Book Discovery: A Bridge to God: A Little Book with Big Insights by The Rev Peter Stimpson
Simple in structure yet profound in its impact.
— The BookWalker
Peter K. Stimpson is an Episcopal priest and a licensed clinical social worker. He is the author of A Bridge to God: A Little Book with Big Insights, which he refers to like his gift to fellow sojourners in life. The book confronts some of the age-old questions that have muddled man's existence vis-à-vis God's: Does God exist? What is man's purpose? Is there life after death?
In easy-to-understand language, Reverend Stimpson provides a concise analogy we can draw upon about the existence of God, stating that if all life forms are put inside a circle, an outside force determines the creation of every life form inside the circle. A man inside the circle, for example, is the result of his mother birthing him into that circle, and his mother was birthed by another mother, and so on. But, somewhere further back than we can imagine, there must have been a point where a mother existed as a result of another force. This force—a divine one—is God, the creator. This analogy runs parallel to Francis S. Collins's insights in The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, which posits that "the existence of the Big Bang begs the question of what came before that, and who or what was responsible."
These life-altering questions began troubling Stimpson at fourteen years old when cancer claimed his father. His father's untimely demise led him to question God and his power: If God truly exists, why does he allow pain and suffering in the world? If he can hear prayers, why does he not answer them? Young Stimpson's quest took him to the Mater Christi Seminary in New York where he spent the next years pursuing wisdom in philosophy. Here, he came upon the works of Thomas Aquinas, a monk, and theologian from the twelfth century who is famous for his five logical proofs of God's existence.
From the works of Aquinas and other readings, Stimpson deduced his own conclusions, and his position as a priest and a therapist later on tested and sharpened his conclusions, enough that he is able to write a book at the end of his career to give to others who are also seeking God among the senseless and meaningless things in life.
Written as the reflections of a priest rather than a theological tome, A Bridge to God: A Little Book with Big Insights is, indeed, a thought-provoking read that might just put our questioning at ease and remind us, once and for all, that God is infinite in his glory.
Reviews and What Readers Say
" This is a good and easy read in comprehending spirituality and the essence of God today. As the author is a former colleague, he is a good priest and therapist and he uses both of his knowledge in both careers in this book to help us understand our own spirituality and relationship with God. Well done."
—Bernard Hodgdon, Amazon Client Review, Verified Purchase
" Peter clearly and succinctly addresses the important questions of life with Biblical reference and the testimony of his own life in sharing "A Bridge To God". This short read indeed has big insights that will draw you to God."
—Ray, Amazon Client Review, Verified Purchase
" Peter Stimpson delivers on his promise. This little book clearly and succinctly answers our biggest questions. As a non-christian, thanks to this book, I have grown in my understanding of Jesus, God, and the Bible and am greatly inspired to learn more."
—Molly, Amazon Client Review, Verified Purchase
Reviewed by Amy Alcott
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The Rev. Peter K. Stimpson is an Episcopal priest, a licensed clinical social worker, and retired in 2014 after 25 years as Director of Trinity Counseling Service in Princeton, New Jersey. He has counseled people from all walks of life since 1972, wrote a popular advice column from 1983-2014, and has served as a consultant to 9 bishops over his career.
His first book, Map to Happiness, published in 2008, reveals three principles that lead to happiness and then offers straightforward advice on everyday issues, such as marriage, parenting, communication, depression, stress, and many more. A Kirkus review in 2016 offered praise, noting that "such clear-eyed guidance may be a potent inspiration for readers' further personal growth."
His second book, A Bridge to God, published in 2018, answers questions that have caused people to lose their faith, such as Does God Exist? Why does God allow Suffering? Why do bad things happen to good people? Is their Life after Death?