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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310236924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310236924
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many Christian books address spiritual growth, but few have as much potential for impact as this book by Thomas (Sacred Marriage and Sacred Pathways), a veteran writer and speaker in evangelical Christian circles as well as a teacher of spiritual formation at Western Seminary. Thomas is able to communicate many deep insights from the heritage of classical Christian faith in a cultural and spiritual idiom that will resonate well with evangelicals. Rather than discussing the traditional spiritual disciplines (e.g., fasting, prayer or Bible study), Thomas focuses on the spiritual disciplines that are initiated by God rather than by believers: selflessness, waiting, endurance, persecution, social mercy, forgiveness, mourning, contentment, sacrifice, and rewards and punishments. Each chapter explores a discipline with memorable illustrations, Scriptural foundations, insights from classical Christian writers and references to current life situations and struggles. Thomas's discussion of mourning as a spiritual discipline is particularly insightful: "Mourning invites us to a deeper life," he explains. "It takes us beyond the surface to give us a glimpse of the world as God sees it." Despite the difficult nature of many of the topics, the book offers an overarching sense of a deep joy and meaning that can be obtained by seeking God through life's darkest times. Thomas provides an unusually compassionate discussion of many painful circumstances, offering a fresh perspective of wisdom and hope.

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"Thomas provides an unusually compassionate discussion of many painful circumstances, offering a fresh perspective of wisdom and hope." -- Publisher's Weekly, January 14, 2002

More About the Author

Gary Thomas is a bestselling author and international speaker whose ministry brings people closer to Christ and closer to others. He unites the study of Scripture, church history, and the Christian classics to foster spiritual growth and deeper relationships. Gary's unique message will help you:

* Embrace the unique way that you interact with God.
* Partner in the spiritual growth and character formation of your spouse.
* Build a closer, grace-based family.
* Enjoy God with a new sense of freedom and delight.

Find out more at: www.GaryThomas.com

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Very entertaining and well written book.
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I'm reading this with a group of women as a devotional for a Mops leadership group and we all recommend it!
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Every one of my friends who've read this book has also loved it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dawn on January 14, 2008
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If I could give this book more then five stars I would. "Authentic Faith" was very convicting, and really made me think about some things in my life. I am a fast reader, but there were days that I could only read a couple of pages because I had to take time to think about what Gary Thomas said.

Thomas starts off his book by talking about laying new groundwork for what defines authentic faith, which is a life centered around God and not ourselves. Authentic faith developed by "authentic disciplines" such as contentment, suffering, persecution, waiting, mourning, humility and forgiveness. These disciplines are different than traditional disciplines such as fasting, praying, studying the Bible etc., because they are not initiated by us but rather by God. Whereas on the other hand, traditional disciplines are initiated by us to help build our faith. Although, they are worthy of our initiation they can sometimes foster religiosity, pride and self sufficiency.

One of my favorite chapter was about the discipline of suffering. To think about suffering as being a good thing seems ironic, but Thomas quotes another writer named Thomas Watson who says it so well, "Sometimes a sick bed can teach us more than a sermon". This made me think of sufferings I have gone through, that haven't been on a sick bed, and yes they did teach me more than a sermon could. Thomas also shares in this chapter about how our refusal to suffer can lead to addictions and physical breakdowns, which I have never thought about before. I would recommend that anyone suffering from an addiction should get this book, because how he explained the process of addiction and physical breakdowns made so much sense.

The other chapter that I found helpful was about the discipline of mourning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Melton on November 14, 2009
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I'm reading this with a group of women as a devotional for a Mops leadership group and we all recommend it! Gary talks about a host of areas in our lives that we don't frequently dwell on, areas that can be hard to think about much less discuss. There are chapters on selflessness, waiting, suffering, persecution, social mercy, forgiveness, mourning, contentment, sacrifice and hope and fear. Lest that sounds too depressing, take heart! Using many real life examples, he discusses how each of these areas can draw us closer to God. As he says, "what if life isn't meant to be perfect, but we are meant to trust the One who is?" As any human being knows, life isn't perfect but our experiences can help shape our faith, if we allow God to let them. I also highly recommend going on his website [...] for a free study guide to go along with the book. You can also download free chapters of other books as well as study guides to go along with them. This book isn't a light read, but if you really want to grow deeper in your faith, I highly recommend reading and pursuing an "Authentic Faith".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By V. Ly on April 17, 2006
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This is one of the best books I've ever read! Thomas address areas of faith that most people never talk about (the difficulties that we can't control). I recommended it to all my friends. We even used it for our women's study bible stuy. Every one of my friends who've read this book has also loved it. It's challenging, and it makes you uncomfortable with the comforts of your own faith. This book is convicting, but it also helps to transform your thinking and test your faith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on April 12, 2010
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I loved this book. So much so, that we did it as a group study to discuss the rich chapters and how it applies to life. Essentially, the author talks about places of growth that we don't choose but they choose us...and how we respond. Very wonderfully done and I think you will enjoy it and be challenged by it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Schiewer on March 23, 2006
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I absolutely enjoyed this book...but what I enjoyed even more than the book itself was the amazing resource of classic authors and texts through Gary Thomas' extensive footnotes...it is always a joy to find a book that sends you on a long and wonderful trail through the greatest thinkers/theologians of all time...a must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BooksRFun on October 1, 2007
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Gary Thomas is a gifted writer and communicator who presents classic foundational truths in a fresh and understandable way. This book represents another work that will cause the reader to think past a stereotypical walk with Christ.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2004
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This book is a blessing. I recommend any of Gary Thomas's books. His writings are well focused but dynamic enough to keep your attention. This book covers a wide range of issues facing contemporary christians. I particularly like how easy it is to identify with his examples. Definately highlighter worthy!
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By KC on June 27, 2014
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Aside from the Bible, no other book has impacted me as much as this one. My favorite book. A deep and insightful look at what true, authentic faith is. What Biblical faith is. A beautiful read.
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