A Gentler God

Breaking free of the Almighty in the company of the human Jesus

By Doug Frank

A Gentler God

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  • ISBN: 9781725283725
  • Pages: 396
  • Publication Date: 7/9/2020
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A Gentler God

Breaking free of the Almighty in the company of the human Jesus

By Doug Frank

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781725283725
  • Pages: 396
  • Publication Date: 7/9/2020
  • Retail Price: $28.00
Web Price: $22.40
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What is God like? Is he the lofty Almighty of conservative religion, with power to stop heartbreaking human holocausts and deadly natural disasters, but who inexplicably declines to do so? Is he the callous Judge, offering the faithful a place in his heaven while summarily casting the faithless into everlasting hell? Is he the vain King on his throne, requiring us to stroke his ego by praising him—unceasingly—for his “awesome power”?

If this is the God we have been taught, it is no wonder that many people have come to realize that they do not like, let alone trust him. The simple certainties of their childhood no longer make sense. But the equally assured assertions of today’s atheists also leave them cold. They want a personal connection with God —an honest faith that grows out of their own felt truth and touches them at the deepest levels of their being.

This book points the way. It dismantles the “angry, punitive God” of traditional Protestantism and beckons us toward a kinder, more welcoming God. This God does not ask us to grit our teeth and try our best to believe. Instead, this God meets us in our humanity, inviting our hearts to respond in genuine trust and love.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“. . .the best and deepest diagnosis of what’s wrong with American evangelicalism I’ve ever read. . . This book will stay with me for a long time.” — BRIAN McLAREN



“A tour-guide through the soul of evangelicalism. . . No other book has so aptly named, and met, the deep longings and deeper disappointments of wayward evangelicals.” — SHELLY RAMBO



“A Gentler God is a labor of love... Welcome to the masterwork of a huge-hearted, evangelical son.” — DAVID JAMES DUNCAN



“. . .this book has the capacity to release a kind of human freedom and vitality that each of us aches to embody.” — MARK YACONELLI

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Doug Frank

Bio(s)-

Doug Frank studied at Wheaton College and received the Ph.D. degree in history at the State University of New York (Buffalo). He has been on the teaching faculty of several Christian liberal arts colleges, and is the author of the recently reissued Less Than Conquerors: The Evangelical Quest for Power in the Early Twentieth Century (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2009). Since 1975, he has taught in an undergraduate study center in the mountains near Ashland, OR, where students are invited to pursue their own intellectual and religious questions in a community of supportive peers and mentors.

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