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The God Impulse: The Power of Mercy in an Unmerciful World

The God Impulse: The Power of Mercy in an Unmerciful World


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For Jesus, truth and mercy went hand in hand. Where he preached he also healed. He didn't outsource one or the other to biblical scholars or nonprofit ministries. He presented the truth of the gospel through his words and his actions, and he did it all in a hands-on, relational way. And the reaction was the same wherever he went—people were amazed.

Today we seem to have lost this powerful pattern of self-giving love, focusing on truth at the expense of mercy or on mercy at the expense of truth, and often failing to build genuine, lasting relationships with the people around us.

In The God Impulse, Jack Alexander helps us recover Jesus's model, showing through biblical and modern real-life stories that God's first impulse toward us is mercy. He then sets forth a pattern for us to follow—to see, go, do, and endure—that not only spreads truth and love to those around us who are suffering but also causes them to gasp in amazement and consider the claims of the gospel for themselves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801075292
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jack Alexander is chairman of the Reimagine Group and has rich experience leading a variety of businesses. Author of The God Guarantee, he is a previous recipient of an Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is a regular speaker, coach, and advisor. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Atlanta. They have three grown sons and five grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Foreword Walter Brueggemann 11

Acknowledgments 15

Introduction: Do We Bring Hope and Healing? 17

1 The God Impulse 27

Part 1 See: The Disposition of Mercy

2 Eight Seconds to See 49

3 The Womb: Feeling Mercy for the Poor and Distressed 73

Part 2 Go: The Discovery of Mercy

4 The Last Hour 103

5 A Price Paid: Thinking Mercy for Fellow Sinners 125

Part 3 Do: The Displacement of Mercy

6 In the Game 153

7 Hallelujah: Divine Mercy for Our Enemies 173

Part 4 Endure: The Discipline of Mercy

8 The Two Deals 197

9 The Covenant of Intimacy 217

Conclusion: Gasp! 237

Notes 241

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