A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth

A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth

by Ed Cyzewski

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What enables some to survive as Christians when so many others falter? Without resorting to empty answers, clichés, relativism, or smug certainty, A Christian Survival Guide provides an accessible and safe place to deal with issues that can give Christians sleepless nights. By focusing on spiritual practices, discussing solutions to faith struggles, and offering perspectives from multiple Christian traditions, this survival guide moves readers into a thriving relationship with God, even if that means not necessarily finding all the answers.

A Christian Survival Guide doesn’t run away from the big, tough questions of life like:

  • Does the Bible have to be “true”?
  • Where is God in an evil world?
  • Did God sanction genocide?
  • Is hell eternal conscious torment?
  • Does money keep us from following Jesus?

Candid and wry, Cyzewski deals with the tension of hard questions without resorting to empty answers, clichés, relativism, or the smug certainty that can so often drive seekers and strugglers further away. He writes for those who both care and question deeply, and offers survival tips to help readers move from living on the edge to a place of health and life.

This survival guide is not meant to be a "one size fits all" handbook. It is a first step to confronting the big issues and challenges of a life of faith—even the ones that Christians fear most.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825485589
Publisher: Kregel Publication
Publication date: 06/12/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 775 KB

About the Author

Ed Cyzewski is the author of Coffeehouse Theology and the coauthor of Unfollowers: Unlikely Lessons on Faith from Those Who Doubted Jesus and The Good News of Revelation. He is a freelance writer who has contributed to numerous magazines and book projects. He writes about imprefectly following Jesus at www.edcyzewski.com

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction: From Surviving to Thriving 11

Part 1 Christian Beliefs

1 Prayer: A Still Small Voice for Big Loud Problems 23

2 The Bible: A Source of Crisis and Hope 34

3 Violent Bible Stories: Deliver Us from God? 46

4 Deliver Us from Evil: Is God Late? 59

5 Hell: Getting Our Goats… and Sheep 74

6 Errors in the Bible?: Fact-Checking the Holy Spirit 90

7 The Bible and Culture: Less Lobster, More Bonnets 103

8 No Doubt? Are Christians Beyond a Doubt? 116

9 Apocalypse Now? Yay! It's the End of the World! 126

Part 2 Christian Practices

10 Sin Addiction: The Freedom of Restraint 143

11 Money: Give Everything Away and Then Tithe 10 Percent to Jesus 154

12 Community: When Bad Churches Happen to Good People 163

13 Not Ashamed of the Gospel? Death of a Sales Pitch 174

14 The Holy Spirit: Flames of Tongue-Tied Fire 182

Notes 195

For Further Reading 203

About the Author 208

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