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Faith and Doubt [Kindle Edition]

John Ortberg
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What if the most important word is the one in the middle?

We often think of doubt as the opposite of faith, but could it actually strengthen our relationship with God? According to John Ortberg, best-selling author and pastor, the very nature of faith requires the presence of uncertainty. In this refreshingly candid look at a life of faith, he traces the line between belief and unbelief: less a dividing line between hostile camps than a razor’s edge that runs through every soul. His findings point us toward the relief of being totally honest. Questions can expand our understanding, uncertainty can lead to trust, and honest faith can produce outrageous hope. Written from Ortberg’s own struggle with faith and doubt, this book will challenge, comfort, and inspire you with the truth that God wants all of us—including our doubts.


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Is it possible to be a thinking person and be completely free of doubt? To believe without question? Author and pastor John Ortberg explores the nature of doubt and finds that it is not only common but inevitable, and in some ways necessary. How do we have unshaken faith in a God who seems to sit idle as an earthquake kills thousands? How can we firmly believe in a God that lets children perish in war or from disease or hunger? Calling on his own faith (and doubt) and the observations of philosophers and theologians, Ortberg grapples with when doubt and uncertainty are obstacles to faith, demonstrating what forms of doubt are damaging, and how we can open ourselves up to the gift of belief. He discusses the faith that hope delivers, a faith so strong and real that 'I can let go and trust that Jesus will catch me'.

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What if the most important word is the one in the middle? We often think of doubt as the opposite of faith, but could it actually strengthen our relationship with God? According to John Ortberg, best-selling author and pastor, the very nature of faith requires the presence of uncertainty. In this refreshingly candid look at a life of faith, he traces the line between belief and unbelief: less a dividing line between hostile camps than a razor's edge that runs through every soul. His findings point us toward the relief of being totally honest. Questions can expand our understanding, uncertainty can lead to trust, and honest faith can produce outrageous hope. Written from Ortberg's own struggle with faith and doubt, this book will challenge, comfort, and inspire you with the truth that God wants all of us - including our doubts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310253519
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (9 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ANYCSC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... 17 April 2012
Format:Paperback
I like John Ortberg, really I do. I think he is a brilliant writer. He writes in a way that is engaging enough to draw in the general reader but with enough references to serious authors to keep the more boff-like interested. He has a wonderfully self-deprecating sense of humour and sets up his jokes beautifully. Few other Christian authors make me laugh out loud so much. His use of illustration is powerful and impressive. He has a knack for pulling you in, making you laugh, then landing a killer punch.

Here is an example of one of his jokes. Explaining that when God afflicts the Philistines with tumors (1 Samuel 5), the word really means hemorrhoids, Ortberg says:

"The writer wants us to know that in the presence of God's judgement, the Philistines were embarrassingly human. All their iron swords, spears and shields did them no good, because what they really needed was inflatable cushions to sit on, and while the Iron Age had arrived, the Inflatable Cushion Age was still centuries away."

I also agree with the overall thesis of the book - doubt is part of faith, something everyone experiences to greater or lesser degree, and something to process rather than deny. We do one another a great disservice if people are never allowed to air their doubts for fear that they will be cast out of our righteous presence. Life throws up all kinds of challenges and difficulties - it would be weird to never doubt.

Ortberg doesn't shy away from this and opens up the toughest of issues, especially those concerning pain and suffering. And he presents some good responses. His interaction with the New Atheists (Dawkins, Hitchins. et al) is excellent. His `proofs' for the existence of God are really helpful. His pastors heart shines through.

So thus far so excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read Me! 6 Jan. 2010
Format:Paperback
I approached this book expecting a fair amount of glossing over and fudging of issues. I was pleasantly surprised to find no such monkey business. This is an engaging read and faces many issues square on. It is written in Ortberg's characteristic personable style and comes across as the genuine work of a person who really understands from the inside. That (as Forrest Gump said) is all I have to say about that. Get a copy. Read. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review 25 July 2011
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This book really gives good real life examples. It challenged me to think about the way I
sometimes perceive things that to me at the time felt unbearable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great helper to Faith 1 Aug. 2013
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Can identify with so much in John Ortberg's book. A real faith builder for very human people like me. Very encouraging!
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