In the Beginning, GOD: Creation, Culture, and the Spiritual Life, By Marva J. Dawn

In the Beginning, GOD

Creation, Culture, and the Spiritual Life

by Marva J. Dawn

In the Beginning, GOD
  • Length: 124 pages
  • Published: July 08, 2009
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 3707
  • ISBN: 9780830837076

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With the grace and insight for which she is known, Marva Dawn shows how the opening pages of the book of Genesis rivet our attention on God, calling us to worship and to praise. The repeated words, phrases, and actions themselves beckon us into a rhythm of worship which touches our very souls.

By focusing on God, we become different people--not by trying to perfect a technique or follow a set of rules, but by allowing who God is to form who we are. As a result, our attitudes and actions change toward the world God has created. Our desire for justice swells. Relationships between men and women are transformed.

The consequences of not centering on God are tragic for creation and culture. Yet here Dawn helps us see anew the grace He offers to overcome our rebellious and wandering hearts.

Join in this celebration of praise for the difference God makes.

"Marva Dawn's writing turns like a kaleidoscope of truth and grace, and this book is no exception."

Mark Labberton, senior pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, and senior fellow, International Justice Mission

"This book is a successful example of believing exegesis, well researched and yet accessible to all."

James Chukwuma Okoye, The Bible Today, March 2010

"Both Marva Dawn and her book are bold, uncompromising, insightful, imbued with humility and fraught with excitement. Chapter by chapter, she drives the focus off of selfish agendas and on to worship. At the core, In the Beginning, God is about spiritual formation, a call to reorient our thinking away from ourselves and around the worship of God. Dawn points us to first things first, inviting us to see the pattern of praise in the order of creation."

Worship Leader, July/August 2009

"One of her best-written books to date. Sure to spark serious discussion; she does not fit into tidy categories of left or right, liberal or conservative, and that makes her writing all the more intriguing and refreshing."

Arthur Paul Boers, Congregations, Winter 2010

"The wisdom and care in these few pages reminds me of Eugene Peterson's writing, reflecting not only careful biblical and theological scholarship but also a pastor's heart. For such a small book, its message is truly radical."

Kurt Armstrong,, November 3, 2009

"It takes courage to present our deepest beliefs in an effort to spur intelligent conversation--Marva Dawn does this and leads her readers to do the same."

Bonnie Lewis, Worship Leader, July/August 2009

"Dawn refers to the order of creation as liturgy, calling us to see the pattern of praise. And truly, if our goal in reading Scripture is to worship, then it will change our theology. It takes courage to present our deepends beliefs in an effort to spur intelligent conversation--Marva Dawn dows this and leads her readers to do the same."

Bonnie Lewis, WorshipLeader Magazine, July/August 2009

"Christian educators and worship leaders may appreciate Dawn's intriguing analysis of the creation stories as a hymn of praise."

Publisher's Weekly, June 8, 2009


1 In the Beginning, God
2 Postmodern Physics and the "Law" of Worship
3 Genesis 1:1--2:3 as Liturgy
4 Scriptural Formation
5 The First Six Days
6 The Creation of Human Beings
7 Formation for Ecological Care
8 Formation for Justice
9 Good Exceedingly!
10 Keeping the Sabbath Wholly
11 The Second Creation Account
12 Creation of Man and Woman
13 Human Sexuality
14 Human Possibility to Choose Other Worship
15 The Nature of Sin
16 The Fall and Its Implications for God and Culture
17 God's Design to Overcome Rebellion
18 True Worship, Faithful Lives
Epilogue: Confession of Sin and Faith


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Marva J. Dawn

Marva J. Dawn (PhD, Notre Dame) is a theologian, author, educator, and teaching fellow in spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. Some of her books include Joy in Divine Wisdom, The Sense of the Call, Talking the Walk, Keeping the Sabbath Wholly, and Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society.