book great insight and truth

what an amazing book. This tells the truth about how God truly sees us and loves us and written in such a beautiful way.

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By baritonedad on 14-04-2017

Spiritually Inspiring , Mindi and Heart Opening

W. Paul Young has in a very eloquent and simple way dealt with many of my preconceived notions of who God is and where we fit into Creation!

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By jalefema on 17-03-2017

Thought-provoking

This author always incites me to think deeper, better things about God and my relationship with Him. Very good book!

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By RonkePosh on 30-10-2018

Insightful! I need to listen again.

The section about the cross was out of this world. I need to listen again.

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By Katie Murphy on 30-09-2018

Enjoyable and accessible

This was a very enjoyable and accessible listen. Although I might not agree with everything Young said, I found it very interesting all the same.

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By IJpe & Corrie van Dijken on 30-04-2018

Amazing truth.

Most of the chapters of this book have been confirming what I already knew, but never heard from anyone else. The few chapters, that posed new things, challenge me to think and pray over the concerned matter.

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By Charity Muzawazi on 15-02-2018

So good

This book is great!!! Challenging and I must read it again. Thank you so much for writing this book. I really needed help processing some of these questions. I highly recommend this book!!!

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By Grace on 12-09-2017

Exceptional

The very best narrator i have ever heard... From God's heart to mine shalom in graceful gratitude

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