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How Big Is Your God?: The Freedom to Experience the Divine with CD (Audio)

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Publisher Comments:

Deepen your experience of God by moving from religion to relationship

Do you have a relationship with God, or do you just have a religion? Do you know God, or do you just know about God? Do you believe in a God without limits, or have you placed God in a box and sealed the lid?

    In How Big Is Your God? Indian Jesuit priest Paul Coutinho asks each of us to carefully consider questions such as these. With his warm sense of humor and a talent for telling just the right story to drive home a point, Coutinho guides us to reconsider who God is and how we can have fellowship with God beyond anything we have imagined.

    The immensely powerful yet eminently readable wisdom in How Big Is Your God? will move us past religion as we know it and toward a relationship with God that can change the way we think, love, and live!

“Coutinho draws on Eastern religious traditions, blending them with his own Catholic practice to challenge and deepen readers’ understandings of God.”

Publishers Weekly

“If you have ever suspected that ‘religion’ is way too small a container for the mystery we call God, this book is for you!”

Margaret Silf, author of Inner Compass

Deepen your experience of God by moving from religion to relationship

Do you have a relationship with God, or do you just have a religion? Do you know God, or do you just know about God? Do you believe in a God without limits, or have you placed God in a box and sealed the lid?

    In How Big Is Your God? Indian Jesuit priest Paul Coutinho asks each of us to carefully consider questions such as these. With his warm sense of humor and a talent for telling just the right story to drive home a point, Coutinho guides us to reconsider who God is and how we can have fellowship with God beyond anything we have imagined.

    The immensely powerful yet eminently readable wisdom in How Big Is Your God? will move us past religion as we know it and toward a relationship with God that can change the way we think, love, and live!

“Coutinho draws on Eastern religious traditions, blending them with his own Catholic practice to challenge and deepen readers’ understandings of God.”

Publishers Weekly

“If you have ever suspected that ‘religion’ is way too small a container for the mystery we call God, this book is for you!”

Margaret Silf, author of Inner Compass

 

Review:

"'Coutinho, a Jesuit priest who has lived much of his life in India, once was told by a theology teacher at an American university that he was a heretic. He had merely posed a 'what if,' asking what the man would do if scripture scholars should determine that Jesus never existed as a historical figure. The teacher said he would have to abandon his work as a priest because he could never base his life on a myth, but Coutinho countered that he would still die for the myth. Conversant with India's Hindu and Buddhist traditions, Coutinho effectively uses this story to illustrate the differences between the Western and Eastern understandings of truth (one, he writes, sees truth as a set of beliefs while the other views it as an experience). Throughout this volume of short essays, Coutinho draws on Eastern religious traditions, blending them with his own Catholic practice to challenge and deepen readers' understandings of God. Besides asking questions like 'Can you be religious without knowing God?' and 'Are you running for fun or for your life?' he offers practical advice as well, including a PQR (Pause Question Respond) formula for handling difficult situations and BAD (Basement Attic Disposal) days for helping Westerners get rid of consuming possessions. Readers who favor 'spirituality' over religion will most enjoy this book.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Coutinho, an Indian Jesuit priest, introduces readers to his Hindu friends who have put him on the path to mysticism: to his Buddhist teachers who have broken open his limited views of the divine; and to other enlightened guides who have led him to a far more meaningful spiritual life. Includes a 15-minute DVD.

Synopsis:

How Big Is Your God? by Paul Coutinho invites you to relate with God beyond limits. In your relationship with the Divine, how big is your God?

Synopsis:

Deepen your experience of God by moving from religion to relationship.

Paul Coutinho, SJ, is an Indian Jesuit priest with a genial sense of humor and a penchant for asking deeply thought-provoking spiritual questions: Do you have a real relationship with God, or do you just have a religion? Do you know God, or do you just know about God? Do you worry about the smallest things, or do you trust God to help you through even the biggest things? Have you ever considered believing in a God without limits, a God powerful enough to enable you to think, love, and live differently?

In How Big Is Your God? Fr. Coutinho challenges us to grow stronger and deeper in our faith by embracing a God whose love knows no bounds. To help us on our way, Coutinho introduces us to his Hindu friends who put him on the path to mysticism; to his Buddhist teachers who broke open his limited views of the divine; to Viktor Frankl, Desmond Tutu, and other enlightened guides who led him to a far more meaningful spiritual life; and to St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose Spiritual Exercises continue to shape his reflection and prayer life.

Each short chapter in this book will draw readers with an open mind and a longing heart into a closer relationship with God and will encourage them to experience the infinite breadth of God in a deeply personal way.

 

Synopsis:

“Paul Coutinho, SJ, challenges and delights the reader in his ever provocative ways of inviting us into our religious experience.”

David L. Fleming, SJ

author of Draw Me into Your Friendship

 

A bold faith requires a big God.

