Item description for Messy Faith: Daring to Live by Grace by A. J. Gregory...
Overview God could never love me like this . . . could he?
We try to be perfect Christians. But we all make mistakes. Temptation. Doubt. Jealousy. Addictions. Unforgiveness. Where is God in all of this?
A. J. Gregory wants to walk beside you on the sometimes chaotic journey of faith. Through soul-stirring stories of her own mistakes and those of flawed men and women in Scripture, you'll discover how the strongest Christians are often broken people, wrestling with the hard questions.
"I don't know how dark your night is," Gregory says. "I just know that your dark places are not pointless. God is right beside you. He has not given up on you. He has not forgotten you. Being broken . . . simply affords us a way to come home."
Publishers Description While most of us trudge toward the cross with the best intentions, at times our lives just don't pan out the way we've planned. "Messy Faith" addresses the muddled adventure that we call "working out our salvation." It is being sure and unsure, whole and broken, warring, losing, and winning. It is being right and being wrong and having no clue, but believing anyway. And it is trusting in God to perfect the final product of our flawed, human lives. Author A. J. Gregory explores her own personal experiences, and those of a handful of flawed biblical heroes and others who have endured painful or simply ordinary realities in the journey to belief. This honest book will comfort anyone who has had a less-than-straight path to belief and those who continue to struggle.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
ISBN 0800732847 ISBN13 9780800732844
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More About A. J. Gregory
A. J. Gregory is the author of" Messy Faith" and "Silent Savior", which chronicles finding faith in the middle of unavoidable and sometimes harsh realities. She also partners with celebrities, military leaders, life coaches, pastors, physicians, and professors to help them write their own stories. An accomplished writer, A. J. has collaborated with fascinating high-profile figures on over twenty-five books.
Reviews - What do customers think about Messy Faith: Daring to Live by Grace?
She read my mind ... Oct 13, 2009
Since rededicating my life three years ago, things have gone crazy. I am so thankful for A. J.'s offering of what God has obviously directed her to write. I swung by a Christian Bookstore in Bakersfield, on my way to Yosemite. I found "Messy Faith" on a sale stand and couldn't resist the title, cover and her opening thoughts. It's hard for me to get hooked in a book. I read a few paragraphs and found myself pulling over to read a chapter. What a relief. It seems so simple. She challenges us to be honest in our walk with Christ. When we do, things can get messy. I have been describing the past few years to my friends by saying, it's like God cleaning out my garage. There's so much there, He's deciding what stays and goes. In the meantime, the driveway is full of junk I don't need any more. Thank you, A. J. for writing the book that became my vacation this week. My intention was to do a lot of other things, I spent it with our loving God, letting Him use you to show me some very important things.
An Amazing Read Jun 7, 2009
I came across this book via a tweet from Jay Bakker and the title so described what was happening with my own faith. So, I took a chance and ordered a copy. I am glad I did. This is a humanly honest portrayal of the author's journey but the questions, the struggles and the doubt seemed to be my own. AJ's insights into scripture opened my eyes and my heart to the foundation that existed within me and allowed me to build on that strength during the my own messy times.
Messy and Wonderful Feb 23, 2009
The cross constructed out of duct tape on the front cover of "Messy Faith" is what drew my attention to this book. With disarming and refreshing honesty, A.J. Gregory paints a real life, sometimes gritty, sometimes hilarious journey of faith. Wherever you are in your walk of faith, this book is an incredible guide that essentially explores success and failure along with issues of addiction. Simply put, whenever any person of faith leans on anything other than God first, addiction can take over, lead to sin and away from God. Read this book and then read it again. It's simply wonderful.
Tom Leavitt Feb 13, 2009
During a vacation from an intense job/ministry with the homeless, I desired to read a good book that would be medicine for my weary soul. Messy Faith, was the right medicine, as if prescribed by Jesus to renew and encourage my faith. Not only is A.J. a highly gifted writer but she also has deep penetrating insights (and wit) into our human condition and God's transforming grace. Her authenticity and transparency about her own journey and brokenness (how refreshing), in the context of sound Biblical wisdom, makes Messy Faith a must read for all who truly dare to live by grace - and just maybe (like for me) you might also trust and love Him a little more. I am re- reading the book and look forward to reading more from A.J. Gregory!
Honest and raw Feb 10, 2009
An honest and raw exploration into faith-when sometimes the answers aren't as black and white as we would have liked. I think this could be a modern-day Handbook to Life to the modern day Christian/spiritual seekers - when life doesn't turn out quite like you had thought. Through it all, God is with us. With 'Messy Faith', AJ is with us along our journeys, echoing our struggles, and coaching us to the finish line, never to give up in our seeking. It's a gift to read an author to uncannily reverberates my own struggles in my faith. In the end, we are all in this together. So grateful for her book as this has taught me that faith, albeit sometimes messy, sometimes, not what we thought, is still faith, and in the end...it's all God.