Under the Wings of God

Twenty Biblical Reflections for a Deeper Faith

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Longing. Hope. Love. Fear.

These are just some of the experiences embodied in the infinitely rich Christian life. In Under the Wings of God, seasoned author Cornelius Plantinga explores these facets and more, reflecting on the joys and challenges of a life following God.

Rooted in Scripture, this book offers wisdom about topics including the problem of suffering, the nature of Christian virtue, love of God and our neighbor, longing for redemption and reconciliation, humility, and hospitality. Plantinga delves into hard questions with a calm and pastoral authority that offers the perfect antidote for the unrest in the world and the church right now. Each reflection is presented with a Bible text and a brief prayer, useful for personal devotions or small group discussions. Readers will emerge with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the Christian life, equipped with timeless insights into the ups and downs of a life lived in the presence of God.

1. Under the Wings of God
2. God on the Loose
3. With All Your Mind
4. Are You the One?
5. The Inescapable God
6. Clothe Yourselves with Patience
7. In the Interim
8. God Just in Case
9. Christ Lifted Up
10. On the Receiving End
11. The Mark of Cain
12. Self-Deception
13. Splendor in the Grass
14. Afraid of Easter
15. Neighbor Love
16. Spiritual Momentum
17. Clothe Yourselves with Humility
18. For All Who Are Far Away
19. Practice Hospitality
20. If Only There Were Someone


"This subtle yet profound collection of meditations is the fruit of a lifetime of listening to the Word. Combining a keen mind and a pastoral heart, Plantinga is attuned to the depths and secrets of Scripture. Listen with him and hear from God in ways you never have before."

James K. A. Smith, Calvin University; editor in chief, Image; author of How to Inhabit Time

"Reading Under the Wings of God is like sitting down for a one-on-one conversation with a wise and gentle friend. Neal Plantinga has such a gift for the word, both the Word of God and his own use of language spoken and written. With this collection he invites the reader into the strange old world of the Bible and makes it seem oh so familiar. He sees both the ways of God and the broken world we live in with such faith-filled eyes that he enables his reader to see the extraordinary holiness of our ordinary lives."

David A. Davis, pastor, Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, New Jersey

"Plantinga holds up well-known passages of Scripture to the light to show us the beauty and mystery hidden within. Like a delighted geologist, he points to the gravity, fracture, and luster in these gems, helping us to see what we hadn't before. Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, this book is a gift to the church."

Mary S. Hulst, university pastor, Calvin University

"This little book is chock-full of spiritual protein and vitamins, delectably prepared. You'll be tempted to overeat. Don't do it. Read slowly, and be nourished."

Robert C. Roberts, distinguished professor of ethics, emeritus, Baylor University

"Hearing Neal Plantinga's sermons as a student years ago made me want to be a preacher. Though I grew up with solid preaching, his sermons (many of which are included in this collection!) showed me new possibilities. Neal opened up familiar texts with fresh insight, careful exegesis, and literary imagination. The Holy Spirit used them to stir both my mind and my heart. I cannot recommend this book highly enough."

Peter Jonker, minister of preaching, LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Author

  1. Cornelius Plantinga
    Deborah Hoag

    Cornelius Plantinga

    Cornelius (Neal) Plantinga (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and president emeritus of Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of many books, including...

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