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Have you ever referred to God as “the Man upstairs”? Most Christians living in a secular society have unwittingly relegated God and all things spiritual to the “second storey” of the universe: a realm we cannot reach except through death. The effect of this is to banish God, along with the saints and angels, from our everyday lives.In Everywhere Present, popular blogger anHave you ever referred to God as “the Man upstairs”? Most Christians living in a secular society have unwittingly relegated God and all things spiritual to the “second storey” of the universe: a realm we cannot reach except through death. The effect of this is to banish God, along with the saints and angels, from our everyday lives.In Everywhere Present, popular blogger and podcaster Fr. Stephen Freeman makes a compelling case for becoming aware of God’s living and active presence in every moment of our lives here and now. Learning to practice your Christian faith in a one-storey universe will change your life—and make possible the living, intimate relationship with God you’ve always dreamed of....

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Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe Reviews

  • Brian Glass
    2019-06-12 23:01

    father Stephen is the man who had the most profound impact on my journey to Orthodoxy. This book is a unified vision based on thoughts he has shared in his blog over the years. For me these thoughts are life changing.

  • Nathan Duffy
    2019-05-25 18:49

    Excellent, breezy read. Rich content on the Orthodox antidote to the false dichotomy of sacred and secular, introduced by modernity and which infects much of contemporary Christianity in ways blatant and subtle. Highly readable.. knocked it out in a day, and I'm not the fastest reader.

  • James Andersen
    2019-06-20 23:06

    The book is alright, mighty short but the information it provides ought to help inform the correct way of looking at the spiritual realm rather than the modern way which is a poison on the persons spiritual health and development. I liked this book for its support of Classical Christianity over than modern and Protestant understanding that has lost ALL bearing resembling anything that Christ taught and sought to show us.

  • Christian Fauerso
    2019-06-17 18:47

    This is a fantastic, enjoyable, profound and yet brief little book. I would highly suggest it to anyone who calls themselves a Christian in today's world. Fr. Stephen Freeman shows how secularist thought has crept its way into much of our modern theology. This is one that you should not pass up.

  • David
    2019-05-30 01:05

    Short yet pithy, and merits the back-to-back readings I gave it.

  • Gregory
    2019-06-22 23:01

    For decades now, modern churchmen have regularly reminded Christians how deeply our faith has been compromised by our capitulation to the pervasive secularism of the larger culture. Fr. Freeman is, as his bio states, especially interested in “engaging modern culture from within the Traditions of the Church” and Everywhere Present is part of what he sees as a missionary effort.He stakes out his position early on:I have come to think of this modern cultural construct as the “two-storey universe.” It is as though the universe were a two-storey house: We live here on earth, the first floor, where things are simply things and everything operates accord to the normal, natural laws, while God lives in heaven upstairs, and is largely removed from the storey in which we live. To effect anything here, God must interrupt the laws of nature and perform a miracle. Exactly how often He does this is a matter of debate among Christians and many others within our culture – often measured by just how conservative or liberal their religion may be. The effects of this distance are all-encompassing in the area of religious experience and belief, and frequently in other areas as well. (7) In a chapter titled “Christian Atheism,” he calls out the consequences to the culture when Christians buy into the “two-storey” construct:Christianity that has purged the Church of the sacraments, and of the sacramental, has only ideas to substitute in their place. The result is the eradication of God from the world in all ways other the theoretical. … [S]ince much of modern Christianity functions on the ideological level rather that the level of communion with the God-who-is-among-us, much of Christianity functions in a mode of practical atheism. (51)And Fr. Freeman eloquently describes his concept of a proper “one-storey” Faith:True Christianity is not a faith in abstractions, nor is it about a reward, up there, someday. It is as real as the Incarnation of the Word. It is as real as the leper healed by Christ. … It is as real as the nails that held His flesh on the cross. No abstractions. Christ’s resurrection is … the victory of Reality over the delusion of death and all its kingdom. It is the union of earth and heaven, created and uncreated. In such a union, there cannot be two metaphysical floors of reality. (96)As a therapist, Fr. Freeman is an skilled diagnostician and inspires with his vision of a restored Christianity. Yet in his limited prescriptions for healing, he falls short in acknowledging the impact of recovering one’s sense of the omnipresent Godhead. Embracing a God “everywhere present and filling all things” is in fact a radical and risky act. Both God and man will extract a cost for such a glorious choice.

