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Despite Doubt: Embracing a Confident Faith Paperback – October 1, 2013
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*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.
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
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.
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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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I found this book extremely helpful in addressing any questions I have about my faith. This is also helpful when addressing other's doubts and inability to walk by faith. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Buckeye78
I’m quite sure that we all have doubts one time or another in our christian lives, but what do with do with them? Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chris Ho
this is an encouraging book and has really helped me shape my view at being a christian and not being a 'bad' person for doubting and questioning. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Brittany A. Glenn
There is no sin or worry or burden that Jesus can't take on. This book showed me that while I may have doubts and fears, looking to Christ and staying The Word of God is my only... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gina
In this captivating, well-researched and faith solidifying book, Michael Wittmer dispels the myths and wrong beliefs that corrupt many believers' spiritual walk. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Edmond Sanganyado
In "Despite Doubt," Michael Wittmer tackles the subject of doubt in a way that leaves the reader both encouraged and hopeful. Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Eric M Lapata
Good book about faith based on knowledge. I like Witmers books especially "Heaven is a place on earth" highly recommend it.Published on February 2, 2014 by James Carpenter
I found the book to be thought provoking and engages the reader's mind. This book bolsters my preparation to talk with those who are of different beliefs and even those who have... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by kelogram