Good News for Anxious Christians: Ten Practical Things You Don't Have to Do

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Baker Books, Oct 1, 2010 - Religion - 224 pages
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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Contents

Why You Dont Have to Hear Gods Voice in Your
1
Why You Dont Have to Believe Your Intuitions Are
19
Why You Dont Have to Let God Take Control
37
Why You Dont Have to Find Gods Will for Your
57
Why You Dont Have to Be Sure You Have the Right
79
Heart
97
Why You Dont Have to Keep Getting Transformed All
117
Why You Dont Always Have to Experience Joy
137
Why Applying It to Your Life Is Boring
157
Why Basing Faith on Experience Leads to a PostChristian
175
How the Gospel of Christ Is Good
191
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Phillip Cary (PhD, Yale University) is professor of philosophy at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, as well as scholar-in-residence at the Templeton Honors College. He is the author of Jonah in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible and of three critically acclaimed books on the life and thought of Augustine.

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