God.ol.o.gy give-away!

I’m almost as tired of writing about pain as I am of having it. So, I’ll give it a rest and do an update tomorrow. In the meantime, let’s give away a free book! The title: God.ol.o.gy (subtitle: because knowing God changes everything) by Christian George. I gave away a copy of Christian’s book Sex, Sushi, and Salvation last year, and here’s a bit of what I wrote:

Gabe and I met Christian at the CBA Advance conference I went to in Indy last January. We were both signing books, and I got in line for his book Sacred Travels. Great, great book. Quickly became one of my favorites. All about pilgrimage and journeys and church history, but exciting! (and soooo makes me want to travel the world!) And Christian is a great writer.

Anyway, he and Gabe and his wife and I keep in touch on facebook and stuff. He asked me to endorse his new book, and I read the manuscript and wrote an endorsement. And WONDER OF WONDERS, Moody put part of my endorsement on the BACK COVER. With J.I. Packer and Chuck Colson, no less. Let me just say how warm and fuzzy this makes me feel.

Seriously, I love, love, love Sacred Travels. I’ve read it twice, written all over it and have plans to read it again here in a bit. So inspiring. S, S, and S is great too. (and I’m not just saying that because my name’s on the back cover) Christian has this edgy-poetic way with words that I can only drool over. He’s funny, entertaining, brutally honest and delightfully sarcastic–but 100% grounded (and deeply) in the Word of God. He’s the real deal.

And now he’s written God.ol.o.gy. The first line of the foreword (by J.I. Packer) says this: “In a bright, brave, boisterous rush, Christian George here deftly clothes eternal truths about God and godliness in twenty-first century street-cred attire.” His primary audience is the 20-something crowd, but at a young 33, I totally get (and appreciate) his writing. He gets you going, makes you think, spurs you to action. Good stuff.

The book’s 11 chapters cover God’s: unity, power, creativity, vulnerability, holiness, love, jealousy, wisdom, patience, mystery and eternality.

I had a little trouble choosing just one excerpt from the book to share with you, but I’m a little partial to God-as-author, so how about this? (p. 161) God’s narrative never ends, yet He has invested Himself in our short stories… God could have created us as caricatures, but instead He spared no expense in our sophisticated sagas. Each sinew is complex. Each synapse, delicate. Humans are God’s antonyms–born in opposition to the Author. But our plots can thicken. Our characters can develop. God writes us, rewrites us, and then copyrights us in Christ. And that’s why we can live each chapter as though it might be our last. God has fused his story to ours and has given us an awesome ending–a happily ever after ending.

To be entered to win a copy of the book, just leave a comment with 1 question you would ask God if you could. Doesn’t have to be deep. Doesn’t have to be the number 1 question you’d ask. Just a question. Something you’d really like to know.

That’s it! Have a delightful Monday, friends!

59 thoughts on “God.ol.o.gy give-away!

  1. Mallory

    Why are some people so blessed in what seems like every area of life, when other suffer and lack so much; why isn’t everyone equal?

  2. Mindy W.

    If I could ask just one question to God it would be … how can he put up with all his disobedient children when I have one child and I struggle with being patient with his disobedience all the time?
    P.S. – i am praying that you feel better

  3. Rachel

    I would want to ask God about how He intends for us to read and apply the Bible, in light of culture etc.

    And if Jesus ever picked His nose. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Erin

    I seriously can’t decide what question I want to ask…mostly about my mom. But I guess the biggest one would be why He chose to take her home with Him. I know there is a purpose and a plan and I’ve seen some of that but I’d like to know if I’m missing any of the purpose and plan…I’m sure I am.

  5. Missy

    I would ask Him “What things are on Your heart for me to know, understand, or work towards learning?”

    Looking forward to an update on where you are with all your pain/health issues. Been praying for you!

  6. Stephanie

    I’d like to ask God what I’m supposed to be doing in my life right now.

    And also what He would do if He had a really bad sinus infection that wouldn’t go away.

  7. Martha

    Not trying to win book. how ever I’d sure take it if I won.
    Anyway Marla.. I am so sorry you are still enduring pain. Soon update us on what is going on okay? I know you don’t want to focus on you.. but We want to know.

    Love

  8. Kathleen

    If the culmination “fullest expression” of love to God is an undivided heart in worship, and the culmination of love between husband and wife is expressed in sexual intimacy, what is the fullest expression of love in friendship and with others? How would God have us express that the best?

  9. Trish P

    I am always excited to hear about a “new to me” author/book, and will definitely add him to my list of books to read.

    My question for God would be one that I actually overheard from my two wonderful kids (9 & 11). Recently they decided to start a Bible club together…which is really just the two of them, but if there is more than one its a club, right? The goal of their club is to read the whole Bible together and discuss it. At their first meeting, they hopped on the couch and read the first three chapters of Genesis together. It was so cute. I was making sure not to spoil it by staying clear and resisting any urges I had to comment. As I was opening the hall closet to put away some cleaning supplies I heard them raise this question…” God made the sea creatures on one day, and the land animals on another. What day did he make the amphibians?” What an incredible blessing to witness your kids searching for truth completely out of their own desire to know God.

