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What S The Least I Can Believe And Still Be A Christian New Edition With Study Guide

Author : Martin Thielen
ISBN : 161164092X
Genre : Religion
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Pastor and author Martin Thielen has compiled a list of ten things people need to believe, and ten things they don't, in order to be a Christian. This lively and engaging book will be a help to seekers as well as a comfort to believers who may find themselves questioning some of the assumptions they grew up with. With an accessible, storytelling style that's grounded in solid biblical scholarship, Thielen shows how Christians don't need to believe that sinners will be "left behind" to burn in hell or that it's heresy to believe in evolution. And while we must always take the Bible seriously, we don't always have to take it literally. At the same time, Christians do need to believe in Jesus--his life, his teachings, his death and resurrection, and his vision for the world. A great benefit of those beliefs is that they provide promising answers to life's most profound questions, including: Where is God? What matters most? What brings fulfillment? What about suffering? Is there hope? Thielen articulates centrist, mainline Christianity in a way that's fresh and easy to understand, and offers authentic Christian insights that speak to our deepest needs. This new edition includes a leader's guide, previously only available online, and a new introduction from the author that reflects on the book's reception. The leader's guide features unique and easily implemented aids for carrying out a seven-week, congregation-wide initiative that will help local churches reach out to their communities. More information is available at

Surprised By Laughter Revised And Updated

Author : Terry Lindvall
ISBN : 9781595554796
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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For C. S. Lewis, merriment was serious business, and like no book before it, Surprised by Laughter explains why. Author Terry Lindvall takes readers on a highly amusing and deeply meaningful journey through the life and letters of one of the most beloved Christian thinkers and writers. As Lindvall shows, the unique magic of Lewis's approach was his belief that explosive and infectious joy dwells deep in the heart of Christian faith. Readers can never fully understand Lewis, his life or his legacy until they learn to laugh with him.

Surprised By Love

Author : Susan Lowenberg
ISBN : 9781424599110
Genre : Fiction
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Alaric's Song England, 1154. To end the blood feud between the Merclifs and Cardels, King Henry orders handsome, self-reliant Alaric Merclif to marry Helena Cardel. Can she trust Alaric, her enemy? Even more, can any man accept her scars and choose to love her? Away from Here Quebec, 1641. A tragic death and a tangled web of deceit force Catherine Compeaux to marry Stephen Marot against her wishes. Now she's on a ship heading to new France with the man she hates, while her love, Gaston, remains behind. Chained to Your Heart London, 1864. Falsely accused of stealing, Katherine Brady is locked in notorious Newgate prison. Her only hope is agreeing to travel to Australia, to start a new life. The catch is, single women have to marry first, and Big Red the prisoner everyone is terrified of seems her only option.

Surprised By Sin

Author : Stanley Eugene Fish
ISBN : 067485747X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In 1967 Milton studies was divided into two camps: one claiming (per Blake and Shelley) that Milton was of the devil's party, the other claiming (per Addison and C. S. Lewis) that the poet's sympathies were obviously with God and his loyal angels. Fish has reconciled the two camps by subsuming their claims in a single overarching thesis.

Surprised By Peace

Author : Frederick Grossman
ISBN : 9781490805481
Genre : Religion
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Shortly after being saved, I was sitting on my porch enjoying the day. Suddenly I felt an overwhelming feeling, a special closeness with the God of Creation. I tried to analyze this feeling and thought it must be a second work of grace I had heard about. I called this experience “divine unity.” As I spoke with mature believers, I discovered they too had experienced this feeling; it was called peace. I had experienced times of peace, but not this kind of peace. This peace was supernatural. I was later to learn this was Shalom, or “supernatural peace.” If there were no heaven, this peace would be reward enough, in and of itself. It is my prayer that the readers of this book will come to faith, believe in God, and experience this divine peace.

Surprised By Faith

Author : Daryl McCarthy
ISBN : 9781443808835
Genre : Religion
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Surprised by Faith celebrates the 75th anniversary of C. S. Lewis “kicking and screaming” his way into Christianity—his 1931 conversion. Lewis described himself as, “the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England." But a convert, nonetheless, surprised by joy. This volume was inspired by Lewis’s autobiographical account of the life-events which led to his coming to faith—an event that had a profound effect on his work and his relationships. In Surprised by Faith, Lewis’s conversion is explored as both “a rational quest for truth and a romantic quest for meaning.” This collection of essays commemorates Lewis’s conversion, but also celebrates, examines and discusses what conversion means to us as scholars, academicians, and most importantly, as human beings. It’s a kind of conversation about conversion. The conversation’s participants are individuals from a variety of backgrounds who themselves have been converted in the classic Christian sense. Surprised by Faith hopefully will challenge the reader to think more deeply, biblically and theologically about the transformation that takes place in each life that embraces Christ and moves from unbelief to belief. The essays look at the influence of conversion on perspectives as they relate to various disciplines, such as anthropology, poetry, psychology, education, philosophy and culture.

