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Servant God:
Testimonies & Reviews

This collection of essays is a MUST read for all who want to know the truth about God’s self-sacrificial character!Greg Boyd, PhD, Theologian, Author, Preacher Woodland Hills Church
Written by servants of God who walk daily with those who suffer the pain of illness, the heartache of broken lives, and the joys of small victories, Servant God reaches out to all of us who have waded through struggles of every sort. Pastors, Bible study teachers, small group leaders, counselors—read it and use it in ministry. The essays offer encouragement, exhortations, understanding, joy, hope, and beautiful images of the God of love.Sharon Baker, PhD, Professor of Theology and Religion, Messiah College
It is very difficult to review this book without verging on hyperbole. But I’m convinced that Servant God is this year’s most important how-to-change-the-world book, and here’s why. We have a major catastrophe on our hands. Much of our carefully, patiently, and proudly built up global church is coming apart at the seams. Just look at our own backyard where some estimate that 75% of American teenagers in Christian homes will lose their faith after high school. I’ve concluded that the root of this problem is our conventional way of reconciling an all-good, all-powerful God with the amount and unpredictability of evil in our world. If we continue to explain that a mysterious good hides behind all evil, if we continue to take the Biblical phrase, “all things work together for good” to mean that God—who does in fact work good out of evil—is somehow the author of the evil itself, we will continue to see the Christian faith blossom around the world today, only to watch it fade tomorrow.

Brian Lowther, Director, Roberta Winter Institute
For those who suspect that the long and looming shadow of the monster god is part of the problem, Servant God offers a way forward that is hopeful, scholarly, and most importantly, faithful to the revelation of God we find in Jesus Christ.Brian Zahnd, Lead Pastor of Word of Life Church, St. Joseph, Missouri. Author of Beauty Will Save the World, Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness, and What to Do on the Worst Day of Your Life
I was profoundly blessed by reading this gospel-oriented, grace-filled book written by a variety of contributors, both theologians and lay people. The great controversy theme, the cosmic conflict between good and evil, is the explanatory tool used to investigate the trustworthiness of God’s character. Difficult questions about God and the kind of person he is are discussed in plain language. Can one reconcile the God of Sinai with the God of Calvary? Ultimately the conclusion is that God can be trusted and that his character is best seen in the life, death, and example of Jesus Christ. One of the many strengths of this book is that it applies this understanding of God to practical, daily life. God’s remedy to problems we face is not compulsion but revelation; it is persuasion, not force. In fact biblical justice and salvation itself is seen as healing. One leaves this book with a renewed sense of wholeness and peace. It should be on the reading list of every thoughtful soul.Lawrence T. Geraty, PhD, Harvard University, Professor of Archaeology and Old Testament Studies, President Emeritus, Executive Director, LSU Foundation, La Sierra
Servant God is enamoured with the conviction that everything changes when we realize that God is not a terrorist. Rather, God is (like) Jesus Christ: supremely loving and almost recklessly so! Just wait till you read Alden Thompson’s essay about how we should read the Old Testament to know what I mean by reckless condescension!

Stevan Mirkovich - Pastor, Vancouver BC
Around the time I graduated from high school I also graduated from the Catholic Church and my belief in God. Atheism became my religion of choice in my college years and money was my god. Upon graduating with a degree in engineering and getting a dream job that didn’t satisfy, I began to think there had to be more to life than what I was experiencing. So I gave church (and God) another try.

Dan Kopp, lead pastor of Eastside Vineyard Church in Michigan.
In recent years, the question of God’s character, with a particular focus on challenges to the idea of divine violence, has appeared in several books reflecting a wide spectrum of theological perspectives. Servant God is a welcome addition to this as-yet-small but growing number of publications.

The book’s major premise is that if one takes the incarnation seriously, then when we see Jesus we see God. And when we observe that Jesus responded to all situations with love and mercy, it follows that God is a God of love and mercy. This conclusion stands in sharp contrast to the traditional view of a wrathful God who has commanded God’s people to carry out massacres, who controls natural disasters to enact judgment and punishment, and who will punish sinners eternally in a fiery hell.

J. Denny Weaver, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Bluffton University, Author of The Nonviolent Atonement