Upside-Down Spirituality: The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life

Upside-Down Spirituality: The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life

by Chad Bird

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In our age when the church can too often seem like a poor copy of the world, Chad Bird challenges us to reclaim the astounding originality of our ancient, backward faith. Where the world stresses the importance of success, Bird invites readers to embrace nine specific failures in the areas of our personal lives, our relationships, and the church. Why? Because what human wisdom deems indispensable is so often an impediment to our spiritual growth, and what it deems insignificant is so often essential to it.

With compelling examples from the Bible and today, Bird paints an enticing picture of the counterintuitive, countercultural life that God wants for us. He helps readers delight in all of the ways that Jesus turned the world upside-down, allowing us to experience true freedom, not from our weaknesses but in the midst of them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493416400
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,115,869
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Chad Bird has served as a pastor in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, as assistant professor of Hebrew and exegetical theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and as a guest lecturer at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Novosibirsk, Siberia. He is the author of several books, including Your God Is Too Glorious, and has contributed articles to Lutheran Witness, Gottesdienst, The Gospel Coalition, Concordia Theological Quarterly, Modern Reformation, Mockingbird, Logia, Higher Things, and The Federalist. In addition to hosting, he is a regular contributor to and He lives in Texas.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Turning Our World Upside Down 9

Part 1 Ourselves

1 The Good News That God Doesn't Believe in You: The Failure to Believe in Ourselves 29

2 What If I Just Want to Be Average? The Failure to Make a Name for Ourselves 47

3 Go Home, Heart, You're Drunk: The Failure to Follow Our Hearts 65

Part 2 Our Lives

4 Supermoms, Über Dads, and Other People Who Don't Exist: The Failure to Be a Perfect Parent 85

5 My Altar Has a Diesel Engine: The Failure to Search Out Our Calling 103

6 Love Will Not Sustain Your Marriage: The Failure to Find Our Soul mate 121

Part 3 Our Churches

7 Building Walls and Digging Moats? The Failure to Separate Ourselves 141

8 There's Mo Such Thing as a Personal Relationship with Jesus: The Failure to Have a Private Faith 159

9 The Church of St. Big Box: The Failure to Embrace Bigger as Better 177

Epilogue 193

Notes 197

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