  • Stuart
    2019-06-02 02:52

    Fr. Freeman is a blogger, like me, and a podcaster. His blog and podcast series share the same name, "Glory to God," and from my knowledge of listening and transcribing a few of his podcasts for Ancient Faith Radio, they share the same content as well. You should give one or both a chance.They do not disappoint in timely content as it relates to Orthodoxy and the current culture."Everywhere Present" is a short book, which discusses how our secular society has relegated God to a separate realm of His own. The book compares our view of the world to a house with two stories. On the "first story" is where man lives. God used to live on the first floor with us, but man has banished Him to the upstairs. Now, we ignore Him because we see Him as inaccessible, or, even worse, we question His existence altogether. Sadly, these viewpoints don't just belong to non-Christians but "Christians" as well.There are several good sections in this book, including one on icons. I have a great love for iconography, so Fr. Freeman's explanations of the place and importance of icons in our world spoke to me. Icons truly do with pictures what the Bible does with words. However, the best section came at the end when Fr. Freeman gave seven suggestions on how to "overcome the false sense of distance of God." The most important of the seven is simply giving thanks to God for everything. This isn't easy as there are lots of bad things that happen to us and others, but we must still be thankful to God for everything.This book definitely does not disappoint. It challenged my view of the world and God in the world. Even though, I believe in God, I fear I can be guilty of not recognizing God's ever-presence in all things. The book was an easy and quick read, but anytime I think that, I believe that I need to re-read the book slower and try to glean more from it. If I had one gripe to make, it would be that you feel that Fr. Freeman repeats himself a bit in his writing. For that reason, I am giving this book 4 stars. However, I would still recommend buying it, reading it, and reading it again.

  • Scott
    2019-05-29 02:43

    Where is God in our daily lives? Why is God absent from our lives 'here' on Earth? Even if you are a regular church-goer and believe you really have a grasp on things, I guarantee you will find a new perspective in this book. The message here is expressed very well in the book description below, so I'll not say much more. But in a world where the views and consequences of secularism have saturated our lives and changed even the way our minds work, books such as this are extremely important in restoring the original Christian vision of Reality to a place of prominence. Highly recommended!Have you ever referred to God as the Man upstairs ? Most Christians living in a secular society have unwittingly relegated God and all things spiritual to the second storey of the universe: a realm we cannot reach except through death. The effect of this is to banish God, along with the saints and angels, from our everyday lives. In Everywhere Present, popular blogger and podcaster Fr. Stephen Freeman makes a compelling case for becoming aware of God s living and active presence in every moment of our lives here and now. Learning to practice your Christian faith in a one-storey universe will change your life and make possible the living, intimate relationship with God you ve always dreamed of.

  • Joseph
    2019-06-10 20:57

    i'm glad that Fr Stephen Freeman has expanded his very popular blog post into this book. This treatise stresses the importance of knowing that God does not exist in some far away place "up there" but is instead here, present every where, filling all things.Fr Stephen tackles the thorny issue of how the idea of "literalism" has plagued Western society, both among fundamentalists and liberals. His answer is that we are to look beyond the obvious meaning of things and instead viewing them as we do icons, with the proper perspective.Where Fr Stephen could improve this book is to address the role Christians play, not just in a secular world, but in a multi-religious one. Questions like abortion and the role of religion in the public square throw up some red flags when we are confronted with the views of other religions. Do we want public prayer in our schools led by Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, or Atheists? If abortion ultimately rests on a theological issue, where conception begins, how to face that issue with those who believe otherwise? If American/Western culture were solely Judeo-Christian, perhaps these would be easier questions to answer. In the world in which we are now, however, it raises more questions.

  • Samantha (AK)
    2019-06-05 01:53

    Some years ago, when I was in college, I started listening to Fr. Stephen Freeman's podcast series, the same that eventually became this book. It shook me, and I was caught, but classes beckoned, and an the rush I found that I 'didn't have time' to finish listening to it.Despite that, I'm not sure I would have been ready for it. This slim volume--easily readable in a day, though I wouldn't recommend it--is full of hard and challenging truths about the classical Christian understanding of the nature of the world, and its incompatibility with modern secularism.This is the book that has put words to my unease, and this is the book I would point to for someone who wants to understand what it means when I say I can't live with one foot in the God-box and one foot in the world-box.Succinct, but powerful.

