Good News for Anxious Christians: 10 Practical Things You Don't Have to Do

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10 Things You Don't Have to Do to Be Close to God

Like a succession of failed diet regimens, the much-touted techniques that are supposed to bring us closer to God "in our hearts" can instead make us feel anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Phillip Cary explains that discipleship is a gradual, long-term process that comes through the Bible experienced in Christian community, not a to-do list designed to help us live the Christian life ...
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10 Things You Don't Have to Do to Be Close to God

Like a succession of failed diet regimens, the much-touted techniques that are supposed to bring us closer to God "in our hearts" can instead make us feel anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Phillip Cary explains that discipleship is a gradual, long-term process that comes through the Bible experienced in Christian community, not a to-do list designed to help us live the Christian life "right." He covers ten things we don't have to do to be close to God, skillfully unpacking the riches of traditional Christian spirituality to bring the real good news to Christians of all ages.

"Yes! No! Whoa! There are so many terrific, alarming, insightful zingers in this book that I agreed, disagreed and, most of all, had to think about something on every page. Graceful and liberating, it is a word of wisdom and hope that just might convince anxious Christians that the gospel really is better news than we've yet imagined."--Andy Crouch, senior editor, Christianity Today International; author, Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling

"Evangelicals worry about lots of things, including the state of our spiritual health. Phil Cary is worried too: worried that evangelicals are suffering needlessly because they have imbibed a consumerist spirituality that offers much but provides little. Phil's prescription for spiritual indigestion? A turning away from the self to the one who continually speaks a healing, saving word to us, Christ himself. This is, quite frankly, one of the best books I've read on the spiritual life over the past twenty-five years. I heartily recommend it."--Christopher A. Hall, chancellor, Eastern University

"Phillip Cary has clearly and convincingly explained why so many evangelicals are anxious and believe they may be failing at faith. I highly recommend this book to my fellow Christian counselors and self-doubting Christians because Cary richly explains the comforting good news of our identity in Christ. He thus provides a solid theological basis for correcting many deeply distorted beliefs about the self which propagate anxiety. This book provides the best treatment of this subject that I have ever read."--Christopher Doriani, licensed clinical social worker

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  • ISBN-13: 9781587432859
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 405,912
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Cary (PhD, Yale University) is professor of philosophy at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, as well as scholar-in-residence at the Templeton Honors College. He is the author of Jonah in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible and of three critically acclaimed books on the life and thought of Augustine.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: Why Trying to Be Christian Makes Us Anxious xv

1 Why You Don't Have to Hear God's Voice in Your Heart 1

Or, How God Really Speaks Today

2 Why You Don't Have to Believe Your Intuitions Are the Holy Spirit 19

Or, How the Spirit Shapes Our Hearts

3 Why You Don't Have to "Let God Take Control" 37

Or, How Obedience Is for Responsible Adults

4 Why You Don't Have to "Find God's Will for Your Life" 57

Or, How Faith Seeks Wisdom

5 Why You Don't Have to Be Sure You Have the Right Motivations 79

Or, How Love Seeks the Good

6 Why You Don't Have to Worry about Splitting Head from Heart 97

Or, How Thinking Welcomes Feeling

7 Why You Don't Have to Keep Getting Transformed All the Time 117

Or, How Virtues Make a Lasting Change in Us

8 Why You Don't Always Have to Experience Joy 137

Or, How God Vindicates the Afflicted

9 Why "Applying It to Your Life" Is Boring 157

Or, How the Gospel Is Beautiful

10 Why Basing Faith on Experience Leads to a Post-Christian Future 175

Or, How Christian Faith Needs Christian Teaching

Conclusion: How the Gospel of Christ Is Good for Us 191

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    A must read for Christians who are serious about knowing their faith. This is especially suitable for the people who have always felt like the Sunday School version of Christianity just doesn't line up with our logic or knowledge of the Bible. I plan on reading this at least 10 more times.

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