I subscribe to several chat networks of preachers and read the following comments about this book:
Weatherhead's book The Will of God has proven to be one of the most powerful books I've used in Christian Education. I've taught it numerous times and found it to be a ton of fun! Although it has only 5 chapters--which were actually sermons to his congregation about the pain and suffering of WWII---- I can teach this book for weeks!
I usually start off with an introductory class on "my" God opening with the scene from the video of Sister Act where they sing "My God" and then dividing the class into groups to research different passages of scritpure about God. Some read about vindictiveness; others about love; some about jealousy, others about devotion. (I also bring in excerpts from Ana Maria Rizzuto's "Birth of the Living God" and Phillips "Your God is Too Small" . I teach a class on "The Devil Made Me Do It", a class on "What does God Know and When Does God Know It (subtitled: Could Jesus run a pentium ii?) I use an excerpt from George Burns in the video of Oh, God! in the shower scene with the grocery salesman answering questions to talk about miracles and what God knows. Each class spawns another and The Will of God becomes the seminal text by which all the major themes of the faith can be introduced. In almost every class, we can divide into groups and use different passages of scripture to denote different points of view. One of the most hotly debated topics: God changing God's mind (see Jonah and the Syro-Phoenician woman)
Truly a dynamite book! More than you wanted to know, I'm sure, but I love this book!
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