Not Sure: A Pastor's Journey from Faith to Doubt
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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2011 / Paperback

Not Sure: A Pastor's Journey from Faith to Doubt

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2011 / Paperback

Stock No: WW866509


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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802866506
ISBN-13: 9780802866509

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Publisher's Description

In 2002, while touring North America with his wife in an RV, John Suk -- lifelong Christian, longtime pastor, and noted leader in the Christian Reformed Church -- experienced a crippling crisis of faith. He emerged from that dark time with a strange new gift -- doubt.

In Not Sure Suk takes readers on an eyes-wide-open, deeply personal voyage through the past and present of Christian belief, reexamining Christian faith -- in his own life and in fifteen centuries of Christian history -- through a skeptic's eyes. He exposes major pitfalls of modern Christian movements and questions what he considers to be faulty paradigms: the "personal relationship with Jesus," the "health-and-wealth gospel," and traditional ethnicity-based belief systems. In the end he is left clinging to what is for him a truer, wiser kind of faith in Jesus Christ -- faith that struggles and lives with doubt.

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Author Bio

John Suk is pastor of Grace Christian Reformed Church inCobourg, Ontario, and former editor in chief of The Banner,the Christian Reformed Church's denominational magazine. Heis also the author of Dad's Dying: A Family's Journeythrough Death."

Endorsements

John Suk is as honest as the Bible. With an angular, unforgettable voice he joins the psalmists who dare to lament their losses before the face of God because even lament is at bottom an expression of faith. A memorable book!
-Cornelius Plantinga Jr.

Doubt, John Suk discovers, is not so much the opposite of faith as it is faith's awkward companion. This noted pastor weaves a bluntly honest spiritual autobiography with sweeping doctrinal history to conclude that doubt is the 'ants in the pants of faith,' discomforting the too comfortably faithful into a more mature trust in God.
-Michael L. Lindvall
The Brick Presbyterian Church, New York City

A rich, eloquent, beautifully written book...Seldom has personal story been so imaginatively interwoven with cultural history, analysis, and critique.
-Nicholas Wolterstorff
Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University

Author Info

John Suk is pastor of Grace Reformed Church in Cobourg, Ontario, and former editor in chief of The Banner, the Christian Reformed Church's denominational magazine. He is also the author of Dad's Dying: A Family's Journey through Death.

Editorial Reviews

Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
author of Beyond Doubt: Faith-Building Devotions on Questions Christians Ask
"John Suk is as honest as the Bible. With an angular, unforgettable voice he joins the psalmists who dare to lament their losses before the face of God because even lament is at bottom an expression of faith. A memorable book!"

Michael L. Lindvall
The Brick Presbyterian Church, New York City
"Doubt, John Suk discovers, is not so much the opposite of faith as it is faith's awkward companion. This noted pastor weaves a bluntly honest spiritual autobiography with sweeping doctrinal history to conclude that doubt is the 'ants in the pants of faith,' discomforting the too comfortably faithful into a more mature trust in God."

Nicholas Wolterstorff
(from foreword)
"A rich, eloquent, beautifully written book. . . . Seldom has personal story been so imaginatively interwoven with cultural history, analysis, and critique."

Living Church
"Suk writes an honest, intelligent account of his journey and relates it to the cultural shifts that impede faith."
 
Calvin Theological Journal
"Eminently worth buying and reading reflectively. . . . The book is a poignant, personal affirmation of the deepest dimension of faith. . . . It is superbly crafted and deeply reflective."
 
Presbyterian Outlook
"John Suk’s pastoral reflections will be a great aid to those preachers who dare face their doubts while living honestly with their faith."
 
Sharing the Practice
"This is a good book for pastors to read and meditate upon."
 

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