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If God Is Love: Rediscovering Grace in an Ungracious World (Gulley, Philip) Hardcover – 1 Dec 2004

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st Edition edition (Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060578416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060578411
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"[H]ow to live full of God's grace in a world that is desperately in need of gracious Christianity."--Presbyterians Today

"Uncommonly readable, insightful, and persuasive."--Marcus Borg, author of The Heart of Christianity and Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time

"This book details well Christ's command to love others and how to live that out."--Publishers Weekly

"[T]hrough clear and accessible storytelling, Gulley and Mulholland present a comforting and at times challenging message."--Indianapolis Star

"Warm, gentle, profound, and moving. Gulley and Mulholland have touched the deep recesses of God..."--John Shelby Spong, author of A New Christianity for a New World

"Anyone searching for a 'graciousness primer' might look on this book as a commensense example of such a manual."--Booklist

"A welcome antidote to so much contemporary religion that is coercive, intolerant, and finally unbearable."--Walter Brueggemann, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

Warm, gentle, profound, and moving. Gulley and Mulholland have touched the deep recesses of God... --John Shelby Spong, author of A New Christianity for a New World"

A welcome antidote to so much contemporary religion that is coercive, intolerant, and finally unbearable. --Walter Brueggemann, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary"

Uncommonly readable, insightful, and persuasive. --Marcus Borg, author of The Heart of Christianity and Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time"

Anyone searching for a graciousness primer might look on this book as a commensense example of such a manual. --Booklist"

This book details well Christ s command to love others and how to live that out. --Publishers Weekly"

[T]hrough clear and accessible storytelling, Gulley and Mulholland present a comforting and at times challenging message. --Indianapolis Star"

[H]ow to live full of God s grace in a world that is desperately in need of gracious Christianity. --Presbyterians Today"

About the Author

Philip Gulley is a Quaker minister, writer, husband, and father. He is the bestselling author of Front Porch Tales, the acclaimed Harmony series, and is coauthor of If Grace Is True and If God Is Love. Gulley lives with his wife and two sons in Indiana, and is a frequent speaker at churches, colleges, and retreat centers across the country.



James Mulholland, author of Praying Like Jesus, is a theologian with ecumenical experience in the American Baptist, United Methodist, and Quaker denominations. He lives in Indianapolis, where he is active in neighborhood development.

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"If God Is Love" is a genuine attempt to progress from their earlier book, "If Grace Is True", and it makes the transition reasonably well. Gulley and Mulholland take a look at different aspects of life (religion, politics, money, justice, etc) and apply the principles of Christian Universalism to them. On the whole the book is very good at what it sets out to do, but there were times when I felt they laboured the point somewhat. Maybe if the book had been 200 pages instead of 300 there might have been more focus to it. Saying that, I thoroughly enjoyed it, lapping it up as I did with their first book. Both authors write in a style that reminds you of Philip Yancey and so the book is easy reading while remaining profound and challenging. I am looking forward to their next contribution and would heartily recommend this book to my friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read - Poor Audio Version 20 Feb. 2015
By Wilda Frasher - Published on Amazon.com
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I am enjoying the content of the book; however, for several reasons rather than reading the book, I am using the narration and the reader the publisher chose for this edition does no service to the material. She speaks too rapidly as if she is being paid to finish the job quickly and there are no inflections or intonations to her reading. Additionally, the authors are male thus some of their references are male - when spoken by a female it doesn't make much sense All in all, a different reader would make the book far more enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Basis a bit off 12 Aug. 2009
By R. Isitt - Published on Amazon.com
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I like Gulley (and Mulholland) and appreciate his relationship with God. I agree with much of his criticism of organized religion and certainly with distinquishing between fear and love in following Christ. What I don't agree with, at least not yet, is his basis for these beliefs which he claims is because of his accepting "Universal Salvation". I do not know if he is correct or not in his belief but I think most of the outcomes in the Christian lifestyle he desires, which he attributes to Universal Salvation, can exist without having to take that particular step in faith.
Many Christians are struggling with the concept of the Trinity. Was Jesus actually God or was he, as He claimed, the Son of God. Gulley doesn't seem to have that struggle. I don't think he believes Jesus was God at all and in fact he believes Jesus' goal on earth was much more than simply dying for our sins and demanding acceptance of the 4 spiritual laws in order to gain salvation. In fact Gulley doesn't believe that was His mission at all. He may be right and reading this book will certainly open up some ideas to chew on. And that's OK in my book. I believe pursuit of truth is honored by God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If God Is Love 3 Feb. 2010
By Gale Green - Published on Amazon.com
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Having been raised with an exteme fundamentalist (Baptist) background it has taken me a long time to open my arms, heart, and brain wide enough to even consider other beliefs than those I was raised with. Slowly, God has been loosening my grasp on "old" beliefs, and challenging me to even consider others. It has been a long process, and extremely difficult at times. When I had this book recommended to me, I was intrigued. Several times during the reading of it, I wanted to throw it against the opposite wall to where I sat! I had to mentally, and spiritually "chew" some meat from my 'holy cows' of belief, and allow myself to even consider what the authors presented here. However, it was done with such grace, humility of heart, and desire to know God better, that I couldn't lay it down. God IS love, and is much bigger than any of us can even imagine!! Read this book, if you dare! It may shake your spiritual world, it may open your eyes to other possibilities than just your own narrow ones, why, it may even change your life--as it did mine!! Happy reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking 28 Feb. 2015
By NWGA Dawg - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the book. It is very thought provoking. I'm sure very conservative Christians will hate it because hell is a big part of their religion. However, like it or hate it, agee with it or disagree with it, I think you'd have to admit that if everybody lived by the grace discussed in the book the world would be a much better place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book to anyone concerned about the eternal destiny ... 7 Sept. 2015
By New Dawn - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend this book to anyone concerned about the eternal destiny of themselves or others. Phillip Gulley and James Mulholland make a convincing case that if God is love, then he will save every person. This book is a treasure!
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