About the Author – Bob Shutes

The Best Conversations I Ever Had About God

I grew up in the days when parents were not afraid to let their children roam a little. The kids in my neighborhood had the freedom to camp out in the fields and woodlots around us. We told scary stories late at night and cooked over campfires and sometimes we talked about God. We wondered about about eternity and infinity, and the mystery of the the night sky and about God Himself. I think they were the best conversations I ever had about God.

Children Ask Good Questions

We were just boys camping out in a field of clover under a starry Michigan sky but we asked good questions! Questions like how did God Himself get started? What comes after infinity and what was before eternity?  We stretched our minds as only children can and the night sky above us was our classroom. We realized that the mystery of it all was just too big for us to grasp. I’m much older now but I can still smell the sweetness of that clover field and remember the sense of wonder we breathed in along with it.

Negotiating With God

I recall another starry night too. I was standing alone on the bowsprit of a wooden sailboat sailing north on Lake Huron at 2 o’clock in the morning. The mystery and glory of the night sky was so beyond words that I started negotiating with God! “Lord! You walked on water and showed yourself to your disciples once.  How about if you do that again right now? I would really like to see you!” ( I thought there was at least a chance He might show Himself to me!) Well I gave it everything I had and tried to cajole Him into appearing, but it didn’t work.

Finally… A Vision of God That Satisfies the Heart

I’m thankful that many years later He finally opened my eyes enough so that I could begin to see him without the distortions of a theology that hides more than it reveals. If you have arrived at our blog I have a hunch you are someone who is also drawn to knowing God. My prayer for you is that God will grant you an understanding of the Mystery of God that satisfies your heart too. Thanks for bearing with my ramblings. I’m glad you came to visit our blog and hope you’ll come again.



  1. Thanks for directing me to your thoughts, Bob. With much trepidation I will review what you have written. You know that I shy away from religion, having been burnt and scarred by the hypocrisy of it all.

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