  • Michael Clevenger
    2019-05-27 21:56

    Excellent book from Fr. Stephen Freeman, Priest and blogger at Glory to God for All Things, on the distortion of truth in the gnostic dualism that makes up much of modern Christianity and our world today. One of my favorite aspects of this is his work on the theology of iconography. Great read.Some quotes can be found here.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-06-25 03:04

    Excellent!I understand so many things much more clearly now. It's as though the missing piece(s) of the puzzle came from Freeman's hand, and the picture I had expected to be completed wasn't even close to what did appear...and thank God I was wrong. God in two storeys is an absolute travesty. God in one storey is reality. I pray this reality becomes clear to all who trust in God. Read this book.

  • Jane
    2019-06-21 20:50

    The first time I read this, I thought it was remarkable but put it aside after awhile. Some of the concepts were difficult and I didn't fully grasp them.Now I have re-read it . I am careful not to give five stars except on the rarest of occasions. This is one. It isn't necessary to be Eastern Orthodox to find this book meaningful. It has given me a new perspective -- not of the head, but the heart and soul. I will always treasure it and I know I have been changed by it.

  • Dan
    2019-06-21 19:51

    This book did a great job deconstructing the secular Western "two-storey" worldview that many hold. The book was profound, although not as deep as other books I've read along the same theme, especially Newbigin's "Foolishness to the Greeks" ( and Wright's "Surprised by Hope" ( Still, it was an enjoyable read and a very short read.

  • Carol
    2019-06-17 21:45

    This will definitely be one to reread and pull from the shelf often. This culture we live in has definitely placed God in a two story universe and produces a society that does not keep Him present or consider Him in matters of importance. We must do all we can to remind ourselves He IS with us- He IS everywhere present and we must live a life according to that.

  • Bill Stevens
    2019-06-09 20:10

    An easy to read and highly digestible discourse on how secularism, in the modern Christian culture, has relegated God out of our daily lives - the consequence of which is the decline of Christian culture. Unlike other reads that tend to simply state the cause this one seeks to interject some solutions at the conclusion of the text that are certainly applicable across the Christian spectrum.

  • Hyacinth
    2019-06-01 02:10

    I had to get quiet to read this book and really "hear" it. This book blessed me and was not intimidating and overwhelming. It introduces you to Orthodoxy in baby steps. When I finished reading it, I closed the book and bowed my head and felt peace and a sense of clarity. I look forward to more reading and more understanding as I stretch and grow in my faith.

  • Amy
    2019-06-25 00:07

    Bravo. What a fine, fine book and one that I would highly recommend. Father Stephen is a beautiful writer and this book moved me and helped me start to look at things with a different and better perspective. The chapters are quite short which I find to be a BIG help when reading Orthodox literature.

  • Alice
    2019-06-19 00:54

    One of the best books I have read, which says a lot. An amazing, brilliant, approachable mind that has left me thinking on this issue for years. A must-read for folks who wonder where we came from and where we are going.

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-18 21:09

    A good reread and good reminder that faith in God is not based on abstractions or simply remembering the Resurrection. It is real and unified us, the created, with the uncreated. Fr. Stephen says, "The world and all that is in it is given to us as icon."

  • Ariana
    2019-05-26 00:55

    I read this with the women's prayer group from my parish, and it works very well as a book to discuss. We didn't quite finish it before Lent started and life got busier, but I hope to finish it at some point.

  • Michael
    2019-05-28 22:54

    If I want to reread a book, I think it merits five stars. This one is very clear and, as far as I can tell, accurate.

  • Lene Jaqua
    2019-06-02 01:56

    A good sane read. I enjoyed it. Not much new info for me, but certainly a good review of the Orthodox basics.

  • Samuel E Campbell
    2019-06-16 23:57

    Excellent book. It was a paradigm shift for me.

  • John
    2019-05-25 18:44

    A wonderful book about the direct presence of God in our lives. Highly recommended. A short book which I read slowly over months to absorb.

  • Anam Cara
    2019-06-02 20:09

    Wonderful and amazing! I want to live in this one storey universe! This book will be my gift to friends and family this year.

  • Rachael
    2019-06-09 18:43

    A very insightful book, that I think both Orthodox and non Orthodox could easily read.