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Overview Providing a new language for faith, Lawrenz takes an honest dive into topics that are true areas of tension, doubt, rebirth, faith and action, and the essence of Christian faith. (Practical Life)
Publishers Description In "I Want to Believe," Mel Lawrenz ignites a latent desire that is in readers already--the desire to believe in something bigger than themselves. Wanting to provide a new language for faith like readers found in Blue Like Jazz and Velvet Elvis, Lawrenz takes an honest dive into topics that are true areas of tension--doubt, rebirth, faith and action and the essence of Christian faith. A fresh and engaging style draws readers into an unexpected conversation in which they receive concrete, concise descriptions of Christian faith in principle and in real life, and are shown contrasts with other faith alternatives. The chapters are skillful interweavings of narrative, illustration, and biblical reflection. Throughout the book, readers are assured that doubts are part of believing and that hardships in life do not contradict faith. For believers and seekers alike, I Want to Believe will fan the flame of faith and affirm the quest for believing.
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Studio: Regal Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.83" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date Jan 2, 2008
Publisher GOSPEL LIGHT PUBLISHERS #9
ISBN 0830744525 ISBN13 9780830744527
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More About Mel Lawrenz
Mel Lawrenz is senior associate pastor at Elmbrook Church in suburban Milwaukee and is director of the Elmbrook Christian Study Center. He has authored several books, including Why Do I Feel like Hiding? and Life after Grief.
Mel Lawrenz currently resides in the state of Wisconsin.
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Accurate, but hard to get through Jul 6, 2009
This book is reminiscent of Ravi Zacharias's Jesus Among the Other gods - but just reminiscent. Dr. Zacharias's goal was to tell us about other religions and how Jesus as the Savior provided a difference in stark comparison. In I Want to Believe, Dr. Lawrenz touches on other religions in some chapters, but not in great detail. That touch is cursory and perhaps enough if the goal is to know Jesus and not understand in detail how He is different. That Jesus is necessary is clear.
The fifteen chapters in this small book do examine some world religions, but mainly the book addresses why we should believe in Jesus. Specific topics range from human longing to believe to doubt to how we know for certain that belief is real.
I Want to Believe is very conversational and begins with reasons why people seek God and ends with the plan of salvation clearly laid out. That the plan of salvation runs through the book and is explicit in places is this book's major strength. Lawrenz makes good use of Scripture and anecdotes. The anecdotes are at least an enjoyable part of the book. Jesus, Paul, C.S. Lewis, Polycarp and Johnny Cash are among the many, many central to each chapter. Some stories I'd heard and some I'd not.
I wanted to like this book because of it's emphasis, but I found it too busy with too many detours and too many stories. I kept wanting Lawrenz to clearly lay out what he had to say. I wanted it to be deeper than one anecdote after another. I can recommend this work because it is sound theologically even if too wordy and slow to get to the point.
Articulate, inspired and inspiring Feb 5, 2008
Specifically written for a Christian readership, "I Want To Believe: Finding Your Way In An Age Of Many Faiths" by Mel Lawrenz (Senior Pastor of Elmbrook Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an informed and informative survey of the ideas about God which are held in common by many of the major religions in the form of spiritual truths present in diverse cultures around the world. Pastor Lawrenz examines the belief systems of Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, the Earth religions, and Atheism. He compare's their answers to the gospel-based Christian approach to the meaning of life and other spiritual issues. Of special note is the chapter on 'The Challenge of Atheism'. Articulate, inspired and inspiring, "I Want To Believe" is especially recommended reading forth Christians wanting to engage with people of other faiths and belief systems, as well as non-specialist Christian readers of all denominations and backgrounds who are struggling to maintain their own faith in an increasingly complex and multi-faith environment.