Christianish

Christianish

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by Mark Steele
     
 

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Somewhere between cold faith and hot pursuit lies lukewarm spirituality. And in the median between the wide path and the narrow road we find the middle-ground of the spiritual walk. It's something not quite Christian. More like.Christianish.

It may feel like authentic faith. It may even look like the real deal. Yet it's often easy to settle for the

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Somewhere between cold faith and hot pursuit lies lukewarm spirituality. And in the median between the wide path and the narrow road we find the middle-ground of the spiritual walk. It's something not quite Christian. More like.Christianish.

It may feel like authentic faith. It may even look like the real deal. Yet it's often easy to settle for the souvenir t-shirt—the appearance of a transformed heart—instead of taking the actual trip through true life-change. We find ourselves settling for a personal faith that's been polluted by culture, and diluted by other people's take on spirituality.

Christianish tells the story of one man's journey to move from the in-between to a life that's centered on Christ. To move forward, author Mark Steele goes back to the beginning, to examine Christ's life and words. Through stories and insights that are sometimes profound, often hilarious, and always honest, Mark delivers a compelling look at what our faith is all about. 

So rediscover what it means to live like Christ, and ditch the ish

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434766922
Publisher:
Cook, David C
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Edition description:
New
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Mark Steele is the president and executive creative of Steelehouse Productions where he creates art for business and ministry through the mediums of film, stage, and animation. Mark is the author of Flashbang: How I Got Over Myself. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife, Kaysie, and their greatest productions: Morgan, Jackson, and Charlie.

Read Mark's blog at www.halflifediealready.com

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Christianish 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Christianish by Mark Steele is a book guaranteed to unsettle readers' ideas of what it means to be a Christian. Steele, a stand up comic uses his skills well in this book. Several sections were so laugh out loud funny that I had to read them to my husband, others had me snorting and chuckling. He uses humor to bring readers in, and then compels further interest through his pointed look at how Christians are making Christ look bad because we want faith to be comfortable rather than real. Living a Christianish life means calling ourselves Christian without ever being stretched into the new beings God wants us to be. This is the rare book that actually made me laugh AND cry! Steele's story about a young man working his way through a ropes course while battling acrophobia brought me to tears, and Steele used the powerful story to demonstrate what real faith looks like. Stepping out in fear, but constantly trusting in the Father's plan and love, never freezing and turning tail. Sometimes we need someone to shake up our faith, and Steele is the perfect person for the job.
Wyn More than 1 year ago
The premise is good, are we following what Jesus taught and walked or are we following what we think the Christian church teaches. As everyone knows those are not the same thing. Have we become so worried about what our church and fellow members think of us that we have lost sight of what Jesus and God think of us? The writing is very good. Mr. Steele uses examples from his own life to illustrate principles that Jesus taught and show how we follow and how we diverge from those teachings. He had quite a few very good points. But, I found myself getting bored by the 5th chapter. It could be the difference between male and female but I really found his personal illustrations just taking up too much of each chapter. He starts out each chapter with an illustration but it seems to me to be at least half the chapter. I would have preferred the illustrations to be shorter and more to the point, I found them exceedingly long-winded and detailed. I also found myself skipping that part of the chapter by the mid-point and going for the relavency in the Christian walk. Like I said he did have some good points but if I hadn't been reading the book for review purposes I would have put it down and not picked it up about half way through.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Thank you Mr. Steele for sharing your experiences and for putting to paper what should be words of conviction to many modern day self-proclaimed christians.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry bi<_>tch, but youre screwed. The competition is nowhere to be found. Fu<_>ck this.
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bp0602 More than 1 year ago
The basic message of this book is that as Christians we aren't always truly following Christ. Saying we are Christians and actually following Christ are not the same. We may think we are following Him when in reality we are not. Often we just sort of go along and do all the things we think are "right" without following Christ. Too often we get caught up in programs or rituals instead of a relationship. This is not being a true example of Christ to the world. The author gave many examples and stories from his own life to make his points. One quote from the book that I liked was this on page 44: "The world is looking for Jesus, but they don't know they are looking for Jesus because they believe they are looking for truth. You and I know that truth is Jesus. But them? They do not know that truth is Jesus because you and I are supposed to be Jesus--and you and I couldn't look less like truth." This was a good book for the most part; I just had trouble focusing on it. It did not hold my attention too well. I thought the author has a good point though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where's the writing contest?