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In the Beginning, God: Creation, Culture, and the Spiritual Life

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With the grace and insight for which she is known, Marva Dawn shows how the opening pages of the book of Genesis rivet our attention on God, calling us to worship and to praise. The repeated words, phrases, and actions themselves beckon us into a rhythm of worship which touches our very souls. By focusing on God, we become different people--not by trying to perfect a techn ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published August 8th 2009 by IVP Books (first published July 8th 2009)
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Jul 07, 2016 Bob rated it really liked it
Summary: A series of reflections on the texts of Genesis 1-3 focused not on questions of beginnings and the controversies that surround these chapters but on what they show us of God and how this may lead us into worship.

Over the last 150 years, the first chapters of Genesis have been a battleground between faith and science, and sometimes between competing views within the Christian community. Marva J. Dawn thinks all of this misses the central object of these chapters. She contends these chapt
Debbie Blane
Aug 19, 2011 Debbie Blane rated it really liked it
The book is good. It is somewhat simplistic and I think this may have to do with the audience that it is being aimed at....
I take several things from this book that I will share here:
1. Marve J. Dawn states something that I have never heard before and therefore I took note with great interest, that Jesus came as a man to show that it is not only women who serve. Pretty cool huh?
2. Woman is a corresponding helper, an equal helper. Male and female are made in the image of God, the only creations w
Nathan Wheeler
Sep 10, 2012 Nathan Wheeler rated it really liked it
As Christians living in this scientific world, what do we do with the first few chapter of Genesis? Was the world created in literally 6 days? Were we humans formed from dust and ribs? What does the story of the fall mean for us today? From Christian claims of a young earth to claims of an evolutionary creation the first few chapters of Genesis are still heavily debated. Marva Dawn, in her book, In The Beginning, God: Creation, Culture, and the Spiritual Life, deals specifically with Genesis 1-3 ...more
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Dec 23, 2009 Stephen Cruver rated it did not like it
The first page of the book really got me hooked, but the rest of the book seen to progressively get worse. Her premise is that the Bible is about God and not us. But then she just seem to write very little about God and a whole lot about the environment. I am not sure I will finish the book. Life is to short to read some books.
Apr 22, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing
Marva Dawn's writing is clear and accessible. Her exposition on Genesis 1-3 is absolutely phenomenal. It has opened my eyes and heart in brand new ways and has renewed my curiosity for exploring the cosmos. This is rich and easy read.
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The first half of the book is 4 stars and the second half is 2 stars. Therefore, a mean of 3.
Jun 12, 2013 Glen rated it really liked it
Short, readable chapters that carry a real spiritual fervor. I enjoyed this book very much.
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Marva J. Dawn is an American Christian theologian, author, musician and educator, associated with the parachurch organization "Christians Equipped for Ministry" in Vancouver, Washington. She also serves as Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dawn is generally perceived as a Lutheran evangelical.
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“The goal of the Christian life is that for more and more seconds of each day what we think and do and say is to God's glory, that every moment is worship of the true God instead of various idolatries of our making or of our culture's.” 3 likes
“Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.” 1 likes
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