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Publisher's Summary

"Whether by design or by chance," Terryl and Fiona Givens write, "we find ourselves in a universe filled with mystery. We encounter appealing arguments for a Divinity that is a childish projection, for prophets as scheming or deluded imposters, and for scripture as so much fabulous fiction. But there is also compelling evidence that a glorious Divinity presides over the cosmos, that His angels are strangers we have entertained unawares, and that His word and will are made manifest through a sacred canon that is never definitively closed.

What we choose to embrace, to be responsive to, is the purest reflection of who we are and what we love. That is why faith, the choice to believe, is in the final analysis, an action that is positively laden with moral significance." As humans, we are, like the poet John Keats, "straining at particles of light in the midst of a great darkness." And yet, the authors describe a version of life's meaning that is reasonable - and radically resonant.

It tells of a God whose heart beats in sympathy with ours, who set His heart upon us before the world was formed, who fashioned the Earth as a place of human ascent, not exile, and who has the desire and the capacity to bring the entire human family home again.

©2012 Terryl L. Given (P)2012 Shadow Mountain

Critic Reviews

"I read this fine book in order better to understand what Mormons believe about divine compassion, and it certainly gave me that. But more important: I received in reading it some deeply personal lessons about the tears of God." (Richard J. Mouw, PhD, President and Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary)
"Writing from the perspective of Mormon faith, Terryl and Fiona Givens have produced a work of theological reflection that has much to offer not only to Latter-Day Saints, but to intellectually and morally serious men and women of every religious persuasion who ponder the mystery of a God who, though profoundly transcendent, reveals Himself to us, offers us His friendship, and even shares our joys and sorrows." (Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University, author of The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, and Morals)

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So engaging that I listened to it twice

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As a graduate-degreed, church-going Christian not many discussions of the Fall of Adam, Free Agency, or the Atonement of Christ fully engage my soul because I have heard it all so many times, particularly at the foundational level. What the Givenses accomplished with this book is to elevate the narrative to a higher realm of intelligence that challenges your mind while fully engaging your heart. I found myself thinking time and again that they had just put to words what I believe to be true but could not express as completely as they do.

I really enjoyed the narration by Fiona Givens because (1) I like British accents and (2) I believe that a work as spiritual and personal as this one is enhanced by the author's own voice.

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To bad this level of thought isn't taught.

Would you consider the audio edition of The God Who Weeps to be better than the print version?

I don't at this time own a copy of the printed version. But I will soon, and I will high light it and annotate it to my heart content.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The God Who Weeps?

Yes, if I had the printed version I'd be typing the quote.

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The God Who Weeps, is an amazing book. I am LDS and I pray that someday our talks and lesson will be delivered with as much fullness. There is a saying amongst Church members, "Milk before meat." This book is the meat with a full bodied glass of wine with it. Truly enjoyable. Thank you, Terryl and Fiona Givens.

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Awesome . . .

What did you love best about The God Who Weeps?

This book describes a God who not only weeps, but knows us. The language, the poetry, the choice of metaphors work seamlessly - aiding the listener to grasp something of the ineffable - something beyond description. It really is lovely.

What does Fiona Givens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This narrator brings a reverent cadence to the work that makes all the difference.

What did you learn from The God Who Weeps that you would use in your daily life?

God's weeping for us, made me weep for God who knows our suffering - yet must allow it that we might learn in order to experience and even choose to learn - humility, grace and compassion while in this mortal coil.

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Beautifully written and beautifully read

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This is a beautiful exploration of the existence of God. I loved the writing (though some will find it overly academic I just adored its richness). And the audio by Fiona Givens was pure ear candy.

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My all time favorite religious book

Where does The God Who Weeps rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Other than the Scriptures - this was instantly my all time favorite religious book. It is eloquently written, and reverently expressive of a loving God. My goal the past few months has been to learn to love others as God and Christ love us, and this book brought more light and understanding to my quest. I had to buy the hardcopy as well so I can mark it up.

What about Fiona Givens’s performance did you like?

Her voice is soothing and melodical, almost like she is singing the Psalms. It makes you feel that you have cuddled up in a warm blanket.

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great book!

Fantastic book. not out to prove Mormonism at all just an explination on the doctrines and beliefs. It was amazing how much of the beliefs have been around but the last 500 years they slowly started to fade until the restoration of the Gospel, then they return.

the writting is great. the only issue I have with the performance is that there was no way to tell she was reading from a poem and when she was reading from the book. she needed to change her voice a bit for when reading and not reading from a poem. it almost sounded like it was one big poem until i read the book along with the audio for a chapter.

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Beautifully Written and Narrated

This is truly one of the best books I have ever read. If you are wondering about your place in the universe, or your relationship to God, you can't help but appreciate this thought-provoking book. Although written by LDS authors, it does not push Mormonism in any way, but explains things from a wide variety of points of view. There is much to be pondered in this book. It just makes so much sense.

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this book!

What made the experience of listening to The God Who Weeps the most enjoyable?

When you think that you're insights have been expanded all that is possible in one book, it just keeps giving!!

What other book might you compare The God Who Weeps to and why?

I can't think of any other books that really compare...I guess some similar concepts were brought up in "Visions of Glory".

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

It's one that you can read over and over, and still glean more from each time.

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Eight times.

As of writng this I have listened to this book eight times. Fiona Givens voices this perfectly. The writing is beautiful and the thought it deep. Dive in.

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What didn’t you like about Fiona Givens’s performance?

Although the content was well put together I could not recommend this book! I could not get past the performance. Fiona read way to slow and emphasized way to much!!!! I had to listen to this book 2X faster in order to keep my mind focused. The emphasis added and fluctuation of her voice is no better. I feel bad stating these facts because I am sure Fiona will read my post but please try this again being genuine.

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Fantastic. A must listen

The narration is inspiring. I was able to listen with apt attention as the nature and glory of the God of Adam, Enoch, Moses, and me is described. God's glory and love is explored with numerous examples by many who have attempted to enlighten our minds as to the attributes of our zGod. Loved this!!

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Well researched with insightful principles
Excellent footnotes
Interesting content

The narrator has a beautiful voice.

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