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Untamable God: Encountering the One Who Is Bigger, Better, and More Dangerous Than You Could Possibly Imagine [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Altrogge
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Is it possible that your view of God is too small? Too safe? Too tame? Too comfortable? Is it possible that you have settled for a low, uninspiring, limited view of God? Is it possible that your passion for God suffers because your vision of God suffers?

In Untamable God, Stephen Altrogge brings us face to face with the magnificent, awe-inspiring, beautiful, terrifying, wonderful God of the Bible. In his personal, intimate, engaging, humorous style, Altrogge takes us on a journey through God's word, bringing us into close contact with the God of sharp edges and brilliant light. Altrogge introduces afresh to the untamable God of the Bible.



I commend this book to you because my heart burned as I read it. It did what the best books do; it drew me out of my sin-distorted, self-consumed, stiflingly miniscule world and showed me real, expansive, soul-nourishing glory. It helped me see God. It led me to worship and stirred my longing to worship deeper. Read it. And make sure you don’t stop till you’ve read through chapter four, which alone makes this book worth more than its weight in gold.

- Jon Bloom, President of Desiring God Ministries

Stephen Altrogge tackles an important subject in this book: Our penchant for creating God in our own safe, suburban, agreeable, do-nothing, offend-nobody image. Altrogge shreds that in the very first chapter, and it needed to be shredded. But then he points us to the greatness of a big, powerful, wrathful, just, dangerous, and loving God - exactly the kind of God I want and need to worship.

- Ted Kluck, award-winning author of 'Why We Love the Church' and 'Robert Griffin III: Athlete, Leader, Believer.'

Do you ever feel like it was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away that you enjoyed the grandeur and sheer awe-fullness of God? Untameable God is a candid call to any who would be a jolly beggar of grace to worship the One who is thrice holy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to recommending it to others.

- Gloria Furman, author of 'Glimpses of Grace' and 'Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full'

Have we tamed God? Put Him in a box? Stephen Altrogge thinks so and he is right. In Untamable God, Stephen Altrogge writes about the God who is relentless in His love, relentless in His wrath, and just how much we have minimized both. Untamable is a modern day book about the attributes of God, depravity of man, and Cross that reconciles us to our Creator. Altrogge beckons us to come and know God as He is, the great I Am, the untamable God, the God of the Bible. This is the God I want and desire to know.

– Trillia Newbell, author of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity

He is not safe, but he is good." C.S. Lewis' words permeate every page of Stephen Altrogge's new book, Untameable God, as he confronts and corrects our constant attempts to reimagine the God of the Bible into some damnably "safe" cheap substitute. Jesus isn't safe—but he is good, and that is such good news for weary sinners. Read this book and rejoice!

- Aaron Armstrong, author of 'Contend' and 'Awaiting a Savior'; blogger at Blogging Theologically

Untamable God is a raw, potent and timely look at the distinct "otherness" of God. Stephen reminds us of who God is, why He's not like us and what our response, as tamable, fallible creatures, should be. Never more needed.

- Ronnie Martin - lead pastor of Substance Church and author of 'Finding God in the Dark'

In Untamable God, Stephen Altrogge exposes the tidy, sanitized, impotent “god” of this age, showing him to be far less than the one true God of biblical Christianity.

Altrogge sheds light on who God is by showing – with generous helpings from Scripture -- who God is not. He does so in irresistibly catchy chapters like “The God Who Makes Us Feel Warm And Fuzzy,” “The God Who Loves Whores,” and “The God Who Is Not Impressed.”

- Bobby Gilles

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1356 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blazing Center Books (3 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars true untameable God! 6 Jan. 2014
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Altrogge has a knack with words. But more that this. This is a beautiful description of life with God. A generous serving of gospel delight.
Here is a glorious vision of Jesus. Stephen Altrogge clearly believes that it's a crime to bore people with Jesus, despite this being our cultural default. Myths are deconstructed, unreality and error are engaged with in gentle but impactful ways. This is a robustly researched and strongly written new work. We are taken to the place of great truth, for 'when God dies to us, we die in ourselves.' Yet few authors let the scale of God remain gloriously beyond their measure, their language and their containment. Altrogge is one of these rare and precious voices.

The structure, spirit and close of the book for me were some of the best parts of this writing. This will cause you to be renewed in your confidence of Christ as Saviour and God.

Here is the God who 'breaks our vocabulary' who exceeds our biggest view of Him and just doesn't say love: He actually proves it. This is far beyond the shallows, its a compelling invitation to our "incredible, glorious, untameable God." This is full of engaging language, stimulating thought and searing theology. Top-class stuff.

Fresh, faithful and heartfelt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! 26 Feb. 2014
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This is an excellent read; contemporary, informative, thought-provoking and very funny. Easy and quick to read, I would recommend it to non Christians and Christians at any stage in their spiritual journey. Gives you a huge spiritual reality check!
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5.0 out of 5 stars riveting book! 4 July 2014
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A really interesting, down to earth book. Couldn't put it down until I'd finished it!
Will be looking for other books to read by the author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Untameable God 14 Jun. 2014
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Excellent book, written honestly and with humour, made me move around a lot as I recognised myself so often :( but having to rethink my position with God and has given me much to think about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 5 May 2014
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Refreshing ,inspiring ,encouraging. I loved this book. A great book to give to friends. It is very easy to read and understand. Well worth the time you spend on it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a very insightful yet challenging book 25 April 2014
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Just a marvel of a short book to read. A real gem to provoke your thinking, your perceived think tank.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 5 April 2014
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I've nearly finished this book but couldn't wait to the end to write the review. I have found it both insightful and encouraging. Found it really useful for understand more of the nature of God and how that should shape the way we both regard and respond to Him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant upto date and potentially lifechanging 24 Mar. 2014
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Brings an up-to-date interpretation to a range of biblical accounts and enables us to appreciate how really tremendous and great God is. It is useful for those wishing to deepen their understanding and experience of God. It is also useful as a good discussion starter for those wishing to explore these issues with others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful in rediscovering a more accurate perspective and easy...
Excellently written. Really helpful in rediscovering a more accurate perspective and easy to read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average read, no great revelations, save your time & money
An easy read. Friendly, casual tone. Of some value, but not memorable or life-changing. There are better Christian books out there
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This is a very readable book, yet contains so much truth. The author has a wonderful sense of humour and succeeds in gently poking fun at our preconceptions in such a way as to... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable book
Altrogge's book is an enjoyable one that paints a lovely picture of how great God is - greater than our wildest imaginations. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andrew McNeill
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This read is challenging and down to earth, i really enjoyed the fresh and realistic look at this amazing God we, who love him, follow. A brilliant book and well worth a read.
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