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Good News For Anxious Christians: 10 Practical Things You Don't Have to Do

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Like a succession of failed diet regimens, the much-touted techniques that are supposed to bring us closer to God "in our hearts" can instead make us feel anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed. How can we meet and know God with ongoing...


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Like a succession of failed diet regimens, the much-touted techniques that are supposed to bring us closer to God "in our hearts" can instead make us feel anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed. How can we meet and know God with ongoing joy rather than experiencing the Christian life as a series of guilt-inducing disappointments?


^^Phillip Cary explains that knowing God is a gradual, long-term process that comes through the Bible experienced in Christian community, not a to-do list designed to help us live the Christian life "right." This clearly written book covers ten things Christians don't have to do to be close to God, such as hear God's voice in their hearts, find God's will for their lives, and believe their intuitions are the Holy Spirit. Cary skillfully unpacks the riches of traditional Christian spirituality, bringing the real good news to Christians of all ages.^


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10 Things You Don't Have to Do to Be Close to God Like a succession of failed diet regimens, the much-touted techniques that are supposed to bring us closer to God "in our hearts" can instead make us feel anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Phillip Cary explains that discipleship is a gradual, long-term process that comes through the Bible experienced in Christian community, not a to-do list designed to help us live the Christian life "right." He covers ten things we don't have to do to be close to God, skillfully unpacking the riches of traditional Christian spirituality to bring the real good news to Christians of all ages. "Yes! No! Whoa! There are so many terrific, alarming, insightful zingers in this book that I agreed, disagreed and, most of all, had to think about something on every page. Graceful and liberating, it is a word of wisdom and hope that just might convince anxious Christians that the gospel really is better news than we've yet imagined."-- Andy Crouch, senior editor, Christianity Today International; author, Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling "Evangelicals worry about lots of things, including the state of our spiritual health. Phil Cary is worried too: worried that evangelicals are suffering needlessly because they have imbibed a consumerist spirituality that offers much but provides little. Phil's prescription for spiritual indigestion? A turning away from the self to the one who continually speaks a healing, saving word to us, Christ himself. This is, quite frankly, one of the best books I've read on the spiritual life over the past twenty-five years. I heartily recommend it."-- Christopher A. Hall, chancellor, Eastern University "Phillip Cary has clearly and convincingly explained why so many evangelicals are anxious and believe they may be failing at faith. I highly recommend this book to my fellow Christian counselors and self-doubting Christians because Cary richly explains the comforting good news of our identity in Christ. He thus provides a solid theological basis for correcting many deeply distorted beliefs about the self which propagate anxiety. This book provides the best treatment of this subject that I have ever read."-- Christopher Doriani, therapist, ACSW
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 303852
  • Product Code 9781587432859
  • ISBN 1587432854
  • EAN 9781587432859
  • Pages 220
  • Department General Books
  • Category Spiritual Growth
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Brazos Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2010
  • Sales Rank 79542
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 15mm
  • Weight 0.317kg

Phillip Cary

Phillip Cary (Ph.D., Yale University) is professor of philosophy and director of the philosophy program at Eastern University in Pennsylvania as well as scholar-in-residence at the Templeton Honors College.


He is the author of Jonah (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) and of three critically acclaimed books on the life and thought of St. Augustine - Augustine's Invention of the Inner Self (Oxford, 2000); Inner Grace: Augustine in the Traditions of Plato and Paul (Oxford, 2008); Outward Signs: The Powerlessness of External Things in Augustine's Thought (Oxford, 2008), and most recently the popular title Good News for Anxious Christians: Ten Practical Things You Don't Have to Do (Brazos, 2010).
Koorong -Editorial Review.

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  • Introduction: Why Trying To Be Christian Makes Us Anxious<br>1. Why You Don't Have To Hear God's Voice In Your Heart<br><i>or, How God Really Speaks Today<br></i>2. Why You Don't Have To Believe Your Intuitions Are The Holy Spirit<br><i>or, How The Spirit Shapes Our Hearts<br></i>3. Why You Don't Have To &quot;let God Take Control&quot;<br><i>or, How Obedience Is For Responsible Adults<br></i>4. Why You Don't Have To &quot;find God's Will For Your Life&quot;<br><i>or, How Faith Seeks Wisdom<br></i>5. Why You Don't Have To Be Sure You Have The Right Motivations<br><i>or, How Love Seeks The Good<br></i>6. Why You Don't Have To Worry About Splitting Head From Heart<br><i>or, How Thinking Welcomes Feeling<br></i>7. Why You Don't Have To Keep Getting Transformed All The Time<br><i>or, How Virtues Make A Lasting Change In Us<br></i>8. Why You Don't Always Have To Experience Joy<br><i>or, How God Vindicates The Afflicted<br></i>9. Why &quot;applying It To Your Life&quot; Is Boring<br><i>or, How The Gospel Is Beautiful<br></i>10. Why Basing Faith On Experience Leads To A Post-christian Future<br><i>or, How Christian Faith Needs Christian Teaching<br></i>conclusion: How The Gospel Of Christ Is Good For Us

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