Inklings of God: Where more is evident than what meets the eyes

Thursday, June 3, 2004

Why?

All humans have asked themselves that question as they face pains of everyday life.

On the opposite side of the same coin, all humans have been awed by something ---- a newborn baby, a stunning sunset, a blossoming plant ----the impact of which is equally unexplainable.

Author Kurt Bruner offers guidance for such "cracks of life" suggesting that they are often hints of the unknown God.

Bruner's perspective is based on personal experience, and he recounts many of his personal encounters and observations in an honest, yet sensitive, manner.

He explores the beauty of two women who died within days of each other in 1997 ---- Princess Diana and Sister Teresa. He shares his awkwardness and embarrassment at explaining the facts of life to his son, who thought he knew all about it when he didn't. He marvels at how music in its various stylings complements daily and special events, using the same seven notes with accompanying sharps and flats. He mulls his mixture of pride, gratitude and sadness at the graduation of his son and a handicapped family member of the same age. He contemplates his pleasure at doing volunteer work. He philosophizes about the honor and burden of Jews as God's chosen people.

He even analyzes, even reaching a degree of understanding, the New Age movements, noting how it, too, addresses the three suspicions of the human heart: That we are made for more than what meets the eye; that something is wrong in the world; and that what is wrong should be made right.

All these observations offer glimpses of God, Bruner maintains. The chapters begin with a quote, such as Christopher Reeve's "When I do good I feel good. When I do bad I feel bad. That's my religion."

The chapters close with a short "inkling," such as "Human innovation suggests a God of order."

Inklings of God is a pleasant read, suitable for meditation, simple enjoyment, and exploration of different ways to look at the things of life ---- or any combination thereof.

Inklings of God: What Every Heart Suspects; Kurt Bruner; non-fiction; with notes; 203 pages, hardbound; $17.99; Zondervan.

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