• The Christian Atheist

  • When You Believe in God but Live as if He Doesn’t Exist
  • By: Craig Groeschel
  • Narrated by: Tom Schiff
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-23-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (463 ratings)

Regular price: $21.67

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Publisher's Summary

"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

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boring narrator

What did you like best about The Christian Atheist? What did you like least?

The book is well thought out and written.

What didn’t you like about Tom Schiff’s performance?

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Reggie
  • Midland, TX, United States
  • 04-25-11

Good Read... Hard to listen to Reader...

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.

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  • Kelly Hill
  • LOS ANGELES, CA, United States
  • 02-13-12

A book for ALL "so called" Christians

If you could sum up The Christian Atheist in three words, what would they be?

Truth with humor

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love the fact that the author is candid and honest about the way he was living his life.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff
  • Hixson, TN, United States
  • 01-03-11

Outstanding book

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.

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Great content but this performance is REALLY borin

Would you try another book from Craig Groeschel and/or Tom Schiff?

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.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Craig's personal stories

How could the performance have been better?

some excitement in the voice.

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We are all Atheist sometimes

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

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  • Sharon
  • Bridgewater, MA, United States
  • 12-05-11

Food for Thought

Would you consider the audio edition of The Christian Atheist to be better than the print version?

I found this book to be both an eye opener and a humbler.

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Awful Reading

Tried to hang in there as long as I could, but couldn't make it past the 2nd chapter. I'm sure the content is pretty good, but the reading was so stiff and mechanical, that I eventually gave up.

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Life changing

In listening to this audiobook I discovered I can go forward but not by my strength but my Sovereign Lord finally after years of “the dark night of my soul” and lay my past sins at the foot of the Cross

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Straightforward and True

As a Christian, this book made me see how easy it is to go through the motions with our relationship with Christ. Good time to refocus on what's important.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-26-18

Great inspiring kick up the bum!

Craig challenges, speaks truth and has inspired me afresh! If you wonder about Christianity this is a fantastic book to read!

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  • J'fer
  • 05-15-10

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful