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God Without Religion: Can It Really Be This Simple? | [Andrew Farley]

God Without Religion: Can It Really Be This Simple?

God without religion? Andrew Farley’s experience as a Christian was first characterized by self-effort as he tried to please God at any cost. His ruthless religion resulted in spiritual fatigue and disillusionment with church. Only then did he discover what relaxing in Jesus means and how enjoying God’s intimate presence can transform everyday life. Using a story-driven format, God without Religion dismantles common religious misconceptions. Pulling no punches, Andrew shows how the truth about these controversial issues can liberate and unify believers....
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God without religion? Andrew Farley’s experience as a Christian was first characterized by self-effort as he tried to please God at any cost. His ruthless religion resulted in spiritual fatigue and disillusionment with church. Only then did he discover what relaxing in Jesus means and how enjoying God’s intimate presence can transform everyday life. Using a story-driven format, God without Religion dismantles common religious misconceptions, revealing:

  • a hopeful approach to what unites us rather than what divides us
  • the true meaning of walking by the Spirit
  • the facts about judgment, rewards, and God’s discipline
  • the problem with the popular challenge to “die to self”

Pulling no punches, Andrew shows how the truth about these controversial issues can liberate and unify believers as we discover how to rest in the unconditional love of God.

©2011 Andrew Farley (P)2011 Oasis Audio

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    Nicole San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 01-22-12
    Nicole San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent, I highly recommend this book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of God Without Religion to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, I haven't read the print version. I enjoy audiobooks because I can listen while doing household chores that don't require much thought.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It does an excellent job explaining that we should not judge others or ourselves because of Christ's sacrifice which freed us.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first two chapters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I only felt relief and clarity.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    carol FIRESTEEL, SD, United States 12-19-12
    carol FIRESTEEL, SD, United States 12-19-12
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    "Bible based truth"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is based on the Word of God. Full of true scripture and relates to life as we know it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God Without Religion?

    Getting to know scripture.


    What about Maurice England’s performance did you like?

    Stories to relate the word with.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bible based truth.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Olivet, MI, United States 12-29-11
    Jeffrey Olivet, MI, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2011

    MoleMen, Inc. now a TERMINIX Company

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    "ALL ABOUT JESUS AND GRACE"
    What did you love best about God Without Religion?

    LET'S YOU LOOK AT CHRISTIANITY IN THE CORRECT GRACE BASED WAY. AS PAUL THE APOSTLE WROTE


    What did you like best about this story?

    ONE OF THE FEW CHRISTIAN BOOKS THAT IS VOID OF THE LAW.


    Have you listened to any of Maurice England’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 03-07-12
    Linda 03-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Linda in Omaha

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    "An interesting view of Christianity."

    Not shocking or controversial, but a reassuring view of the Bible and the teachings of forgivness through faith. This book does not knock attending church, or observing Christian rituals, but reassures us of the forgivness of sins with or without church. Interesting content and a good performance by the reader.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. ''Cowboy'' Wilson 06-22-15
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    "I have listened to this four times already..."

    ...and I keep picking up something new each time. Highly recommend this audiobook. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for Your Saving Grace. Amen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 06-04-15
    Aaron 06-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "worth a listen"

    There will be many who will be offended by the contents of this book before understanding what it is attempting to be stated.

    This book is about what the Bible says we are to be as true Christians, and separating that from some of the man-made theologies that have made their way into the churches.

    For example, are we better Christians because we serve as Deacons in our local church? Do our attitudes about service reflect God's forgiveness, or are they about earning rewards? Am I a non-Christian because I don't attend church every week? Or, am I just less of a Christian because of this? What was church like in Jesus's day? Did they meet every week to worship? How did Jesus tell us to worship him, and do our churches look like that?


    Other thoughts: How many sins have I committed? How many sins have I asked God to forgive? Does God forgive all of my sins, or must I confess my sins to be forgiven?

    These are the kinds of questions this book explores....

    It is a reminder for those of us who's identity is wrapped up in our church, and may need a reminder about God's love and purpose for those who are not in the church today. Can believers be saved without a denomination? Are they saved if they believe in Christ but don't attend church?

    There are many good explorations if you can be open to hearing them...

    Ironically, however, the presentation of this book is about as 'churchy' and 'slick' as you can imagine (catchy titles for each chapter announced with a musical sidebar).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimmo 03-23-15
    Kimmo 03-23-15 Member Since 2009
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    "This book can make you free"

    The title of the book made me interested and I was really thrilled with it. Every chapter there was something that opened my spiritual eyes and there is a lot to think about.

    When I was listening the book, I started to wonder about some things, the next chapter answered my question. I have heard many good teachings about the problems with religion, but this book added so much. I think that this book can be a challenge to many Christians, but I encourage people to read it.

    This book opened my mind and spirit, I think I understand little better what Jesus did for us and how much God loves us. This book is helping me to be free.

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    Coy J. Hutcherson Greenfield, IN 03-17-15
    Coy J. Hutcherson Greenfield, IN 03-17-15

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    "Great book with much scripture."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this reading. The narrator was emotive and easy to listen to. There was so much information given, you could listen to the book multiple times and glean from it. I will and have recommended to others.

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    Revel8ion Ministries Denver, CO 03-17-15
    Revel8ion Ministries Denver, CO 03-17-15 Member Since 2014

    Revel8ion Ministries

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    "Awesome!"

    Awesome truth put simply, this Kingdom Bangin!
    Farley really knows his new covenant identity of the belieber and really helps the reader understand it to.

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    Book Nut 03-01-15
    Book Nut 03-01-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Were invited to God - without religion."

    Insightful and thought provoking. I will listen/read again.
    Excellent narrator.
    Many moving moments.
    Not being a traditional church/religious person, I have enjoyed this refreshing perspective that seems to more accurately depict my sense of it all being one without a lot of 'bible knowledge.'

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    "Not sure …"

    I've listened to this twice now and, although the arguments seem persuasive in parts, they don't quite seem right! But I'm not sure if that's because I'm so wrapped up in previous religious teaching, that I am subconsciously rejecting what's being said!

    I also got terribly confused about the statements on the laws of Moses, the law and, The Ten Commandments! So much so, that I can't quite work out if he's saying that we don't need to follow these laws! He skips between Old and New Testaments pulling out texts that may or may not be presented to one in context!

    The narrator was fine, no objections there, unless perhaps the pace of his narration was a little fast, but I think that I may be thinking that way because of my earlier confusion.

    I'm sure that I will listen to this again. But as a study, not as a piece of work just to ponder on. So there will be a lot of listening (& rewinding) with my Bible in hand, to read the verses in context, and not just plucked out to make a point. Perhaps purchasing the printed book would have served better, rather than the audiobook, but I doubt that I would've been intrigued enough to do so…

    If, like me, you're struggling with the whole set up and structure of 'Church', then elements of this book addresses that but, I'm not certain that a definitive solution/direction was proposed; and as such, this book could be misleading.

    It certainly leads one on to a desire to study the Bible more thoroughly, and that can't be a bad thing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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