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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (Aug. 21 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400074592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400074594
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 19.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #685,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for God of All Creation

“I love that James did this book!”
—Beth Moore

“Who helps teach James Robison about the things of God? A theologian? A fellow Baptist preacher? A famous radio host? An important senator or governor? Would you believe it’s a small miniature dachshund? In God of All Creation, James delightfully shares the profound truths his little Princess has shown him about life, love, and living with our Master.”
—Ruth Graham, author of In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart and Fear Not Tomorrow, God Is Already There

“Scripture declares that nature offers us a glimpse into God’s power and personality. In The God of All Creation, James Robison beautifully unveils what the creatures around you communicate about you and your Creator. Get ready for a wild adventure!”
—Lisa Bevere, speaker for Messenger International and author of Lioness Arising

“The lessons that James draws from the antics of his beloved mini-dach, Princess, are predictably heartwarming but unpredictably insightful. As a past owner myself of a pair of these preposterously shaped creatures (Harley Davidson and Maximus Decimus), I resonate with the truths James mines from their endearing behavior and the Word of God and am greatly encouraged. I think you will be too.”
—Dr. E. Andrew McQuitty, senior pastor of Irving Bible Church, Irving, Texas

“James loves Jesus. James loves people. And now we have learned that James loves animals. This is a delightful, fun-loving, and, yes, touching read that will appeal to cold and warm noses alike!”
—Kathy Troccoli, recording artist, author, and speaker

About the Author

James Robison is the founder and president of Life Outreach International and co-hosts the popular Life Today syndicated television show, which reaches more than three hundred million homes worldwide. He has authored more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestseller Indivisible. He also wrote Living in Love with his wife of nearly fifty years, Betty. James enjoys observing and photographing both domestic and wild animals. The Robisons have three children, eleven grandchildren, and one spoiled miniature dachshund, Princess. Find James online at  www.lifetoday.org.

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Lessons for all of us Dec 3 2012
By Milk Donor Mama - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
God of All Creation, by James Robison with James Randall Robison offers lessons about life from the animals of God's kingdom.

For those of us with a pet, we are used to the unconditional love of our companions, much like the unconditional love of God. Observation of the animals in our homes as well as the animals who enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors offers plenty of lessons about living life, faith in others, faith in God and God's command to care for others and be the stewards of the Earth.

While the book focuses on the author's dog, the reader can draw these lessons and observations into his or her own life.

This book was very easy to read, with 28 short chapters with different types of lessons or observations. The only drawback of this book was the redundancy. Perhaps including some other types of animals or more people's experiences could have cut down on that.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good book to read! Dec 9 2012
By C. Shaffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I chose to rate this book at 5 stars for the way Mr. Robinson uses God's creation of animals with bringing them into a better light along with man and God's word. I love animals and the way the writer compared our friends with man is awesome to read and somewhat funny as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a better understanding of how God looks at man through his creation with the animal kingdom. Once again in my opinion it is a very good book to read!
Hoped For More From God of All Creation Jan. 24 2013
By Steven Graybill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It has been several weeks since I have finished James Robison's God of All Creation. If there was one word to describe how I feel about this book I think it would be ambivalent. Robison's uses his pet dachshund and other wildlife as his lens for how we can live Godly lives or at least attempts to show life lessons that can be learned through animals.

Waterbrook Multnomah provides me with books free in exchange for fair and honest reviews and this is one of those books. I chose this book to review frankly because I thought there was a strong possibility that I might really like it--I have really disliked the recent books that I have received from Waterbrook and it is much more fun to write a positive review than it is a negative one. Moreover, despite not owning any pets of my own I have many friends who have dogs and cats and I was hoping that this would be a good book to recommend to them. Sadly, this did not turn out to be the case.

I did manage to break the string of disliking books from Waterbrook. There were things I liked about this book which were pretty balanced with the things that I disliked hence my ambivalence. I would first like to share three quotes/stories from the book that I found either convicting and/or applicable to my life. Then I will share a few things that I did not like.

Robison writes "It's easy to say that we believe the Bible, but sometimes it seems difficult to live by it. Which raises the question: What do we really believe?" (Pg. 84). I think Robison is being a bit too gentle here actually. If we say we believe something and then do not actually live it out in our daily lives I think there is a word for that. That word is hypocrite. Moreover, all of us at some point in our life, regrettably, will say one thing and do another. Paul was no stranger to this and writes about it in Romans 7. Robison gets it on acting out what you believe.

Perhaps the best corollary to animals and lessons regarding God is Robison's comparison about rattlesnakes and sin. Most people will generally be more scared of a large rattlesnake than a baby rattlesnake, but it is the babies that are more dangerous because they are quicker to bite and they do not always have control of how much venom they inject when biting. Robison writes "Sin is like that too. People tend to look at the `big' ones, such as murder, adultery, or theft, and ignore the `small' ones, such as pride, bitterness, or envy. This tolerance of the `small snakes' leads to a lot of pain. Just because something isn't out in the open or punishable by law doesn't mean it can't destroy a life. To the contrary, the sins that tend to go unnoticed can be the most poisonous to our souls" (Pg. 102).

Finally, Robison shares a story about some neighbors that would feed feral cats by placing food outside but do nothing more. "They treated them as unwelcome guests, putting out a token dish, but not taking in the animals as their own...Christians can treat God like a stray. Like our neighbors with the feral cats, we may give God a token gift when it's convenient but never invite Him in. Sure, let God visit, but stay? Not a chance. That requires giving up some things, taking on responsibility, and admitting ownership in the relationship. But God is not looking for a place to visit; He is looking for a place to live."

