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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2009
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Somewhere between cold faith and hot pursuit lies lukewarm spirituality. And in the median between the wide path and the narrow road we find the middle-ground of the spiritual walk. It's something not quite Christian. More like.Christianish.
It may feel like authentic faith. It may even look like the real deal. Yet it's often easy to settle for the souvenir t-shirtthe appearance of a transformed heartinstead of taking the actual trip through true life-change. We find ourselves settling for a personal faith that's been polluted by culture, and diluted by other people's take on spirituality.
Christianish tells the story of one man's journey to move from the in-between to a life that's centered on Christ. To move forward, author Mark Steele goes back to the beginning, to examine Christ's life and words. Through stories and insights that are sometimes profound, often hilarious, and always honest, Mark delivers a compelling look at what our faith is all about.
So rediscover what it means to live like Christ, and ditch the ish.
Read Mark's blog at www.halflifediealready.com
In Christianish, Mark revisits the words and life of Christ to find just what it means to be a Christian. Through stories and insights that are sometimes profound, often hilarious, and always honest, he delivers a compelling look at what authentic faith is all about. While carefully detailing the tell tale symptoms of being Christianish, Mark encourages readers to ditch the ish to become true Christ-followers.
We have trained ourselves to cope well on a Christianish path: a path where we please the right godly people and dont feel the guilt when our failings are seen by the world at large. But this is not the approach to Jesus that we were created to take. There is only one way for us to discover the right way to travel the right road. The way is not church. The way is not an ideology. The way is not Christian. The way is Jesus.
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5August 17, 2009Christy LocksteinChristianish by Mark Steele is a book guaranteed to unsettle readers' ideas of what it means to be a Christian. Steele, a stand up comic uses his skills well in this book. Several sections were so laugh out loud funny that I had to read them to my husband, others had me snorting and chuckling. He uses humor to bring readers in, and then compels further interest through his pointed look at how Christians are making Christ look bad because we want faith to be comfortable rather than real. Living a Christianish life means calling ourselves Christian without ever being stretched into the new beings God wants us to be. This is the rare book that actually made me laugh AND cry! Steele's story about a young man working his way through a ropes course while battling acrophobia brought me to tears, and Steele used the powerful story to demonstrate what real faith looks like. Stepping out in fear, but constantly trusting in the Father's plan and love, never freezing and turning tail. Sometimes we need someone to shake up our faith, and Steele is the perfect person for the job.
wyn3 Stars Out Of 5August 17, 2009wynThe premise is good, are we following what Jesus taught and walked or are we following what we think the Christian church teaches. As everyone knows those are not the same thing. Have we become so worried about what our church and fellow members think of us that we have lost sight of what Jesus and God think of us? The writing is very good. Mr. Steele uses examples from his own life to illustrate principles that Jesus taught and show how we follow and how we diverge from those teachings. He had quite a few very good points. But, I found myself getting bored by the 5th chapter. It could be the difference between male and female but I really found his personal illustrations just taking up too much of each chapter. He starts out each chapter with an illustration but it seems to me to be at least half the chapter. I would have preferred the illustrations to be shorter and more to the point, I found them exceedingly long-winded and detailed. I also found myself skipping that part of the chapter by the mid-point and going for the relavency in the Christian walk. Like I said he did have some good points but if I hadn't been reading the book for review purposes I would have put it down and not picked it up about half way through.