Item description for Doubting: Growing Through the Uncertainties of Faith by Alister McGrath & Ravi Zacharias...
Overview Doubt is not a sign of spiritual weakness--rather it's an indication of spiritual growing pains, says McGrath. She explores the origin and nature of doubt and the specific doubts that often plague Christians in a postmodern culture.
Publishers Description We live in a culture that doubts everything as a matter of principle. In such an environment, how can even faith be immune to doubt? Can I really trust in the gospel? Does God really love me? Can I really be of any use to God? We are taught to doubt but commanded to believe. Somehow we think that admitting to doubt is tantamount to insulting God. But doubt is not a sign of spiritual weakness--rather it's an indication of spiritual growing pains. Alister McGrath, no stranger to a faith born of doubt, here offers good news to doubters: your faith can grow, and strengthen as it grows. It needs to take root in your experience of God, it needs to take in the nourishment of instruction in the words and ways of God, it needs to be stretched into greater obedience to the commands and calling of God--but it can grow beyond doubt into a thriving relationship.
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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.53" Width: 5.25" Height: 0.46" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2012
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830833528 ISBN13 9780830833528
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More About Alister McGrath & Ravi Zacharias
ALISTER MCGRATH is a scholar in the interaction of theology and the sciences and currently holds the post of Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, the world's most prestigious academic position dedicated to the exploration of the relation of science and faith. McGrath is author of many books on theology and religion, including The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine. He lives in Oxford, UK.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Doubting: Growing Through the Uncertainties of Faith?
Make Doubt an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth Mar 1, 2007
A McGrath fan, this is yet another of his fine works. This one is not of the scholarly, academic genre, but rather a more practical, down to earth, layperson oriented effort.
And a fine one at that it is, focusing in on the important area of doubt. He begins by showing great empathy for it, showing that it is normal for not only the infant Christian, but equally so for the mature believer as well. The difference between the two is how different each copes with doubt. Herein lies the usefulness of this book.
The mature learn to cope with doubt by immersion in their faith practice, not following away from it, which will and does only serve to severe the nourishment lines and cause the faith seed to expire. He provides workable, usable, doable suggestions for such immersion, e.g. daily Scriputre reading, pastoral counseling, journaling, etc. His analogies are excellent, e.g. the water spider's survival in hostile environment and the way it survives. (you'll have to read this to find out the wonderful parallels)
Add another excellent resource to your suggested reading here: Nancy Pearcey's "Total Truth". Apologetics is useful area to aid not only the individual's doubt, but also allow then to aid others.
Recommended for doubters and those that assist doubters.