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God Gets Everything God Wants
HARDCOVER; Coming Soon: 9/21/2021
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7856-4
Price: $ 21.99
192 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.5
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A gospel of hope, inclusion, and defiance 

If God gets everything God wants, and if what God wants is you, can anything stand in God’s way? 

Too many Christians have been taught that essential parts of who they are—their gender, their sexual orientation, their politics, their skepticism—prevent God from loving them fully. For these, church has been a painful experience of exclusion, despite the reality that Jesus was the embodiment of God’s radical inclusion. 

Katie Hays invites weary Christians, former Christians, and the Christ-curious to take another look at God through the testimony of our biblical ancestors and to reimagine the church as a community of “beautiful, broken, and burdened” people doing their best to grow into their baptisms together. Hays insists that yes, God does get everything God wants, and—even better—we’re invited to want what God wants, too, and want it “more and more and more, until life feels abundant and eternal and delicious and drunken with possibility.” 

This is a message of stouthearted faith anchored in wonder—not false certainty. Atheists are welcome. Those who feel uneasy inside a church are welcome. Those still angry at other Christians are welcome. Because no matter what we’ve experienced, the God who still adores this world is the God of hope, inclusion, and defiance of the powers that be. And for those who are willing to collaborate in “the painstaking work of examining our Christian faith and sorting it out—the good stuff from the harmful stuff, the stuff with integrity from the stuff we simply inherited from family or church or . . . the cultural air we’re breathing”—there await life-giving possibilities found nowhere else.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Good and Necessary Work of Theological Rehabilitation
Part One: God Gets Everything God Wants
     1. Only Two Stories (Okay, Only One)
     2. The Arc of the Moral Universe
Part Two: Jesus Is God Getting Everything God Wants
     3. The Embodied Logic of God
     4. Jesus in a Hamster Ball
     5. Just One Jesus, Just One Future
Part Three: When God Doesn’t Get Everything God Wants
     6. Keys to the Kingdom
     7. Something Something, Holy Spirit
     8. Catching On, Catching Up
Part Four: I Want to Want What God Wants
     9. One Thing God Wants Is You
     10. God Wants You, Baptized
     11. Humaning Like the Humanest Human
Part Five: We Want to Want What God Wants
     12. Saying Yes to Each Other
     13. The Church Has to Do Better
     14. The Gospel Para Joder
Conclusion: What Do You Want?