Is Your God Big Enough? Close Enough? You Enough?
Jesus and the Three Faces of God
Paul R. Smith
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Foreword by Richard Rohr, Afterword by Ken Wilber
This book provides an integral exploration of God, Jesus, and the Bible that provides a new unifying framework for Christian consciousness in our contemporary world. The bigger, closer, and more human God of Jesus hidden behind the traditional Trinity is God-beyond-us, God-beside-us, and God-being-us: divine consciousness in all its modes Here is a God who is big enough for our minds, close enough for our hearts, and us enough for, and as, our deepest identity.
"You are about to be the beneficiary of a most subtle understanding of what Jesus himself talked about. A very practical guide on how you can get to a very big picture yourself, and also get yourself out of the way. You have in your hands a book that will be at the top of my recommended (required?) reading list for all of my students. Please trust me as I tell you to trust the wisdom you are about to uncover here."—Richard Rohr, author of Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
"With this book Smith continues his pioneering application of Integral Theory to Christianity. He shows the true and often hidden meaning of the Trinity. He says that Jesus’ experience of the Trinity 'had three uniquely different personal relationships with three different faces of God.'. . . giving you a total of a very real, very genuine nine experiential realities! And this gives us a staggering increase in our understanding of Christianity! This is indeed another and major contribution by Smith to the manifestation of a truly Integral Christianity."—Ken Wilber, author of The Integral Vision
"This book is magnificent. Rev. Smith, in clear contemporary yet biblically grounded language, explains the spiritual essence of Jesus’ teaching, and therefore of Christianity, better than any writer I have ever read. I recommend the book to every Christian and to all spiritual seekers.—Jim Marion, author of Putting on the Mind of Christ, the Inner Work of Christian Spirituality
"The Reverend Paul Smith’s book: Is Your God Big Enough? Close Enough? You Enough? is a spiritual jewel. His impressive erudition, combined with a lifetime of deep spiritual experience, provide profound and useful guidance for each reader’s personal journey. Building on Ken Wilber’s insights on the “three faces of spirit,” Smith convincingly demonstrates what it means to feel the presence of God. This delightful book is both theologically sophisticated and pragmatically accessible. I highly recommend this important contribution to evolutionary spirituality. —Steve McIntosh, author of The Presence of the Infinite, Evolution’s Purpose, and Integral Consciousness
"This is the most important book I have read in the last 15 years. For those who desire a deeper and richer understanding of Jesus, this book is a feast. It is a new wineskin, which represents an ever more divine level of consciousness capable of bringing together the body of Christ in a way that nothing else can."—James P. Danaher, Ph.D., Head, Department of Philosophy, Nyack College and author of Philosophical Imagination.
"This book brings together a rich tapestry of science and spirituality in a way that is accessible to a world seeking light. It is a book that one can read over and over again, finding new insights each time. The title alone reveals its breadth: How big is your God? May this book touch your life and transform your vision of God who dwells in the heart of the cosmos as the fullness of love."—Ilia Delio, OSF, Chair of Theology, Villanova University, author of Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness