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The Bad Christian's Manifesto: Reinventing God (and other modest proposals) [Kindle Edition]

Dave Tomlinson
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Book Description

Welcome to the bad Christian's manifesto, an argument for

� keeping faith with scepticism

� making a virtue of pleasure

� & finding heaven in the ordinary things of life

Dave Tomlinson, author of How to be a bad Christian, thinks that a lot of our overly religious, formal ideas of God need to be reinvented - and a lot of our spirituality, too. What does it look like to live well and die happy - from an unapologetically generous Christian point of view? Join Dave as he considers virtues, vices, friendship, morality, mortality - and how to make a sacrament of anything from cigars to chocolate.

This book will change the way you think about God - and the way you live your life.

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What he manages to do is to unpack the generous, compassionate love of God in a way that brings a tingle to everyday life. (Inspire Magazine)

There's wisdom and grace here many of us can learn from. (Inspire Magazine)

The best thing about the book, and the reason it deserves to find a wide readership, is that there's something in it for everyone, and every reader will take away their own thoughts from it."

"For someone who claims that writing doesn't come naturally to them, Tomlinson's books are highly readable, and he has a finely tuned ear for story-telling coupled with the ability to put forward coherent and persuasive argument. Most importantly, he is interested in his fellow humans, and his passion for understanding what makes people tick shines through every word.Tomlinson's voice is an invaluable contribution to the continuing debate about the presence and value of religious faith in an increasingly secular society. The reasonableness with which he presents his faith is the major reason for the power of his voice.

(Greg Jameson Entertainment Focus)

Hearing Dave speak on his new book The Bad Christian's Manifesto- Reinventing God and other modest proposals was one of the highlights of Greenbelt for me, not least because Dave's approach sums up the festival- now by that I don't mean everyone is aiming to be a bad Christian! What I do mean is that for the many people on the fringes of the church for whom the dogma and traditions of religion just seem too much, the festival offers inclusivity and a place for everyone to explore their religious journey. (Janey Lee Grace Church Newspaper)

One of the things that struck me is how inclusive you are

There's a transformative tale in the book of how you converted a woman's idea of God from a rather chastising image of her father to a more benevolent image of her grandmother

You're certainly not scared to step back from the structure of religion.

(Olly Smith BBC Radio 2)

The book is really theology for anyone and everyone. (Janet McLarty BBC Radio 2)

His tone is friendly and knowledgeable, and he's not afraid to say the unsayable ... This is a thoughtful and uplifting read." (Dublin Herald)

Dave wants to throw out the 'religion' in people's mind yet keep our notion of faith. Interesting read and typically controversial. Dave suggests that all pleasure is not bad and we need to focus on our personal relationship with God. (Sorted)

Tomlinson provides a framework whereby religious and non-relgious folk might find it easier to work together on the issues we all agree upon. (Simon Clarke County Times)

Here's my secret: sometimes, when I hear all kinds of outrageous things said and done in the name of Christianity, I think about turning in mymembership. I don't want to be part of the elite club of the doctrinally correct and the spiritually superior. But then a book like the one comes along, and I say, This is a way of being a Christian that makes sense to me. This is a way of life I can live with. I'm glad to be known as a bad Christian, thanks to Dave Tomlison's beautiful book. (Brian D McLaren Engage)

There is a lot that can be learnt from Dave's book and from those around us who may not know what offering a sign of peace is but, without having to shake people's hands, are bringing love and peace to those people around them. I think I need to be more of a bad Christian. What about you? (Sally Buchan Engage)

As brilliant, fun and insightful as his first 'Bad Christian' book, this book is powerful because it is real and digs past the obvious gloss of being a Christian and going to Church ... A wonderful manifesto and a book so many need to read a pass around. (Melanie Carrol Together Magazine)

Rev Dave Tomlinson has hosted Radio 4's Sunday Worship programme from his church, St Luke's. (BBC Radio 4)

Dave Tomlinson spoke with Anna Cookson about God on BBC London. (BBC London)

His book will get the traditionalist hot under the collar and, to be fair, I had the odd hottish moment. But it is worth a read and will prompt some profound questions. I like Tomlinson, even if I don't agree with him all the time. (Church of England Newspaper)

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Spiritual intelligence - 'how to live well and die happy' - from the author of How to be a bad Christian.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (11 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J3798RW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,594 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant 16 Sept. 2014
By Sophie
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This book is just a breath of fresh air. It is about inclusivity and about recognising the universality of God. As a committed Christian I was delighted at last to read such uplifting thoughts about God and Jesus. I shall be buying a couple more copies to give to friends, both Christian and atheist.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow up to Dave Tomlinson's previous book 14 Sept. 2014
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A great follow up to Dave Tomlinson's previous book. If you have no experience of church or are fed up with the fundamentalist approach to Christianity then this is the book for you. I would recommend reading 'How To Be A Bad Christian' in addition to this publication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 3 Oct. 2014
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Wonderfully life and truth affirming. Dave puts into common sense, easy to understand terms his take on the big questions, and illustrates it with marvellous stories of real people. A thinker and communicator who definitely hits the spot with honesty and candour. Stimulating, thought provoking and inspiring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I was a little bit reluctant at first to buy this book from my good friend - not sure why - but glad I overcame that and once I had started, I could barely put it down. Another thought-provoking, challenging, inspiring and uplifting book from Dave that reveals his heart of compassion and understanding for those who struggle with or even dismiss the church. I'm going to have to read it again to get my head around some of the modest proposals!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Oct. 2014
Thought provoking and challenging, a must read for anyone disenchanted with traditional church life and it's issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Very challenging. If only the Church would rediscover the inclusivity of God's love and acceptance of people as they are; if only the Church would reach out to people of other faiths in recognition of the importance of what we share; if only the Church would abandon childish concepts of God for the wonder of mystery. This book should help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Oct. 2014
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Excellent, written by a man that respects the human race and loves each one of us.
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