  10. Carrie

    Today is the perfect day for me to ask God a question- I want to know why my friend Ashley has lost two babies in the last two years, and why He would choose to put their family through this pain again.

  11. Emily Kay

    Wow, way too many questions to pick a number one. But I suppose maybe I’d ask the question that’s been bothering me for the past 9 months…”Why is pregnancy so hard for me and yet such a breeze for some women?” I keep coming back to faith and trust on that one, but it’s still a daily challenge.

  12. Sarah McGalliard

    I was going to ask the ice cream question, too!

    so since that’s taken I’ll ask him to explain to me the trinity….although I realize I wouldn’t understand anyway. It’s worth a try, right?!

  13. Christine Smith

    My (compound) question… God, I know you empathize with us in our pain, but how? You know everything – the end of our pain, the outcome of our trial – and yet somehow you limit yourself to experience our sorrow with us, how is that possible?

  14. Oline (Oleeeen)

    I finally figured out how to leave a comment. Am I slow or what? I’d ask God…..How’s my heart look?

  15. Sharon Sloan

    Read your comment on Lysa’s blog. Please know I’ll be praying for you today on this challenging Monday. May HE bring His perfect healing to all of you today.

    If I lived closer, I’d bring you a meal and some chocolate chip cookies! (scratch and sniff here) ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Tonia

    I loved SS&S. Haven’t read Sacred Travels.
    I would have to ask why He would make us knowing that we are gonna mess up so?

  17. Heather C

    The first question the popped into my mind is “Where are we going to be living for the next 4 years?” Slightly selfish and not very deep – but it was my gut reaction.

  18. faithchick

    my current ? based on recent events: how do you decide who gets a baby? howcome some really really fab people never have one, but so many “undeserving” people accidentally get one after another.

    and—how come all the guys are looking past my fun, amazing. gorgeous, brilliant friend?

    ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Jodi G

    That’s such a toughy. I have a bajillion and three “why” questions. I can say that NONE of them have anything to do with why He lets us suffer. God does not cause suffering, Satan does. God is letting us try this whole life thing our way. We are failing miserably. We *need* God. I guess my first question would be, “when are you coming back?”.

  20. Donita

    Perhaps I am a little on the old side for this book, but I love a good book.
    I would like to see the “thread” for the events of this life. I have a feeling that I would be able to say “OOHHH, now I see why that happened. Now I understand the significance. It all fits together so perfectly! And, by the way God, that’s totally cool”

  21. Jane

    “Why can’t there be an open-enrollment period during which the souls in Hell could opt-out of their eternal decision and have a chance to choose You this time?”

  22. deanna

    One of my questions would be “What is the real purpose of our appendixes?” ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m always looking for a good book to read. Thanks for mentioning this one!

  23. Nichole

    I would probably ask all the “wonder” questions I’ve had for a long time- like “why did you put that mountain there?” and “what made you pick green for the grass”.

  24. janelle taviano

    How did it effect You/God…to see Your Son die, to see us daily turn our backs on You? ( and as follows, why do You put up with us?) His writing is amazing….Sacred Travel was incredible !

  25. Mary

    I think I’d ask Him how He doesn’t flick us on the head all the time–like when we act like we did something all on our own-flick-just as a little reminder that we didn’t…much like we’d like to give a little flick to our kids, just a little reminder that we are their authority. Does that sound horrible??!!!! He is just so much more patient than I am!!

  26. Jamie Nygaard

    I’m with Conny. I’d like to know why the little ones have to suffer sometimes. Why THEY are chosen to die early sometimes or have to endure tremendous pain because of horrible treatments to try to cure their disease.

  27. Carrie-clearance sticker issues

    Why couldn’t I have loved you sooner in my life so that I would be much further along in my growth and relationship with You – right now?

  28. Ang

    There are 20958 deep questions to ask, but…I know God has a sense of humor, he created us in his image, but what makes Him laugh the most? I mean gut-busting, tears rolling laughter. It makes me smile to think of sharing a laugh with God in heaven someday!

    The book sounds fab. I’ll get it even if I don’t win it. But I’m all about the victory, baby.

  29. Scribbles

    As much as there’s many deep and meaningful answers that I want, I’d probably ask whether all the dates in the bible are completely accurate or are symbolic – just to see which side of the debate was right.
    And I’d ask about the dinosaurs.

  30. Krista

    Oo, I love giveaways! I don’t usually think in terms of questions for God, though… that’s kind of a tall order. I think I would ask how He came up with His ideas for creation–I’m studying medicine and everything is so mind-blowingly complex, I’m sure God had fun designing all of it, if it’s not sacreligious to ascribe mortal emotions to an immortal Author of Life.

  31. ginger

    “Humans are Godโ€™s antonymsโ€“born in opposition to the Author.” Oooh, that’s good. I will be thinking of that for a long, long time.
    Honestly? I think I would ask God why He chose to love me.

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