Have you ever honestly struggled with your faith? From time to time, and in various places, I have had heartfelt communication with friends and colleagues where they have revealed deep struggles with Christianity. Each of us, however, have always returned, maintaining the "rightness" of our faith allegiance.
I share this book review for those who feel it's appropriate to question things - you just might find balance and a renewal of your faith.
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by Ed Gungor
256 pages, $15.99
Review by Steven King, MBA, MEd
Although scripture clearly states that a “double minded man is unstable in all his ways,” open-minded Christ followers have to agree – there are some issues about Christianity that create discomfort. It is not a stretch to admit that a truthful Christian grapples with a certain amount of doubt along the journey. Denying the potential of doubt is being intellectually dishonest.
Ed Gungor’s candor in What Bothers Me Most about Christianity is admirable. His prose is easily followed and his development of key issues evidences sufficient thought and study. Pastor Gungor is to be commended – his selection of pivotal issues speaks to the doubts of which thinking Christians struggle.
For instance, one issue dealt with is the idea that Jesus Christ is the only way to a relationship with God. Since post modernity seeks all things pluralistic, the exclusivity purported by Christianity’s claims cause some to feel the sting of unfairness. Could a loving God banish the faithful of religions contrary to Christianity to utter torment? If the Bible is truthful then a Christian has to concede that God would respond according to scripture. Gungor seeks to bring balance by admitting that the nuances of saving faith are not easily understandable and that Christians should only convey this message with the undergirding of love. In his response he never denies the truthfulness of the issue.
Thinking Christians will benefit from reading about the other issues with which Gungor wrestles. Classic debates, such as “Why is there Evil in this World?” and “How does one reconcile reason with faith?” are presented in logical fashion. Gungor’s desire is to share his reflections which enables him to write candidly about how thinking Christians struggle to explain something as prevalent as evil.
Faith is a journey. If you would enjoy a cogent development of such issues – this book is for you.
See more of this author at his website.