GOD IS NEAR
Trusting our faith
by Michael Morwood
The author continues to expand
on the concepts he has proposed in previous books, Tomorrow's Catholic and
Is Jesus God? God Is Near is best read and understood from
the background of these two books.
God is Near reminds us of how near we are to God. The author expands on the close, loving
relationship God has with us. God is within us, and we are within God. Morwood suggests how we should approach this loving God with openness and confidence.
The author discusses the role
of Jesus in the world and in our lives. Jesus is offered as an example of our approach to God, that we are entering a relationship with close and loving God
rather than to a distant stern overseer.
God is Near then suggests that we approach
Eucharist as an encounter with God in Jesus the Christ. Through this understanding we are
led to consider our witness to the world, and to others. We are led also to restructure our prayer practice accordingly as we redefined our relationship with God.
Michael Morwood has a MA
in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and a background in retreat,
spirituality, and adult faith education ministries. He presents retreats,
reflection days and workshops in Australia, USA, Canada, Ireland and England.
He has authored seven books, and the most recent being a delightful Faith,
Hope, and a Bird Called George.
Book Review submitted by Al Lee
Understanding God and Jesus
in a New Millennium
by Michael Morwood
The author asks us to consider the images we hold for God. What is God? Where is God? Is God somewhere else? Has original sin separated us from God?
He asks who Jesus is to us? What is Jesus? ...God? ...man? God/man? Where is Jesus? What do we mean by atonement? Does it make sense? How do all of us fit into the picture? Do the theological answers, which we recite in our creeds, and which were articulated long ago by the Church, have any relevance or meaning in today's world?
Michael Morwood suggests that large numbers of today's Catholics find the literalist teachings and liturgies of their traditional Church meaningless, boring and, in some cases, even offensive. Others have substituted theological descriptions and doctrinal proclamations regarding God for the experiential knowledge and real presence of God in their lives.
Tomorrow's Catholic proposes to help bridge the gap between Church doctrine and the essential gospel message which is our legacy. The book asserts that the same spirit of God which moved in Jesus 2000 years ago, moves in our own lives. It challenges us to actually BE the presence of God in the world today.
Michael Morwood has a MA in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and a background in retreat, spirituality, and adult faith education ministries. He presents retreats, reflection days and workshops in Austrailia, USA, Canada, Ireland and England. He has authored seven books.