Stay Curious: How Questions and Doubts Can Save Your Faith

Stay Curious: How Questions and Doubts Can Save Your Faith

by Stephanie Williams O'Brien

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Most of us are going through the motions when it comes to faith, either believing we've found all the relevant answers to life's questions or believing none can be found. We shy away from our deepest questions about God because we fear the uncertainty on the other side. But when we make certainty and correct belief the end goal of faith, we miss out on the chance to know God more deeply and to participate in God's work in the world.

Pastor Steph shows us how to lean into our questions and embrace a life of curiosity. Taking Jesus's life as a model, we can confront our fears, be set free from our anxiety, ask new questions, and live into an adventurous life of curiosity. After all, Jesus was a question man, not an answer man.

Our questions, and even our doubts, can push us closer to a God we can actually believe in--rather than further from a God we think we can contain.

In Stay Curious, Pastor Steph walks readers through common obstacles and road blocks to curiosity, and offers practical strategies for embracing even the most intimidating questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506449579
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Stephanie Williams O'Brien is the author of Stay Curious and the executive producer and cohost of the Lead Stories Podcast. She is the lead pastor at Mill City Church in Minneapolis, a professor at Bethel Seminary, and a sought-after speaker, strategist, and leadership coach.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Wandering to Wondering 1

Chapter 1 Choosing Disruption 3

Chapter 2 A Catechism of Curiosity 13

Chapter 3 Not All Who blonder Are Lost 25

Chapter 4 The History of Mystery 35

Chapter 5 Praying to a God You Don't Believe In 45

Chapter 6 The Central Mystery 59

Chapter 7 When Faith Is What You Fear 69

Chapter 8 Hitting the Wall 79

Part 2 Overcoming the Obstacles 91

Chapter 9 Expansion Plan 93

Chapter 10 Damned If We Do, Damned If We Doubt 107

Chapter 11 The Bags We Carry 121

Chapter 12 The Utopian Slope 141

Chapter 13 Slay Your Dragon 157

Chapter 14 Wrong Kind of Christian 175

Chapter 15 The Handbook for Life? 193

Chapter 16 The Big C 207

Chapter 17 Slacktivism and Other Dangers 223

Part 3 How to Stay Curious: A Life of Passionate Uncertainty 237

Chapter 18 Choosing Resilience over Religion 239

Chapter 19 Deciding to Go through the Motions 249

Chapter 20 Going beyond the Shadow of Doubt 259

Final Thoughts: Living a Curious Life 273

Oath of Curiosity 275

Acknowledgments 277

Notes 279

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