How big is your God? In other words, what limits have you placed upon God in your life? If your experience of the Divine has become static and predictable, or if you have a relationship with God that is small and confined, Paul Coutinho invites you to believe that God is bigger—much bigger! How Big Is Your God? is Coutinho’s challenge to every person to grow deeper and stronger in his or her faith by embracing a God whose love truly knows no bounds.

    To help us rethink our limited ideas of God, Coutinho, a Jesuit and a native of India, introduces us to his Hindu friends who put him on the path to mysticism; to his Buddhist teachers who broke open his limited views of the Divine; to Viktor Frankl, Desmond Tutu, and other enlightened guides who led him to a far more meaningful spiritual life; and to St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose Spiritual Exercises continue to shape his reflection and prayer life.

As Fr. Coutinho encourages us to open our hearts and minds so that we can personally experience the infinite breadth of God, we begin to see that an ever-deepening relationship with the Divine is the true purpose of religion.

Fr. Paul Coutinho, SJ, is an internationally rec-ognized Ignatian scholar and speaker who brings an Eastern influence to Western spirituality. A Jesuit from the Bombay province of India, he frequently leads retreats, gives spiritual direction, and trains people to lead the Spiritual Exercises. Fr. Coutinho holds master’s degrees in both clinical psychology and religious studies, and he has a doctorate in historical theology from Saint Louis University. He currently divides his time between India and the United States.

Synopsis:

Do you have a real relationship with God, or do you just have a religion? Do you know God, or do you just know about God? In How Big Is Your God? Paul Coutinho, SJ, challenges us to grow stronger and deeper in our faith and in our relationship with God—a God whose love knows no bounds. To help us on our way, Coutinho introduces us to people in various world religions—from Hindu friends to Buddhist teachers to St. Ignatius of Loyola—who have shaped his spiritual life and made possible his deep, personal relationship with God.

About the Author

Paul Coutinho, SJ, divides his time between India and the United States. He currently conducts an international ministry of speaking, retreat work, and spiritual direction from a base at St. Louis University, where he received his doctorate in historical theology. He is the author of How Big Is Your God?

