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Good Goats: Healing Our Image of God

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  104 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Through a blending of story, scripture and theology, this book tackles questions of sin, hell, vengeance in such a way that readers are led to transformation and healing.
Paperback, 101 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Paulist Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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This is one of the most influential books on my own theological thinking of recent years. It is written for the laity, but in the back it defends its positions w/ references and notes and explanations from great academic theologians. It's approach to Biblical Interpretation is what I'm drawn to; I'm not 100% sold on all their conclusions, but the freedom w/ which they wrestle w/ scripture is...enlightening. I recommend it to all Christians who come from a conservative background, like myself!
Thom Foolery
I purchased this book right after I finished reading Borg's *The God We Never Knew,* and it complements that book nicely. The first half provides insight into how our images of God influence how we relate to ourselves and one another, and suggests that all the received images of God as wrathful and bloodthirsty miss the point that Jesus was trying to make about a radically re-imagined God. The mainstream doctrine of substitutionary atonement (with its image of God as a psychopath who must kill h ...more
This is another of the Linn/Fabricant books that looks like it ought to be a children's book but is much deeper than that. The first part walks you through the image of God discussion and then the second half is questions and answers about each of the sections in the first half. My partner & I used it kind of like a devotional, reading a section each day. It led to some really good and sometimes intense discussion (ok, it got me called theologically bankrupt at one point). I didn't agree wit ...more
A find from the Stone Ridge sale, this book was peculiar because the illustrations and level of writing make it seem like a children's book, but it's not. Perhaps they wanted to reach the widest audience possible. In any case, the authors present ideas for a God who is all-loving and not vengeful. They believe our image of God needs to be updated from One who would indulge in what they called the "20,000 year pout": God gets annoyed with humanity, is only placated by Jesus's offer to get himself ...more
Ricardo A.
Una perspectiva sencilla pero no simplista de los hermanos Linn sobre la imagen de Dios. Me sentí más que identificado con algunas de sus experiencias, con lo que conservo y fortalezco mucho de mi visión sobre Dios en sus lados masculino y femenino, respectivamente.
Carrie F.
This book fussed with my image of God, as it intended to do. Their lens for seeing things of God is through God's love and healing. People aren't really damned to hell. If we know God's love and healing, no one would make a free will choice to reject God. God never gives up on us. Jesus even freed the thief on the cross without any initiative on the part of the thief. And there are several bible verses about Jesus drawing all people to him, even in the world below.(eg Revelation 5:13). With enou ...more
A simple book that helps me remember why the good news actually IS very, very good. A good book to read for Christians who tend to get frustrated sometimes with some of the more dominant views of Christianity as they have been handed down to us -- views that see God as the menacing "Good Old Uncle Gus" portrayed in the book. The Jesuit order has given its seal of approval to the book's theology, but I imagine some people will read it as unorthodox. That's okay with me, but I imagine some more "o ...more
Kathy Barron
While I do not agree with all the doctrines presented in this wonderful little book it does well to highlight the mercy and graciousness of God toward his people. We are frail and make mistakes, but he is merciful good and kind. While we are quick to divide people into two groups: "goats" who will be separated from God and "sheep" who are God's choice, God's love's is much more all encompassing and he has compassion one us despite our weaknesses and failings. A lovely,uplifting little book! Not ...more
This is the second book I read by the Linns. Like the previous book I read (Sleeping with Bread) I found the book insightful, though poorly written and theologically suspect. I did however find this book challenging and liked some of the ways in which it pushed against some unhealthy images of God as wrathful. However it drifts too far in a universalist direction for me. It was interesting and challenging though.
Maria Longley
I loved Sleeping with Bread so was happy to read another book collaboration between Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn and Matthew Linn. (I like the illustrations by Francisco Miranda too.) Presented as short chapters addressing the theme and then followed in part two by a Q&A of the questions they most encounter while delivering workshops etc based on this.
Looks like a children's book but it's not! I am always looking for accessible resources for progressive theological thought. This fits that bill! I really enjoyed the opening description of their process for writing the book... "This truly is orthodoxy everyone. They wouldn't have published it if it wasn't."
I can't say that this book was very well written, but I felt like I got SO MUCH out of it for the very short amount of time I invested in it. I picked up a few helpful things, and I will definitely be rereading it later.
Lent it to someone who didn't give it back. Got to quit that. Good choice for someone who grew up with a punishing image of God and wants to change it. God I miss the St. David's Bookshop.
Connie Fish
Jun 14, 2009 Connie Fish is currently reading it
A friend recommended this book, and it's not only enlightening, it's comforting, and contains the imprimatur. I would highly recommend it to any Christian
Patti Clement
Many life experiences may distort our image of God! This book is well written to help anyone who may be in need of healing their image of God.
This book does a good job explaining contemporary Christian Universalist beliefs. It is an easy, but thougt provoking read.
Very simple writing but profound thoughts. Challenging and comforting for me about 10 years ago when I read this.
overlooked perhaps because of its illustrative design this book had a profound spiritual and theological impact on me.
Michelle Bodle
Addressing an important theological topic from a different biblical viewpoint
cheesy, but fascinating
Mar 29, 2007 Theodora rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has thought they were eternally damned
Very healing book.
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