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Messy Spirituality: Christianity for the rest of us (Hodder Christian Books) Paperback – 20 Sep 2001

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (20 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340756357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340756355
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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For those who want to be spiritual, have tried to be spiritual - and have subsequently abandoned any hope of ever being spiritual!

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I Guess I'm Not a Very Good Christian . . . Do you feel like: I don't pray enough I don't read my Bible enough I don't share my faith enough I don't love God enough I'm not committed enough I'm not spiritual enough Then this book is for you. Messy Spirituality was written for the silent majority of us who have been convinced that we just don't do Christianity right. We spend most of our lives worried about what we don't do instead of what we have done, focused on our imperfections instead of God's fondness for the imperfect. Why? Because we've been bombarded with books, tapes, talks, seminars, and movies convincing us that real Christianity is all about perfection. Michael Yaconelli dares to suggest that imperfection, infiniteness, and messiness are, in fact, the earmarks of true Christianity; that real Christianity is messy, erratic, lopsided . . . and gloriously liberating. What if genuine faith begins with admitting we will never have our act completely together? Maybe messy disciples are exactly the kind of imperfect people Jesus came to earth for and whose company he actually enjoyed--and still enjoys. If you want to find Jesus today, look for him in the midst of burned-out believers, moral misfits, religious incompetents . . . men and women whose lives are, well, messy. Messy Spirituality is a strong antidote for the spiritual perfectionism in us all. Here are truths that can cut you loose from the tyranny of ought-to's and open your eyes to the deep spirituality of being loved, shortcomings and all, by the God who meets you and transforms you in the midst of a messy and unpredictable life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Wow, one of those books that has you nodding at every page. Mike Yaconelli had a knack of telling as it is, and this book is brilliant.

He helps you understand God's grace and what it means for the Christian life and church. Essentially it's about realising that our best spiritual connections with God happen when we are at out most honest, most real, most passionate.

Christian spirituality is not about competence or professional church or fake Christian lives on Sundays or comfortable or ...

Christian spirituality is messy spirituality. It is about a passion for Jesus, just as you are. Jesus cared far more about passion than competence.

Churches really need to grasp what Yaconelli is saying as it's at the heart of Jesus' gospel. Read this book, change yourself, change church, meet Jesus in today's world.
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This book was a breath of fresh air. It was very readable - a good combination of stories, personal bits and Bible references.

It reminded me of God's amazing grace and what it means to live with that in your life. How we don't have to be good enough for God, he loves us as we are. Not that we have licence to abuse God's grace but we don't have to impress him!

Such a relief. Inspirational.
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Mike Yaconelli's message to the world was/is simple, Love Jesus - Follow Him, Love People - as much as you can & It's normal to get things wrong.
This book can help you realise and understand how God sees your life and the mistakes we all make on a day-day basis - be that worrying or other things that make following Jesus seem an impossible task.
His other books are amazing. Buy them now!
Simple and down to earth, practical and real, easy to read and sufficiently challenging to apply.
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The loss of Mike Yaconelli in October 2004 was huge. Not only was he an inspirational speaker, his books are astounding. Every time I read one of them I feel not only closer to the author but closer to God.
His attitude to Christianity is what the organised Church really needs to take on board. This book is essential reading for all sorts of people, from committed Christians needing a spiritual uplift to those on the fringe thinking that to be loved by God we need to be living perfect lives. It just ain't so!!
Buy this book for yourself, for your best friend, for the person you work with who thinks you're a bit batty going to church every week. Spread the word that you don't have to be perfect to be a Christian, there was only one bloke capable of that...and sorry Mike it wasn't you my love, but God bless you, I miss you!
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A refreshingly honest look at how ordinary people can connect with God, without having to go through the hoops and trappings that are so often associated with ‘spirituality’. Yaconelli was a pastor, yet he struggled at times to pray. He made mistakes, he messed up. He explains that the spiritual life does not have to be a neat progression of steps but is often disorganised and messy.

Specific chapters look at hindrances to the spiritual life. The author encourages us to let go of the past, whether it was traumatic or not, and to move on with God into our future.

He explodes some of the myths that some apparently super-spiritual people hold to; he encourages his readers to encounter Jesus for themselves. He looks at the importance of love, and of doing whatever we’re supposed to do, day by day, with examples of how little bits of grace occur when we least expect them.

Peppered with anecdotes, the book is quite thought-provoking. It’s not a difficult read, and I found it immensely encouraging.

I would recommend it highly to anyone, whatever stage they are on the Christian path.
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Mike Yaconelli is so very honest about his struggle to be the perfect Christian some preachers and of course non-Christians tell us we should be.

I was loaned this book by a friend who told me to pass it on, which I have done and those people have passed it on too.
Each person who has read this book has like me, ended up buying their own copy.
I know that there will be some legalists in and out of the church who will not agree and like the Pharisees will make some feel that they can never walk into a church because they can't atain the impossible standard they set
It was a pleasure to have in writing what I have always beleived, tellign the legalists that if it was all black and white why do we need Jesus? Repentance and Grace = Forgiveness and Hope
I was once told that the word sin is the name used for an archer who misses the bulls eye. If it misses it is a sin
We aim for the perfection of God but because we are still earth bound we miss the bulls eye and so are sinners and that is why we need Jesus. I urge those who want the Freedom Jesus spoke of to read this book.
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