God of All Creation: Life Lessons from Pets and Wildlife

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“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
—MATTHEW 6:26
 
God of All Creation recounts how a miniature dachshund taught her owner, James Robison, profound insights about life, faith, and God’s care for all of His creation. A devoted dog lover and co-host of the television program Life ...

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Overview

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
—MATTHEW 6:26
 
God of All Creation recounts how a miniature dachshund taught her owner, James Robison, profound insights about life, faith, and God’s care for all of His creation. A devoted dog lover and co-host of the television program Life Today, James shares how the antics of his own dog, Princess, as well as observations from all animals in creation, reveal “expressions of God’s love, lessons of His grace, warnings about sin, and other eternal truths.”
 
Heart-warming stories and winsome line drawings bring to life the lessons James has learned from his pets and creatures living in the wild. And through his inspiration and spiritual insights, you, too, will learn to know God’s voice, to submit to Him, and to trust Him with your every need.
 
“I love that James did this book!” —BETH MOORE

“You are about to read some poignant lessons we can learn from pets and all creatures—a clear revelation of the love God has for each of us. I share what I’ve learned as I’ve watched, held, and loved our little Princess and as I’ve watched wild animals in nature. Only a God who truly loves us as individuals could bless us with such treasured moments with our pets and wildlife, if we will just take notice…
 
“A friend once said, ‘If you can’t see God in everything, you won’t see God in anything.’ In this book we will explore…eternal truths as we consider our pets and other awesome residents of God’s vast creation.”
—JAMES ROBISON

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“I love that James did this book!”
—Beth Moore

“Who helps teach James Robison about the things of God? A theologian? A fellow Baptist preacher? A famous radio host? An important senator or governor? Would you believe it’s a small miniature dachshund? In God of All Creation, James delightfully shares the profound truths his little Princess has shown him about life, love, and living with our Master.”
—Ruth Graham, author of In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart and Fear Not Tomorrow, God Is Already There

“Scripture declares that nature offers us a glimpse into God’s power and personality. In The God of All Creation, James Robison beautifully unveils what the creatures around you communicate about you and your Creator. Get ready for a wild adventure!”
—Lisa Bevere, speaker for Messenger International and author of Lioness Arising

“The lessons that James draws from the antics of his beloved mini-dach, Princess, are predictably heartwarming but unpredictably insightful. As a past owner myself of a pair of these preposterously shaped creatures (Harley Davidson and Maximus Decimus), I resonate with the truths James mines from their endearing behavior and the Word of God and am greatly encouraged. I think you will be too.”
—Dr. E. Andrew McQuitty, senior pastor of Irving Bible Church, Irving, Texas

“James loves Jesus. James loves people. And now we have learned that James loves animals. This is a delightful, fun-loving, and, yes, touching read that will appeal to cold and warm noses alike!”
—Kathy Troccoli, recording artist, author, and speaker

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400074594
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 646,392
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

James Robison is the founder and president of Life Outreach International and co-hosts the popular Life Today syndicated television show, which reaches more than three hundred million homes worldwide. He has authored more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestseller Indivisible. He also wrote Living in Love with his wife of nearly fifty years, Betty. James enjoys observing and photographing both domestic and wild animals. The Robisons have three children, eleven grandchildren, and one spoiled miniature dachshund, Princess. Find James online at  www.lifetoday.org.

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God of All Creation

Life Lessons from Pets and Wildlife
By James Robison

WaterBrook Press

Copyright © 2012 James Robison
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781400074594

I never dreamed a miniature dachshund could make such a profound impact on my wife, Betty, and me.

I was the first to see the six-week-old puppies at a local feed store. There they were—four black dachshund puppies and a very different, blue heeler–colored one with blue eyes. This puppy was very unusual. Of course, they were all irresistibly cute, crawling, rolling, and nipping at one another. I picked up one and looked at its little pug nose that would grow to be long, pointed, and regal. I couldn’t wait to ask Betty if she would like to get one.

Her response did not surprise me, yet I was disappointed: “I don’t want a dog in the house,” she said, “and we travel too much. We don’t have time to train it. It’s too much trouble.” She was right, but I wouldn’t relent. “I would love to have a lap dog to love on,” I said. She still resisted, so I knew I would have to come up with a plan.

A few days later four of our grandchildren were visiting, and I asked if they would like to go see the puppies just up the road. “Let’s go! Let’s go! Come on, Mimi,” they cried out to Betty. She was outnumbered, so we drove to the feed store. When the grandchildren saw the puppies, you can imagine the response.

“Mimi and Papaw, let’s get one! They are so cute!”

When the kids picked up several puppies and passed them around, I knew I had her. How could she resist? As Betty held them, especially the smaller, calmer one with brown eyes, she was smitten. She cupped the tiny puppy in her hands, looked into her face, and fell in love.

“Are you sure that’s the one you want?” I asked. “She seems tiny and less active.”

“This is the one,” she replied. “This is our princess.”

