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

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

by Phillip Cary


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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. How can we meet and know God with ongoing joy rather than experiencing the Christian life as a series of guilt-inducing disappointments?

Phillip Cary explains that knowing God 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." This clearly written book covers ten things Christians don't have to do to be close to God, such as hear God's voice in their hearts, find God's will for their lives, and believe their intuitions are the Holy Spirit. Cary skillfully unpacks the riches of traditional Christian spirituality, bringing the real good news to Christians of all ages.

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ISBN-13: 9781587432859
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 508,173
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

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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