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Finding the Groove is on Amazon!

posted by Robert Gelinas

I finished book a few months ago and passed it on to Zondervan.  While it won't be available until January it's now listed on Amazon.!  Check it out…



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Jill Umemura

posted November 7, 2008 at 9:00 pm


Congratulations Robert! Exciting news.



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Kevin

posted November 8, 2008 at 8:14 am


Hey, thanks for the comment! I enjoy reading your blog, and congrats on the book! Here’s my reply:
“To glorify God”
Our pursuit of holiness brings glory to God.
“and enjoy Him forever”; “by enjoying Him forever”
I mentioned that the joy that we will experience (regardless of our superficial happiness) is given by the grace of God; and, that joy comes from our relationship with Him.
These aren’t either/or statements – they work together to give us the full picture of what it means to follow Christ.



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Kevin

posted November 8, 2008 at 8:17 am


Hey, thanks for the comment! I enjoy reading your blog, and congrats on the book! Here’s my reply:
“To glorify God”
Our pursuit of holiness brings glory to God.
“and enjoy Him forever”; “by enjoying Him forever”
I mentioned that the joy that we will experience (regardless of our superficial happiness) is given by the grace of God; and, that joy comes from our relationship with Him.
These aren’t either/or statements – they work together to give us the full picture of what it means to follow Christ.



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Giuseppe

posted November 8, 2008 at 9:40 am


Congratulations Robert!
Very Interesting news.



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Heather Goodman

posted November 8, 2008 at 10:05 am


Congrats! I’m looking forward to reading it.



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Ben

posted November 8, 2008 at 10:42 am


Amazing, God is the giver of inspiration but it is man’s responsibility to birth them. Jesus came physically through Mary and was spiritually revealed through John when he was baptized. In birthing this you have created a void that can only be filled with more inspiration from God, may the floodgates of heaven be opened.



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Julie

posted November 8, 2008 at 8:52 pm


Robert
Congratulations on your new book! After reading about it on Amazon I know it will be a smashing success. People who won’t step foot into a church will read your book and be changed forever.
Something weird. I have also been working on a book it will be released in Janurary. Would you like to have a joint book signing party?
My book is a children’s book on body safety. I am trying to get this into the hands of children everywhere. I want to make childhood sexual abuse an outdated problem.
The link is below. You might have to cut and paste this into your browser.
http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-60696-603-7
Thanks for reading. I am trying to get the book into preschools, churches, and libraries. Forward this to anyone that you think might be interested.
Julie Federico
http://www.tatepublishing.com
sunnyhas2be@peoplepc.com
Some Parts are not for Sharing
May God bless you richly Robert!



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Stephaie

posted November 9, 2008 at 9:45 pm


I pre-ordered this book a few days ago! :o)



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Amy

posted November 10, 2008 at 1:59 pm


Congratulations! You must be flying high with excitement. A dream come true to have your words published in print. Can’t wait to read it.



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jazztheologian

posted November 10, 2008 at 8:39 pm


Thanks for all of the encouragement…ya’ll do my heart good!



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Jessica

posted December 2, 2008 at 11:28 am


Congrats about the book release! What you need now is a lot of comments on Amazon, especially from high ranking Amazon reviewers. I’ll review it for you once I can read it! Any chance of a narrated audiobook version?



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robert gelinas

posted December 4, 2008 at 10:24 am


Jessica,
Thanks so much for your willingness to read Finding the Groove…An audio version, I hope so!
robert



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Rev, Joe Narracci

posted December 7, 2008 at 5:48 am


Congratulations on the completing of your book. God bless all who read it that they may find that God’s Kingdom is all it is cracked up to be and much, much more.
Just a thought on your comments last night on the woman at the well. It is true that the accusers only brought the woman and therefore “had the truth, but not all of it…”. They split hairs, to be sure, and victmized only the woman. Nothing new about that. Marginalized people are almost always victimized by those who think they are righteous and/or powerful. However, does it further add to the cause of judgmentalism to remind us that Leviticus 20 says both the man and woman are to be stoned to death and that is why her accusers only have part of the truth and none of the grace Jesus had? It would be possible to continue in the illusion that not bringing them both to Jesus is their problem. The implication of this line of thinking might be that if they had both been accused then Jesus might have had a different response and asked for the teachings of Leviticas to be carried out in His presence because, as you said, the Bible is inspired and true and that verse says clearly that’s what must be done.
I wonder if Jesus would have been trapped or if some think He would have agreed to have the two executed? How does one hold simutaneoualy Grace and Truth, not Grace or Truth if this passage did in fact actually happen? Maybe that is one of the reasons why it does not appear in the earliest manuscripts. Surely I am not the first person to think of this.
I agree that I think this incident actually happened and probably others similar to it during the three years prior to the execution of Jesus by religious leaders and those they manipulated. Correctly pointing out that there is some question as it does not appear in the earliest manuscripts and Bible committees over the years have acknowledged it seems on the surface to strengthen the argument that the Bible is true. Perhaps it would be even more “true” to remind ourselves that the story of the Bible is infinitely bigger than the story of grace and truth. Jesus’ unfathomable capacity to think and act exactly the way God would in all situations is because He is the visible expression of the invisible God and His response to the accusers and the woman actually goes beyond grace and truth but does include it as well as all of the other attributes of God’s character and His love for each of us, accusers and accused alike. T
Thank you for having the courage to address this most difficult passage in the Bible. Thank you for connecting grace and truth in this series. Thank you for looking for the syncopation in the scriptures and in the world as God is not finished with the cosmos. And most of all, thank you for calling all of us to read the gospels and look at Jesus for ourselves and not rely solely on His press clippings. I, for one, am of the persuasion that focusing on Jesus is the way to learn about God for all of us because Jesus is truly God.



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Rev. Joe Narracci

posted December 7, 2008 at 6:00 am


Oh my. At 4:30 this mormning when I started my comment I mistakenly referenced the woman at the well when of course, Robert, I meant to say the woman caught in adultry. Sorry for any confusion that may have caused.



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Drew Hart

posted December 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm


I’ll definitely be getting your book when it drops. I’ve been following your blog since I met you in Harrisburg, and we had a good discussion on “Free at Last” on our way to the airport. Keeping playing that refreshing relevant song, contextualized for the 21st century. It continues to inspire.



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jazztheologian

posted December 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm


Drew,
I remember our discussion well…may God continue to bless you and all that you love.
Thanks for keeping in touch,
robert



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