Your God is too small.
We like God small. We prefer a God who is safe, domesticated, who thinks like we think, likes what we like, and whom we can manage, predict, and control. A small God is convenient. Practical. Manageable.
The truth: God is big. Bigger than big. Bigger than all the words we use to say big.
Ironically, many today seem turned off by the concept of an awesome, terrifyingly great God. We assume that a God you would need to fear is guilty of some kind of fault. For us, thinking of God as so infinitely greater and wiser than we are and who would cause us to tremble in his presence is a leftover relic from an oppressive, archaic view of religion.
But what if this small version of God we’ve created is holding us back from the greatest experience of our lives—from genuine, confident, world-transforming faith?
In Not God Enough, J.D. reveals how to discover a God who:
- is big enough to handle your questions, doubts, and fears
- is not silent
- is worthy of worship
- wants to take you from boring to bold in your faith
- has a purpose and mission for you on earth
- is pursuing you right now
God is not just a slightly better, slightly smarter version of you. God is infinite and glorious, and an encounter with Him won’t just change the way you think about your faith. It’ll change your entire life.
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About the Author
J.D. Greear is pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and the 62nd president of the Southern Baptist Convention. The Summit Church has been ranked by Outreach Magazine as one of the fastest-growing churches in the United States, with a weekly attendance of over 10,000. Greear has a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including Gaining by Losing, Jesus Continued, and Not God Enough. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Veronica, and their four children.
Table of Contents
Part 1 God Is
1 I Can't Believe! 19
2 Your God Is Too Small 31
3 He Is Not Silent 45
4 Incomprehensible Wisdom 54
5 Untouchable Holiness 69
6 One Choice 85
7 You Don't Get Your Own Personal Jesus 96
Part 2 God Is Good
8 The God We Crave 109
9 The God We Hate 122
10 Scandalous 136
11 How to Confuse an Angel 145
12 Catching Fire 154
Part 3 Bold Faith in a Big God
13 It's Not About You 167
14 He Wasn't Late After All 178
15 Burning Hearts, Flaming Tongues 191
16 Heaven at Your Back 204
17 Bold Faith in a Big God 214
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was interested to see what the author's emphasis would be and overall was pleasantly surprised. For the majority of the book I agreed and appreciated his points of showing connection and continuity of the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament. I do think most tend to separate out the two when the bible clearly says He is one and the same. My problem with what the author presented for me came up in the last few chapters of the book. The over emphasis on evangelism in the way that much of the modern church deems as "the way to do it otherwise people won't have a chance of being saved" (quotes are mine) is irritating as well as a complete hypocrisy to the main theme of the book that God IS bigger than we can comprehend. We should live a life that reaches out to people to show them the gospel, but it is not up to us to save the world. Christ already did that and He is to be trusted that each person will stand before Him without excuse whether a missionary spoke to them or not. I would recommend the book but with caution for the last few chapters. I give it 4 stars. **This book was given to me by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.**
NOT GOD ENOUGH Why Your Small God Leads To Big Problems By J. D. Greear Do you have a small or a big God? J. D. Greear give information in his book NOT GOD ENOUGH to help you figure out which size God you have. He will show you that a big God is what you need and how that size God is can handle any problems that may come your way. The information he has put in this book will help you in your walk with God and will point out just how large God is. He shares examples of the difference between a small and a big God and how man is the one who has made God small and puts limits on Him. The author reveals how to discover a God who is big enough to handle all your problems, a God of wrath, a loving God, and a God who has a purpose for you on earth. Besides giving the information in an easy to read and easy to understand way, he adds some humor to his writing, while it is quite subtle but adds to the book. We tend to make God in our image instead of us being made in God image, when we do this we are putting limits on God. J.D. Greear cover all angles and offers thought provoking meaning to scriptures that may not been the way you heard it before. I found this information very helpful and would suggest using this book as a Bible study or discussion group book. The help you find in it is worth an in-depth study. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
There's a question we ask in ministry that many people struggle with, though admittedly, jump to a ready answer. Are you serving the right image of God? JD Greer has written a wonderfully challenging book covering the idea that the God many serve is "not God enough." The subtitle 'why your small God leads to big problems,' is probably more telling of what the reader will encounter within, as the idea of a small, counterfeit, convenient God is one Greer spends much time dissecting. I say the book was wonderfully challenging because it did just that, challenged the way I saw God. There are moments in many of our lives where we take the God of the bible and make him the god of the mirror - an expression of self that best suits our current need. Making "I am who I am into I am whoever you want me to be." Greer made great strides in showing how we have failed to see God for who he really is. With great biblical insights, amusing and even troubling personal stories 'Not God Enough' shines through in connecting with the reader and making the point known. The only part of the book I wish was different was a lack of probing questions. I felt a need to reflect at the end of each chapter but as there were no questions present the drive to do so wasn't met well. That being said I greatly enjoyed this book and feel that really anyone who wants a book to invest into themselves should pick this up. And I don't mean just Christians, if you are wondering about who God is, there are truths within that will answer those nagging questions and maybe even bring out better ones within you. Overall, 'Not God Enough' was a book well written, very readable, and left me wondering what I am capable of when I see God for who he really is. *I received this book free from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. These are my personal thoughts.