The grandchildren jumped for joy, especially seven-year-old Laney. We paid for the puppy, got in the car, and began a life-enriching journey. I had no idea the joy, laughter, tears, and lessons we were about to learn from that short-legged, stretched out, slick-as-a-seal black dog with brown trim.

Princess often sits on my chest with her paws folded and her nose close to mine. I look at her and tell her how God made her so beautiful and painted her so pretty. Her distinct markings are amazing.

You are about to read some poignant lessons we can learn from pets and all creatures—a clear revelation of the love God has for each of us. I share what I’ve learned as I’ve watched, held, and loved our little Princess and as I’ve watched wild animals in nature. Only a God who truly loves us as individuals could bless us with such treasured moments with our pets and wildlife, if we will just take notice.

Jesus, the greatest person who ever lived, said, “Look at the birds” (Matthew 6:26), and Solomon, the wisest man, said, “Take a lesson from the ants” (Proverbs 6:6). Both our Savior and the man renowned for his wisdom understood the deeper truths that God reveals through His creation—from foolish sheep to dangerous predators, soaring eagles, birds of prey, and  even hard-working insects.

A friend once said, “If you can’t see God in everything, you won’t see God in anything.” In this book we will explore expressions of God’s love, lessons in His grace, warnings about sin, and other eternal truths as we consider our pets and other awesome residents of God’s vast creation.

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Excerpted from God of All Creation by James Robison Copyright © 2012 by James Robison. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted September 17, 2012

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    Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store a

    Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
    —MATTHEW 6:26

    God of All Creation recounts how a miniature dachshund taught her owner, James Robison, profound insights about life, faith, and God’s care for all of His creation. A devoted dog lover and co-host of the television program Life Today, James Robison, shares how the antics of his own dog Princess gave inspiration for this story.
    Heart-warming stories and winsome line drawings bring to life the lessons Robison has learned. Through his inspiration and spiritual insights; from his pets and creatures living in the wild, you too, will learn to know God’s voice, to submit to Him, and to trust Him with your every need.

    Written in an easy to read style, the book contains many scripture verses and explanations of God's provision for the animals of His creation. The stories that he shares in this book are both entertaining and educational.

    James Robison manages to open a window that allows us to view a Heavenly Father who has created all living things for our enjoyment and enrichment. Robison uses his pet, Princess, to show the necessity to follow the Master's voice to avoid danger of this life.
    I would recommend this gift size, hardback book for any animal lover and anyone who enjoys heart-warming stories of people and their pets.
    I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing in their Blogging for Books program for this review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Life Lessons from Your Pets

    God of all Creation by James Robison is the story of his dog Princess. Princess has taught him a lot about faith. It is a short book of only 160 pages and is rather small in size. I was able to read it in two settings. The reason for the two settings is that I sort saved it for the last few days of doctors office waiting rooms as I waited. In the book James Robison talks of getting a dachshund from the local feed store and how she taught him about faith. He talks of how she has a natural tendency to hunt and how it is up to him to call out to her to help her and keep her safe and how it is just he and his wife Betty she will listen to when called to stop because she recognizes their voices. He then compares humans to hearing God’s voice and recognizing it. This is just one example of many more lessons he learned from his Princess. There are several grate Bible verses he references. It is a light read that will make you stop the think about God .It will make you look at your pet in a different light. This book is perfect for animal lovers. I give this book my three star rating. I did receive this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers for my honest review the opinions are my own.

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    Delightful Read

    James Robison showed me that there truly is an acceptable way to see the parallels of Truth in those treasured moments with my schnauzers when he quotes his friend, “If you can’t see God in everything, you won’t see God in anything.” In his book God of All Creation: Life Lessons from Pets and Wildlife, Robison shares poignant stories of his little Princess, a devoted dachshund who is always reminding him of eternal truths and giving illustration to the clear revelation of God’s love for us. He sprinkles in other stories of wildlife to show how God would have us relate with each other and give us perspective as we live out each day to its fullness for His glory.

    The devotional-style book contains 28 short chapters of light reading with easy-to -grasp theological truths expressed in a simple manner. While Robison’s writing style tends to lean toward being a bit preachy in parts of the book, this book is a delightful read.

    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

    "God of All Creation" by James Robison with James Rand

    "God of All Creation" by James Robison with James Randall
    Robison is a book dedicated to lessons that Robison has learned through
    observing animals. James Robison shares with us some of his memories and
    stories - mostly of his dog, Princess, and then he takes these examples
    and relates them to our relationship with God. In the same ways that
    Princess is obedient to her master, and the relationship between her and
    her owner, Robison draws parallels between our relationship with God.
    This book is relatively short, and the chapters themselves are only 3-4
    pages each, so this could easily be read as a devotional style book. The
    stories of Princess and the Robison family are entertaining, but also
    relevant to the message that James is sharing, and the parallel that he
    draws. I thought this book was well written, with thoughtful insights
    and great stories. I would recommend this book to the animal lover, as
    the stories are centered around wildlife.

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