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The Life of God (as Told by Himself) Paperback – 4 Dec 1997

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; New edition edition (4 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226244962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226244969
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,415,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The protagonist of Franco Ferrucci's inspired novel is a tender, troubled deity. In the beginning is God's solitude, and because he is lonely he creates the world. He falls in love with Earth, plunges into the oceans, lives as plant and reptile and bird. His every thought and mood serve to populate the planet, with consequences that run away from him - sometimes delightfully, sometimes unfortunately. When a new animal emerges from the apes, God believes he has finally found the companion he needs to help him make sense of his unruly creation. He wanders through history, incarnating himself as one inconspicuous bystander after another, looking always for those who will recognize him for what he is and fulfill the destinies of both God and humanity. He wrestles with Moses for the souls of the Chosen People, sits at the feet of Buddha, loves a Hebrew girl, and becomes, unintentionally, the father of Christ; debates Augustine, inspires Dante, falls afoul of Shakespeare, and makes a gift to Freud of the idea of the unconscious. As the centuries pass, God feels more and more out of place in the world he has created; by the close of his memoir, he is packing his bags. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book should become a classic if it hasn't done so already! It's the sort of book I can imagine on future reading lists in schools and colleges. It is a mind-blowing, deeply thought-provoking book, following and challenging the history of creation and mankind, right up to present day, with plenty of nail-biting yarns along the way!. You will be drawn in by the humble, bewildered character, God, who longs to communicate with man and find out what he's doing here on earth, and why these creatures worship him so much, when he, God, is just as flawed, imperfect and base as man himself. It's God's own personal journey (like all of us) trying to make sense of life, trying to follow different philosophies, trying to understand man and at the same time, falling in love with beauty, nature and all the pleasures that life entices us with. Ferrucci shows an extensive knowledge of history, philosophy and religion, but he also writes a compelling story too.
I bought this book for several friends, dying to hear their reaction too.
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Clever and thought provoking, the protagonist (God) details his efforts to understand his creation (man). Ferrucci's God is a rather amiable fellow who can't seem to fathom what makes his creation tick, nor why man insists on creating a deity in his own image - angry, vengeful, and unforgiving. A number of discourses with Moses all prove futile - Moses insists on reading more into God's simple message than is intended. Conversations with poets and philosophers throughout the ages; God also takes a hand in murder to, hopefully, come to grips with what he has created. Still, if man cannot come to understand his maker, how can the creator hope to understand his creation? Humorous at times, but it is a rather melancholy humor as, in the end, God abandons his creation in the hope of better success elsewhere. A philosophical read, I found myself questioning my ideals, both spiritual as well as societal. Not recommended for everyone, but for the thinkers among us, a real gem.
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Questions will follow you through this entire book--questions like how? why? but... This book was a fascinating and refreshing look at a subject many people would shy away from. Although there were a few slow areas--some of the charactors God "lept" into weren't that interesting--it was worth the effort. If you are open-minded (Ferrucci's version is not a strictly "christian" version), enjoy contemplating other possibilities and can accept this for what it is (fiction), then give this a try.
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