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Personal experiences with God are related in new non-fiction collection

"How do you go about writing a book about God?" was the question that author Paul Robb had to consider when he decided to publish such a book. Robb is an optical engineer who, at the age of 27, had a profound spiritual experience, and discovered a God totally different from the one he had been taught to believe in. He found a God that "was so kind and loving" that "it instantly and permanently changed my view of God, religion, the meaning of life, my entire worldview. Kindness just poured out of Him."

Robb's experience led him to search out others who had also faced such a life-altering event. The result is The Kindness of God: How God Cares for Us" a collection of stories from those who have had such a divine contact. "They have experienced God,†Robb said, "as a Divine Parent who loves us, cares for us, has a relationship with us; who appears in our lives, asked or unasked, to comfort and guide and protect us."

One story comes from a Vietnam veteran. He was a 21-year-old conscientious objector serving as a medic who writes of a time when he was ordered to evacuate men who were trapped by enemy fire. He says that he believed that it was a suicide mission, and that as he prayed for guidance, he experienced the strong smell of roses and felt an invisible protection around him. This odor and feeling remained as he went about the harrowing task of rescuing men in the midst of incredible danger. As a result of his actions, eighteen wounded soldiers were evacuated. And he was untouched.


"I've known that God can visit at strange times, and that there is a palpable presence to these visitations... There is always a palpable sense of oneness with the universe. A big part of my life since that day has been learning to sense that presence more often, and more readily. In short, I have learned to live a prayer as much as possible, rather than praying to live.â€

More than one hundred and fifty stories grace The Kindness of God, stories of healing, renewal of hope, protection, and feeling God's presence.


Book Review:
The Kindness of God: How God Cares for Us


"There He stood! I scrambled to my feet-"it was impossible to remain sitting-"and turned to face Him. I thought to myself, 'I wonder if I should kneel', and immediately got his reply...'That's not the kind of relationship God wants with His children." In The Kindness of God, Paul Robb relates his encounter with God during which he calmly talks with Him and has the presence of mind to ask how God sees time.

Paul Robb is not a theologian or minister, he is an engineer with an experience. "I fully appreciate the religious beliefs of all of our readers," he writes, "and far be it from me to tell anyone what they should or should not believe."  One of his main points is that the "experiences of these people [those who have experienced God in this book]...flatly contradict the view of God...as a tyrant-king, jealous, vengeful, arbitrary, and even cruel, imposing punishments for finite transgressions...much the same as a sick human might.†Robb characterizes the first-hand knowledge of God as kindness, compassion, gentleness and caring. "God...is incapable of giving off anger or hatred or vengeance or jealousy or punishment.  He states the purpose of his book is to show through collective experience that "God loves all of us without exception."

Robb goes on to supply us with 150 accounts of people who have experienced God. Readers aren't told how the people knew it was God-"like the author, 'they just know.' Some of the stories were solicited by a survey that asked, "Have you ever been aware of or influenced by a presence or power, whether you call it God or not, which is different from your everyday self?†Others were gathered from books, or from the Religious Experience Research Center.

And not all the subjects have actually seen God: sometimes it's just a light, a warmth, a feeling or presence, sometimes a voice, or even a physical touch as in the case of the nurse who helped a small boy say 'goodbye' to his dying mother. "I felt a whack on the back of my head. I turned thinking that the child had hit me, but he was just standing there...I then heard a voice, which I recognized as God's saying...'Help him."

Most of these accounts are touching or inspiring, and while a few sound like hallucination or dream, many could well be God reaching into the lives of ordinary individuals. However, The Kindness of God should come with a 'CAUTION' label. It poses questions without answering them, and will need to be read with a discerning mind. While anyone might feel inspired and drawn to God by this book, the theology needs to be carefully sorted out by rational evaluation. Ideas range from Christian to Buddhist, from prayer and praise to trances and out of body travel. Theology aside, many people will certainly enjoy comparing their own religious experience with these stories of other's encounters with God.

Reviewed by David George, ForeWord CLARION Reviews.


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