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Faith and Doubt [Kindle Edition]

John Ortberg
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What if the most important word is the one in the middle?

We often think of doubt as the opposite of faith, but could it actually strengthen our relationship with God? According to John Ortberg, best-selling author and pastor, the very nature of faith requires the presence of uncertainty. In this refreshingly candid look at a life of faith, he traces the line between belief and unbelief: less a dividing line between hostile camps than a razor’s edge that runs through every soul. His findings point us toward the relief of being totally honest. Questions can expand our understanding, uncertainty can lead to trust, and honest faith can produce outrageous hope. Written from Ortberg’s own struggle with faith and doubt, this book will challenge, comfort, and inspire you with the truth that God wants all of us—including our doubts.


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What if the most important word is the one in the middle?

We often think of doubt as the opposite of faith, but could it actually strengthen our relationship with God? According to John Ortberg, best-selling author and pastor, the very nature of faith requires the presence of uncertainty. In this refreshingly candid look at a life of faith, he traces the line between belief and unbelief: less a dividing line between hostile camps than a razor’s edge that runs through every soul. His findings point us toward the relief of being totally honest. Questions can expand our understanding, uncertainty can lead to trust, and honest faith can produce outrageous hope. Written from Ortberg’s own struggle with faith and doubt, this book will challenge, comfort, and inspire you with the truth that God wants all of us—including our doubts.

About the Author

John Ortberg is a pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of Faith & Doubt; When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box; God Is Closer Than You Think; The Life You’ve Always Wanted; Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them; If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat; Love Beyond Reason; and (with Kevin Harney) the multimedia curriculum Old Testament Challenge. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children.

John Ortberg es pastor de la iglesia Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, en Menlo Park, California. Es autor de los éxitos de librería When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box (Cuando el juego termina, todo regresa a la caja), La vida que siempre has querido; y Sí quieres caminar sobre las aguas, tienes que salir de la barca. Él y su esposa Nancy, tienen tres hijos.

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  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310253519
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 9, 2008)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ANYCSC
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Ortberg Does it Again January 4, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've read many of John's books. My first experience was a tape of the message "It all goes back in the box". I listened and was convicted by his words.

Finding John, for me, was like finding a great mystery writer. I am not always able to determine how the puzzle will be solved until the end. But the gems of wisdom, the humor and the personal anecdotes keep me spellbound until the last page.

In this book he describes degrees of doubt, both the helpful and the destructive kind. He talks about faith and how it always applies only to the unseen.

I guess the most telling thing for me is that after 60 years someone has helped me realize that my doubts are not a condemnation to hell, but a starting point to find my faith.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithfulness during uncertainity November 20, 2008
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John OrtbergFaith and Doubt has once again masterfully shed light on something most Christians are afraid to admit exist in their lives because of the fear of being ridiculed. In this book, he is able to explain, as only he can do, that having doubts is necessary in developing faith. This book will be as tremendous benefit to new believers as well as those who have been walking in the faith. I like the way he is able to educate the reader on remaining faithful during times of uncertainity. This book will end up being a Christian Classic.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by John Ortberg November 19, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I have now read 3 of John Ortberg's books and am also presently in a short bible study he co-wrote.

I love him.
I love his story's. What a great story teller.
I love his jokes.

One of my favorite treats is on my 2 work days, I go to lunch alone. The same restaurant....every Tuesday and Wednesday, and I read.

With John's work, I find myself laughing out loud, in the restaurant, as I savor one of his stories.

Then, in the next paragraph, he's moved my heart and I'm trying to hide my tears.

I love how He makes my Lord and Savior feel so close to me.

He knows the bible so well and he makes it so very applicable to EVERY situation I find myself in...be it a blessing or a challenge.

John is very real. There is no lecturing or 'talking down' to his reader. I guess 'authentic' is a good word for him.

This book especially reveals him as an 'every man' kind of guy.

He lays out his own doubts in this book and doesn't candy coat or defend his own issues with doubt.

I love how he interjects scripture. With out being 'preachy'

I do not lend out my Ortberg books. I've offered to...and then I never want to part with them. I am reading 'Everyone's Normal till You Get to Know them' for the second time. I highlight John's books. I make smiley faces where they make me laugh and I circle what breaks my heart.

