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Walking With The Unknown God

by Jay Bakker with Andy Meisenheimer;


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Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed

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'Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed' dares you to think about some of the songs prayers and phrases and clichés used in worship and asks: ‘what do they really mean?’ How do they sound to those unfamiliar with the words and are we even thinking about what they say, or have we just grown up with them… so they must be meaningful, mustn't they?

Brutally honest but full of grace, Jay voices the questions that Christians are thinking but won't ask as he chronicles his doubt about God, the Bible, heaven and hell, church, society, relationships, grace, and love. In the process he encourages all of us to welcome "the other", to read the Bible differently but better, to draw together in community, and to seek an unknown God of limitless grace.

For instance, here’s a tough one from the beginning of the book: how can we proudly believe in ‘the God moment’ for the individual while thousands die in poverty and suffering every minute of every day? What kind of a God is that? From here Jay Bakker goes on to name the gods we really worship, and reveals the distorted and false image of God that kind of ‘belief’ causes us to adopt.

Through your doubts and questions – rather that through your doctrines and certainties, the author reintroduces you to the God of love and grace. A God that dispels fear rather than imposes it in the way we’ve come to define his judgement on a world that’s just a little screwed up at the moment. This is a brave book for brave souls who want to cross the line from belief to doubt and on toward faith.

Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed by Jay Bakker with Andy Meisenheimer was published by Time Warner Trade Publishing in March 2013. The ISBN for Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed is 9780446539524.

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God is white, male, conservative, and whatever else I want him to be. NOT. God has been exiled from His own creation. Not just by sin - but by religion. Early Judeo-Christian religion painted God as a "mysterious" and "unknowable" cosmic being far removed from humanity - which justified a powerful priesthood as "mediators" between mortal and divine.

Jay Bakker sets the record straight. God is not some conservative male "cosmic cop" policing his wayward creation, and He has never been "separate" from us as we've been led to believe. Jesus' redeeming presence on earth was proof that the "mystery" surrounding God is an illusion: God was and always has been present, purposeful, and active in our world. Grappling with what it means to truly "doubt" and "have faith," Bakker unpacks and even debunks crucial myths that many Christians accept as fact.

He asks the questions no one else will, like "Is God a Hypocrite?" and "Is God a Good Christian?" He also reevaluates the startling truth about vital issues like divorce, death, Biblical traditions, the influence of tribal dynamics, and even the authenticity of certain parts of the Bible. Your relationship with the divine will never be the same.

Jay voices the questions that Christians are thinking but won’t ask as he chronicles his doubt about God, the Bible, heaven and hell, church, society, relationships, grace, and love. In the process he encourages all of us to welcome “the other”, to read the Bible differently but better, to draw together in community, and to seek an unknown God of limitless grace.

Brutally honest but full of grace, Jay invites everyone to cross the line, to dig deeper, and to discover a faith that is beyond belief.

Contents

Introduction
1 Walking with the unknown God
2 Doubting faith
3 Reading the bible differently
4 Dying and rising with Christ
5 Recasting eternity
6 Rediscovering grace
7 Speaking up for marginalised
8 Seeking the lost
9 Opening up the church doors
10 Becoming the outcast
11 Hoping in the unseen
12 Losing belief and findings faith
Conclusion: Unconditionally
Writers note
Acknowledgements

Endorsements

"His demands for a more biblically literate, compassionate and socially-conscious Christian Church certainly hold merit." - The Christian Post.

"Jay Bakker pens what may be the best explanation for the Christian emphasis on the church community that I've ever encountered." - Sojourners Magazine.

"His demands for a more biblically literate, compassionate and socially-conscious Christian Church certainly hold merit." - The Christian Post.

"This book - beautifully written and deeply honest - will save the faith of many people who don't fit in conventional boxes. Faith was never meant to be a box anyway!" - Brian D. McLaren, author of Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

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Page last updated 25th September 2014
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTime Warner Trade Publishing (March 2013)
Weight318g
Number of Pages208
Thickness21 mm
Height217 mm
Width143 mm
ISBN9780446539524
ISBN-10044653952X
Product Code4053375
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