Item description for How to Be a Christian Without Being Religious: Discover the Joy of Being Free in Your Faith by Fritz Ridenour...
Overview "Discover the joy of being free in your faith"
Since the Early Church, too many Christians have agonized over how to "be good" and please God with "religious" behavior. Try as they may, then never seem to be "good enough" in their own eyes-and they end up with a chronic case of nagging guilt. God never intended this! In this classic study based on the book of Romans, Ridenour reveals why true Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. Christianity is not meant to be hamstrung by joyless, mind-numbing rituals, rules and traditions. It's not about us reach up; it's all about God reaching down to us. This book is filled with Ridenour's soft-spoken wisdom and generous good humor--all seasoned by his obvious great joy for living. Learn how to realize your birthright in Christ and walk the path to a guilt-free life.
Publishers Description Since the days of the Early Church, Christians have struggled to find a way to be 'good'-to please God by their own efforts. They end up carrying a burden God never intended them to bear. And what's more, their brand of Christianity ends up looking like any other religion of the world-bound by joyless rules and rituals. Fritz Ridenour's study of the book of Romans provides an antidote to the pharisaical spirit and shows that Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. It is not man reaching up, but God reaching down. Every Christian can enjoy his or her birthright when they realize who they are in Christ. The result is a life full of hope, joy, power and potential.
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FRITZ RIDENOUR is a favorite writer of readers around the world, with more than 4 million copies of his books in circulation. His books include "How to Be a Christian Without Being Religious" and "How to Be a Christian and Still Enjoy Life." Ridenour and his wife, Jackie, live in Santa Barbara, California. They have three children and ten grandchildren.
Fritz Ridenour currently resides in Santa Barbara.
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I Love This Book! Oct 20, 2006
This is a GREAT book, and fun to read!
It's no wonder it continues to stay in print. I first read the book as a teen. Now more than 30 years later, I just re-read it and I loved it as much as I did the first time!
If anyone were to ask me what a Christian is,why I am one, and how they can become one, this book is one of the greatest resources I could point them to.
Simply the Best! Feb 10, 2005
I can hardly believe it. My copy of this book is dated from 1976 and has been in continued use since them. Come to think of it, that was the year I entered the ministry and this book has been a constant companion since.
Fritz Ridenour writes for youth, but this commentary on Romans transcends youth and ought to be read by every new Christian. It is simply the best. The genius of Fidenour is that he has the ability to take a very complicated document (Paul's epistle to the Romans) and explain it completely in simple language.
This book has had a profound impact on my understanding of Romans. Twenty years and many Bibles later, I still write in Ridenour's insights in the margin of Romans. This is a great book and must reading for every Christian.
Plain Simple Truth Apr 12, 2003
I have had my copy for over 15 years and I find it good to pull this book out and reread it every few years. The book is a commentary that follows The Book of Romans. The heart of the message is salvation through faith in Jesus Christ - God accepting us, and not earning our salvation through our own works. The book is very well written, very easy to read (I usually reread it in a day or two), and the writing is very down to earth and on the level of the common person. I first saw this book when I was young in the early 70's - this book has stood a time test, and the writing is still so current today. I reread the book yesterday and it reads like it could have been first published today even though it came out in 1967. Christianity is a path more than a destination (a way of life in fellowship with God being led by his Holy Spirit). Sometimes you can stray off course, even a little, and start to loose your peace and joy. This book helps me to remember the basics of my salvation and set my heart in the right direction. The beautiful part is this book is so easy to read; no big language, you are not being talked down to, no from another world type of writing - just on your level. Please read this book. Save a copy, and pull it out every few years. You will be glad you did.
Great intro, especially if you are from a religious Oct 30, 2001
background. I read a copy that was printed in the mid-60's a few years ago. I was a brand new born-again christian coming out of a Roman Catholic background. I understand that things are changing in the catholic church, praise God, but at the time,not much was said about God's grace, and this book helped me out of the religious baggage I had brought with me.Don't get me wrong, I am a bible believing christian, a former youth leader for a Foursquare denomination church, and I plan to do missionary work.This book is not about just doing whatever you feel like, but it is a rich, easy to read explanation of the Book of Romans that examines all the religious things that we do to try to please God so he gets off our backs, or so that we can feel superior to others. This book does a great job of going through Romans and examining our relationship with Christ. It is engaging for the intelligent as it covers the concepts in Romans which are God-breathed, and it is written in an easy to read manner. I have lent this book to many different kinds of people and they were all able to receive from it.It is wonderful for those who came from a legalistic christian background who are just begining to know Christ, so that they can know the freedom that is in Christ.
A terrific little book telling us about unearned salvation Jun 24, 1999
This is an easy reading study on the book of Romans. In this book, Fritz Ridenour clearly explains the concept of God's grace to us. He helps us see the difference between trying to earn God's forgiveness and receiving the gift of God's forgiveness. It is a book that I have given out many times to those with questions about what it means to be a Christian.