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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Winner of the 2017 Illumination Award
Jacqueline Bussie knows that too many Christians live according to unspoken "laws" that govern the Christian life: #1: Never get angry at God; #2: Never doubt; #3: Never question; #4: Never tell your real story; #5: Always speak in clichés about evil and suffering; and #6: Always believe hope comes easy for those who truly love God.
Living according to these rules is killing real Christian life; Outlaw Christian proposes a rebellious, life-giving, authentic alternative. Through captivating stories and with disarming honesty, Bussie gives concrete, practical strategies to help readers cultivate hope, seek joy, practice accompaniment, compost their pain, and rediscover the spiritual practice of lament. Tackling difficult questions without political divisiveness, Bussie speaks to both progressive and conservative Christians in ways that unite rather than divide. And in doing so, she provides a new way to handle the most difficult and troubling questions of life in a broken world that God will never abandon.
Jacqueline Bussie is Director of the Forum on Faith and Life and Professor of Religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She has a BA, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Davidson College; an MA in Religion from Yale University; and a PhD in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from the University of Virginia.
gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Outlaw ChristianAugust 31, 2016gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5OUTLAW CHRISTIAN
Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the Rules
By Jacqueline A. Bussie
Dont quote, dont be angry, never ask questions, grieve in secret -- These are the unwritten rules of modern Christianity. For the author, a faith governed by these rules is stifling, unsustainable, and dishonest. In this book Jacqueline Bussie takes your through the rules and explains why she believes that we need to be an outlaw Christian. She is a professor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She shares stories about people and herself to prove her point about how the rules can sometimes do more harm than good. She shares what she teaches her students and shows prove, by using scripture, about what she is claiming. She offers help to everyone to have a stronger faith and calls for a faith that laments, loves, laughs, longs, and lives, but never lies.
The book is easy to understand, the stories are interesting and not overwhelming with theology but a true way to understand God and His Word. Her hope is that you will be open and become an outlaw Christian and that your faith will increase. I enjoyed this book and found some very interesting facts and would suggest that this be used for discussion groups.
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HeidiMarie4 Stars Out Of 5Outlaw ChristianAugust 21, 2016HeidiMarieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is all about how the unspoken "rules" of modern Christianity actually does more harm than good, and can even end up pulling us away from God. Rules such as never getting angry at God and comforting using only Christian cliches need to stop for Outlaw Christians.
An outlaw Christian is defined in this book as "a new, life-giving faith for those who ache for a more authentic relationship with God and other people by no longer having to hide their doubt, anger, grief, scars, or questions", or "an honest, outside-the-law faith for those seeking a hope that really speaks to the world's hurt."
I completely agree with both of definitions, and I think that's what Christianity should be about. In my opinion, doubt and questions are necessary in order to grow in your relationship with God. Asking God questions or searching for answers is what helps you to learn and grow.
This book has been such a pleasure to read. It made me think about things that I had been ignoring or taking for granted, and I definitely plan to pass this along to friends. When I like a book I usually keep it, but I think it would be the right thing to do to share it with someone else.
The author has such a friendly and inviting writing voice, showing a reader that she isn't preaching to us, she's simply sharing the things she's learned the hard way. She uses tons of Biblical and personal examples to explain her ideas and she really knows what she's talking about.
I gave this book 4/5 stars overall, and I think I would like to check out her other book, The Laughter of the Oppressed: Ethical and Theological Resistance in Wiesel, Morrison, and Endo.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.