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Overview Addresses modern-world questions about the Christian religion and its tenets, drawing on historical events and present-day anecdotes to illustrate its joyful aspects while explaining the faith's embrace of the example and message of Jesus.
Publishers Description Rightly understood and rightly communicated, the Christian faith is one of great joy. It is an invitation to God s kingdom, where tears are replaced by laughter and longing hearts find their purpose and their home. This is the heart of the gospel: God s search to reclaim us and love us as his own. But have we truly grasped this? Those of us who have disdained Christianity as a religion of bigotry---have we repudiated the genuine article or merely demonstrated our own prejudice and ignorance? Those of us who are Christians---have we deeply apprehended the mission of Jesus, and do our ways and character faithfully reflect his beauty? From the nature of God, to the human condition, to the work of Jesus, to God s coming kingdom, and all that lies between, how well do we understand the foundational truths of Christianity and their implications? The Faith is a book for our troubled times and for decades to come, for Christians and non-Christians alike. It is the most important book Chuck Colson and Harold Fickett have ever written: a thought-provoking, soul-searching, and powerful manifesto of the great, historical central truths of Christianity that have sustained believers through the centuries. Brought to immediacy with vivid, true stories, here is what Christianity is really about and why it is a religion of hope, redemption, and beauty."
From Publishers Weekly Longtime collaborators Colson and Fickett address the very tenets of the Christian faith in order to renew ourselves as Christians and the Church as God's people. Generally they do this well, first offering an overview of challenges facing the church and then moving on to specific core issues. Chapter builds on chapter, from God Is to He Has Spoken to Truth and so on to Last Things. Especially thought-provoking is the question of why so many people accuse the Christian faith of being dry and brittle. One answer, the authors say, is the church's failure to teach what the faith is. Colson and Fickett call the church to rediscover the joy of orthodoxy, to renew the surrounding culture and to rethink how we live out faith. If there's ever been a time in which renewal was essential, it is today, they say. Those who know Colson's work will appreciate his pointed statements and bold words, while those looking for subtle shadings of doctrinal issues may be aghast at the lack thereof. The book's strength lies not in minutiae but in opening the discussion on orthodoxy and what living as a Christian means by going back to faith's beginnings. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters by Charles Colson & Harold Fickett has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christianity Today - 12/01/2008 page 63
Publishers Weekly - 01/28/2008 page 59
Library Journal - 03/01/2008 page 85
Newsweek - 03/03/2008 page 12
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310276039 ISBN13 9780310276036 UPC 025986276034
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More About Charles Colson & Harold Fickett
Charles Colson is a popular and widely known author, speaker and radio commentator whose critiques of American culture have made him one of the nation s most prominent proponents of a biblical world view. He is the founder of the international ministry Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Many of his books, such as Born Again, The Body, Loving God, The Good Life, How Now Shall We Live? and The Faith, have shaped modern Christian thinking on cultural issues and public policy. In 1993 Colson was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, donating the entire $1 million prize to Prison Fellowship. And in 2008, Colson was honored by President Bush with the Presidential Citizen s Medal. His radio broadcast, BreakPoint, airs daily to 2 million listeners.
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The Faith - Have faith, this is an excellent read!! Feb 11, 2010
Fantastic insight and well explained from the author whom has learned to live it!! I learned things I had not thought of before. It made me think of things in a new and encouraging way. Also it confirmed my beliefs and made them even stronger.
OUTSTANDING! Feb 8, 2010
Colson has captured a concise and easily understood (by the ordinary person) essence of who God is, his working in the world and how anyone can be reconciled to him. Not a book about faith, per se, or even overtly evangelistic but a book about THE Faith, ie, Biblical foundations and functions in today's society for those who have or seek peace with God. A clear thinker who often writes well above the heads of most people, this book of Colson's has brought the subject of explanations to many who had found his deeper works too hefty.
The Faith Feb 5, 2010
Thank you for the promptness of getting the book to me. It was a gift for my Grandmother. She is really enjoying it! The book was in perfect condition! Thank you so much!!
What we believe and why it is important Feb 3, 2010
This is Charles Colson's response to what he sees as a lack of knowledge and understanding of traditional, Christian theology in an age of pluralism. His goal was to clearly and plainly outline the basic beliefs of orthodox Christianity in a short, readable book that is both concise and comprehensive. It is a daunting task, as he sets out to do so in less than 250 pages. Volumes have been written on what Christians believe, yet many believers have neither the time nor the inclination to wade through such tomes. Here is where Colson comes in, presenting Christian beliefs alongside Biblical accounts and personal and inspirational stories. Colson has quite a collection of stories to tell, and he is a master at blending them in with Biblical truth in ways that illuminate what the Bible is saying while applying it to our modern world. His audience is clearly those who already think like he does, or who aren't sure what they believe but pretty much believe classic Christian teaching. I don't think this is a book for the seeker, but more for those who already believe. That said, this is an excellent book that should help clarify your beliefs and help you to share them.
a reminder Feb 1, 2010
I have been a fan of Mr. Colson's books for years. This is somewhat different in that it is more basic in content. It is a capsule of what Christianity is all about and therefore is a good review for believers and a good overview for nonbelievers. The last chapter " a great proposal" is somewhat chilling, an eye opener!