By a stroke of extreme fortune, I'm thrilled to announce that we will feature the incredible book Not Just a Really Good Human by Winnipeg, Canada-based author Dwight J. Olney at our special pop-up Christmas bookstores hosted by Patella Publishing Services.
Humanity's biggest problem may be its least recognized: the tendency to imagine God as an extraordinarily good version of ourselves. If we fail to properly understand our Maker's nature, we have the potential to do many things wrong.
When we picture God as merely a really good human, we become less concerned about our sinful habits and more likely to doubt or malign him in the face of seemingly undeserved suffering. And when we fashion God in our image instead of the other way around, our theology in general and the counsel we extend to those who suffer becomes weak.
We naturally have a diluted view of God's deity. The Book of Job not only traces a great man's struggle to overcome this problem in his own life, but also beckons us to join in the fray to defeat this faulty and extremely dangerous vestige of fallen human consciousness.
Not Just a Really Good Human won the 2021 Non-Fiction Braun Award and is published by Word Alive Press.
Not Just a Really Good Human delves into some profound themes around our human understanding of the divine. Some specific themes include:
Understanding the Nature of God
Consequences of Misconceptions
Struggle and Redemption
Dealing with Suffering
How Suffering Can Lead Us Closer to God
Who Will Enjoy this Book:
"Obviously, Christian believers and literature buffs familiar with the general tenor of Job's story will feel more at home reading this book. But I hope the message will resonate well with skeptics and the unchurched as well. ...hopefully, the book draws in many spiritual seekers who are yearning for a better way to think about God, particularly his transcendence." - Dwight J Olney
"If you've faced a challenging trial and felt forsaken, this book is a must-read. It offers a transformative perspective on suffering, providing a blueprint for seeing God with fresh eyes." - Tara C. Allred
About the Author:
Dwight J. Olney's passion is to encourage people to think and speak rightly about God. He loves the practical nature of good Christian theology that helps people live life better.
Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, Dwight is a seasoned educator and administrator. The bulk of his formal education has focused on the study of theology (Briercrest College), history (University of Waterloo), education (Queen’s University), and administration (Jones International University). Beyond his academic pursuits, he finds joy in carpentry, hockey, and basketball coaching. Currently residing in Winnipeg with his wife Jeanette, Dwight is a devoted family man with three married children and five cherished grandchildren.
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Upcoming Pop-up Bookstore Events:
Catch Not Just a Really Good Human and other literary gems at these Christmas Craft Shows:
Dates: November 24 - 25
Times: 9 am - 7 pm
Location: Spanish Fork Fairgrounds
Address: 445 S Main, Spanish Fork, Utah
Dates: December 8-9
Times: 1 pm - 8 pm, 10 am - 8 pm
Location: Mountain America Expo Center
Address: 9575 S State St., Sandy, Utah
Special Note: I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Dwight in person in St. George, Utah, this October, where I acquired a limited number of Not Just a Really Good Human for these events. Dwight is extremely knowledgeable and modest, a rare and nice mix. When I learned he had not signed these books, I provided a humble setup on the hood of a car - but now we have a small stack of autographed copies. This book is an absolute gem for anyone who has faced profound suffering.