Permission to Doubt: One Woman's Journey into a Thinking Faith  -     By: Ann Sullivan
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In her first book, Permission to Doubt, Ann C. Sullivan uses lessons learned in her thirteen year struggle with a panic disorder to let women know it is okay to have doubt in your faith life. She takes a look at when her own faith collided with reason and shares step-by-step solutions for reinforcing our faith in the midst of stuggle. She encourages readers to ask the hard questions because genuine truth doesn't buckle under the light of interrogation.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825443660
ISBN-13: 9780825443664

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There's no question that life throws hard curve balls, even at Christians, setting us up to question where we stand and why. People grow up and move out of their parents' influence, crisis strikes, the disconnect between teaching and acting gapes too wide--and doubt creeps in. That strikes terror in our hearts: if we doubt, how can we be good Christians? The only options seem to be either to stifle all questions or to reject all that we've been taught. Permission to Doubt offers a third option: the possibility that doubt may be a foundation for a stronger, deeper faith.

Ann Sullivan knows the pain and distress of doubt. Following a thirteen-year struggle with an undiagnosed panic disorder, she is intimately familiar with the experience of being blindsided by questions you never thought you'd have. In this arena, she is the veteran, able to honestly tell the reader, "I know how you feel--and it's okay."

Sullivan doesn't shy away from the big questions; in fact, she welcomes them into the light, because it is in darkness and denial that disbelief flourishes. With personal examples and practical solutions, Sullivan identifies the three types of doubt--spiritual, emotional, and intellectual--and develops strategies to deal with each. She details step-by-step solutions and practical ways in which faith can be strengthened.

This candid look at faith, where it comes from and how it can be threatened, provides women with reassurance that they're not alone and gives them the resources they need to overcome their struggle.

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  1. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Way To Defeat Doubt
    January 12, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ann C. Sullivan in her new book, Permission to Doubt published by Kregel Publications gives us One Womans Journey into a Thinking Faith.

    From the back cover: Doubt and I have a long history together, and our struggle has been fierce.

    Ann C. Sullivan has challenged and encouraged thousands of women as an international speaker. In her first book, Permission to Doubt, she offers a candid look at when her faith and reason collided. Through a thirteen-year struggle with an undiagnosed panic disorder, Ann learned several valuable lessons: Never shy away from the big questions. Always follow the evidence to its logical conclusion. And genuine truth doesnt buckle under the bright lights of interrogation. Ann uses these lessons to help readers recognize doubt and also shares unique step-by-step solutions in which faith can be reinforced in the midst of our struggle. Using personal examples and an intensely practical approach, Permission to Doubt informs, challenges, and encourages those whod like to take their faith a little deeper. Its an honest look at what faith iswhere it comes from, how its threatened, and how it can be strengthened.

    Doubt is a strength stealer. Doubt can cause a person to be immobile. So how can we deal with doubt? Ann Sullivan had her war with doubt and she details the outcome of the battles. In three parts: Part One: Doubts, Dry Spells and the Rediscovery of Faith, Part Two: The Three Sides of Doubt-Spiritual, Intellectual, Emotional, Part Three: Making Doubt Useful-Faith in the Real World. she explores Faith, What Doubt is and what we can use it for. Doubt is a weapon that is used against us. It is time we learned how to deal with it properly. I believe this book is a resource that will be used over and over again. I also think it is a great gift to give to friends and family.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A personal journey through doubt
    January 5, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As Christians, are we to fear doubt? Doubt need not be the end of faith, Sullivan writes, but the beginning.

    Sullivan began experiencing panic attacks in her late teens that developed into a full fledged panic disorder. Doctors were baffled. Because of her well-adjusted childhood and her Christian faith, she did not fit the profile.

    She began to doubt God and His place in her life. That was the beginning of the exploration of her faith, discovering what was worth clinging to and what wasn't.

    Thirteen years and many doctors and counselors later, she was found to have a heart condition that released uncontrolled adrenalin into her system. Even though her panic attacks had a physical cause that was corrected, she had learned much about doubt and faith through the experience.

    Sullivan says that dealing with doubt effectively requires understanding who we are and where we've come from, then understanding the nature of doubt and how it attaches itself to us. When we've done that," she writes, we're ready to chart a course toward becoming who we were intended to be. (27)

    She does a great job of looking at the kinds of doubt: spiritual, intellectual, and emotional. I was encouraged by her exploration of how our experience and understanding of faith changes over a life time. She looks at some of the intellectual issues such as God's existence, Jesus being God, and the Bible being God's Word. She also explores emotional topics like disappointment, anxiety and depression.

    Sullivan shares her experience with doubt and the lessons she has learned in a very conversational way. Her book is not so much an intellectual one but is rather a very readable exploration of doubt from a personal viewpoint. I really like the book and think it is a good choice for Christians who want to understand doubt in their lives but would not consider themselves scholars.

    Sullivan has included Looking Deeper questions at the end of each chapter. The questions are somewhat personal so would better serve for journaling rather than group discussion. She also includes resources for further investigation.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  3. Missourl
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Doubt Is God's Opportunity To Reveal His Glory
    December 20, 2014
    Mrs. C
    Missourl
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Permission To Doubt weaves the author's revelation into her testimony as she struggles with a panic disorder, and its challenges to her faith in God, as His child. As one who traveled this road of illness for a couple decades, I understood this spiritual struggle of doubt in God who has the power to heal in a second, yet allows physical pain in His children.

    The author clearly shows that this doubt is actually an opportunity for God to reveal Himself in all glory and power as He increases your faith through slow healing, bringing your trial into a testimony. Although the audience for this book would interest all who desire to know about God in a greater way, I believe it will greatly bless those who are struggling with an illness or situation that has placed them in a hopeless position.
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