God’s Relentless Love
On June 16, 2012 Edwin Chase was honored at the 48th Georgia Author of the Year Awards at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Chase’s book God’s Relentless Love won second prize in the “inspirational” category.
In this award-winning book, Edwin Chase introduces readers to a surprising and delightful God who actually likes them. Combining insight, inspiration and humor gleaned from twenty five years of practice as a minister and pastoral counselor, the author reveals a remarkable God we long to know but are hesitant to pursue. This book reads like a parable revealing an ordinary man seeking to know God and the discoveries he made along the way. Woven into every chapter are insights essential for dealing with fear, guilt, grief or spiritual malaise.
Across the years people have told Dr. Chase that in God’s eyes they feel they are flawed, inadequate or a huge disappointment. They cannot appease the harsh and demanding God they have created in their own image. This helpful book exposes four subtle ways that men and women of faith talk themselves out of God’s love. As a storyteller and scholar, Dr. Chase offers readers a fresh image of a likable God whose relentless love touches their lives in unexpected ways.
Drawing from his encounters with God and the experience and research of seasoned Christian writers, in God’s Relentless Love the author challenges you to examine your old, worn out perceptions of God and to be on the lookout for new and compelling pictures of God that can set your heart aflame.
Paperback, 231 pages, $14.95
Patches of the Quilt: True Stories from a Children’s Home. Written by the adults they became. Edited by Edwin Chase and Bill Chase.
If you are looking for fascinating reading that is quite different from the usual books upon the shelves of bookstores, try reading Patches of the Quilt: True Stories from a Children’s Home,” edited by Edwin Chase and William Chase. Perhaps what is most unusual about this work is that its authors are adults who once resided in the Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Macon and other locations in Middle and South Georgia. One former resident explains, “None of us, who tell our stories in this book is a professional writer. We are secretaries, nurses, ministers, teachers, mothers, and fathers….” Here is an amazing book of laughter and tears, beautifully written by passionate amateurs, recounting the true lives they once led as children of an orphanage that slowly transformed itself into a home.
This book, which won Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival, is filled with pictures and stories, some dating almost to the founding of the “Home,” in 1872. These images do not give the impression one might expect of an impersonal institution housing unkempt, frightened children under lock-step conditions. Instead, even in the depth of the Depression, the influenza epidemic, and the terror of two World Wars, the “Home,” as its residents called it, maintained a spirit of nurture and care that provided its children with a good life, training for the future, hope, faith, good food, nice clothes, and fun, sometimes even stellar, mischievous, marvelous pranks.
The spirit of Patches of the Quilt is indescribable, its reading too short, providing a glimpse of childhoods restored, children belonging, and stories, while true, that are sometimes beyond belief.
Original photos, Hardback, 240 pages, $24.95