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Many non-Christians find the behavior of some Christians off-putting rather than inviting. Many Christians do too! Now Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz, authors of Knowing the Bible 101, take an unflinchingly honest and often humorous look at some believers' outlandish behavior. This candid assessment of the church will bridge the communication gap, empowering Christians to share their faith more freely and helping those who don't yet believe discover the truth about God without ...
Many non-Christians find the behavior of some Christians off-putting rather than inviting. Many Christians do too! Now Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz, authors of Knowing the Bible 101, take an unflinchingly honest and often humorous look at some believers' outlandish behavior. This candid assessment of the church will bridge the communication gap, empowering Christians to share their faith more freely and helping those who don't yet believe discover the truth about God without being distracted by...
This refreshing call to authentic Christianity will help Christians and non-Christians get past the peripheral issues and communicate openly and honestly about God.
Posted January 29, 2009
I don't see this as a handbook for how to save your non-Christian friends. If you want a how-to book, this isn't it. I do see this as a book that will make you examine your heart and attitude regarding your own faith and as a result you will be more understanding of where people are coming from who can't stand Christians. The authors have pretty hilarious comments. Want to get a belly laugh out of your teenager? I did when I read him several things out loud. The authors drive their points home with humor, and what they share is often profound. This isn't fluff reading. Like the nose on your face, the truth was always there, but you may not have noticed it before. I agreed with about 90% of their comments. The other ten percent I was more neutral on or maybe not quite as sure I felt the same way, but if you glean anything from this book that will change the way you see yourself and the world around you, then you will be glad you checked it out. My favorite chapter was I'm Fine With God... but I can't stand Christians Who are Convinced God Wants Them Rich. I detest the 'name it and claim it health and wealth false gospel' and charlatans who rob the poor and the widows through their lies and con games. So I got a real chuckle out of the witty sarcasm the authors used to drive their point home. For example: If you give to Billy Bob's television ministry you'll receive... A swatch of fabric packaged as a Holy Spirit Prayer Cloth--actual pieces of the beach towel used by John the Baptist during his baptismal ministry on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Now that's obviously an over-exaggeration, but I found it hilarious. The other examples are even funnier. But the bottom line is the authors illustrate in every chapter why the hang-ups and weird beliefs in the modern Christian culture (often committed by people who haven't a clue) are a barriers to reaching the lost. The insight they share is amazing. And if you enjoy satire and sarcasm, you'll want to get this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2007
The definition of a Christian is: a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ. Most Christians strive to be Christ- like, but there are always those who stand out in the crowd. Their behavior is anything but Christ- like, and their action disgrace His precious name. Christianity is judged by the actions of those proclaiming to be affiliated with the religion. It is unfortunate that many proclaiming to be Christian do not reflect the compassion of Christ Jesus. ¿What one word best describes the reputation Christians have in our society?¿ The answer to this informal poll question was distressing. We are thought of as ¿judgmental, hypocritical, self-righteous, ignorant, pushy, dangerous, irrelevant, and obnoxious.¿ I¿m Fine With God¿It¿s Christians I Can¿t Stand will force Christians to examine their conduct and actions. There are ten chapters and each discusses a different aspect of a distorted attitude of some Christians. Some attempt to avoid anyone not proclaiming Christianity, perhaps they are afraid of being influenced by someone else¿s opinion or beliefs. Do Christians think their opinion is the only correct one? Many are not willing to listen to the opinions of others let alone bend their viewpoint. Some Christians are obsessed with the end of the world. I¿m Fine With God¿It¿s Christians I Can¿t Stand by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz is a logical look at the misconceptions and behaviors of some ¿Christians.¿ The authors are lawyers and present their opinions in a commonsense, easy- to- understand form. From the moment I read the title, I was hooked. As a Christian, I am appalled at the actions of ¿Christians.¿ This book has caused me to examine my behaviors. I¿m Fine With God¿It¿s Christians I Can¿t Stand by Bruce Bickel, Stan Jantz should be required reading for pastors, church leaders, and all Christians. Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.comWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.