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Doubt: Faith in Two Minds Paperback – Import, January 1, 1983


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lion; 2Rev Ed edition (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085648444X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856484445
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,726,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OS GUINNESS (DPhil, Oxford University) is an author and social critic. Born in China, he was educated in England at the Universities of London and Oxford. He moved to the United States in 1984, and has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was the lead drafter of both the Williamsburg Charter and the Global Carter of Conscience, as well as the founder of the Trinity Forum. He has written more than 25 books, including The Call, The American Hour, Time for Truth, Unspeakable, The Case for Civility, A Free People's Suicide, and his latest: The Global Public Square. He lives with his wife Jenny in McLean, Virginia..

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Marquardt on January 15, 2012
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It's been many years since I read this work, and I'm ordering another copy (lost in a flood). Although the book would doubtless be helpful to those weathering seasons of doubt -- or worse -- its real value is probably for pastors, counselors, or mentors who encounter people with doubts.

Os has it that doubt and faith are not antithetical; that would be faith and unbelief. Doubt is faith in crisis perhaps, but not its absence.

I think the most valuable thing about this book is the way it treats various kinds of doubt. This taxonomy leaves the reader understanding the importance of avoiding pat answers to doubt as if all doubt shared some common basis and solution. It's SO not so. Until one recognizes what species one's dealing with, it'd be better to just shut up and gather more data, than to try the helpful mode and botch things completely with the doubter.

Personally, I'd say that doubt is a form of suffering. Just as one doesn't give cliche answers to one in grief, it's immature and useless to see the doubter as merely a problem to fix. This book is for the "adults in the room."

Finally, I well recall a judgment I made about this book the first time I finished its last page. "This should be considered the standard work on doubt -- but it's even more about faith." If your personal epistemology is getting stale, this volume will open the windows. :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenny Bussard on December 20, 2001
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I have read this book numerous times. It digs into the challenges we have as believers in Christ Jesus to remember and know that "God is God". Mr. Guinness points out that we have doubts for various reasons, but our position when we doubt should always be the same, let God be God. Mr. Guinness does not trivialize the doubts that we have, but that if we know that God truly has the best of intentions for our lives, we can preserver through these difficult times. If you can get the book it read it!
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