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Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe: Ten Misbeliefs That Keep Us from Experiencing God's Grace Paperback – August, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Servant Publications (August 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569551170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569551172
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,727,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kinnaman (Angels Dark and Light) contends that many Christians are blinded by what he calls "popular and nonbiblical notions" of God. Applying personal anecdotes, stories from the lives of others and a large dose of humor, the author challenges 10 beliefs that are obstacles to the experience of God's love and providence. For example, he asserts that many Christians believe that "God is love, so He'll overlook what I'm doing." Kinnaman notes clearly that the biblical God will not condone disobedience outright, for God's love and forgiveness require a truly contrite heart. Some Christians also believe, he says, that "what [they] believe about God is more important than how [they] treat people." Kinnaman argues that these Christians want to have their physical and social needs met, yet they ignore the needs of the community around them. The author uses the story of Jesus' feeding of the five thousand (Mark 6:30-44) as an example of how individuals can overcome the selfishness that is so prevalent today. Kinnaman also challenges the popular notion, often promoted by Christian preachers, that "God wants me to be happy, so he will protect me from suffering and pain." He maintains that a biblical view of God teaches that suffering leads to an experience of God's grace. In conclusion, Kinnaman suggests that daily reading and reflection on the Bible, frequent prayer, "exposure to the power and presence of the Holy Spirit and quality time with godly people" can help Christians overcome their "misbeliefs." Witty and engaging, Kinnaman may offend Christians of all traditions as he provokes them to think more deeply about their faith and their behavior. (Aug.)

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About the Author

GARY KINNAMAN is the Senior Minister of Word of Grace Church in Mesa, Arizona.  He is a popular public speaker and the author of many books, including Angels Dark and Light, The Beginner's Guide to Praise & Worship and My Companion Through Grief.  He and his wife Marilyn have three adult children.

 

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Gary Kinnaman served as Senior Pastor of Word of Grace Church for twenty-five years. Under his leadership, the church grew to an average weekend attendance of over 4500. He now serves as a pastor at large, mentoring and networking church, government and market place leaders to serve the Phoenix area. His leadership in this regard led to his appointment to Chairman of the Governor's Council on Faith and Community.

Gary is a graduate of Biola University (B.A.), Arizona State University (M.A.), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A. in Theology), and Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (D.Min.). A gifted communicator, Gary has written ten books, his most recent is the critically acclaimed, Seeing in the Dark: Getting the Facts on Depression and Finding Hope Again.

Gary and his wife, Marilyn, who make their home in Arizona, have three adult children and eight grandchildren.

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An absolute must read for anyone.
rick turnbull
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Mr. Kinnamin just jumps right in there and tells it like it is, I love and respect that.
Megan Potter

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
I couldn't put it down. I quickly raced through this book in 2 sittings. I must confess that I attend Word of Grace so was able to relate to many of the stories and comments Gary shared. But of course the most impressive thing for me was the truth that is there from Jesus, and how we as Christians forget that truth. Gary's book brings that reality back to me over and over again in each chapter of his book. He speaks of his personal downfalls, letting the reader note that even men of God are not always perfect people. Showing that we are all human, but are also by grace forgiven for all our shortcomings...no matter what they are. As Gary always teachs "Jesus plus Nothing"
The book lets the reader understand that God's love is unconditional and gives examples that each and everyone of us can relate too.
Even the Christian that we all know who is a wonderful example can examine himself through this book and see his life through different eyes.
A wonderful book to bring you closer to our God, as you realize you are special to Him, no matter what your short-comings. I would recommend this to all.....and have already passed it on!!!!
Thanks Gary!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rick turnbull on January 15, 2000
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An absolute must read for anyone. It is the most thought provoking book next to the Bible I have read in years. It ranks along side PILGRIMS PROGRESS. Pastor Kinnaman gets to the heart of cultural & spiritual myths addressing them in a clear & biblical based way.
I picked this book up while browsing @ a local book store. It clearly was not by chance.
As a member of the Canadian Penteostal Assemblies I needed to read & reflect on this books contents facing my own biases and confront my own myths.
I pray you take the time to read this book. It is a very easy read which you will hopefully find challenging and rewarding in your personal life and that of your churches.
I would love sometime to meet the author or better yet sit under his Pastorate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megan Potter on April 2, 2000
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It was just the book that I've been looking for. Honest and insightfull, full of revelation. I love how Mr. Kinnaman talks so candidly about depression and the stigma that goes along with this and other related illnesses right in our christian communities. Mr. Kinnamin just jumps right in there and tells it like it is, I love and respect that. It has been a God send for me and I hope that others find it as wonderful a book as I have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lpruett on January 14, 2000
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This book is nothing less than amazing. Gary Kinnaman has a gift of taking issues no Christian wants to discuss and bringing them out into the light. As a new Christian, I was blessed to read this book before falling into the trap of the misbeliefs Kinnaman speaks of. Everyone should read this book, to understand that the concept of Jesus Plus Nothing does indeed change Everything.
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