In an age when Scientific American reports that 23% of Americans and 36% of millennials worldwide have forsaken religion entirely, author Rick Pribell (PRY-BELL) introduces a message that offers a glimpse into a God that everyone can relate to. Imagine God, his concise and very easy-to-read book, presents a compelling new message about what it really means to be created in the image of God.
Pribell asks: Are you hurt when being disregarded or betrayed? Do you feel pleasure when people appreciate your efforts and delight in your presence? So, it is with God! Imagine God demonstrates how reflecting on our emotional responses to common experiences enable us to relate to and develop a personal relationship with God.
"Suffusing bountiful scriptural references to support his thoughts, Rick manages to open a portal of enlightenment few authors have achieved. At this moment, as we live in a time of global chaos, IMAGINE GOD is a restorative treasure."
Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewer, 5-stars
"The purpose of this book is to share a simple yet powerful revelation exposing how we can begin to know God," says Pribell. "The potential is already inside of us."
It was through his international export business many years earlier that Pribell traveled abroad to various countries and became acutely aware of the commonality among people everywhere. He recognized that regardless of our nationality, language, or religion, we all share the same feelings and emotions. He wondered, is this just a coincidence? Or, is this by God's design? Pribell determined that this is what it means to be created "in His own image." (Genesis 1:27).
By recognizing this universal truth, he demonstrates through 21 examples with supporting scripture how our emotions reflect God's image, an epiphany that transcends our religious differences.
"I have never read another book which so clearly, and in such a straight-forward manner, conveys the word of God in a format which will encourage the curious, and the needy, to explore the meanings behind His teachings in an easy to understand way."
Susan Keefe, Midwest Book Review, 5-stars
After surviving a massive heart attack in 2015, Pribell began to question his own purpose in life. This is when he committed himself to writing Imagine God, and to help other people discover God for themselves. "Our emotions and God's spirit are connected," he says. "Exploring this is the key to achieving a more personal relationship with the one and only God - your God."
Pribell shares with us his own spiritual journey. "We are separated from God by sin," he says. "I became aware of only one way to break that separation and proceeded to ask Jesus into my life. Whether we realize it or not, we are all spiritually in need of God to perform heart surgery through Jesus, and only after it has been performed can we then clearly feel the difference."
Now, enjoying new life both physically and spiritually, Pribell hopes to share his message with others through his new book, Imagine God. His unique message sets the stage for the best news of all: that almighty God wants a personal relationship with each of us.
"Imagine God" is a concise and practical guide to developing the kind of relationship with a higher power that the author experiences and that is fulfilling and true."
John J. Kelly, Detroit Free Press, 5-stars
Imagine God, ISBN 978-1-64458-730-0 (Paperback) $9.95, ISBN 978-1-64140-123-4 (Hardcover) $20.95, ISBN 978-1-64140-124-1 (ebook) $9.95, 2018, Christian Faith Publishing, 80 pages, available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads.
About Rick Pribell:
Born and raised in a Jewish family from central Florida, Rick Pribell came to accept Jesus as the Messiah, which went against everything he was ever taught. It was on a business trip to the Caribbean island of Trinidad where he met his wife, Joyce, from a Hindu-Christian family of East Indian descent.
Pribell realized that people everywhere have the same basic emotions and desires, those that mirror God's image. This realization, he believes is the bedrock for developing a personal relationship with God. His new book, Imagine God, chronicles his personal journey and message in an easy-to-understand way that is both simple and scripturally sound.
Following his life-threatening heart attack and subsequent quadruple bypass surgery, Pribell has come to accept that our lives here on earth are only temporary. The experience had a profound impact on his already strong faith. As a result, he has adopted an urgent calling to help people see the importance of getting to know God before it is too late, and he is now focusing his time to share the lessons he has learned.
Pribell and his wife Joyce have been married for over 20 years and have two children. They live in South Florida, where Pribell is hard at work on his next book. Visit his website at ImagineGodBooks.com