Christianity is messy. Unanswered prayers. Painful choices. Unresolved regrets. We’re called to have faith, and yet we doubt. We try to be perfect, but we fall short. This is the chaos. It’s all around us. There’s no limit to it. And there’s no quick fix for it.
Both annoyingly honest and refreshingly humorous, Messy reassures Christians that God can reveal Himself in their clutter. Author and pastor A.J. Swoboda offers biblical insight and vivid, personal stories to redefine faith from something that must be perfect to something that is imperfect, but can still give beauty, meaning, and purpose to a messy life. As entertaining as it is challenging, this book teaches Christians what it means to trust in each other, in grace, in hope, and in a Savior who defied the rules of death. Here’s to finding joy in your chaos!
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About the Author
A.J. Swoboda (PhD, University of Birmingham) is a church planter and pastor of Theophilus Church in Portland, Oregon. An adjunct professor at L.I.F.E. Pacific University, Canby Bible College, Concordia University, and Eternity Bible College, Swoboda is a frequent speaker at church conferences and seminars. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Evangelical Theological Society, and has written several articles and book reviews in magazines and journals.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While I didn't always agree with Swoboda theologically, I really enjoyed his creative illustrations of our faith, his genuine wrestling with hard issues, and his very clear love for God. It was a fun and fast read, that I think would lend itself well to using as a small group discussion over the course of several weeks, especially because it challenges the norms of how people "do church" and has some new ideas that would spur on good conversation.I'm thankful to have been challenged as I read this book, and to have been exposed to this new author!
Swoboda has written a thoroughly engaging book that invites the reader into a conversation. He dialogues with the reader and tears down walls in order to address topics that cover many facets of the Christian faith. I appreciate his honesty in his failures and success. It would be a good small group discussion book for post college-age individuals who have grown up in the church or are not completely new believers. I think he truly cares for believers and longs for others to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. All in all, a well written book that is easy to read and challenging in its own form.
Dr. Swoboda (he¿d be appalled I used this title for him but I want you to know that he has plenty of credentials for writing about Christianity) teaches at several theological institutions, plants new churches, and is pastor of a small church in one of the roughest neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon. And not only does he ¿get it¿ but he is able to communicate to us just how messy our religion is with unanswered prayers, unfulfilled dreams, doubts about our faith, and inability to be the Christian that we think God expects us to be. And yet how beautiful and fulfilling it is in the grace it gives us. As you read you will find yourself nodding agreement, feeling truly touched by that grace and being overwhelmed with all that God has given us in our lives. In addition, you will be laughing out loud a good part of the time you spend with this book. It¿s one of the best books on Christianity that I have ever read. Highly recommended¿5 stars.Warning: if anyone is in the room when you are reading this book, be prepared to read huge chunks of it out loud!
The author is annoyingly honest and refreshingly humorous. Messy reveals a God who wants to reveal Himself in life's clutter. The book offers insights and personal stories; redefining faith's purpose in our lives is it's goal. Something that must be perfect is recast as accepting something that is imperfect. A messy life can still be full of beauty, meaning, and purpose.
Have you ever asked yourself why your life seems to be messed up? Life is messy and so often we seem to puke out the reality of our need for God and his holiness. One of the things that make God so awesome (despite his awesomeness) is that he loves us when we are messy. He meets us in our mess. We are not perfect yet God loves to work his perfection in us as we toil through the garbage, confusion, questions, and doubts that plague our lives A.J. Swaboda brings a striking combination of humor and seriousness to describe how God likes us messy. We are messy people. As such God wants us to come to him without trying to cover it all up. With brutal honesty, lacking no fear to tackle sensitive issues, A.J. Swaboda conveys God’s truth that will have you laughing one second and caught in silent conviction the next. Seriously, go check out A.J. Swaboda’s book, Messy. You will find God in the mess and be able to laugh at yourself here and there too! Note: I received this book for free and these thoughts and opinions are my own.