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The Bible tells us that God is 'the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name' (Ephesians 3:15). If earthly families gain their nature from God's parenthood, what might our experience of family tell us about the nature of God? That is the question on which this book focuses.

Veronica Zundel roots her reflections in her journey into and through parenthood, a hard journey that led through infertility, late motherhood and then learning to parent a child with special needs. What she learned along the way - about love and sacrifice, faithfulness and forgiveness - had a profound impact on her understanding of what God feels about us, his most beloved children.
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As I grew into parenthood, I began to see parallels between how I behaved and felt towards my beloved child, and how God might feel and behave towards me and God's other children. I spotted more and more connections between my attitude towards my son John and what might be God's attitude to us, God's children. I also started to look afresh at things I had been taught in my Christian life, and to ask, 'Would a good parent really do this?' It was not far from this to the conclusion: if God is at least as loving a parent as we should be to our children, then we have to rethink some of the things we believe about God, because the actions we sometimes attribute to God are actions no loving parent would perform.

My original plan was to structure the book around theological themes such as creation, fall, redemption and recreation. Instead, I have chosen to build it around stages of child development, from conception to adulthood. This is because my thinking about God's parenthood has arisen out of my own experience, not out of a doctrinal blueprint, and I found I wanted the book to do the same. I think you'll find I end up saying quite a lot about creation, fall and the rest in any case!

Regardless of whether or not you are a parent, or would like to be, or even wish you hadn't been, I hope this book can help you think about God's parenthood.
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The Bible tells us that God is 'the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name' (Ephesians 3:15). If earthly families gain their nature from God's parenthood, what might our experience of family tell us about the nature of God? That is the question on which this book focuses.

Veronica Zundel roots her reflections in her journey into and through parenthood, a hard journey that led through infertility, late motherhood and then learning to parent a child with special needs. What she learned along the way - about love and sacrifice, faithfulness and forgiveness - had a profound impact on her understanding of what God feels about us, his most beloved children.
From the Introduction

As I grew into parenthood, I began to see parallels between how I behaved and felt towards my beloved child, and how God might feel and behave towards me and God's other children. I spotted more and more connections between my attitude towards my son John and what might be God's attitude to us, God's children. I also started to look afresh at things I had been taught in my Christian life, and to ask, 'Would a good parent really do this?' It was not far from this to the conclusion: if God is at least as loving a parent as we should be to our children, then we have to rethink some of the things we believe about God, because the actions we sometimes attribute to God are actions no loving parent would perform.

My original plan was to structure the book around theological themes such as creation, fall, redemption and recreation. Instead, I have chosen to build it around stages of child development, from conception to adulthood. This is because my thinking about God's parenthood has arisen out of my own experience, not out of a doctrinal blueprint, and I found I wanted the book to do the same. I think you'll find I end up saying quite a lot about creation, fall and the rest in any case!

Regardless of whether or not you are a parent, or would like to be, or even wish you hadn't been, I hope this book can help you think about God's parenthood.
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