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Does God Really Like Me?


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Table of Contents

1. What Is That Smell?

Part One: God's Idols
2. Where Is Home?
3. Do I Belong Here?
4. Does My Work Matter?
5. Does God Really Like Me?

Part Two: God's House
6. Why Do I Have to Wait?
7. Is God Angry with Me?
8. Is God Disappointed with Me?
9. Is God Done with Me?

Part Three: God's Body
10. Is God Disgusted with Me?
11. Am I Wanted?
12. Is This All There Is to Life?
13. Is This the Death of Me?

Part Four: God's Movement
14. Will I Ever Learn?
15. Will I Ever Find Peace?
16. Did I Really Sign Up for This?
17. Can I Go Home Now?


About the Author

Cyd Holsclaw is a pastor at Vineyard North in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as a ministry and life coach and spiritual director. Geoff Holsclaw (PhD, Marquette University) is also a pastor at Vineyard North, as well as affiliate professor of theology at Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois, and coauthor of Prodigal Christianity.


"Through engaging stories, lived wisdom, formative practices, and incisive reflection questions, Geoff and Cyd Holsclaw carefully and compassionately offer answers to many of the significant questions we ask of God, others, and ourselves. This book will help you see many deeply held and inaccurate cultural perceptions about God and replace them with the truth about who he really is--the one who sees, knows, and delights in those he has created. If you know in your head that God loves you, but you wrestle in your heart and soul with whether God actually likes you, I'm confident this resource will help you to catch a glimpse of the smiling face of your loving heavenly Father."J. R. Briggs, founder of Kairos Partnerships, author of Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure"Written with honesty and grace, Does God Really Like Me? makes the case that God indeed likes us, and longs to be with us. In a world dominated by feelings of deficiency, distress, and dislike, we badly need to hear the message of this book and to live into it: God loves me, and God likes me, and by God's grace, so can I."James Bryan Smith, author of The Good and Beautiful God"If this faith is supposed to be about love, why does it so often feel like dry obligation? Perhaps it's our capacity to even receive his love that God wants to heal. To do so he uses people like the Holsclaws. Through Scripture, story, imagery, and even music, they invite us to immerse into the possibility that this faith can be emotionally satisfying, that we can truly belong and be known by God."Mandy Smith, pastor of University Christian Church, Cincinnati, OH, and author of The Vulnerable Pastor"If you've ever wondered if there is anything really good or likable in the good news of the Christian story--about who you are, or who God is, or about life with God--then listen to it again with Cyd and Geoff Holsclaw. And begin to practice with them this gift of life and love and liked-ness. They know our God and our family story, and they help us see the biblical pattern of God's unstoppable life and love for and with us, of his delight in and purposes for us, woven with the unbreakable beauty of divine joy. Settle in, get (un)comfortable, and begin the renewal that comes with hearing, seeing, and experiencing God's joy over you as his beloved, image-bearing child in his permanent family. Listen well. The Holsclaws tell their story of homecoming and reshaping through discovering what it means to be loved and liked by (thus becoming like) God, who has woven his own joy-filled life and Spirit into the flesh and fabric of our lives forever in Jesus. Try it. You'll like being liked by God. Just ask Geoff and Cyd."Cherith Fee Nordling, author of Knowing God by Name"Geoff and Cyd Holsclaw have a gift for communicating the joy of the gospel in practical and life-giving ways. Through their comprehensive and perceptive exploration of Scripture, they demonstrate that the good news is so much better than what we often live or even imagine. If you've ever struggled to fully embrace the truth that God loves you and delights in you, Does God Really Like Me? is a reorienting and reassuring read."Sharon Garlough Brown, author of the Sensible Shoes Series and Shades of Light

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