Distorted Images of God: Restoring Our Vision

Overview

Though we say God is loving, trustworthy and all-powerful, our actions and thoughts reveal the subtle and not-so-subtle lies we're believing: that God is impossible to please, manipulative and likely to abandon us. Written with compassion and conviction, these eight studies bring to light our distorted thinking and point us to the truth of who God is—the great healer who knows us intimately and pursues us with love.

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Overview

Though we say God is loving, trustworthy and all-powerful, our actions and thoughts reveal the subtle and not-so-subtle lies we're believing: that God is impossible to please, manipulative and likely to abandon us. Written with compassion and conviction, these eight studies bring to light our distorted thinking and point us to the truth of who God is—the great healer who knows us intimately and pursues us with love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830831456
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Series: LifeGuide? Bible Studies
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,403,324
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Ryan is CEO of Christian Recovery International. He is also an assistant professor of recovery ministry and director of the Fuller Institute for Recovery Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has consulted with ministries in several countries who are seeking to develop support groups for alcoholics and addicts and their families. He is a coauthor of The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Kindergarten, Rooted in God's Love and Bible study guides published by InterVarsity Press.

Juanita Ryan is a clinical nurse specialist with an MSN in psychiatric mental health nursing. She has taught mental health nursing at Bethel University, Rio Hondo Community College and Biola University. She is currently a therapist in private practice at Brea Family Counseling Center in Brea, California.

She is the coauthor of The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Kindergarten and the author or coauthor of over thirty InterVarsity Press Bible studies.

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Table of Contents

How to Get the Most Out of Distorted Images of God
1. The God of Impossible Expectations Versus the God of Compassion
Psalm 103:1-14
2. The Emotionally Distant God Versus the God of Empathy and Grace
Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:1-10
3. The Inattentive God Versus the God Who Knows Us Intimately
Psalm 139:1-18
4. The Abusive God Versus the God Who Heals Us
Matthew 20:29-34
5. The Unreliable God Versus the God Who Is Trustworthy
Psalm 145:1-16
6. The God Who Abandons Versus the God Who Pursues
Luke 15:1-7
7. The God Who Withholds Versus the God Who Provides
Matthew 6:25-34 and 7:7-11
8. The God Who Is Weak Versus the God Who Is All-Powerful
Luke 8:22-56
Leader's Notes

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