• Title: Wide Open Spaces: Beyond Paint-by-Number Christianity
  • Author: Jim Palmer
  • ISBN: 9780849913990
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wide Open Spaces Beyond Paint by Number Christianity Jim Palmer s critically acclaimed Divine Nobodies was only half the story the deconstruction and shedding of a religious mentality that hindered his knowing God In his next book Jim takes the reader
    Jim Palmer s critically acclaimed Divine Nobodies was only half the story the deconstruction and shedding of a religious mentality that hindered his knowing God In his next book, Jim takes the reader along into the wide open spaces of exploring and experiencing God beyond religion Jim writes, It is no secret that God can be lost beneath the waving banner of religion.Jim Palmer s critically acclaimed Divine Nobodies was only half the story the deconstruction and shedding of a religious mentality that hindered his knowing God In his next book, Jim takes the reader along into the wide open spaces of exploring and experiencing God beyond religion Jim writes, It is no secret that God can be lost beneath the waving banner of religion Divine Nobodies is my story of how this happened to me Sometimes you have to disentangle God from religion, even Christ from Christianity, to find the truth With the help of some unsuspecting nobodies, I uncovered a new starting line with God As I ve put one foot in front of another, I ve experienced God in ways that are deeply transforming Each chapter revolves around a central question related to knowing God on fresh terms Is God a belief system Is the Bible a landing strip or launching pad Can what we re feeling inside be God Are we too religiously minded to be any earthly good Brian McLaren wrote, I am tempted to say that Jim Palmer could well be the next Don Miller, but what they have in common, along with an honest spirituality and extraordinary skill as storytellers, is a unique voice The Library Reviews said of him, Jim Palmer s casual, yet compelling writing style cuts through the religious rhetoric and gets to the real issues readers will love this author His sense of humor is alternately mixed with shocking sentences and poignant moments Laced throughout is a refreshing honesty that ties his ideas together with a ribbon of reality each turn of the page strips away a little of the contrived mystery of Christianity until the simplicity and sincerity of it stands in realistic splendor More and people seek a deeper spirituality beyond status quo religion Others are left empty and weary from a shallow and narrow pop Christianity Palmer says that God s kingdom of love, peace, and freedom can be a present reality in any person s life He proclaims that God is indeed in the process of birthing something deep and wide among unlikely people in unconventional ways, which is changing the world nobody at a time.

    One Reply to “Wide Open Spaces: Beyond Paint-by-Number Christianity”

    1. I feel like Jim is helping me articulate things I have always had as a part of my personal theology.but I felt like I never had the language to express it.

    2. Not for everyone. Particularly not for the fearful, sarcastic, reactionary, or those with all the answers. I might recommend this for the "right-brained," spiritually sensitive, adventurous, broken, or contemplative believer who's been in the church for over 3-4 decades plus those who found in their youth kindred spirits among A.W.Tozer, F.Schaeffer's True Spirituality, and the likes. It's also for those to whom "abiding in Christ" has a great significance (and sees spiritual fruits as the *nat [...]

    3. Really different from Jim Palmer's other book, I bought this from him at his yard sale. This takes the subjects of his first book,Divine Nobodies, steps further and talks about how his life, his view of God and his thought patters in general have changed. I had a hard time wrapping my mind around some of the really emergent, almost relative themes, but it opened my mind to a lot. Much of this book met me in what I've been fleshing out on my own.

    4. Another great book by Jim Palmer. I feel I have traveled down a very similar path and it was refreshing to find that others are on this path too. If you are finding the religious institutions, traditions, etc. are weighing you down and confusing you about who God really is, this book will give you the courage to be free of those things and experience God in a real way.

    5. The main point is that God is love, and as Christians we have God in us, along with His love. We are to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind and all others as ourselves. Rather than trying to find fulfillment through organized church services, we can be the church and show love to a hurting world and be Jesus to everyone we meet

    6. Jim challenges his readers to consider if their concepts of God have prevented them from really experiencing God. Jim focuses intently on love, and on being an expression of God rather than pointing people to God.

