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God Is Not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the God Worth Living For

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Ulrich L. Lehner reintroduces Christians to the true God—not the polite, easygoing, divine therapist who doesn’t ask much of us, but the Almighty God who is unpredictable, awe-inspiring, and demands our entire lives.  Stripping away the niceties with a sling blade, Lehner shows that God is more strange and beautiful than we imagine, and wants to know and transform us in th ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 20th 2017 by Ave Maria Press
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Charles
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I so often complain, the quality of modern discourse is atrocious. Probably this is due to everyone being told for decades that his opinion always matters, along with a belief that democracy means all opinions are equally valid regardless of reasoning, capped off by modern avenues of communication that allow easy, free broadcasting of stupidity, when in the past dumb people had very limited ability to force the rest of us listen. Worthless discourse exists across the political spectrum, of co ...more
Father Carrozza
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful book

In recent years we have often seen God being depicted as a gentle mush. The modern world steers clear of any view of God that even remotely challenges us to change. The modern God is seen as someone who loves you just the way you are and would never say no to you. This book reminds us that God loves us far too much to leave us in mediocrity, and that it is precisely because he loves us that he challenges us to radically change our lives and become the best version of ourselves that
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Wendy Wong Schirmer
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
God is not mean. But He's certainly not nice, and we shouldn't want Him to be.

Because a "nice," harmless duffer of an "Old Man Upstairs," who doesn't hold us accountable or demand that we change our lives, not only wouldn't bother saving and transforming us, but wouldn't be powerful enough to. Lehner astutely notes that nice people wouldn't walk with us in our despair or share our pain; a nice god wouldn't, either. Indeed, the word "nice," seemingly akin to virtuous these days, meant quite the
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Pastor2112
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling and much-needed corrective to the popular view of God as nice, undemanding, and - for the most part - boring. Lehner interacts with Scripture and Christian tradition to paint a picture of a God who inspires awe, invites to adventure, who makes demands, and requires surrender and sacrifice - a God that does not simply offer a bandage, but offers open-heart surgery. He writes, "Love can never be just nice, and it is therefore a complete misunderstanding of God and our own faith life i ...more
Kyle Patrick
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an incredible book. It’s a blistering attack on “therapeutic deism”. Or, as the author puts it, replacing the Father in heaven with a grandfather in heaven - a sort of senile benevolence.

The author does a fantastic job at describing how far we have strayed from the true God - the God described in the Old Testament, the God who seeks to transform us.

The only reason that I’ve given this book 4 stars instead of 5 is that it is quite short. This author no doubt has quite a bit to say, as he
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Dale Larson
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It was in no way bad but, for some reason, the arguments and reasoning set forth by the author just didn't resonate with me. The theme of the book, rediscovering the mystery and majesty of God, is fabulous and I enjoyed the topics he covered. Perhaps my modern protestant brain was too far removed from the reasoning of a very traditionalist Catholic to fully engage with this book. Regardless, I think this one is worth a read for those who are interested ...more
Karen Rentz
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Although, I’m not Catholic, I felt that the author did an excellent job presenting some tough and thought provoking information regarding the subject and what mainstream society, and religious communities have come to believe regarding the character of God. The author makes us questioned what we have been taught regarding God’s nature and makes us think about who he really is and not what we would like him to be. The only reason I didn’t give the book five stars is because I ...more
Thomas
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intelligent, compassionate, and overdue

This book addresses something that has bothered me for a long time. There is a tendency in many new churches to celebrate God as if he were our psychotherapist or doctor or all-understanding friend. The deeper I get into liturgical worship I more I understand the need to kneel before him in fear and trembling. He is the creator of the universe. I am here to serve Him, not the other way around.
Susan
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A challenging read - but full of insight and uncomfortable truths.
John Swaringen
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great God

This is the God I want to worship! The author breaks down the door of the timid and goes right at the heart of the insidious evil that haunts the church. Good Words.
Bernard
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A worthwhile read aimed at the general reader. I’d have preferred something that dug deeper into some of the points made. An excellent resource for the preacher or religious educator.
Eric
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Found myself confused about the audience for this book. It felt too cliched to be used in a professional setting. It offered some thoughtful reflections, but overall I was a bit underwhelmed.
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