A Faith Worth Believing  -     By: Tom Stella
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A Faith Worth Believing

HarperCollins / 2005 / Paperback

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For many Americans raised in the church, retaining the beliefs they once learned is no longer possible. Challenged both by encountering other world religions and philosophies and experiencing the everyday challenges of suffering, illness, and poverty, many cradle-Christians can no longer adhere to the doctrines they learned in Sunday School. Tom Stella offers a workable, everyday Christian faith for adults, a faith based on mystery rather than doctrinal rigidity, centered on thoughtful contemplation rather than simplistic theology. Through the narrative device of the Baltimore Catechism, Stella takes us through the various aspects of faith and his own journey from what he once believed because he was told to what he now believes in his soul to be true. Each chapter ends with a series of meditative thoughts to help readers apply the beliefs to their own lives. Stella calls us back to the roots of the Christian faith--to a faith that is thoughtful, all-pervasive, and based on the recognition that God is mystery. Accessible and pastoral, A Faith Worth Believing offers a new way of thinking for the average Christians who find themselves asking some tough questions about the faith they've sought all their lives.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 006075057X
ISBN-13: 9780060750572

Publisher's Description

How can we have an authentic faith when we no longer have well-defined, codified beliefs? Where do we turn to better understand our relationship with God when the messages of the Church seem simplistic? This book is for all those who are asking the tough questions and are not satisfied with the answers they are receiving.

Author Bio

Tom Stella, C.S.C., is the author of The God Instinct and is widely recognized as a spiritual director and retreat leader. A Catholic priest in the congregation of Holy Cross, Stella initiated a spirituality-in-the-workplace program at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, where he is a chaplain. He cofounded Soul-Link, a not-for-profit organization that creates opportunities for spiritual seekers to discover one another and communicate through retreats, small group discussions, and a variety of educational programs.

Editorial Reviews

“[A]sks the right questions, points in the right directions . . . to get through these times faithfully, creatively.”
“[S]imply the most provocative, disturbing and courageous book that I have read in many, many years.”
“Stella succeeds in playing the Music of Faith rather than squabbling over who’s staying closest to the old scores.”
“Interesting and helpful to Protestants and Catholics alike.”
“A book for grown-up Christians. . .[and] those wanting to think about faith as well as practice it.”
“Certain to resonate with Christians for whom conventional theological and biblical understandings have become inadequate.”
“Resonates with people who find themselves out of sync with religious institutions.”
“A stimulating, thoughtful exploration of Christian faith that reaches past dogma to the fundamentally enigmatic nature of God.”

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