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Indescribable: Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe

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Putting this powerful message into print for the first time, visionary pastor Louie Giglio and songwriter Matt Redman team up to write a heart-stirring book about the mysteries of God’s creation. Indescribable takes readers on a journey through the vastness of outer space and into the depths of the soul. Modern science allows viewers to see farther into space than ever bef ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by David C. Cook
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Jon Stephens
Apr 24, 2013 Jon Stephens rated it really liked it
I recently read the book Indescribable by Louie Giglio & Matt Redman in preparation for teaching on the bigness of God. The book talks about the glory of God as seen in the beauty of the universe. Initially I was worried it would just be a retelling of the Louie Giglio message (dvd) called How Great is Our God, but it wasn’t at all. Giglio mentions the four stars from his message, but this is all new material.

I purchased the soft cover edition of this book, but I wish I had purchased the har
May 03, 2014 Cody rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who is critical of the bible, and who wants to be reminded of how great God is!
Indescribable: Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe was a really great book. I found it very inspirational, all the facts that leave evolution in the dust!
I read this book as an eBook (the first ebook I think I have ever read) because it was being offered for free on Matt Redman's Facebook Page.
As an eBook I found it hard to read (That explains why I took so long :D).

I would recommend it to anyone who is critical of the bible, and anyone who wants to know or be reminded of
Indescribable is a beautiful call to worship the Lord of the Universe. Fantastic photos from the Hubble and other incredible telescopes coupled with facts and figures about the size and amazing details about the stars and other heavenly bodies. But in each short chapter, this magnificence is put into perspective: as indescribable the wonders of God's creation are, there is something even more incredible. The Creator who brought this unbelievable universe into existence also created each and ever ...more
Reading this book on my IPod really failed to do it justice, giving me a somewhat limited view of the spectacular photos showcasing the wonders of God's creation in space. Despite this, I enjoyed this book greatly and was tremendously encouraged by the authors' words and by the thought that even though God created such a wondrous and complex universe, He still cares about me.

Jun 23, 2014 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Just like the DVD this book was amazing this provides more in depth perspective in God vastness and all he's created. After reading this book I've realized I need to stop making God "small" and see the big picture and the plans he has for my life. I really encourage everyone to read this as it helps our finite minds to be able to get a glimpse of an infinite God who's indeed indescribable.
Jul 17, 2012 Jeanie rated it really liked it
If you need to be reminded of the Majesty of the Lord, this book will bring you there. It is just a scratch but it still lovely and a good place to be. The majesty of the Lord, compells you just as it did King David to be a man after God's own heart.
May 21, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, non-fiction
A great read. I loved the pictures and content. I learned quite a bit and think this is a great devotional-type book.
Robin Koshy
Jan 16, 2017 Robin Koshy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The heavens declare His glory!

Connecting wonder of creation (namely astronomy) with wonder of God and why it should cause us to worship. Bit repetitive (universe and the sun is big) and shallow on biblical depth, but the one chapter on us being a moon--unable to emit light but can only reflect light of the SON-- is insightful and worth the whole book.
Heidi Pindell
Feb 07, 2017 Heidi Pindell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read, Great pictures.

Interesting read. Matt and Louie present compelling examples and spectacular pictures to help convey the vastness and beauty of God's work. Their passion for the "heavens" is evident throughout.
David 'Wavey' Cowpar
It's hard to process just how amazing God is... this book helps with that a little bit. But still, it's hard to process the pictures that explain how awesome God is in this book... if you like space, sci-fi or Jesus let your mind be blown by these amazing truths and this amazing God we can know
Aug 05, 2012 Chelsea rated it really liked it
"The statistical probability that organic structures and the most precisely harmonized reactions that typify living organisms would be generated by accident is zero." - Ilya Prigogine, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, page 180-181

I was lent this book by a good friend of mine to occupy my twelve hour drive to New York this past week. Coincidentally, I didn't actually get to it until the drive home, and during the time we were there my friends and I paid a day-long visit to the American Museum of Natu
Heath Marion
Oct 04, 2013 Heath Marion rated it really liked it
This book is an easy read. I had originally picked up this book because my oldest daughter was talking about scientific facts about the universe in school. My intent was to help give another perspective that included God in the conversation. The pictures and the quotes quickly pulled me in and I became curious myself.

