God without Religion: Can It Really Be This Simple?

God without Religion: Can It Really Be This Simple?

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by Andrew Farley
     
 

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Andrew Farley's experience as a Christian was first characterized by self-effort as he tried to please God at any cost. His ruthless religion resulted in spiritual burnout and disillusionment with church. Only then did he discover what relaxing in Jesus means and how enjoying God's intimate presence can transform everyday life.

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Overview

Andrew Farley's experience as a Christian was first characterized by self-effort as he tried to please God at any cost. His ruthless religion resulted in spiritual burnout and disillusionment with church. Only then did he discover what relaxing in Jesus means and how enjoying God's intimate presence can transform everyday life.

Using a unique story-driven format, God without Religion dismantles common religious misconceptions, revealing

the true meaning of being filled with the Spirit
the facts about judgment, rewards, and God's discipline
the simple truth behind predestination and the divisions it causes
the problem with the popular challenge to "live radical"

Pulling no punches, Farley shows how the truth about these controversial issues can liberate and unify believers as we discover how to rest in the unconditional love of God.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lots of folks these days seek a primitive Christianity, that is, the kind of faith and practice that Jesus taught before the church went all dogmatic and messed everything up. Farley (The Naked Gospel), teaching pastor at a Texas evangelical Christian church, makes a case for "just give me Jesus, but hold the religion." For him, religion is the law, the old way, the sin/judgment/reward/punishment economy—the bad stuff. Jesus brought a new way; sins are paid for by Jesus' death, and faith involves less hard work and more resting in God. Farley's arguments depend a lot on key passages in Paul's epistles, some of which get cited frequently; so Christian believers may not need religion, but they do need Paul. The conflation of religion and law depends on a fairly narrow definition of "religion." For some, this is just another nouveau Christianity wearing hipster glasses; others can argue that Farley's take is fresh and scripturally grounded. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441232120
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
401,121
File size:
811 KB

What People are saying about this

Leonard Sweet
"Andrew Farley is one of the best young writers yet most mature thinkers in the church today. Read God without Religion to hear the voice of a 21st century Bonhoeffer who shows how to ring in the good times when Jesus (not religion) is the cantus firmus, the enduring melody, of our lives."--(Leonard Sweet, bestselling author and professor at Drew University and George Fox University)
Matthew Paul Turner
"God without Religion is brave, genius, and full of the best kind of hope. Andrew Farley offers us a clear, more joy-filled, and peaceful route to God, without religion! And we need that now more than ever."--(Matthew Paul Turner, bestselling author of Churched and Hear No Evil)
David Gregory
"Never have I encountered a book that so clearly and biblically explains New Covenant Christianity. If you want to dump the religious burden and live in the true freedom and joy of Christ, God without Religion is for you."--(David Gregory, bestselling author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and The Rest of the Gospel)

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Meet the Author

Andrew Farley (PhD, University of Illinois) is lead pastor of Ecclesia, a growing evangelical church located on the high plains of west Texas. He was formerly a professor at University of Notre Dame and is now a tenured professor at Texas Tech University. Andrew is the bestselling author of The Naked Gospel: The Truth You May Never Hear in Church and coauthor with Nobel Prize winning geoscientist Katharine Hayhoe of A Climate for Change. His writings are quietly reaching untold numbers with the life-changing message of "Jesus plus nothing."
Andrew Farley is a bestselling author and pastor of Church Without Religion (ChurchWithoutReligion.com). He serves as a faculty adviser for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and frequently speaks at churches and university groups around the United States and in Canada. Andrew is also a professor of applied linguistics at Texas Tech University in West Texas, where he lives with his wife, Katharine, and their son, Gavin. For more information, please visit AndrewFarley.org.

Connect with Dr. Andrew Farley on FaceBook and Twitter and go mobile with his video and audio messages by downloading the "Ecclesia: Church without Religion" app for Android, iPad, and iPhone. Visit AndrewFarley.org to download free study materials.

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