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Your God Is Too Safe: Rediscovering the Wonder of a God You Can't Control
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Your God is Too Safe thoughtfully explores why Christians get stuck in the place of complacency, dryness, and tedium and how to move on to new levels of spiritual passion! Buchanan shows how most Christians begin their spiritual journey with excitement and enthusiasm only to get bogged down in a "borderland"---an in-between space beyond the "old life" but short of the abundant, adventurous existence promised by Jesus. Citing Jonah, Buchanan examines the problem of "borderland living" where doubt, disappointment, guilt, and wonderlessness keep people in a quagmire of mediocrity. He then offers effective solutions to get unstuck and move into a bold, unpredictable, exhilarating walk with Christ.
Winner of the 2002 Word Guild's God Uses Ink Award in the Nonfiction category.
Number of Pages: 230
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2001
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Here's a thoughtful, probing exploration of why Christians get stuck in the place of complacency, dryness, and tedium -- and how to move on to new levels of spiritual passion! Buchanan shows how the majority of Christians begin their spiritual journey with excitement and enthusiasm -- only to get bogged down in a "borderland" -- an in-between space beyond the "old life" but short of the abundant, adventurous existence promised by Jesus. Citing Jonah, he examines the problem of "borderland living" -- where doubt, disappointment, guilt, and wonderlessness keep people in a quagmire of mediocrity -- then offers solutions ... effective ways to get unstuck and move into a bold, unpredictable, exhilarating walk with Christ. Inspired writing!
Mark Buchanan is a pastor and freelance writer/editor who lives with his wife, Cheryl, and three children on the west coast of Canada. Educated at the University of British Columbia and Regent University, he has been published in numerous periodicals, including Christianity Today and Books and Culture.
Canadian pastor and first-time author Buchanan says that he "hit the ground running" when he first became a Christian. He got involved in a church, taught Sunday school and read his Bible regularly. Then things got rote. Buchanan was, in a word, "stuck." But he had friends who weren't stuck: the elderly widow who seemed full of spiritual joy, a multiple sclerosis patient with a broken body but a strong faith. So Buchanan set out to write a book that would explain why many Christians fail to progress spiritually and why only a few grow stronger in faith. He concludes that believers reach a plateau when they think God is too cuddly and (as the title suggests) safe. The literary conceit of this narrative is all too familiar in evangelical Christian books: the church is full of euphemism and afloat on pat answers, but this bold, new author is going to be refreshingly honest about how difficult his own faith walk has been. Buchanan may be honest, but the tactic is stale. Equally banal are Buchanan's tips for "breaking free": Don't boast about your good deeds. Read the Bible. Confess when you've sinned. Pray. Perhaps his only innovative advice is that Christians take up fasting, a biblical activity that has become increasingly popular among contemporary evangelicals. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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AlandWyndaMinot, NDAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Danger can be a good thingDecember 15, 2012AlandWyndaMinot, NDAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mark Buchanan writes with clarity and purpose. He does not want readers to simply go through his books. Rather, the author wants to challenge you and make you think. He uses Scripture, often parts we may have skimmed over or not truly thought enough about, to frame his argument. Then, on that foundation he builds with images and word pictures to give you a visual you can see and understand. Through his own experiences, Buchanan shows us how to actually apply the teaching to our own lives.
This book is definitely worth the read.
Ron Rice4 Stars Out Of 5January 2, 2009Ron RiceIn a day of extreme business and shallow views (or practice) of our God, this is a challenging and much needed read. Its time for us to say goodbye to Borderland.
Jim Lane5 Stars Out Of 5September 7, 2007Jim LaneOne among a handful of books that I highly recommend. Bewildered Christians take heart- if you have a holy discontent with the average American church- and/or your own faith has become domesticated- read this book.
John Crump5 Stars Out Of 5January 14, 2005John CrumpDepending on where you are in your hunger and pursuit of God, this book could be a life changer. If you're complacent and happen to pick it up, you'll be very uncomfortable. If you're hungry and searching for fuel, you just found a feast!
Matt Foster5 Stars Out Of 5March 20, 2002Matt FosterThis is powerful, rip-your-old-spiritually-dead-skin-off stuff, but with the practical (though unsurprising) tools for growing new cells and leaving what Buchanan aptly labels "borderland." I read this book on a personal retreat in succession with Eugene Peterson's "A Long Obedience In The Same Direction" and Jerry Bridges' "The Pursuit Of Holiness." Masochistic, yes, but in a good way; obviously, both God and my conscience were telling me to heed the similar message given, though differently, by all three books: that slow and steady -- and disciplined -- wins the race. If you're looking for challenging spiritual food, Buchanan may be your chef. (He's not safe, but he's good.)
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