05 Dec Review and Giveaway: How Big is Your God? by Paul Coutinho, SJ
In How Big Is Your God? Ignatian scholar and Jesuit priest Paul Coutinho emphasizes the vastness of divinity and the ability to transcend the rites and rituals of organized religion. Coutinho questions the general disconnect with the Divine due to a preoccupation with rigid doctrine.
Coutinho introduces Eastern mysticism derived from his Indian roots, using personal anecdotes to contrast between the stern, punishing God of Western culture and the integration of divinity into experience, as practiced in Asian countries. He still relies heavily on Scripture as examples, but he encourages the reader to use it as a springboard to their own spirituality rather than accepting it as literal interpretation. In fact, toward the end of the book, as he encourages readers to let go of material possessions as a route to experiencing God, the Eastern influence really becomes evident.
He breaks down several common perceptions of God and explains how individual biases can subconsciously create a barrier to the full experience of the Divine. He suggests that we can be religious without actually knowing God. With short chapters only a few pages in length, the book can be approached in pieces with time for reflection or in its entirety all at once. Either way, the text will not lose any of its impact. Coutinho embraces all pathways to the Divine. His openmindedness and confidence envelop the reader, making this truly one of the best spiritual references out there. I plan to reflect on Coutinho’s wisdom over and over again.
The book is accompanied by a fifteen minute DVD of Coutinho speaking at a retreat. His lecture is humorous and relaxed and complements the book well.
How Big Is Your God? The Freedom to Experience the Divine
By Paul Coutinho, SJ
Hardcover, 184 pages
Publication date: October 2007
Preview of How Big Is Your God by Paul Coutinho
I have an extra copy of this inspirational book to offer as a giveaway. If you’d like to read it for yourself, comment on this blog post by 11:59 EST Sunday, December 16, 2007. One winner will be randomly selected to receive a copy of How Big Is Your God? by Paul Coutinho, SJ. If you blog about this contest, add a link to your blog post in your comment for a second entry. Good luck!