    7. I read this book shortly after leaving the institutional church. It really helped me feel the permission to take a break from the Bible (I know how that sounds) and just affirmed some things I was feeling.

    8. Some believe that you can not worship without a building or some other person telling you what to believe. This book encourages spiritual examination and freedom. And assurance that it is good to color outside the lines.

    9. A sort of sequel to 'Divine Nobodies', but it stands alone. Reflections on God, the wider church, reasons for no longer attending a formal church, and more. Well-written, with interesting anecdotes and an open, honest approach to life and God that I found very refreshing. Highly recommended.

    10. Namaste The image of God in meHonours the image of God in youBecause it’s true we twoAre equal in God’s viewI greet you in that sacred spaceAs I bow before youKnowing that our God aboveLoves me and adores you

    11. Meeting god outside the organised religion, Love the part about the Bible! Awesome as always @Jimpalmer

    12. So I recently finished reading Jim Palmer's Wide Open Spaces and I have to be honest. I did not like it. Palmer offers a unique take on just about every aspect of the Christian life. Some of these views are challenging and eye opening. Others are so unique that I have never heard them beforeywhereke the Bible.Palmer is a former pastor who has left organized church and is starting to meet with people in his home for worship. I have nothing against this per say, however in the midst of his "Differ [...]

    13. Not being a member of this books intended audience I found this book to be hard to get through.That being said for members of its intended audience I can see where it has a lot of valuable things to say. Of import is that the author starting thinking of the Judeo Christian deity as being immanent rather than a man in the sky. Which is extremely important. The book does speak of his spiritual growth that occurred since Divine Nobodies. Which is to say he was slowly coming to understand that God i [...]

    14. Rarely ever am I at a loss for wordsis book blew me away. As I read this book, all I could find myself saying was "hmmm". I savor end this book. I'm on my second read of it. It's with me all the time: carry my iPad. The one thing about this book that makes it so different than anything else that I've ever read is that somehow the things that Jim talks about in this book, I know it. I cannot tell you how I know itbut I just do. It resonants within me. I'm usually rather good at expressing my thou [...]

    15. Palmer's former life as an executive pastor is a little bit fresh, making his outline of a new kind of orthopraxy both refreshingly freedom-focused and depressingly churchy in its expression. Still, Palmer is vulnerable (and cautious not to overstay his welcome) in sharing his changed perspective on Christ and Christ's message. The result is a challenge to orthodoxy that almost sings (especially his careful explication of American culture's sky-god). If you're fed up with traditional church, rea [...]

    16. This book will definitely stretch your theology. It is a great book and a great read for those who are worn out by Christianity and are searching for the Jesus who has said, "come unto me all you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest." Though there are some basic concepts in this book, it was definitely an enjoyable and encouraging read. Continues in the vain of Divine Nobodies. Autobiographical yet biblical. Enjoy.

    17. This is a refreshing read, full of grace, love and encouragement. A great book for anyone who has been wounded by organized religion or emotionally hurting. Having said that, Mr. Palmer's journey from minister to "everyday guy" will benefit anyone seeking an authentic relationship with God and other believers. However, for those of us who are recovering from bad experiences with religion, it is salve to the wounds.

    18. A refreshing perspective of Christianity that removes many of the burdens imposed by the modern day church. Who would've guessed a pastor of a 'thriving' church would leave and even hide his Bible(s) under the couch for a while? A recommended read for those who feel stagnant within the organized church/religious structures.

    19. While this is a good book, it does not live up to the emotional movements of Jim Palmer's first book, Divine Nobodies. Nearing the end of Wide Open Spaces, I felt as though the author was extremely rushed. There were also portions that seemed emotionally forced. However, I feel certain excerpts have a special poignancy that make this a book that people would benefit from reading.

    20. I enjoyed the Prologue, but after that Palmer went into topics completely not Biblical and I gave up after the second chapter. The only value I see in reading this book is to deconstruct it for fun, which I plan to do one day.

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