Within Christianity today it is troubling to me that so much interpretation of Scripture is simplistic. Don't get me wrong, I am a believer that keeping things simple is a good practice. However, there is also a danger with always opting for the simple answer or interpretation to things, particularly Scripture. I have read the following observation in two books the past year. There are three stages when it comes to faith: orientation, disorientation and reorientation. Many of us enter the orientation stage of faith and remain there for the entirety of our faith journey. Why? Because we are too uncomfortable or scared to enter the disorientation phase. Frankly, I believe these people lack authentic faith. I call their faith shallow because they are not willing to allow their faith to be tested--they see the status-quo interpretation of scripture and accept it blindly, without embracing the tension; a tension that while frustrating will ultimately lead to growth. If this remaining in the orientation stage is what is meant by keeping things simple then I believe that is where the benefits of keeping things simple cease to exist. I believe that Robison has lived his life and faith stuck in the orientation phase.

For example Robison shares the quote from John 9:1-3: "Why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parent's sins? It was not because of his sins or his parent's sins. This happened so the power of God could be seen in him." And has this to say about it: "This is not to say that suffering is always the result of someone's sin" (Pg. 51-52). In an orientation paradigm one sees that suffering can be something that God does to someone merely so that his glory can be revealed and it ends there. This passage for me is a great example of disorientation. I literally have a problem with a God that needs to cause someone to suffer in order to demonstrate his glory--this passage creates questions for me. Jesus does not say that "God caused this..." but, "This happened so..." Did God cause it? If so, why? Why is anyone born blind at all? How do our parents sins cause us suffering? Do our parents sins cause us suffering? How do our own sins cause us suffering?--for me this is a disorienting piece of Scripture. I believe that God desires and wants us to seek him--I believe Jesus spoke in parables and never answered a yes-and-no question with "Yes" or "No" during his entire ministry because he knows that growth comes through disorientation.
Another example is Robison's classic interpretation of the Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25:14-18--the classic interpretation that so well fits our capitalistic culture where the master is seen as God and praises those that have a good return on their investment while chastising the servant that buries his talent. There is an alternative interpretation to this parable that Robison does not even consider--perhaps he has never heard it but it goes like this: the Master is the oppressive Roman Empire and the servant that hides the talent is Christ who is rejected by the system.

Obviously these two interpretations are diametrical to one another. And the two interpretations definitely create disorientation. My faith is more or less in the state of disorientation. Honestly, it is a really difficult stage to be in but it does not end there. I also believe that bits and pieces of my faith are beginning to reorient themselves and I must say that it is the light at the end of the tunnel. It is in the reorientation that we begin get to see slivers of light, that are Jesus, shine through--it is where we really get to know what it means to love and serve Jesus.
Life Lessons From Pets & Wildlife Jan. 16 2013
By Denise M. DiFalco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging Group extended me the ability to review this fine book, "God of All Creation~Life Lessons From Pets & Wildlife" by James Robinson in exchange for my honest opinions I pounced on this. I awaited in excitement and anticipation because of my personal experiences with our cairn terrier which was given to our family as a gift. My very first reaction when we were given 'Lincoln" was that the last thing we needed was a puppy in our brand new house and I put a struggle up during the first few weeks. My patient spouse on the other hand was like a school boy voting for the dog and trying to get me to see his side. Long story short, I became physically limited in the last few years and many days I am in dier pain and the one thing I can count on daily to lift my spirits is our pet, Lincoln. He took a liking to me right away and would follow me like a little sheep and cry when I wasn't in sight for him. I could never figure how he latched onto me, the only one who really didn't want him but Oh what love and loyalty. It didn't take him too long to melt my heart and now he is constantly at my side and momma's boy. Nobody can tell me that pets don't know when you are sick or down because they do...he is a constant source of joy and I can't imagine life without him. James Robison compares our love of our pets to God's love for us in a very sweet way throughout the pages of the book. The author goes on to say that '" If a dog can be trained to act according to it's purpose and not get sidetracked , how much more than should we learn to live the kind of life God designed for us?"' This is the underlying thought throughout God of Creation and the author gives us numerous examples of how well each animal species obeys it's call. l found delight reading and learning much about God's creation. The illustrations are stellar. Yes, I would highly recommend especially for pet lovers.
A New Point of View on God's Creation Dec 28 2012
By Kaitlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book because I am unashamedly an animal lover. Even more so, I am a devoted dog lady. Dogs are my thing. And after my dog passed away a few months ago, I needed some encouragement - and a biblical view of how God looks upon all of His creation.

That's *exactly* what I received. I put off reading this book because I was afraid there would be many tears, but it was quite the opposite. I laughed as Robison retold stories of his beloved Princess, remembering instances when my pets have done similar things.

I am truly blown away by Robison's wisdom. To look upon the lowliest creatures on this earth and learn more about God's character and heart - it's remarkable. This book reads like a devotion, so you can easily do one chapter a day for 28 days. Each lesson / chapter spoke to my heart, and not just because I love animals but because I love the Lord and I want to grow in my knowledge of Him.

Here is one particular passage that struck me (in a good way). It is about God's endless and relentless pursuit of His children:

Every day when I awaken, I want to run as fast as Princess does to jump into God's lap, look into His eyes, and stay close to His heart. This brings our heavenly Father great pleasure and gives me indescribable comfort, peace, and security. As Princess lies with her paws resting on my chest, her long ears perk up, and she waits for me to speak to her. I know she can't understand my words, but I believe she senses the love I have for her. I do know that when I speak these loving words, she listens. I also know that when we learn to hear the Lord, He will speak words of encouragement and affection to us. (11)

So as you book lovers put together your book lists for 2013, make sure this one goes on your list. It is certainly a must-read!


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