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Number of Pages: 196
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764217712
ISBN-13: 9780764217715
Series: Son Seekers Bible Study

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Popular Apologist Corrects the Record
on What Christianity Is All About

The Christianity our culture rejects may not be true Christianity at all. So many people today believe they have to be good to be accepted by God, or that the Bible is just a list of do's and don'ts, or that God is far away and unapproachable.

Instead of providing "proofs" about God and the Bible, in this book Alex provides a reason to want to know Jesus. By sharing his own story of the loneliness and alienation of his youth, Alex taps in to universal fears of rejection and loneliness. We all seek acceptance and purpose--and there's only one solution. Learn how to be anchored in the Truth and security that comes through Christ.

Author Bio

Alex McFarland is a speaker, writer, and apologist. He has preached in over 1,500 different churches throughout North America and internationally, and has been featured at conferences such as the Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Focus on the Family's Big Dig, Josh McDowell's True Foundations events, and many more. In 2011, Alex became cohost of Explore the Word, which is heard weekdays in the nearly 200 markets served by the American Family Radio Network. Alex and his wife, Angie, live in Greensboro, North Carolina. Learn more at www.alexmcfarland.com.

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  1. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Out of Myth and into Truth
    November 27, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    Anyone who has grown up in mainstream North American culture has inherited a freight of mythology some of it fun like Babe the Blue Ox and his exploits with Paul Bunyan. Some of it is misleading but harmless like George Washington and the cherry tree. However, some of our myths have grown up alongside our heritage of the little white-steepled building in the center of the village square. Just enough of Christianity still remains diluted within our culture to provide a basis for misunderstanding. Therefore, criticisms based on the inadequacy of its followers or the insufficiency of its truth claims have led many to reject Christianity without a second glance.

    In The God You Thought You Knew, apologist Alex McFarland has compiled a list of ten myths about Christianity that he has encountered in communicating with audiences around the world for the past two decades. Each contains a grain of truth mixed with a measure of deception. He exposes the false thinking behind them and then builds a foundation of accurate thinking that rests on facts from church history, a right understanding of the content and preservation of Scripture, truth about the nature of God, and a broad and unbiased reading of the assertions of the scientific community. He addresses myths about Christianity both from the factual evidence that exists as well as through the offer of a secure relationship of unconditional love. Christianity was never meant to be just an idea to believe, but, rather, a truth to explore relationally.

    For example, Myth #1 that Christianity is intolerant and judgmental toward others would be easy enough to prove accurate if all the data collected came from a sub-section of Christians who are ignorant, narrow-minded, and vocal. I would argue that a search of the Internet would just as easily locate a sub-set of atheists (or environmentalists or Buddhists or whatever-ists) with the same three endearing qualities. The truth is that believers of all creeds will, at times, behave badly and that arguing from worst-case scenario will always produce fallacy.

    An individuals dissatisfaction with Christianity is often only one of many disappointments, philosophically and experientially, and it demonstrates the truth of C.S. Lewiss words: If I find in myself desires which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

    One of Alexs many strengths is his admission from the outset of his own brokenness, his vulnerable sharing of his own story of redemption, and his acknowledgement that there are unresolved mysteries in the Christian faith that no fancy ribbon will tie up. His readers are not asked to embrace square circles or four-sided triangles, but, instead, are invited into the pursuit of answers to ultimate questions without faithless detours into vague generalities. With candor, the reader is challenged not to be put off by the exclusivity of Christs claims in favor of a mushy spirituality in which there is no truth to embrace or error to avoid.

    Chapter 9 should be required pre-Easter reading for everyone who believingly follows Jesus Christ, for it zeroes in on the miracle of resurrection, but not before backing up to defend the historicity of Jesus. Providing a detailed look at all twelve of Jesus post-resurrection appearances, what emerges is a deeply nuanced portrait of eye-witness accounts.

    Appendices serve the casually curious with information available at Alex McFarlands website, and also address the voracious truth seeker with an extensive annotated bibliography. Coming out of myth and into truth is not for the faint-hearted. It involves a careful consideration of long-cherished ideas, and may even require life-change that is both invasive and inconvenient. How much is it worth to begin living our days in the light of truth?



    This book was provided by Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. 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. Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Got Questions? McFarland has Answers
    November 5, 2015
    Jani417
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a very in-depth, thorough treatment of the myths about Christianity. Author Alex McFarland lays out each myth, then systematically debunks it using logic, Scripture, and truths from assorted sources.

    So many of these myths will be familiar to readers; We have all heard them and many have wondered. This book has answers.

    Although this is packed with solid information to please any curious or doubting mind, its best use would be in a study group. There is so much fodder for discussion and with a group of open minds, the potential for strengthening faith is great.

    Anything one can argue or accuse about Christianity and Christians can be answered in this book. Not all Christians are perfect or always display Christian attitude, but the imperfection of the world and its people is also addressed. If readers have wondered about anything Christian, the answers are very likely to be found here.

    I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in return for an honest review. I highly recommend it to readers who have questions and especially to those looking to form a fruitful, lively discussion group.

  3. St Paul MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good for those open to Christianity, or to open a dialogue
    November 5, 2015
    rjjorgen
    St Paul MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    So many people today believe that Christianity is about being good to be accepted by God, or that the Bible is just a list of do's and don'ts, or that God is far away and unapproachable.

    I received a complimentary ebook of The God You Thought You Knew from Bethany House. In the book, author Alex McFarland doesn't try to prove God or the Bible, but instead provides reasons to want to know Christ. He shares personal stories about his own loneliness, and taps into the desire we all have for acceptance and purpose.

    I liked how clearly the myths were laid out. A lot of my non-Christian friends hold many of these beliefs - that Christianity is intolerant, that it's boring, that it's not for the educated. But Christianity is about so much more than that, as these myths are addressed and the real nature of Christianity is discussed. It's a great book to give to people who are open to Christianity and learning more about it, but still on the fence as far as whether or not it's worth following. Even for current Christians, it provides a reminder of why Christianity is good for the soul, as well as ways to respond to non-Christians who question why we believe.
  4. York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
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    The God you thought you knew
    November 2, 2015
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    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    THE GOD YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW

    Exposing the 10 Biggest Myths About Christianity

    By Alex McFarland

    Do we really know God or do we know only what we learned from others. The true God of the Bible may not be the God we know. This book definitely will get you to thinking about what is the truth. The author explains there is a different between the God we know and the God of the Bible and that we are led to believe only half-truths. Alex uses scripture to expand the real God of the Bible. There have been many false teachings for centuries and unless you read the Bible and learn for yourself the truth, you may be led in the wrong direction.

    McFarland wants to set things straight as to what we know about Christianity. Christianity is not always the way "Christians" act and talk. A real "Christian" is described in the Bible as a true follow of Christ. The information described in this book is well worth studying and for us to see what is true and what is not. A quote from the back cover says, "Maybe we've been wrong about God all this time". In this day of information, maybe it is time we find the truth and start living the truth. In my opinion, this book is a good place to start and along with the Bible, we will find the truth about God and Christianity.

    I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger Review Program. 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
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