Plato says, “Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards.” This is exactly what begins to happen as you read this book. You begin to amazed at how big God must by the shear enormity
Jun 18, 2014 Grampy rated it it was amazing
“Indescribable” by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman is, in a word, indescribable. In this awe-inspiring work, these two men impart incredible facts about the vastness of our universe, and the concomitant awesomeness of the God who created it and us. Uncountable stars make up our galaxy. Uncountable galaxies make up our universe. It is beyond our human ability to comprehend a universe without borders, yet that is where we live. If it DID have borders, we couldn’t conceive of what might lay beyond the ...more
John Jeffcoat iii
Jan 17, 2013 John Jeffcoat iii rated it it was amazing
I own a LOT of books that feature photos of astronomical objects as seen through the Hubble Space Telescope, or one of the larger ground-based observatories. As a Christian, I am fascinated with such books, because they demonstrate the awesome extent to which "the heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky shows His handiwork". Pouring over their pages gives one a sense of how amazingly huge and diverse and magnificently beautiful the universe really is.
One thing however, that I find irritat
Jeff Short
Dec 12, 2012 Jeff Short rated it really liked it
Shelves: creation
Do we know what it means that the heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1)? If we know anything, we only know a very small part of it. It is good for us to search the heavens and see and hear God's glory displayed there. This book is full of pictures of wonders in the universe that quiet us to behold them. A lot of effort is spent in trying to give scale and perspective to a few wonders beyond us that are ultimately indescribable.

Redman and Giglio are guides for us in this book. This is not
David Bergsland
Dec 28, 2013 David Bergsland rated it it was ok
I know it’s my fault, but when I see a picture book about God’s creation in a book subtitled: Encountering the Glory of God in the beauty of the universe I have expectations of a book devoted to showing what God did in his creation. To a certain extent that is indeed in this book. In fact, I begrudgingly have to say that the book did what it promised. But it could have been so much more.

For example, one of the best nuggets I found in the books where the sun is described as a virtually unique sta
Dec 17, 2011 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-book-list

Loved this book. The perfect gift for those skeptical about God. Once you understand the vastness of the universe, it's hard to discount the possibility of a Creator. For example:
* The distance from LA to New York is 2,462 miles.
* The distance from Earth to the Moon is 240,000 miles.
* The distance from Earth to the Sun is 93 million miles.
* 1 light year is 5.8 trillion miles.
* Width of the Milky Way Galaxy is 100,000-120,000 light years.
* Distance from the Milky Way to the nearest galaxy - 2.5
Jul 05, 2012 Christy rated it liked it
Giglio and Redman explore the wonders of the universe with a spiritual slant. "Life is brief, and there's nothing more exhausting than living out our days as if we are the center of the universe, responsible for everything and everybody under the sun." Our creator is all knowing and His creation of the universe proves He can do anything. "If the power of the stars is hard to fathom, how much more so is the power of the One who holds them in place beyond our understanding. If His are the arms tha ...more
Jul 24, 2016 Tung rated it it was ok
Several years ago, Pastor Louie Giglio preached a sermon on how indescribable God is because of His size and scale. Giglio referenced the scope and scale of the universe as a touchstone – if the universe is vast beyond our comprehension, how vast is God Who created it? This “book”
is essentially the same rumination. I put “book” in quotations because Indescribable is really a collection of short essays rather than a cohesive book with a beginning, middle, and end. Giglio and worship leader Matt
Jul 10, 2012 Shellie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, nonfiction
I am humbled by a picture of a spiral galaxy similar to ours, 30 million light years away. Our solar system is so small in the Milky Way that it is like the size of a quarter in all of North America. We are miniscule, not even dust motes, compared to the stars--some of which are 4 million times brighter than the sun--and yet God knows how many hairs are on each of our heads.

