"The more I looked, the more I found Christian atheists everywhere." Former Christian atheist Craig Groeschel knows his subject all too well. After over a decade of successful ministry, he had to make a painful self admission: although he believed in God, he was leading his church like God didn’t exist. To Christians and non-Christians alike, to the churched and the unchurched, the journey leading up to Groeschel’s admission and the journey that follows—from his family and his upbringing to the lackluster and even diametrically opposed expressions of faith he encountered—will look and sound like the story of their own lives. Now the founding and senior pastor of the multicampus, pace-setting LiveChurch.tv, Groeschel personal journey toward a more authentic God-honoring life is more relevant than ever.
Christians and Christian Atheists everywhere will be nodding their heads as they are challenged to take their own honest moment and ask the question: "Am I putting my whole faith in God but still living as if everything was up to me?"
©2010 Craig Groeschel (P)2010 Zondervan
This book has been a good one. Good story lines... Great stories. I have a had a problem with the narrator however. His constant negative intonations and underlying downtrodden tone kept me from really enjoying the best of this book! It's funny, I've listened to a lot of books, I've heard lisps, unintentional whistles, & of course accents, but never has a tone bothered me so much. It's as if the reader spoke with a smirk on his face the whole book. I'm sorry, because of that, I've got to downgrade from 4 to 3 stars.
The book is well thought out and written.
The narrator, is pretty hard to listen to. It seems like the guy reading really doesn't believe what he is reading and is trying to make the content boring. What's more, Craig Groeshel is a fairly animated speaker whereas Tom Schiff read in a pretty monotone voice. Audible, please find narrators that are a better match.
It really made me examine my own life. I've already read this book 3 times. I find it very helpful in getting my priorities back on track.
Truth with humor
To get a point across, the author gives many examples from his own life. His stories are right to the point and he does it with a sense of humor.
The author gave several different examples of what he refers to as a Christian Athiest. I could identify with just about every single one of them. What an eye opener...without judgment.
I love the fact that the author is candid and honest about the way he was living his life.
I have seen Craig Groeschel speak and he is an amazing, funny, insightful, and impactful speaker. This book just does not reflect his speaking. Partly its the writing... takes a long time to get to certain points, I got bored before getting to the point. But mostly the reading performance is really boring... a droning, unexcited voice that put me to sleep. Didn't finish the book even though it probably has some great content.
Craig's personal stories
some excitement in the voice.
Sad, but true. I am a Christian but I sometimes act and think like God can't handle everything in my life. This book has helped see things in a new "Light" (pun intended). It was helpful to know that even a Pastor like Craig goes through the things I do in his walk with Jesus. We often feel we are the only ones that doubt, worry and struggle with life. Thank you Craig for your wonderful insight into Christian unbelief. May the Lord help us all to overcome unbelief.
I found this book to be both an eye opener and a humbler.
I totally enjoyed this book enough that I purchased the hard copy after the third chapter so that I could make notes to add to my resources material.
The title alone brings to mind a double negative thought process and my case in point being as the book title lay on my office desk while listen a officer entered the room and while I finished a phone call he looked at the title studying it. Once off the phone he pointed at it and said that can't be right... You can't be both... Believing in God and be an atheist. This open the door to share the knowledge the book has brought me about how we can live our lives as if there is no God while saying we believe in Him....to which the officer said"Hmmmmmm".
I think everyone who calls themselves a Christian should listen to or read or both this book.
"A book best listened to, not just heard."
It might catch your attention straight away, or it may take a little while to get in to the book properly, but Groeschel puts into word what many Christians need to know. Particularly recommended for those who read the blurb and think 'This doesn't relate to me, I'm fine. I'm not a cultural christian.'
Also a great book for agnostics and atheists who hold a lot of resentful anger or confusion because of the hypocrisy demonstrated across the 'Christian' community world-over.
This guy talks a lot of truth in a subject area where truth can be surprisingly hard to come by.
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