Caladium Publishing Company
Hardcover – 376 pages
The voice announced, “I am God.” For Jerry Martin, that encounter began a personal, intellectual, and spiritual adventure. He had not believed in God. He was a philosopher, trained to be skeptical— to doubt everything. So his first question was: Is this really God talking?
There were other urgent questions: What will my wife think? Why would God want to talk to me? Does God want me to do something?
He began asking all the questions about life and death and ultimate things to which he—and all of us—have sought answers: Love and loss. Happiness and suffering. Good and evil. Death and the afterlife. The world’s religions. The ways God communicates with us. How to live in harmony with God. God: An Autobiography tells the story of these mind-opening conversations with God.
“An atheist philosopher finds himself in a surprising series of conversations with God. One of the two main characters in Martin’s debut is the author himself, whose own Christian faith didn’t survive even a rudimentary college philosophy class, ‘where arguments for the existence of God were shot down like clay pigeons.’ The secular philosopher opens his book with a quick account of falling in love with the woman who would become his wife, but the focus shifts almost immediately to a mysterious voice he begins sensing, identifying itself as ‘the God of all’ and heard only by Martin. After a good deal of initial doubts, he decides to embrace the experience, even though at first it resembles ‘a training in obedience,’ with the voice ordering him around on trivial matters seemingly at random. But gradually, larger issues and disclosures begin to surface. And Martin shares a great many of these revelations in an immensely readable prose that’s reverential but completely accessible to nonbelievers. His portrait of God is a remarkable dramatic construct, a vastly enigmatic being seized with an urge to unveil Himself in detail. This is a God who dwelled for unbounded ages in a formless void before existence began and He started to evolve along with it, shaping space and matter toward His eventual relationship with humankind, a process of creating Himself. Martin’s version of God is often every bit as argumentative and contradictory as the one found in the Bible, but this volume’s narration helps smooth things over: it’s easily literate (quotes from many authors abound) and excellent at clarifying the deep philosophical subjects covered as the dialogue progresses. Martin’s deity talk about being part of non-Christian texts like the Upanishads and the Mahabharata (and even discusses the ‘rebel’ pharaoh Aknhenaten), but nevertheless, this book chronicles one man’s encounter with the God of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Yet as such, it’s a revelation.”
“A captivating religious dialogue for the modern age.”
“A must read for anyone who is seeking or looking to build a deeper relationship with God.”
“Anyone looking to deepen his or her spirituality, or just contemplate the mystery of existence, will find this a fascinating read – both a page-turner, and, potentially, a life-changer.”
“A must read for anyone interested in mysticism and philosophy of religion.”
What Other People Are Saying About the Book…
“This work has the potential to be the most influential book in our time. It exudes spiritual authenticity as it is well-grounded in human experience. It advances a way to embrace spirituality in oneself. As your own experience, the work is anchored in our time, our experience.”
– Celeste Colgan, Ph.D. (English), former Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
“If there is a God, this is what he sounds like.”
– Stephen H. Balch, Founding President, National Association of Scholars
“Thanks for this wonderful gift. This is a remarkable document. I’m only two-thirds though, and I’m anxious to see how things turn out.”
– Wesley Morriston, Ph.D. (Philosophy), Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder; Board Member, Society of Christian Philosophers)
“I am reading your draft slowly as a devotional and am so full of thoughts and feelings about it that it is hard to know where to begin. I think this is very important. Much of it sounds like God to me, sounds like how what I take to be God sounds in those moments when I am in touch (and I am struck by how very in-touch you are, how constantly). The freshness of the talk, so fresh it makes you laugh — I experience God that way. The wisdom. The love. The reproach when necessary (how God exits when ego enters).”
– Jeanine Diller, Ph.D. (Philosophy), Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Toledo
“It is one of the most intriguing, unusual, passionate things I have ever read. It is very special.”
– Matthew Foster, Ph.D. (Theology), Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Molloy College
Meet Jerry Martin and Hear His Story
Jerry L. Martin was raised in a Christian home. By the time he left college, he was not a believer. But he was interested in the big questions and so he studied the great thinkers. He became a philosophy professor and served as head of the philosophy department at the University of Colorado at Boulder and of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to scholarly articles on epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and public policy, he wrote reports on education that received national attention and was invited to testify before Congress. He stepped down from that career to write this book, following divine guidance.
A philosophy professor, he had a naturalistic worldview that had no place for a divine dimension of any kind.
But one day he had occasion to pray. To his vast surprise, God answered – in words — with a voice that was “real, benign, and authoritative.”
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