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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 befo ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by David C. Cook
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Lillie
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
Cody
Jan 19, 2015 Cody rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Jon Stephens
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
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Aaron
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.
Grampy
“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
Janelle
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.

Jeanie
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.
Melanie
A great read. I loved the pictures and content. I learned quite a bit and think this is a great devotional-type book.
Glenn Crouch
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
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David Bergsland
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
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Jeff


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
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Jeff Short
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
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Chelsea
"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
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Heath Marion
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
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John Jeffcoat iii
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
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Christy
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
Shellie
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
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Kim
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
Meryl Freeman
The pictures of the universe in this book are amazing! The authors do a wonderful job of explaining the wonders that we see in these pictures. If you are amazed by the beauty of the stars in the sky or love science or just want to learn some more about the universe, this is a book for you!
Kticheno
Awe Inspiring

I loved the scientific facts mixed with the spiritual encouragement. Definitely helped me regain some proper perspective on my life and more importantly the awesome power, creativity, and personal love of my mighty God.
Greg Van Vorhis
This book is great as long as you understand stars and distances measured in parsecs, are politically correct enough to be patient to hear both the American and European versions of all measurements, and you like to learn about all things by comparing their size and distance to a golf ball compared to, say...a mountain. If you enjoy that, read this. If you don't dig that, read anything by Andy Stanley instead.
Jonathan
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
Stuart
How "GREAT" is our God!

Reading about "God's Creation" in and of itself convicts you of how small we are and His greatness. A must read for everyone.
emily
I love this pair of authors, Im so thankful they can articulate how I feel about space and how we're not small, but special. Watch Louie G.'s whales and stars video on youtube, it's wonderful!
Cari
Jun 07, 2015 Cari added it
Reminder of the vastness of God and how little we truly know about our Creator and His unbelievable grace He lavishes upon us.
Amanda Strnad
"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
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Andrea
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
Randy Elster
Incredible book about the vastness of space and how that relates to our relationship to its, and our, Creator. Highly recommended, although on my old-style, non-color kindle, the pictures lost some of their impact.
Barbara
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
Nancy Chaddick
Read it on my nook, but I'm sure the pictures would be more fascinating on a bigger page.
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