The Deity Formerly Known as God

The Deity Formerly Known as God

I’m just about to finish The Deity Formerly Known as God by Jarrett Stevens. Jarrett was gracious enough to give me a copy of his book at CharlotteONE last month, and I’ve been soaking it up.

The book tackles six destructive images and misconceptions about God, and then offers six biblical, constructive images of God based on Scripture. Jarrett writes with a good bit of humor as well as a compelling and convicting condor that cuts straight to the heart of the matter. He refers to his book as the remix of J. B. Phillips’ classic Your God is Too Small.

Here are a few takeaways I’ve gleaned thus far:

  • “This may be one of the greatest tragedies of what we have come to call Christianity: that we are all too afraid to ask a good and loving God for what He already longs to give us.” (p. 99)
  • “Perhaps a better framework for God is not “old” but “timeless.” If God were limited to our understanding of time, then, like all things in this universe, He would be aging.” (p. 38)
  • “Our job couldn’t be any simpler: All we have to do is stay (John 15:5). (p. 125)

Help support Jarrett by ordering this book. It will definitely be an encouragement and a challenge to you.