Table of Contents

Contents

        Introduction by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM  xi

        Author’s Note  xv

    1    How Big Is Your God?  1

    2    Do You Have the Will to Experience a Big God?  3

    3    Are You Ready?  8

    4    The River of Life Is Free  12

    5    God—an Experience, Not a Theology  14

    6    Seeking Truth and Freedom  17

    7    Can You Be Religious without Knowing God?  20

    8    Moving from Charity to Compassion  26

    9    Do You Have a Living Relationship with God, or Are You Just Practicing Religion?  29

    10    Do You Want Peace . . . without Batting an Eye?  31

    11    Four Ways of Relating with God  34

    12    Pleasing God—the Priestly Experience  36

    13    The God of Brokenness—the Yahwistic Experience  38

    14    The God of Perfection—the Elohistic Experience  42

    15    The Pathway of the Law—the Experience of Deuteronomy  45

    16    Disposable Images of God  48

    17    Transcending Your Images of God  51

    18    Can You Have a God beyond Names?  56

    19    The God Who Is a Projection of Our Father Image  60

    20    Prayer, a Pathway to Freedom and Love  64

    21    Having a Honeymoon with God  67

    22    You Are Mine  73

    23    Freedom in the Midst of Suffering  76

    24    Can You Experience the Freedom That Is Christ’s Cross?  79

    25    Are Your Possessions Enslaving or Freeing?  83

    26    Lightening Our Load along the Journey  87

    27    Are We Enslaved by Things We Do Not Fully Enjoy?  90

    28    A Beginner’s Mind  95

    29    The Enslaving Illusion of Love  97

    30    Original Sin, Reconsidered  102

    31    Confession, Celebration of Divine Presence  105

    32    Living in the Here and Now  107

    33    Are You Part of a Vertical World or a Horizontal World?  111

    34    The “Me” and the “I”  113

    35    Our Stolen Search for Meaning  117

    36    What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?  120

    37    Life Does Not Owe Us Pleasure—It Offers Us Meaning  122

    38    Do You React or Respond to Life?  124

    39    So What Is a Belief?  127

    40    Bible and Land  130

    41    I Need the Love and Approval of Everyone—a Damaging Root Belief  132

    42    Others Must Be Fair and Kind to Me—Another Root Belief  135

    43    Life Must Make Things Easy for Me—a Third Harmful Root Belief  139

    44    The Man and the Caterpillar  144

    45    God Does Not Interfere  146

    46    When Are You Going to Die?  148

    47    The Breath of God  152

    48    Are You Running for Fun or for Your Life?  154

        I Hope You Make It, Kid  157

        Acknowledgments  159

        About the Author  161

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780829424812
Author:
Coutinho, Paul
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Author:
Rohr, Richard
Author:
Coutinho, Paul, Sj
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
God
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
God (Christianity)
Subject:
Christian Life - Spiritual Growth
Subject:
Christianity-Spiritual Growth
Subject:
relationship with god
Subject:
how big is your god
Subject:
Paul Coutinho
Subject:
your relationship with god
Subject:
experiencing god book
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
8.80x7.00x.73 in. .80 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Coutinho, a Jesuit priest who has lived much of his life in India, once was told by a theology teacher at an American university that he was a heretic. He had merely posed a 'what if,' asking what the man would do if scripture scholars should determine that Jesus never existed as a historical figure. The teacher said he would have to abandon his work as a priest because he could never base his life on a myth, but Coutinho countered that he would still die for the myth. Conversant with India's Hindu and Buddhist traditions, Coutinho effectively uses this story to illustrate the differences between the Western and Eastern understandings of truth (one, he writes, sees truth as a set of beliefs while the other views it as an experience). Throughout this volume of short essays, Coutinho draws on Eastern religious traditions, blending them with his own Catholic practice to challenge and deepen readers' understandings of God. Besides asking questions like 'Can you be religious without knowing God?' and 'Are you running for fun or for your life?' he offers practical advice as well, including a PQR (Pause Question Respond) formula for handling difficult situations and BAD (Basement Attic Disposal) days for helping Westerners get rid of consuming possessions. Readers who favor 'spirituality' over religion will most enjoy this book.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Coutinho, an Indian Jesuit priest, introduces readers to his Hindu friends who have put him on the path to mysticism: to his Buddhist teachers who have broken open his limited views of the divine; and to other enlightened guides who have led him to a far more meaningful spiritual life. Includes a 15-minute DVD.
"Synopsis" by ,
How Big Is Your God? by Paul Coutinho invites you to relate with God beyond limits. In your relationship with the Divine, how big is your God?
"Synopsis" by ,

Deepen your experience of God by moving from religion to relationship.

Paul Coutinho, SJ, is an Indian Jesuit priest with a genial sense of humor and a penchant for asking deeply thought-provoking spiritual questions: Do you have a real relationship with God, or do you just have a religion? Do you know God, or do you just know about God? Do you worry about the smallest things, or do you trust God to help you through even the biggest things? Have you ever considered believing in a God without limits, a God powerful enough to enable you to think, love, and live differently?

In How Big Is Your God? Fr. Coutinho challenges us to grow stronger and deeper in our faith by embracing a God whose love knows no bounds. To help us on our way, Coutinho introduces us to his Hindu friends who put him on the path to mysticism; to his Buddhist teachers who broke open his limited views of the divine; to Viktor Frankl, Desmond Tutu, and other enlightened guides who led him to a far more meaningful spiritual life; and to St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose Spiritual Exercises continue to shape his reflection and prayer life.

Each short chapter in this book will draw readers with an open mind and a longing heart into a closer relationship with God and will encourage them to experience the infinite breadth of God in a deeply personal way.

 

"Synopsis" by ,

“Paul Coutinho, SJ, challenges and delights the reader in his ever provocative ways of inviting us into our religious experience.”

David L. Fleming, SJ

author of Draw Me into Your Friendship

 

A bold faith requires a big God.

How big is your God? In other words, what limits have you placed upon God in your life? If your experience of the Divine has become static and predictable, or if you have a relationship with God that is small and confined, Paul Coutinho invites you to believe that God is bigger—much bigger! How Big Is Your God? is Coutinho’s challenge to every person to grow deeper and stronger in his or her faith by embracing a God whose love truly knows no bounds.

    To help us rethink our limited ideas of God, Coutinho, a Jesuit and a native of India, introduces us to his Hindu friends who put him on the path to mysticism; to his Buddhist teachers who broke open his limited views of the Divine; to Viktor Frankl, Desmond Tutu, and other enlightened guides who led him to a far more meaningful spiritual life; and to St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose Spiritual Exercises continue to shape his reflection and prayer life.

As Fr. Coutinho encourages us to open our hearts and minds so that we can personally experience the infinite breadth of God, we begin to see that an ever-deepening relationship with the Divine is the true purpose of religion.

Fr. Paul Coutinho, SJ, is an internationally rec-ognized Ignatian scholar and speaker who brings an Eastern influence to Western spirituality. A Jesuit from the Bombay province of India, he frequently leads retreats, gives spiritual direction, and trains people to lead the Spiritual Exercises. Fr. Coutinho holds master’s degrees in both clinical psychology and religious studies, and he has a doctorate in historical theology from Saint Louis University. He currently divides his time between India and the United States.

"Synopsis" by ,

Do you have a real relationship with God, or do you just have a religion? Do you know God, or do you just know about God? In How Big Is Your God? Paul Coutinho, SJ, challenges us to grow stronger and deeper in our faith and in our relationship with God—a God whose love knows no bounds. To help us on our way, Coutinho introduces us to people in various world religions—from Hindu friends to Buddhist teachers to St. Ignatius of Loyola—who have shaped his spiritual life and made possible his deep, personal relationship with God.

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