A Woman's Guide to Knowing What You Believe: How to Love God With Your Heart and Your Mind
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If you would like to have a stronger, more resilient faith, you can have it! The trick is to fully engage your mind, not just your heart. This means knowing why you believe what you do. In Believe, Patty uses real-life stories - including her own ten-year search for truth - to help you explore and understand your beliefs. She also demonstrates how you can use this knowledge to better share your faith with those you love in a relational way. Includes questions for personal study and large or small groups.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
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God has given every woman the ability to have an extraordinary faith--one that involves both the heart and the mind. Yet many women's faith is grounded solely in their hearts, leaving them unable to defend their faith or susceptible to the latest spiritual fads.
In this book, Patty includes real-life stories and examples, including her own experience coming to Christ after a ten-year search for truth. She reveals how beliefs are not just about the intellect--they play an active role in behavior, in relationships, and in families. Finally, she demonstrates how you can share and defend your faith to those you love in a persuasive yet relational way.
Includes questions for personal study and large or small groups.
LorettaDallas, GeorgiaAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Knowing what you believe by Patty HouserDecember 9, 2015LorettaDallas, GeorgiaAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3The book surprised me. It is much deeper and more involved than I imagined by the cover title. The old adage is true, "you can't judge a book by it's cover." That said, I enjoyed it and learned a lot. I've met various people I've befriended over the years, one is Mormon, one is Wicca, one is Agnostic, one is an ex-Catholic who doesn't know what she believes anymore being hurt by the Church. So, there is a big open door for me personally to utilize the teachings in this particular book to be able to answer any questions and be an effective witness for Christ, written by a very knowledgeable Christian Apologist. There is a brief inventory checklist in the appendix that let's a woman gauge where she is in regard to what she believes. Also, an overview of Theological worldviews which is very informative a well. Notes, references, glossary of technical terms in the back were really helpful. I would definitely recommend this book to any woman who wants to share her faith in this 21st century with it's mix of world religions and cultures. I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5What Do You BelieveNovember 10, 2015KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Patty Houser has written a book/guide to find out what you really believe. This book is approximately 198 pages of written thoughts, but in the back included is a glossary of terms and an appendix which brings the total pages up to 224.
The author writes that to have an extraordinary faith that one must engage the mind as well. Dynamic faith requires engaging both your heart and mind. She quotes Matt. 22:37 and says that Jesus told the people to love God with their hearts and soul, but then he also told them to love God with their minds. She points out that most people know what they believe, but is is enough to keep us securely grounded in our faith when challenged?
Chapter one is entitled "Yikes-What is this?" In this chapter she talks about fearing the beast, identifying the beast, the beast is biblical and embracing the beast. She explains that she is an Aplogetic, which is a rational argumentation to defend the claims God makes in the Bible about himself and the world to those who don't believe they are true. Apologists help them to see that they are true. She explains that it's the art of taking all the evidence and organizing it in a coherent line of reasoning to demonstrate to ourselves and to others why it is more rational or reasonable to believe that Christianity's central beliefs are true than to disbelieve them.
In the first section the author says that if we want to a woman who love's God will our hears and minds we need to make examining our beliefs a priority. She further delves into what exactly are our beliefs, how they are formed and do they effect our behavior. She explains that beliefs should be based on truth. The Bible is clear: Truth exsits. God gave us His Word so we could know the truth. Then she asks about false beliefs, rationality and where knowledge fits in. She says we must take responsibility for what we think, even if it makes us unpopular. She explains how to begin examining your own Christian beliefs.
This was a difficult read for me and also difficult to write a review on. As I was reading this book the one thing that kept popping in my mind was the movie God's Not Dead. In this movie a young, college student takes a philosophy class where the professor tells the students he will give them an A if they write on paper that god's not dead and turn it in to him. The young student stood by his faith and refused. The professor then told him to prove God's not dead. This book reminds me of this movie so much, because the author is tell me that in order to believe you must have knowledgeable proof.
Faith is a strong or unshakable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence. I do not need proof to believe that God loves me or that he he is real. I believe in John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have ever lasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might have everlasting life.
I believe that your faith strengthens as your your relationship with God strengthens through reading the Bible which contains our guide to live by and through prayer.
With that being said, I agree with a lot of what the author discusses. I do understand that it's important to know what you believe and why. This book was just too intense for me. Some people need proof to believe and some just want to have lots of facts in case they are in an argument about faith, so this would be a perfect book for them.
*I received this book free from the publisher for a book review through their blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Jane4 Stars Out Of 5A Woman's Guide to Knowing What You BelieveNovember 10, 2015JaneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Womans Guide To Knowing What You Believe, by Patty Houser, was a pleasant surprise and a pleasure to read. The premise of the book, which is part logic course, part practical apologetics, and part world-view seminar, is (in the authors words) the secret to extraordinary faith is fully engaging our minds, as well as our hearts, in our faith, because dynamic faith requires a healthy balance of both.
She then offers a very sound argument for the necessity of loving God with our minds as much as with our hearts. But, instead of just leaving the reader to question how this is done, she gives a very practical plan to put our minds into action. That plan is knowing exactly what we believe and knowing exactly why we can believe it with confidence. Thankfully, she also gives us the encouragement of realistic expectation: we cant learn it all in a day. This plan is a lifelong learning process that will enrich our faith and make sharing it much easier.
One of the first things discussed is how important our beliefs are, because they form our identity. When we know what and why we believe the things we do, we have a strong identity and there is no confusion of boundaries within ourselves or with others. We must be responsible for what we believe, not basing our beliefs on temporary feelings but on truth.
Next we are given a brief logic course. The laws of thought are clearly defined, as are the common fallacies in our thinking and communications. The purpose of bringing these problems of thought to our attention is so that we may recognize them in ourselves and others during conversations. The message of the Gospel is too important to let our errors in thinking and speaking corrupt good conversation. To quote the author, lets resolve to glorify God by not being women who fool others or who are easily fooled ourselves.
The discussion of logical thought leads into a look and defense of the common challenges to the Christian faith. Here the author gives a brief defense of the authority of Scripture, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Both of these arguments are solid, but again they are brief. If you are looking for deep theology that is denominationally specific, this is not going to satisfy. But I found it to be a good introduction.
The final part of the book is an overview of the world-views we are most likely to encounter in our culture. Following a basic outline to explain the fundamental beliefs of each, she touches on several theological word-views and a couple philosophical world-views . She answers the questions: Who am I? What am I? Where am I? How did I get here? How should I live? How do I know what I know? How should I understand our worlds history and its future direction? What should be important to me? Again, it is a very basic summary of beliefs, but she clearly states the limitations she puts on herself here.
To close out the book she gives some very timely advice to those of us who are struggling to be in the world, but not of the world. She points out that to be like Christ to those we encounter we must be certain of what we believe so we are not able to be swayed; we must be able to articulate what we believe without error, apology or ignorance. This means that we have to be willing to understand where the skeptics and the lost are coming from. We need to be able to meet them head on, where they are at with the love, compassion and knowledge that knowing not just what we believe, but Who we believe gives us. This was a timely read for me, as I currently struggle to answer questions of faith with a very dear, very logical loved one. I found it not only very convicting, but also very practical in forming a plan with the goal of having a well thought out answer for the hope that is within me.
Bethany House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255