How to be a Bad Christian Paperback
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How to be a Bad Christian
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In the course of his work as a vicar, Dave Tomlinson meets lots of people who describe themselves as 'not good enough' to be a Christian, thinking that faith involves going to church a lot, or believing in a list of strange things, or following certain rules. But being a Christian isn't about any of that - and actually, following Jesus is a lot easier, and more fun, than most people think...
In this handbook to Christianity for people who describe themselves as spiritual but not necessarily religious, Dave sketches out some key practices for how to be a 'bad' Christian, including how to talk to God without worrying about prayer, how to read the Bible without turning off your brain, and how to think with your soul rather than trying to follow rules. With beautiful illustrations from artist Rob Pepper, this is an accessible, light-hearted book, but one with a powerful invitation: to be the person you've always wanted to be, following a God you've always hoped is on your side.
How to be a Bad Christian by Dave Tomlinson was published by Hodder & Stoughton in August 2013 and is our 1272nd best seller. The ISBN for How to be a Bad Christian is 9781444703832.
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How to be a bad ChristianMelanie Carroll, via The Good Book Stall
This book shines in a way that others don't because it highlights the fact that Christ came for sinners, that he ate with sinners, mixed with sinners and was an outsider of his time - as were many other folks we meet in the Bible. Tomlinson excels at showing that in order to be good Christians we do in effect walk the edges of being 'Bad' Christians in the eyes of some religious people, but when we do this we become better people. We live with the heart of Christ and we act with the wisdom of the Spirit, reaching out and including those who others might reject, ourselves included!
Above all it's an easy to read and understand book that's about being a real Christian, a Christian that at the heart of it might not be perfect, might even be bad in some ways, but one who is committed, engaged and walking their faith despite all of this. It's a book that opens Christianity to those outside it, on the fringes of it and just as importantly to those already inside it. A brilliant book and one perfect for any seeker or those looking to better understand their own faith from the inside out.
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"Here's my secret: sometimes, when I hear all kinds of outrageous things said and done in the name of Christianity, I think about turning in my membership. I don't want to be part of the elite club of the doctrinally correct and the spiritually superior. But then a book like this one comes along, and I say, "This is a way of being a Christian that makes sense to me. This is a way of life I can live with." I'm glad to be known as a bad Christian, thanks to Dave Tomlinson and this beautiful book." — Brian McLaren.
"Dave Tomlinson is superb priest who is driven by God's love in Christ, and who understands the spiritual instincts and needs of ordinary people. But he has to work within - or against - an institutional Church which too often either cannot communicate at all, or else communicates a false God with a repellent face. If the Christian faith is ever to capture the imagination of our culture, we have to learn the lessons of this book." — Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans.
"Dave is super-intelligent, funny, passionate, encouraging, generous, hard-working, self-giving, creative and a deeply faithful witness to the love of God - in short, a bad Christian. His book is a great gift to all who are searching for abundant life, in and out of church." — Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread and Jesus Freak.
"This is a book without the need for profound theology, but a reminder that faith is stronger than theory and based on our busy lives" (for I Shall Not Want) — Christian Marketplace.
Details for How to be a Bad Christian
|Author / Artist||Dave Tomlinson|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (August 2013)|
|Number of Pages||240|
|Page last updated||21st October 2015|