Surprised By Oxford

Author : Carolyn Weber
ISBN : 9780849949319
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Well written, often poignant and surprisingly relatable." - Kirkus Reviews "A hugely readable journey of cultural and spiritual discovery, sparkling with wit and wisdom." - Alister McGrath "Carolyn Weber's memoir reads like a fast-paced novel. I loved the humor, skillful use of language and her compelling account of her steps to finding God at Oxford. I was totally captivated from beginning to end." - Marilyn Meberg Surprised by Oxford is the memoir of a skeptical agnostic who comes to a dynamic personal faith in God during graduate studies in literature at Oxford University. Carolyn Weber arrives at Oxford a feminist from a loving but broken family, suspicious of men and intellectually hostile to all things religious. As she grapples with her God-shaped void alongside the friends, classmates, and professors she meets, she tackles big questions in search of Truth, love, and a life that matters. From issues of fatherhood, feminism, doubt, doctrine, and love, Weber explores the intricacies of coming to faith with an aching honesty and insight echoing that of the poets and writers she studied. Rich with illustration and literary references, Surprised by Oxford is at once gritty and lyrical; both humorous and spiritually perceptive. This savvy, credible account of Christian conversion and its after-effects follows the calendar year and events of the school year as it entertains, informs, and promises to engage even the most skeptical and unlikely reader. "Surprised by Oxford is a sprightly contribution to the genre of spiritual memoirs in the vein of C.S. Lewis's Surprised by Joy and Lauren F. Winner's Girl Meets God. Carolyn Weber is an unconventional thinker whose engagingly told faith journey will speak to folks who still believe that thoughtful people cannot be Christian." - Lyle W. Dorsett

Surprised By Truth 3

Author : Patrick Madrid
ISBN : 9781622821976
Genre : Religion
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Ten former Protestants tell why they chose the Catholic Church In these dramatic, thought-provoking conversion stories, ten men and women reveal why they changed their minds about Protestantism and entered the Catholic Church. These tales will do for you what these converts had to do for themselves: answer the most common objections to Catholicism -- and answer them in terms that non-Catholics find familiar and easy to understand. These stories will remind you of the critical truth that all converts know but most others forget: churches must not be judged by the weakness of their members, but by the truth of what they teach. The closer these former Protestants looked at Catholicism, the more they found that Christ’s truth is taught in its fullness only in the Catholic Church. No wonder this book is a convert maker! But these stories do more than make converts. If you’re already Catholic, they help you explain your Faith to non-Catholics and leave you prouder and more grateful than ever to be in Christ’s Church. So whether you’re Catholic or just inquiring, Surprised by Truth 3 is the book for you! “There is, unquestionably, no better witness for the radiant truth of Catholicism than the stories of those who have found it -- often after harrowing pilgrimages. Read these stories and rejoice -- and then pass out as many copies as your investment portfolio will sustain.” Thomas Howard, Splendor in the Ordinary

Surprised By Faith

Author : Donald A. Bierle
ISBN : 1883002338
Genre : Religion
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As a college student, Don Bierle began a search for meaning and purpose. At first, he was convinced that science would provide the answers. But when science disappointed him, he began exploring world religions and was amazed by what he discovered about Christianity. Don Bierle used his training as a scientist to test the foundations for faith. For more than twenty years, Dr. Bierle has devoted himself to teaching these discoveries about faith, the Bible, and Christianity to others.

Surprised By The Power Of The Spirit

Author : Zondervan,
ISBN : 9780310873914
Genre : Religion
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What caused a former Dallas Seminary professor to believe that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit are being given today? What convinced someone skeptical about miracles that God still speaks and heals? A dramatic change took place in Jack Deere’s life when he took a fresh look at the Scriptures. He discovered that his cherished arguments against miraculous gifts were based more on prejudice and a lack of personal experience than on the Bible. As soon as Deere became a seeker instead of a skeptic, the Holy Spirit revealed himself in new and surprising ways. In Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, Jack Deere provides a strong biblical defense for the Spirit’s speaking and healing ministries today. He also describes several reliable cases of people who were miraculously healed or who heard God speak in an unmistakable way. Finally, he gives sound advice for using spiritual gifts in the church. Written in popular style-with the care of a scholar but the passion of personal experience-this book is a vital resource for people on both sides of the debate about miraculous gifts.

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