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Fearless Faith: Living Beyond the Walls of Safe Christianity Paperback – January 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736907475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736907477
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Fischer has been mixing his unique combination of singing, speaking, and humor for a variety of audiences for more than thirty years. A bestselling writer, John is the author of Fearless Faith, 12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (Like Me), Real Christians Don't Dance, and the award-winning Saint Ben. Fischer graduated from Wheaton College and later served as Artist in Residence at Gordon College in Massachusetts.

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John Fischer is senior writer for PurposeDrivenLife.com, specializing in a daily devotional that reaches an audience of over 230,000 people five times a week. John's career spans over 30 years, first as a singer/songwriter, recording artist, and pioneer of Jesus Music, then as a best-selling author, and currently as a nationally popular speaker at conferences, retreats, churches, and colleges/universities. John's body of work includes 12 albums, 15 books, and numerous articles for a variety of publications. His early songs, such as "Love Him in the Morning" ("All Day Song") and "Have You Seen Jesus My Lord?" have become standard youth and camp favorites. His books include the best-selling "Real Christians Don't[crossed out] Dance" and his popular novel "Saint Ben." For over 23 years, he was a clarion call for the growing Christian music industry from his regular award-winning monthly column in "CCM" (Contemporary Christian Music) magazine. In addition to his writing with PurposeDrivenLife.com, John also writes for Chuck Colson's Breakpoint.org and is a regular columnist in "Relevant" magazine. "Confessions of a Caffeinated Christian" is John's first book with Tyndale House Publishers. John graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois, in 1969. He studied the ministry under the leadership of the late Ray C. Stedman at Peninsula Bible Church, Palo Alto, California, during the 1970s, and has served as artist in residence at Gordon College, Seattle Pacific University, and Baylor University. He now resides with his wife, Marti, and their son, Chandler, in Laguna Beach, California. They also have two adult children, Christopher and Anne. For more information, visit John's Web site at www.fischtank.com.

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Every once in awhile a book comes along that can change everything.
mjanke
Either way, it should drive you to take action and open your heart to the incredible promise of love contained within the message of Christ.
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I encourage anyone who wants to really know the ground on which they stand to read this book.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By mjanke on February 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Every once in awhile a book comes along that can change everything. It challenges the core assumptions and conclusions of its audience, presents a well-supported case, and offers up a new perspective and ideal. Regarding the proper place of a Christ follower in the world, John Fischer's FEARLESS FAITH is one such book.
There are few people better equipped to talk about this subject than Fischer. Not only has he been recording and writing Christian music for over two decades but he has been grappling with this as the back page columnist for CCM Magazine for almost as long. It's one thing to discuss from the outside, or to arrive at the party so late in the game that the majority of the dances have already been danced. It's quite another to have been there from the start, as Fischer has been -- observing, participating, considering, critiquing, and challenging in this musical genre that, perhaps more than any other part of the church, has been at the forefront of this ongoing dialogue.
In FEARLESS FAITH, Fischer presents his thoughts on a wide variety of topics, but all of them have the same core assumption: John 17:15. In this verse, Jesus prays to the Father not for us (the church) to be taken out of the world, but that He would protect us from the evil one as we are in the world. The implications are clear: the church is not to remove itself from the world, the church is to be in the world, as we are in the world we will face dangers, and through it all God will be with us.
However, the past couple of decades have seen the church engage in actions that fly completely in the face of Jesus' intentions for us. Not only are we not engaging the world as we are commanded to, we have purposely created an entire subculture to protect us from the evils of that world.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Elzinga on June 10, 2002
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In Fearless Faith, John Fischer delivers another commentary on the ever expanding gap between the 'world' at large and the Christian sub-culture. The Christian community has now safely protected itself from the contamination of the world, and it seems, need not venture out. John seems to beg the question, with a Christian version of everything, why go out into "the world".
I greatly appreciate how John takes us outside the sterile bubble of our protected faith into a world that is increasingly becoming foreign to us. This book is frank and honest with real life examples (interviews of sort) of Christians who are struggling to make a difference in the world but are fearful of being exposed that they are even rubbing shoulders with the world at all. These are Christians who listen to popular music, drink beer with non-Christians, watch current films,are interested in politics, and engage in business. These are Christians who have real life relationships with real life people, in the real world.
Today, too many Christians venture out of their protected enviornemnt and "into the world" only to evangelize. And then, as John so appropriately uses the descriptive analogy from the film, "The Big Kahuna", the evangelism becomes more like recruiting or selling than transforming a life by grappling with a person's real life issues "in the world".
Fearless Faith is a challange to exercise your faith-muscles not by gritting your teeth or powering your way through, but by being salt and light "in the world". It can be fearless precisely because Jesus prayed to the Father not to take us out of the world, but to protect us "in" it.
Fearless Faith is a must read and will provide you with a faith-full workout!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P N Craige on July 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
John Fischer addresses with clarity, precision, and brutal honesty the issues which have been niggling at the corners of my own Christian walk for many years. He calls into question and accountability the current "exclusionist, safe, non-threatening Christian subculture" of which the vast majority of Christians partake to an extreme level. Faith on trial for being fearful? You bet...and found, in this writing, GUILTY AS CHARGED!
Hats off to Mr. Fischer for having the gumption to buck the current "Christian establishment"! I have often wondered where Christians get off thinking that just because a song is labeled "Christian" that it makes it any better than a song "outside" the Christian genre.
As one who cringes at "fish" displayed on business cards or scripture on checks, it is good to know I am not only not alone, but that there is a whole Christian Underground out there that believes Christianity is more than "witnessing"....Christians who aren't afraid to live their lives with the idea that living one's life as a Christian has more to do with our relationship with God, integrity, honesty, compassion, caring, and loving and respecting other people ...that is...HOW WE LIVE OUR LIVES...than it does looking down our noses at someone else just because they aren't Christian...
THANK YOU MR. FISCHER!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Randy Schulz on June 5, 2002
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I initially purchased this book simply because it was written by John Fischer. All of his works that I have read have added to my life. This book is no exception. Any who are uneasy with the awkward, adversarial relationship between the Christian sub-culture and American culture in the broader sense, will gain an enlightened perspective from this latest work by John. This book, rather than being merely critical, shows how Christians are to go about being in the world, but not of the world without circling the wagons and creating a Christianized version of the world for themselves. As I read I was exhilarated as John articulated so much of what I have been feeling, but could not capture in words. I was rooting him on as a voice for me until the bright light of truth hit one of my blind spots. My reading was much more somber and reflective from that point on. I encourage anyone who wants to really know the ground on which they stand to read this book. You will not come away unchallenged, but you will come away more enlightened.
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