Lies We Believe About God
by Wm. Paul Young
Source: ARC – Netgalley, Atria Books
From the author of the twenty million plus copy bestselling novel The Shack and the New York Times bestsellers Cross Roads and Eve comes a compelling, conversational exploration of the wrong-headed 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 twenty-eight commonly uttered and sometimes seemingly innocuous things we say about God. Paul exposes these as lies that keep us from having a full, loving relationship with our Creator.
With personal anecdotes and sharing the compassion readers felt from the “Papa” portrayed in The Shack—soon to be a major film starring Octavia Spencer, Sam Worthington and Tim McGraw—Paul encourages readers to think anew about important issues including sin, religion, hell, politics, identity, creation, human rights, and helping us discover God’s deep and abiding love.
5+ of 5 Stars
I have so many feelings and thoughts about this book that it’s hard to organize them all to write an understandable review. When I finished reading this my first impulse was to find someone, anyone who knows the bible better than I do to discuss the ideas with. Days after reading this, I still have that urge to pick apart each chapter’s theme – and I most likely will at some point in the future. What I enjoyed most about this book was how it made me think about my faith in an entirely new way. I openly admit that my faith isn’t as strong as I’d like it to be. I’ve dealt with the negative side of the Christian church numerous times which in may ways has made my current walk harder.
Another point for this book was how accessible it was, even for someone who isn’t well versed in scripture. A lot of Christian nonfiction that I’ve read has gone over my head because it heavily references concepts that I just don’t understand. In this book, each chapter is devoted to a different lie that is commonly believed or practiced in the church as a whole. What I appreciated was how the author was able to take these themes and bring out examples in his own life as well as easily understood support directly from the bible. I never felt like I was trying to decode anything, it felt simple yet profound.
For me, my favorite takeaway from the whole book that I keep thinking about even days after reading is how God loves me because I am loveable. This confused me at first because frequently I’ve heard some semblance of the message that “God loves us because HE is loving.” While I do believe in a loving God, for me it’s incredibly moving to think that it’s not just because God is good that he loves me, but because I am good and worth loving. Through the book I had moments like this numerous times when I had to sit back and ponder how looking at something slightly differently could change my relationship with God entirely.
Needless to say, I highly recommend this book. Even those who aren’t Christian but interested in faith might be able to get something out of this book. I’m looking forward to reading the book again in the future and really examining each chapter in depth.