By Sara Maitland
Maitland, British novelist (Three instances desk, Daughter of Jerusalem, Ancestral Truths, etc.) and Christian feminist (A Map of the hot Country), has right here produced a fantastically written ebook that's half paean to God and half explication of religion. regardless of its subtitle, it's also a considering person's seek, not only a feminist's. offering within the glaring acts of divine construction buttresses for the novel act of human religion, Maitland's is a God who struggles to make Herself recognized to and enjoyed by means of production. "Joy is the sport, the taking part in, among God and God's creation," Maitland writes; and the results of her chronicling of that online game is, because the subtitle extra appropriately stories, a pleased theology that, just like the God it celebrates, appears to be like on construction and reveals it excellent. advised for all who search to complement their religious trips or just to extend their theological sensibilities.
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A Big-Enough God: A Feminist's Search For A Joyful Theology by Sara Maitland