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Your God Is Too Glorious: Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places

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Most of us are regular people who have good days and bad days. Our lives are radically ordinary and unexciting. That means they're the kind of lives God gets excited about. While the world worships beauty and power and wealth, God hides his glory in the simple, the mundane, the foolish, working in unawesome people, things, and places.

In our day of celebrity worship and
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Published January 2nd 2018 by Baker Books
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K B
Can I give this book 6 stars? Yes, in a NY second! The theology of the cross is the great need for all believers and Bird 'nails it' in every chapter. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your good work and Your good words through Chad Bird!
Alisha
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chad Bird is a prolific writer and I would recommend his books and articles to everyone. Chad is a scriptural scholar who writes in proper biblical context and exegeses that can trusted. His life experience comes with scars that he pours out into words and relates to both conservative and liberal readers.

The premise in, “Your God is Too Glorious” is that in our darkest times, God is nearest to us. We have been taught to look for God on the mountain top or when we feel our best about life and
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Shane
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book.
Emma
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I have been growing in my Christian journey over the last year, I have found myself reading a lot more Christian books. For the most part I can come away from a book feeling like I have learnt something, and with this book I feel like I have not only learnt something new but also grown in understanding of my own views on God and my relationship with him.

Chard Bird has a fantastic way of interspersing his thoughts and teachings with wonderful stories, both personal and those he has heard from
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Joan
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Do we sometimes make God too holy, too other, too glorious to see Him as part of our daily life? Do we want to have a famous ministry when God just wants us to love the elderly lady next door? Do we want to see a great vision from the Lord when He just wants to speak to us through the child we meet on the street?

Bird gives Christians much to think about. He writes, “This book is a call for a sweeping reorientation of our understanding of how God is at work in our lives...” (Loc 77/2396) He gives
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Lovely Loveday
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Your God Is Too Glorious: Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places is a very informative read that is full of wonderful information. Bird writes with such a loving and caring hand making each word an eye opener. Written in an easy to read and follow format, the reader is sure to understand and gain useful insights. You will find scripture throughout with many personal stories. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book that I highly recommend.
Sherri Smith
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
The cover on this book is so delightful that I couldn't help but select it for reading. But in addition, the idea of "finding God in the most unexpected places" leaned me into finding out more about what Chad Bird had to say.

The first chapter I began and was interested in what he had to say, although I did catch myself flipping the pages ahead. But then I moved to the second chapter and started to lose interest. The very first chapter I thought the description was about a female. I admit, I
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Andrew Green
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I decided to request a review copy of this book based on an assumption that this would be just another book extolling the virtues of an ordinary life – a theme rightly highlighted at present, and in the past few years, with such books as Michael Horton’s Ordinary.

Chad Bird’s work fits this body of literature perfectly – and more. Whilst it is a book about an “ordinary” life, it is about much more. Bird has made it his task and goal to school his readers in a Theology of the Cross, rather than a
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Joshua
Chad Bird’s 2017 book Your God is Too Glorious is a popular-level take on the common Lutheran theme of theologia crucis–the theology of the cross. Luther articulated two modes of theology: the theology of glory and the theology of the cross. A theologian of glory, according to Luther, attempts himself to achieve those things that god himself accomplishes in the cross. Whereas god secures redemption and righteousness by means of suffering–a “veiled unveiling” (Bird, 24) of god’s righteousness, a ...more
Travis Heystek
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Book Review: Your God is Too Glorious (Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places)
By: Chad Bird

I struggled a bit with this book. There were moments that I was totally in love with what the author was writing and moments where I felt disappointed by his worldview. So let me explain.
Chad has walked a tough road and clearly come out the other side a better man. For that I’m grateful and, for him, excited. I think he was able to take a lot of his imperfections and poor decisions, and continued to
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Julia
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Your God Is Too Glorious: Finding God In The Most Unexpected Places by Chad Bird is a combination of Biblical and personal stories that illustrate and remind us that God is more often found in the humble and the lowly witness than sitting on the royal throne.

So often we get caught up in our daily grind and we seem to forget that God is right there next to us, plugging along with us, keeping us company and helping us with the day-to-day business of our very livelihood. Chad reminds us that God
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Karl Dumas
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes we all need to remember to stop and open our eyes, stop and smell the roses, stop and see where God is at work in our lives. And that’s usually easier said than done. So, it was a joy to read Your God Is Too Dangerous: Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places, by Chad Bird. (Baker Books, 2018)
Elijah stood in a crevice, waiting for the LORD to pass by. Surprisingly enough, God didn’t appear in the Big, or in the LOUD, but in the small or the still. While Elijah was waiting the was a
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Michelle Kidwell
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing


Your God Is Too Glorious
Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places
by Chad Bird
Baker Books

Christian
Pub Date 02 Jan 2018


I am reviewing a copy of Your God is Too Glorious from Baker Books and Netgalley:


This book reminds us that we are ordinary people who have both good days and bad days. We look at our lives are radically ordinary and unexciting. This is the kind of livesGod gets excited about while the world worships beauty power and wealth. We learn God hides his glory in the simple, the mundane,
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Stephanie
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me to review a free digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a gold mine! Do not let the title fool you - when I first saw the title, 'Your God is Too Glorious' - I immediately thought... No He's not!! He is completely glorious! - What kind of heresy is this??? But then the rest of the title says, "Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places". I would say that the 2nd part of the title is the true title. The author takes the
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Teri Reck
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another beautifully written and profound book by Chad Bird. It addresses how our society deludes itself with our quest for bigger, better, best, how we as individuals tranquilize ourselves with our lists of accomplishments as though that will makes us worthwhile and that is all that gives our lives meaning. The truth is that it isn't about what we do at all---it never was. It's about what God does for us. We have meaning and worth because God created us to have it, not because of any attempt to ...more
Dona
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was going to go to bed early tonight but stayed up finishing the book, Your God Is Too Glorious "Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places by Chad Bird. A great book that I can't really explain. I guess the best way I can think of is that it is completely opposite to the many books out there that say if you are a Christian and trust in God you will be successful, happy and without problems. No, I'm not saying that you can't be successful, happy and live a trouble-free life, but don't always ...more
Lorna
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed most of Chads books, and at least two of his hymns are in our Lutheran hymnal; however, I'm not sure I would be comfortable loaning this book to anyone who was not firm in the Christian faith; or our Lutheran confessions. I believe he takes things too far in much of his language about alters and divine presence throughout the first chapters. I felt a touch of Mysticism....
I thought it a strange segue from his other writings. The book ends firmly grounded in the gospel; but the
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Oak
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Your God Is Too Glorious: Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places by Chad Bird is a book exploring God’s great glory. Bird covers a nice smorgasbord of topics in Christianity, providing thoughtful commentary on Scripture passages. One of my favorite chapters was “Friends in Low Places” – particularly the part that talked about Ruth and how she was an outsider. I also really enjoyed the discussion about Joseph in the chapter “Learning About God in the Devil’s Classroom.” This book would be a ...more
Doug Dale
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
This was an uneven book, divided, for me at least, into quarters. The first and third 'quarters' were a bit slow and I didn't get a lot from them, but the second and fourth parts of the book were so good, they, by far, overcome the weaker sections. Despite it's title, this is a book that points to the glory of God, but the book helps us understand we are often looking in the wrong places for that glory. We look for God's glory in power and achievement, but God really shows up in our weakness, ...more
Kyle Dupic
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Man I was blown away by this book. Partly it met me in a specific place I’m at, being a stay at home dad and wrestling with the inner voice that says you have to accomplish great things to matter in this world.

But partly, it was just so well written. The way he describes things is reminiscent of a good novel, drawing you into his stories. The way he explains common biblical stories and with today’s language breathes new life into them. Simply put, he is an excellent writer.
victoria
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
This book was very encouraging and compelling to read with also giving us to learn how to see the work of God in a different way: through our ears, Our vision must be held captive by the Word of God. It will be denes divine reality, and through it we are able to see as God sees. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers for this review”.
Cathymw
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious-read
Chad Bird always has interesting and thoughtful insights in his blog posts, so I thought I would try one of his books. Also interesting and insightful. The last chapter, with some thoughts on control, were particularly relevant to this control freak.
Mark Loughridge
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super book. Thought provoking. Engaging. Fresh. And above all, biblical.

A must read.
Francois Smith
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is special. I am just grateful that it crossed my path. I really resonated with Chad’s honest, naked approach to Christian living.
Gage
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t recommend this high enough.
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Most of us are regular people who have good days and bad days. Our lives are radically ordinary and unexciting. That means they're the kind of lives God gets excited about. While the world worships beauty and power and wealth, God hides his glory in the simple, the mundane, the foolish, working in unawesome people, things, and places.

In our day of celebrity worship and online posturing, this is a refreshing, even transformative way of understanding God and our place in his creation. It urges us
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Chad is an author and speaker devoted to honest Christianity that addresses the raw realities of life with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has served as an assistant professor of OT theology, contributed hymns to the Lutheran Service Book, and cohosts the popular podcast “40 Minutes in the OT.” He holds Master's degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College. In addition to ...more