I have overcome my Ortberg-hording by just buying his book for my friends/loved ones and even my Boss! (He's a great guy and lover of Christ.)
John is an excellent author for that new believer. All of his books are great for that friend you want to introduce to Christ.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... April 17, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I like John Ortberg, really I do. I think he is a brilliant writer. He writes in a way that is engaging enough to draw in the general reader but with enough references to serious authors to keep the more boff-like interested. He has a wonderfully self-deprecating sense of humour and sets up his jokes beautifully. Few other Christian authors make me laugh out loud so much. His use of illustration is powerful and impressive. He has a knack for pulling you in, making you laugh, then landing a killer punch.

Here is an example of one of his jokes. Explaining that when God afflicts the Philistines with tumors (1 Samuel 5), the word really means hemorrhoids, Ortberg says:

"The writer wants us to know that in the presence of God's judgement, the Philistines were embarrassingly human. All their iron swords, spears and shields did them no good, because what they really needed was inflatable cushions to sit on, and while the Iron Age had arrived, the Inflatable Cushion Age was still centuries away."

I also agree with the overall thesis of the book - doubt is part of faith, something everyone experiences to greater or lesser degree, and something to process rather than deny. We do one another a great disservice if people are never allowed to air their doubts for fear that they will be cast out of our righteous presence. Life throws up all kinds of challenges and difficulties - it would be weird to never doubt.

Ortberg doesn't shy away from this and opens up the toughest of issues, especially those concerning pain and suffering. And he presents some good responses. His interaction with the New Atheists (Dawkins, Hitchins. et al) is excellent. His `proofs' for the existence of God are really helpful. His pastors heart shines through.

So thus far so excellent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Ortberg Book February 21, 2009
By Grys
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is my first John Ortberg book, and I plan to buy a copy for myself and pass on to others. Paul in First Corinthians said that maturity and growth in the Christian faith is a steadfast goal. And this is a brutally honest assessment of the role of doubt in the growth of one's faith. This pastor writes with wit, but underlies the humor with numerous sources and readings from the secular, not only Christian but athiest, agnostic, scientific, naturalism, etc. This "research" is what gives his book a "punch"; one must read what he said to his grandmother about Freud (p.146) He knows and understands the unbeliever, the skeptic, and the passive believer. Pass this book on. Ask your public library to buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great bible teacher. Great book.
Published 2 months ago by wally
5.0 out of 5 stars I have faith in Faith & Doubt
A lot of my recent reading has been on the subject of doubt. After finishing The Atheist who Believes In God by Frank Schaeffer I moved on to a more organized approach by a well... Read more
Published 4 months ago by tex norman
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Published 5 months ago by Janet T
5.0 out of 5 stars It's OK to ask
A helpful personal look at the questions around the coexistence of faith and doubt. Punctuated with both wit and wisdom to make a readable book that comes as close as any to offer... Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must-read.
Published 7 months ago by Patrice Flower
5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of my favorite authors; i have bought multiple copies to...
this is one of my favorite authors; i have bought multiple copies to give to others; get your highlighter ready:)
Published 7 months ago by J. S.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... years ago--it would have saved me a lot of unnecessary angst about...
I should have read this book years ago--it would have saved me a lot of unnecessary angst about doubt and I may have been further along the road to embracing it.
Published 7 months ago by Ron Mulder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a very good read, for anyone new or old to the Christian faith.
Published 7 months ago by Neem Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult subject, well done
Excellent review of how most of us including clergy have doubt. Then a powerful argument for faith. all done with considerable humor.
Published 11 months ago by john o
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
Our small group read and discussed this book. We found the book and discussion was thought provoking and worth reading.
Published 11 months ago by Sarah L Holmes
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More About the Author

John Ortberg is senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of Who Is This Man?; The Me I Want to Be; Know Doubt; When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box; God Is Closer Than You Think; The Life You've Always Wanted; Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them; If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat; Love Beyond Reason; and (with Kevin Harney) the multimedia curriculum Old Testament Challenge. Now that their children are grown, he and his wife, Nancy enjoy surfing the Pacific to care for their souls.

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