A Search For What is Real (Finding Faith Series)
Finding faith is not a leap in the dark that requires you to forsake truth and intellectual honesty. In two companion volumes, Brian McLaren affirms the needs of both your mind and your heart as he helps you to find...
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Finding faith is not a leap in the dark that requires you to forsake truth and intellectual honesty. In two companion volumes, Brian McLaren affirms the needs of both your mind and your heart as he helps you to find a faith that is real, honest, good, enriching, transforming, and yours.
There have been times when you've felt that if there isn't a God, there ought to be.
Swept up in the mystery of the night sky, you've felt the closeness of its designer. Nature's extravagant diversity, unfolding in living colour, has made you long to know the artist who dreamed it all up. Imagine what that might be like - to actually know God in a way that fills your heart and whispers tremendous value and purpose to something deep within you.
But how can you experience a being you're not even sure exists? Religious jargon and games can't satisfy such a longing. It's got to be real . . . or nothing at all.
A SEARCH FOR WHAT IS REAL helps you sort through the questions, objections, and concerns that arise when you consider God not as some theological abstraction, but as someone you can actually connect with . . . and want to connect with, perhaps more than you know.
The "Finding Faith" books A SEARCH FOR WHAT MAKES SENSE and A SEARCH FOR WHAT IS REAL don't try to tell you what to believe; they are guides in learning how to believe. If you think the spiritual journey requires turning your back on honesty and intellectual integrity, these two companion volumes will speak to both your mind and your soul.
"Is there a God? How can I know? How can I know God? The search for faith can begin in many ways, but at its bottom dwells a hope or an openness to connect with something-with someone-bigger than us. But is that possible-and if so, how? Perhaps you're searching for a faith you've never had. Or perhaps you're trying to recover a faith you lost or hold onto a faith that seems to be slipping through your fingers. You can't help wondering, Is there something more, something authentic that satisfies both the mind and the heart? Finding Faith is not about what to believe but about how to believe. If you think having faith means turning your back on truth and intellectual integrity, these two companion volumes will speak to both your mind and your soul. A Search for What Makes Sense explores the rational side of faith with questions such as: Does it really matter what I believe? What is the relationship between faith and knowledge? Why are there so many religions? Do all paths lead to the same God? A Search for What Is Real affirms the side of you that longs to experience God. How might that happen? Can God be experienced through doubt? Why is church the last place I turn to connect with God? What if I lose interest? If you have intellectual and experiential questions about faith, then these honest, thoughtful, and challenging books are for you."
Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. He's also a senior fellow with emergent village(www.emergentvillage.org), a growing generative friendship of missional Christian leaders.
He is the author of three best selling books on Emergent beliefs written in the form of fiction The Last Word and the Word after That; A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey and The Story We Find Ourselves In: Further Adventures of a New Kind of Christian.
Two books on Finding Faith, A Search for what is Real and A Search for What makes Sense
Three books on Emergent evangelism and culture, More Ready than you Realise; The Church on the other side: Doing ministry in the Postmodern matrix, and A Is for Abductive: The Language of the Emerging Church
Three books on Kingdom beliefs, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, and Everything must change: Jesus, Global Crisis and a Revolution of Hope. and a book on Emergent Spirituality Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices .