Books

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

Watch a video on God’s Relentless Love

This book can be purchased at most bookstores.  To purchase online, go to Tiger Iron Press or Amazon.com.

 

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 

To purchase book, go to www.TigerIronPress.com, or www.Amazon.com or www.BarnesandNoble.com

9 Responses to Books

  1. Churchlady says:

    I can’t wait to read these.

  2. Will Norris says:

    Edwin,
    We just talked on the phone about you presenting your book “God’s Relentless Love.” After reading your bio, I came across this other book, “Patches of the Quilt,” and would like to infrom you that I also grew up in a childrens home in Macon, GA, since the age of nine. I was one of the first to graduate college from the Masonic Home. I actually had many encounters with children from the Methodist home while growing up. We use to invite them over and also met at many of the same “donating” functions.
    To me, I have an interesting story of my childhood. I have always wanted to write or have assistance writing etc. a book, but thought no one would be interested. Maybe a book to motivate children with “unusual” beginnings or childhoods, that life does get better. Do you know/have any feedback or assistance I may get/use that would be valuable in acheiving this goal?

    Thank you for your time, Will Norris

    • Edwin Chase says:

      Will,
      Will, I regret that I am so late in reaponding to your blog. I’m kinda new at this.
      As to your question about the book you want to write, I just want to say…. just start writing. You never know where it will take you. That is what I did and I kept getting some feed back on it and I kept editing it…over and over again until it was right. The story in Patches about the basket ball game …was with the Masonic Home, probably about 1957.
      Good luck, Edwin

  3. Mrs. Ted Musial (Arta) says:

    Buddy, hope you receive this message. Ted and I enjoyed seeing you at the reunion. Ted shared your book with me, God’s Relentless Love. It took awhile, as I only read a few pages each day to really let it sink in. My favorite quote from the book was,”Thank you, God. You are loving and kind” It has helped me to say this and helps me to remember what I have to be thankful for. Also, appreciated page 140 with the scripture footnotes to go with it. We enjoyed your personal touches in the book from Georgia. All the best to your family. Arta Musial

    • Edwin Chase says:

      Arta,

      Thank you for your kind words. It was really great seeing you and Ted.
      I am just finishing up a Leader Guide for Sunday School classes. Several classes have taught the book as a ten-week series. Now I am on a new learning curve. Keep me in your prayers.
      Buddy

  4. Gwen Stembridge says:

    Hi!

    I grew up reading the Wesleyan Christian Advocate and I often read your writings there. I remember, in particular, one article talking about the prodigal son parable, the Ashley Smith/Brian Nichols case, the story of Les Miserables and Jean Valjean and how extravagant love can surprise someone and change their life. I remember being in high school and cutting it out of the paper to post it on my walls. I’m a year and a half out of college now and have lost that article in multiple moves, but I still think about that extravagant love and it affects my life. I’m wondering if you have it somewhere and could post it or e-mail it to me, please! Thanks for all you do!

    Peace,
    Gwen

    • Edwin Chase says:

      Gwen,

      Thank you for your blog. What I failed to say in my email to you was how you can purchase the book. The quickest way would be to go on Amazon.com.

      Shalom,
      Edwin

    • Edwin Chase says:

      Gwen,
      I have found a copy of the article you mentioned and would be glad to fax it to you. It was entitled Surprised by Love. I only have it in hard copy. How can I get it to you?

      Shalom,

      Edwin

  5. Alice Thomas says:

    Dr Chase
    I am intrigued by your book “God’s relentless Love” – it has taken me many years to realize that he does indeed love me. It is ironic to me that we believe in him but not necessary understand the love he has for us. You have come along way in your journey from the associate pastor I used to occasionally babysit for at Wesley Monumental – my hello to Mrs Chase. I no longer live in Savannah, but have a relative that could benefit from truly feeling God’s love there. Do you know of any christian based outreach programs that help people to heal in God’s Love?
    Alice

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