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Convergent Books / 2014 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Convergent Books
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781601425447
ISBN-13: 9781601425447

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Hope for spiritual refugees, church burnouts, and freedom seekers.
 
After years of participating in a comfortable faith tradition, many find themselves in a spiritual wilderness, feeling disillusioned with church, longing for more freedom and less religion in their lives.

If that describes you, you’re in good company. Countless men and women are in the middle of a shifting faith—and aren’t sure where to turn. 
 
What if you discovered that losing beliefs doesn’t mean you have to lose your faith?
 
Pastor, friend, and spiritual director Kathy Escobar has journeyed with many who have experienced significant shifts in the faith they once considered unchangeable. Through their stories and her own, Kathy has discovered that growth and change are natural parts of life in our relationship with God.

Filled with honest stories and practical insights, Faith Shift gives language to what many experience as their faith evolves. With an inviting blend of vulnerability and hope, it addresses the losses that come with spiritual shifts and offers tangible practices for rebuilding a free and authentic faith after it unravels.  
What feels like an ending can become a new beginning. 
 
Includes personal reflection and group discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

Author Bio

Kathy Escobar is a pastor, writer, advocate, speaker, and spiritual director. She is the co-founder of The Refuge, a mission center and Christian community, which has become a harbor for spiritual shifters in north Denver. An active blogger, Kathy is also the author of Down We Go: Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus and co-author of several spiritual direction books, including Come with Me and Refresh.  She lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband, Jose, and their five children.

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  1. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not evangelical but a valuable book
    November 24, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
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    At the outset, I need to let potential readers know that this book would not fall into the typical evangelical Christian category. Escobar writes about a crisis in faith and then rebuilding faith. The faith that is rebuilt, Escobar says, does not have to be that of what I would call typical evangelical faith. I do not believe our souls are in mortal danger, she writes, even if we walk away from everything we once knew. I believe God is big enough to handle it. (87) We are not to worry that our souls might be in mortal danger. Eternal damnation is not an issue, she says. (86-87)

    That being said, I still think this is a very valuable book. There are many Christians who come to the point of feeling their faith is unraveling. Escobar has written this book for those people. I think she has created a valuable model, the Faith Shift Model, that helps explain the stages one goes through in initially forming faith, living it, questioning it, losing it, and then rebuilding it.

    The first stage is fusing (believing, learning, doing). Some think their spiritual transformation stops here but there is more. Next is shifting (disengagement, uncertainty, longing). At this point, some return to the faith they learned as children. Others go to the next step of unraveling, where faith comes undone so it can be rebuilt (longing for mystery instead of conformity and certainty). Next is severing (cutting ties with institutions some with God). Last is rebuilding (freedom, mystery, diversity).

    Following this model, I am encouraged to know there is a process for rebuilding faith after one has experienced a spiritual crisis of faith. One can move forward and discover a new authentic faith. There is life on the other side of a faith shift, Escobar writes. It's much harder to define, describe, and live out than anything we've previously experienced but it's possible. (128)

    There are questions at the end of each chapter for personal use or group discussion.

    While this book does not advocate rebuilding what I would call evangelical faith, it is a good book about the experience of questioning one's faith and/or church experience. I would recommend it for those who want to understand what many are experiencing today.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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