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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Author Dr. Terryl Givens offered this response on the subject of faith and doubt at a Mormon fireside in Northern California this past fall.
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
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...
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.
The Givens have restored a little of my trust that Mormonism is a faith, movement, and culture with endless potential for contemplation.
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.
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.
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.
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.