The God Who Smokes is a refreshing look at theology through Timothy Stoner’s personal experiences. All of theology should apply to life and when you read The God Who Smokes I believe you will see all the various ways that God is talking to and revealing himself to you.
TGWS is a middle road between the fundamentalist and the emergent streams of theology. If you like Rob Bell but are a little concerned with some of the things he has written or said, Stoner helps you see why and what a more biblical view may be. If you love Driscoll and Piper but are overwhelmed by their headiness and need for rock solid reason and arguements, then Stoner provides a meaningful way that you can still believe in absolute truth, and still feel comfortable with questions. Written in the tone of compassion this book was a very refreshing and at times humorous book.
This book really could be several shorter books. And sometimes it doesn’t quite feel like a cohesive work. But it’s definitely worth the read. Particularly Stoner’s theology of the artist. It reminded me of why I do what I do, I believe that preaching is an art form and God is pleased when I declare his love and grace, or when I teach people about how to live in that love and grace.
Also interesting are Stoner’s perspectives on growing up as a missionary kid oversees, and they way he lived out love before his friend David. I really recommend this book.