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The God Who Weeps

The God Who Weeps

How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

by Terryl and Fiona Givens

"I read this fine book in order better to understand what Mormons believe about divine compassion, and it certainly gave me that. But more important: I received in reading it some deeply personal lessons about the tears of God."

—Richard J. Mouw, Ph.D., President, Fuller Theological Seminary

About The God Who Weeps

About The God Who Weeps

Deseret Books

Dr. Terryl and Fiona Givens outline five core principles that define how Mormons see God, themselves and the universe as a whole. Read more about this new book here.

"None of Them is Lost": Read a Book Excerpt

Terryl and Fiona Givens

God's desires are set upon the whole human family...not just the fast learners, the naturally inclined, or the morally gifted.

Praise for The God Who Weeps

Praise for The God Who Weeps

Various Authors

Read why Richard Mouw and other authors describe this book as a deeply personal account of the Mormon view of a God who celebrates and weeps with each of us.

Rescuing Mormonism: A Q&A with Terryl and Fiona Givens

Rescuing Mormonism: A Q&A with Terryl and Fiona Givens

"We wanted to move beyond the peripheral, the odd, the sensational, and reveal what is really central to Mormon belief." Read the entire interview here.

Letter to a Doubter

Letter to a Doubter

Author Dr. Terryl Givens offered this response on the subject of faith and doubt at a Mormon fireside in Northern California this past fall.

Favorite Christmas Memories from the Givens Family

Favorite Christmas Memories from the Givens Family

The authors of The God Who Weeps asked their children to share some of their favorite holiday memories from years past...

Listen to a reading from The God Who Weeps by co-author Fiona Givens

Book Club Roundtable

Vale of Tears or Vale of Soul-Making?

Vale of Tears or Vale of Soul-Making?

Joanne McPortland

This world is not either/or, but both/and-a vale of tears, a vale of soul-making. And as for God, all I know is what Job knew on his dunghill...

A Lovely and Praiseworthy Worldview

A Lovely and Praiseworthy Worldview

Rosalynde Welch

Their book, however different in sensibility from mine, is infused with their personal generosity, compassion, intelligence, and optimism. The worldview it describes is one of the good fruits of Mormonism.

Asking Hard Questions

Asking Hard Questions

Emily Belanger

The Givens have restored a little of my trust that Mormonism is a faith, movement, and culture with endless potential for contemplation.

Revelation and the Open Canon: A Process-Relational Perspective on Mormonism

Revelation and the Open Canon: A Process-Relational Perspective on Mormonism

Bruce Epperly

I believe that it is plausible and necessary to assume that important divine revelations are found in a variety of texts as well as in lived human experience.

What Mormons Believe

What Mormons Believe

John Turner

The God Who Weeps rather winsomely suggests that other Christians should respect Mormon beliefs by connecting them to a wealth of Christian, Jewish, and philosophical antecedents.

The Implications of a Weeping God

The Implications of a Weeping God

George B. Handley

I would go so far as to say that it is one of the most important books ever written about Mormon belief.

Mormon Enthusiasm for the Self-Made Man

Mormon Enthusiasm for the Self-Made Man

Leah Libresco

Givens' book does more to flesh out Mormon doctrine than anything else I've stumbled across, but I wish it spent more time on the how as well as the what of Mormon theology.  

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