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Overview A Spiritual Journey for Those Who May Have Given Up on Church But Not on God If you, or someone you know, are reconsidering some of the larger questions of life, then this is the book for you. This 30-day spiritual journey examines questions about God, the Bible, faith and Jesus. A Place for Skeptics is written as a conversation, engaging Christian truth in a relevant, non-confrontational style. Modern questions and doubts intersect with ancient confessions of the Christian faith in this provocative book of reflections. What results is the opportunity to consider the validity of Christianity and what it may mean to nurture and grow a real faith.
This is not a book of answers, how-tos or formulas but rather a book about asking good questions. And good questions honestly asked can lift us out of our everyday struggles to give us a glimpse of the bigger issues of life. Want a new perspective, a place to wrestle with your questions? You can use A Place for Skeptics as a tool on your journey with God. It might even be a tool God uses on His journey with you.
For interested skeptics who are not yet ready to come to church but are considering it, as well as new believers looking for something to put them on the path of regular reflection and prayer experience community by finding that you're not the only one with questions about faith.
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Studio: Regal Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.3" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher GOSPEL LIGHT PUBLISHERS #9
ISBN 0830737057 ISBN13 9780830737055
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More About Scott Larson & Chris Mitchell
Dr. Larson is the Executive Director of Straight Ahead Ministries, which he co-founded with his wife. They live in a discipleship home with up to seven boys released from juvenile institutions. Dr. Larson has written numerous articles and three previous books, one for youth workers, one for social workers, and one for teens. Scott and his wife have 2 children and live in Westborough, Massachuttes.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Place for Skeptics: A Spiritual Journey for Those Who May Have Given Up on Church But Not on God?
Living the Questions Mar 7, 2006
I am one of the skeptics this book was written for. I also happen to be a Christian. The authors of this book not only understand, but promote, the idea that the two can coexist. As they quote from Dostoyevsky: "Sometimes the greatest act of faith is in the doubting."
What a gift it is to go on this 30-day journey with people who readiily acknowledge how fragile faith can often feel. Larson and Mitchell are refreshingly honest about their own doubts and questions, which is probably why so much of it resonates with me. They actually encourage us to be skeptics, in the healthiest sense of the word, leaving room for the mystery that is God. If you're looking for answers, look elsewhere. If you're open to the value of living with questions, you will probably appreciate, as I did, what this book has to offer. An excellent choice for devotional reading and meditation, regardless of where you are in your journey.
A conversational, accessible perspective on orthodox Christianity Mar 7, 2006
The authors use the framework of the Apostles' Creed to provide a helpful description of the Christian story and some of it's implications for the way we might live today.
This book is an especially good first step for those who are becoming disillusioned with an exclusively "head-based" evangelical perspective on faith. (IE - Christianity is about holding the right ideas.) It offers a simple invitation to begin to "try on" the idea that doubt is an essential part of faith.
Per James Pond's review (below), the authors clearly wrestle with these questions in the context of orthodox Christianity, and do not engage with a larger, global perspective on Spirituality.
What a great little book! Mar 5, 2006
What a great little book! The authors take the time to explore spiritual questions, rather than simply rushing to answers; and each writes with a humor, honesty and humility that I enjoyed and appreciated.
The daily readings are refreshing and challenging - providing a unique and interesting mix of scripture, creed and thoughts on faith. I used the book as devotional reading and have returned several times to chapters like "What About When Doubt Overshadows Belief?" and "Will Life Ever Be the Way It's Supposed to Be?"
I'm grateful to have this book - and have already given copies to friends
A Wonderful Book Mar 3, 2006
I found this book to be a wonderful tool to share with friends who are asking questions about God and looking for something to help them along. I like the conversational approach, the 30 day format, the way it breaks down the Apostle's Creed and helps the reader understand what it is all about. I have given numerous copies to friends who are at various places in their spiritual journey, some just starting out, others further along, and all have remarked that this book was very helpful to them.
Thankful for "A Place for Skeptics" Mar 1, 2006
After reading A Place for Skeptics...I could have entitled it "A Place for my Friends and I". All my life I have heard the Apostles Creed, and this book helped me to take the next step in understanding my faith and belief in God. More than that, this book has been a helpful tool for me to give to friends as they try to understand their own beliefs in God, and how those beliefs make it into their everyday lives.
A Place for Skeptics is an excellent resource for making the bridge between God...Religion...and your everyday common life. It invites you to explore the reality that God does bring Real Answers to Real Life.....