The authors impress upon us the words of Job in verse 37:17, “Stop and consider God’s wonders.” “Reverence is often the fru
Mar 21, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
This was an easy book to read as a devotional, reading a short chapter per day. I really enjoyed learning about the solar system and God's amazing creation. It made me feel so small in the grand scheme of things, yet not at all insignificant. What an encouragement to know that God's love for us is so indescribable, He reaches across time and space to draw us to Himself, to have a relationship with us. Truly, the heavens do declare His handiwork and His divine nature is revealed to us in the skie ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
I was initially going to give this book 3 instead of 4 stars. The pictures and description of the cosmos are stunning...and the manner in which a big universe is woven in to a bigger God is inspiring...but not new. Or incredibly stimulating. Or profound. Until I was reminded by a God who is in fact larger than the whole of space that the simple message of the gospel IS profound, and stimulating, and always new in its graces and mercy toward us. In looking toward discipleship we should not despis ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
I found myself wandering towards this book by chance, and when I looked up out of my daze, I was holding a book with the same title as a talk that made me say 'Wow' out loud every time I watched it, and a song that made my heart sing 'You are amazing, God' as loud as my voice did. I bought it immediately, and smiled so big while I paged through the pages filled with quotes about stars and creation, and photographs of beautiful constellations. The book was everything I wanted it to be, I read it ...more
Amanda Strnad
Dec 31, 2012 Amanda Strnad rated it really liked it
"He...who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead." ~Albert Einstein (Indescribable, p.70)

This quote sums up well my impressions of INDESCRIBABLE. There's not major theological revelation or life application contained within these pages. Instead, it's a book that reveals the immensity of the Universe and the comparably minuscule man using facts about stars, galaxies, planets, etc. If these facts and breath-taking pictures don't cause you to stand in awe of our gre
Glenn Crouch
Nov 23, 2014 Glenn Crouch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
This is an excellent book, and I would highly recommend adding it to your devotional reading. The 15 chapters can easily be used for 15 personal devotions - though I also got a few good Sermon illustrations as well.

I have always been a big fan of Astronomy, and did include a unit on Astronomy in my Bachelor of Science, so no big surprise that I really enjoyed the photos included. It is well worth the time to ponder on our Universe just to acknowledge how big our Creator God really is!

This is a g
Michael Schmid
May 03, 2016 Michael Schmid rated it really liked it
This book is a fascinating read about the glory of God that is evident in the universe and stars He created, containing many amazing facts that are mind-boggling. Giglio and Redman show how the greatness of different stars and the whole universe point to the greatness of the God who created the universe and should make us stand more in awe of Him. The book also includes some great photos which I could not appreciate fully, as my Kindle only showed them in black and white, but the book contains a ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The fact that this book was available for free just as I was finishing up the first section of Genesis was all the more reason to read it! I was familiar with the movie version but [somehow] haven't actually seen it yet. This book was not only a great fit as far as timing/content complement but was was just a great read/look overall. I like that the book is a balance of high-quality images from throughout the universe, astronomy facts, and spiritual implications. It wasn't too heavy in any conte ...more
Jul 02, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
I have seen this content as a video, and jumped at the chance to read it as a book. Both are good, although I will admit I enjoyed the video more. In either case, the illustrations are spectacular, and definitely need to be viewed in color; this is not going to be as amazing if read on a black and white e-reader, although it would still be good. The authors do a marvelous job depicting how vast our universe truly is, and how small our earth is in comparison. The information is from a Christian p ...more
Donna Engler
Jul 04, 2016 Donna Engler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly Indescribable!

The pictures of some of the planets and stars of our universe shown in this book are breathtaking. No explanation is possible or probable except that God The Almighty I AM designed and placed all of these glorious phenomena in the vast, seemingly unending sky.
How some of our scientists can believe the universe and life on earth just "happened" seems impossible. I don't have enough faith to believe in the Big Bang. It has to be God.
Beth Trask
Jan 27, 2013 Beth Trask rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Beth by: Nancy Abner
Indescribable! Astronomy and Scripture. Favorite chapter = Ch 6 SYMPHONY - quote pg 80 "And somewhere in the midst of it all is you, special among all of creation, made in the very image of God. Stamped with divinity, and created in the likeness of God, you, too, were made by and for Jesus. Thus, you have a voice in the chorus. A voice like no other because, unlike the stars, you have the capacity to know and love the Creator - and the choice to value Him above everything else He has made."
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