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"Mike Wittmer is to systematic theology what Carl Trueman is to historical theology: witty and full of (edifying) verve."
(Andy Naselli, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, MN 2013-05-21)

"Everybody doubts. Christians doubt. Atheists doubt. Scholars doubt; students doubt. Your pastor doubts and you doubt. Michael Wittmer takes this common phenomenon and shows us how our doubts can enrich our faith."
(Haddon Robinson, author and Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 2013-07-01)

"If you’ve ever struggled with doubts about God, the Bible, or the reality of your personal faith (and who hasn’t?), this book is for you. Michael Wittmer fearlessly addresses these issues head-on, providing careful, honest, and gracious answers that make sense and give the reader a framework for a more confident and grounded faith."
(Larry Osborne, author and pastor, North Coast Church, Vista, CA 2013-06-04)

"Michael Wittmer brilliantly helped me discover that while there is nothing wrong with doubt, there is everything right with faith. As I read from one chapter to the next, I found myself caught up in the undeniably profound wonders of the fully trustworthy God of the Bible. I 'of little faith'  realized my puny faith is okay, yet I will get to watch it grow as I daily experience the powerhouse truths of God's Word."
(Doug Fagerstrom, Sr. Vice President, Converge Worldwide 2013-06-27)

"I know from my own spiritual journey that misunderstanding doubt will trip you up. This is why I am happy to encourage you to read and digest Mike Wittmer’s very helpful Despite Doubt. He addresses the doubts of the mind and the heart and shows how they can coexist with robust faith. This book will greatly assist the conscientious Christian for whom honest wonderings can feel like unbelief. Let Wittmer lead you through your doubts to authentic belief."
(Steve DeWitt, Senior Pastor, Bethel Church, Crown Point, IN, and author of Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything 2013-07-01)

"Rather than rebuke or discourage readers, Michael Wittmer has supplied them with help to realize they have ample reasons to believe the claims of Christ. Written in clear, non-technical terms and a conversational style, this book should dispel the doubts of many and strengthen the faith of those who already believe. It deserves careful attention from all who wrestle with problems of doubt."
(James E. McGoldrick, Professor of Church History, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Taylors, SC 2013-07-12)

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In a world that says faith is all about taking risks—leaping into uncharted territory and expecting everything to be okay—many Christians struggle with the concept of walking by faith. How can you have confidence in God and follow His will when everyone around you is placing so much emphasis on doubt and the unknown as the driving force of faith?
In Despite Doubt, Michael E. Wittmer reexamines this popular viewpoint and encourages you to get a clear understanding of your assurance in God and your salvation. Wittmer says, “Doubt is not the fuel of faith. Scripture repeatedly presents faith as our reliance upon what we know. Faith begins when we know the facts about God and His great salvation.”
You’ll find wisdom from the Word and practical examples to help you develop a perspective on doubt that opens the door to asking questions, finding answers, and gaining knowledge about securing your trust in God. Take a look at the flip side of doubt and discover how much you already know about God and how you can embrace a confident faith.
Despite Doubt includes questions for reflection and discussion and is excellent for both individual and small group study.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery House (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572937955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572937956
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Wittmer's new book has many commendable qualities. Allow me to list six of them:

*It is accessible without being superficial.

*There are wonderful illustrations throughout.

*It is compassionate towards doubters, yet showcases how we can be properly confident (HT to Lesslie Newbigin) in the Christian faith.

*It is grounded in solid, orthodox Christianity, but is winsome in doing so.

*There is much help in understanding the difference between doubt and unbelief.

*There is a study guide at the end which actually includes thoughtful questions.
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This book was not an easy read for me - it is one of those books that was slow going for me because it was very philosophical, in my opinion. The author is a professor of Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, so this is understandable.

I found this book very helpful as far as understanding that doubt is a normal thing, even for those of us who have been Christians for a long time. Mr. Wittmer gives us the tools to overcome these doubts and to help us understand why we have them.

Each chapter is quite short and concise and goes over a specific area of doubt so from that point of view, it's easily read.

I enjoyed the chapters about discerning the will of God. I think every believer struggles with this issue at times and Mr. Wittmer helped to clarify this and give points on how to know if you're hearing from the Lord or not. I found this very helpful.

This is a book that carries a lot of information and it's a must-have for any Christian library! It would be a great book to discuss in a small group and for anyone in church leadership to have as a reference book. I recommend this book for anyone that would like to strengthen their faith and get past their doubts.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Discovery House Publishers
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By maryannb on December 19, 2013
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Many Christians struggle with the concept of walking by faith, especially in a world that says faith is all about taking risks, leaping into uncharted territory and expecting everything to be okay. In Despite Doubt, Michael E. Wittmer reexamines this popular viewpoint and encourages you to get a clear understanding of your assurance in God and salvation. You will examine the flipside of doubt that opens the door to questions, answers, and knowledge about securing your trust in God. Helping you to discover how to embrace a confident faith, Despite Doubt includes questions for reflection and discussion and is a perfect resource for small group study.

Michael Wittmer has written a great tool for Christians to use. Most of us have difficulty with walking by faith, it isn't something that comes easy. Mr. Wittmer, helps us to put one foot in front of the other and walk in faith. He teaches us some basic steps in overcoming doubt.

This would be great to be used for personal study, but also in a group setting. There is a section in the back of the book with some discussion questions, based on each chapter.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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In his book Despite Doubt, Michael E. Wittmer sets out to counter the popular myth that faith is stepping blindly into the unknown. Real faith, he says, is based more on what we know than what we don’t. He makes his argument about faith and doubt within the realm of believing in the Bible and the tenets of the Christian faith.

Wittmer tackles this challenge in a two-pronged way, dividing the book into two parts. In Part One—“Belief In God”—he analyzes skepticism and shows how a belief in the existence of God is not only credible but that it is virtually impossible to live consistently as if no God existed. Some of the titles of chapters in this section give us a sense of his range of topics: “God,” “Jesus,” “Bible,” “Belief,” “Disciplines,” and “Faith.”

Part Two—“Following God”—deals with the nitty gritty of living out one’s faith in chapters titled "Trust," "Faithfulness," "Call," "Fruit," "Assurance," and more.

Though I did enjoy the book, it left me unstirred somehow. Perhaps that’s because it downplayed the possibility of hearing from God personally and glossed over the Holy Spirit-empowered lifestyle pictured in the early church of the New Testament. Rather, Wittmer seems content with a towing-the-line, status quo faith that plods on dutifully following the Bible but lacks the warmth of personal friendship and interaction with God.

Despite my reservations, I would say Despite Doubt is a worthwhile read. It would be a valuable addition to the library of apologists, pastors, teachers, and anyone dealing with seekers, especially if they’re of a philosophical bent. A study guide with three questions per chapter is included at the end of the book, making Despite Doubt a good choice for study groups.

I received Despite Doubt as a gift from the publisher for the purpose of writing a review.
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