The Signature of God
His Name Written into Our Lives and the World
by Rhonda Dawes Milner
Pub Date 25 Jun 2019
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A person’s handwriting reveals something about who they are—their intellect, perspectives, natural abilities, and hidden aptitudes. It’s also a form of expression that sends a message about how they want to be seen by others. In our lives and world, things are not as they are by accident. They’re written in a specific way, and the size, placement, direction, and pressure of strokes has everything to do with the One who signed His name on it all.
The Signature of God is about a God who reveals who He is through the beauty and intricacy of creation. He’s signed His name on all He made, and the purpose in it is nothing short of miraculous. Nature, the universe, and God’s interaction with us through His creation say much about Him and how He feels about us. If we look carefully at His writing, we realize that He’s always given us a way to know His character and heart.
In this book of Christian apologetics and personal reflection, Rhonda Dawes Milner delves into her experiences as a physician, therapist, spiritual director, and mother to show us the significance and meaning of God’s signature in our lives and in the world.
“My friend Rhonda Milner has just made a significant contribution to the minds, hearts, and imaginations of those who savor her clear, compelling, and convincing portraits of the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Creator of all things. The Signature of God skillfully combines scientific, imaginative, creative, poetic, and devotional motifs to craft a rich and inviting portrait of the boundless wonders of the creation in which we are immersed. On every order of magnitude, nature points beyond itself to moral and spiritual truth to those who have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. The radiant glory of the Father, the boundless wonders of Yeshua, the God-man, and the power and comfort of the Spirit are evident in this rich collection of truths, stories, marvels, and images.”
—Dr. Kenneth Boa, ThM, PhD, DPhil, President of Reflections Ministries, Omnibus Media Ministries, and Trinity House Publishers; author of Conformed to His Image and Life in the Presence of God
"Dallas Willard often said, ‘Don’t ever let anyone tell you anything bad about God.’ For many years, this simple statement has served as an important heresy check for me and as an invitation to think more magnificently about the Trinity. Reading The Signature of God is a wonderful way to marvel at how the greatness of God is revealed in both the natural order and in humanity. Rhonda Milner does a masterful job of weaving together stories from her childhood, observations from her medical training, heartfelt experiences as a mother, and keen theological insights to produce a tapestry of the Goodness, Beauty, and Compassion of the One who created us, and as unbelievable as this may sound, in his own Image.”
—Gary W. Moon, MDiv, PhD, Founding Executive Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and Dallas Willard Center, Westmont College, and the Renovare. Institute; author of Becoming Dallas Willard and Apprenticeship with Jesus
“On a work of art, the signature and date, as inscribed by the artist, not only provide information, but, in many cases, enhance the value of the work. Dr. Rhonda Dawes Milner makes us think far beyond the confines of a gallery or a library. By creating the Universe, Almighty God produced the greatest masterpiece of all time, but He left no room for a physical signature. Instead, He created, as part of His Universe, the Earth and its inhabitants. The Signature of God reminds us who dwell on Earth that we are surrounded every day by the wondrous works of God, works which exemplify that there is a loving God who created us and protects us. Therefore, God’s Masterpiece requires no physical signature. The lives of His creatures interweave into a beautiful signature, which is skillfully and eloquently illustrated in this book.”
—Richard S. Colvin, MD FACR, Professor Emeritus at Emory University School of Medicine
“The Signature of God is a work of creative alchemy. As a devotional writer, Rhonda contemplates the natural landscape and sees the very presence of God himself. All of nature becomes sacramental to her: an outward and visible sign of the invisible grace of the Beloved. With each page, Rhonda humbly invites us to explore the Divine imprint on every living thing. Let us journey with her.”
—Kathryn C. Larisey, MS, LPC, CPCS, DCC, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, and Spiritual Director
“If you’ve ever wondered about the existence of God or His love for you, let Rhonda Milner put your mind at ease. In The Signature of God, she details her own quest to identify and document God’s intimate presence in her life and His personal activity in the world He created. Through her keen observations of nature and her poetic images, Rhonda offers you and I the opportunity to explore how God the Creator displays His character in the physical realm. She then shows us how He makes Himself known in intimate, personal ways to every individual. Rhonda has experienced the love and comfort of the Father through trial and triumph and in this book, you’ll learn how to see Him in everything you encounter in life. God healed Rhonda’s need to experience His presence. Perhaps He will use this book to heal yours.”
—Nancy McGuirk, Founder and Lead Teacher of Women’s Community Bible Study and author of My New Life in Christ, Rest Assured, and To Live Is Christ
"The Signature of God is not a book about religion and faith alone. It is that and much more. Rhonda Milner brilliantly brings in science, medicine, the arts, music, and geography into her discussion and builds a strong and convincing case that all of what we see and feel around us in this world and in everyday life are signal of God’s ever-presence and omnipotence. This is a beautiful book, filled with stories about faith, religion, and science, presented together as one seamless continuum. Irrespective of the differing perceptions we may each have of a supreme being or creator of heaven and earth, this book will bring joy to those who read it.”
—Omar M. Lattouf, MD, PhD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine; author of Heartfelt Stories: The Life of a Heart Surgeon
“In The Signature of God, Rhonda Milner uses her talents and training to illustrate how God reveals Himself in His creation and our lives. Drawing on her medical background, she examines the intricate beauty of the workings of the human body but then also shares her observations as a young child from stories of nature handed down to her by her grandmother. She shows how God has made Himself known through her personal tragedies of loss to guide readers to a place of hope and blessing. If you are not a believer or question God’s existence, you will be certain of His loving presence after reading this astute thesis. This is must-read, no matter your faith background.”
—Mary Jane Stafford, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Grateful Hearts Ministries
‘’Rhonda Milner touches us from a place of deep personal knowing of who the ultimate Source of life is. She reminds us that God’s intelligence is present in every particle of creation and that in nature, we can discern the astounding depth of His love for us. All He asks is for us to tune in through constant mindfulness, prayer, and gratitude. In The Signature of God, Milner provides a primer on how to do it.”
—Timothy Quinnan, PhD, author, screenwriter, and President of Richmont Graduate University