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I'm Fine with God...It's Christians I Can't Stand: Getting Past the Religious Garbage in the Search for Spiritual Truth (ConversantLife.com) Paperback – January 1, 2008


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  • Series: ConversantLife.com
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736921974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736921978
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce Bickel is an attorney and Chief Operating Officer of ConversantLife.com. His previous books with Stan Jantz include Knowing God 101, Knowing the Bible 101, and God Is in the Small Stuff.

Stan Jantz is CEO of ConversantLife.com. He and Bruce Bickel are coauthors of more than 50 books, including I'm Fine with God... It's Christians I Can't Stand and the Christianity 101 Bible Studies. As a writing team, their goal is to present God's truth in a correct, clear, and casual manner.

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BRUCE BICKEL of Fresno, California has coauthored numerous books with his writing partner Stan Jantz. Bruce's regular job is as lawyer and speaker, and he and his wife, Cheryl, have two children.

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This book is easy to read, clear and concise, and funny.
Patrick Reeves
This book is a wake up call, a mirror to see our aberrant behaviors that are destroying our effective testimony to the world.
Russ Emrick
I've tried and tried to read this book through but get frustrated and bored and put it down.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Russ Emrick VINE VOICE on September 25, 2008
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Strap in your seat belts and prepare for a raucous ride on this train load of uncomfortable truth. Can I give this book a hundred stars? Please read this book. Please. Pastors give this to your sheep. Let me tell you why.

It's embarrassing to be a Christian today - in and out of church, and not for the good reasons Jesus told us about. There is just so much hypocrisy, over spiritualizing and falsehood. As the authors point out ask anyone what they think of Christians and you won't hear good things. Worst part - we know it. Yet for the most part we don't do anything about it. "I'm Fine with God..." illustrates how:

* We decry immorality while practicing it in secret
* We cloister ourselves and loose contact with reality. We have our own language, schools, and worldview which not only seems freakish to others but isn't necessarily biblical
* We make ridiculous claims against science and appear ignorant
* On and on it goes - Rapture fixation, prosperity, misrepresentations of scripture and our faith, bigotry, misogyny, and racism justified by false theology

Judgmental attitudes, gossip, cruelty, sloth, gluttony are all real and just as pervasive as the overt immorality that we are so quick to point fingers at. Yet they have excuse - he who sins is a slave to sin. We have no excuse. Here are some of my stories and I promise they are 100% true:

* A Christian woman attempted to cheat me on a business deal. She ended the conversation by asking if "I knew Jesus as my personal savior."
* A contractor took my money but did such shoddy work that it would not pass code inspection. His response "you can't sue me because it's against the bible." No refund, no correction. He got sued.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Laura I on September 25, 2008
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Let me start by saying that I'm not a Christian, neither are my parents, and I was never even baptized. I've studied the Bible, and I like most of the teachings and lessons contained within, but I find myself repulsed by pushy, hypocritical Christians trying to convert me. So I think I'm the target audience of this book.

The book is written with a light, witty style. The short sections and large font make it easy to read. Especially if you're the type who mainly reads before bed or on the subway. The authors themselves are Christians, and don't be fooled, there's definitely a Christian agenda in this book. Many of the 'anti christian' books out there are written by atheists or other non-Christians, that's not the case here. There are definitely two goals to this book 1) convert disenchanted non-believers (me), and 2) help change the behavior of obnoxious Christians so they'll stop scaring me away. Most of what the book teaches, is what I've been saying for years. I.e., behaviors like being self-righteous and judgmental are not Christianly and God doesn't appreciate it. The authors back up their statements with scripture from the Bible.

Does the book accomplish it's goals? Well, it didn't convert me. Although I found it a refreshing and enjoyable read. I have more sympathy for the compassionate Christians out there who don't want to be associated with the extremists. But I wont be joining a church any time soon. As for the other goal, augmenting the behavior of wayward Christians, I doubt it. I'm sure some will read this book and pay more attention to how they act as a result, but the ones that really need to read this book will either scoff at the title, or read it and make all the excuses in the world to justify their behavior. People like that simply can't admit their wrong or acknowledge their behavior. All the same, I found this to be an excellent book and a highly recommend it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By G. Jacobs on February 15, 2008
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I saw this book on a shelf last weekend, and the title called out to me. Could these authors possibly "get it" and understand many of the problems Christians are facing today are self-inflicted? Well, the short answer is "YES! They do."

Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz, Christians themselves, have written a great book analyzing many of the problems Christians face today. "I'm Fine With God, It's Christians I Can't Stand" presents their viewpoints in a style mixing lighthearted humor, frank commentary, and biblical references. Their refreshingly candid approach might be a harsh splash of cold water in the face of some Christians. But when the words used most often to describe Christians are judgmental, hypocritical, and self-righteous (to name a few), it is time for a wake-up call.

The authors do a great job of presenting the various issues, offering examples, and never failing to present a reasoned approach for Christians to consider on each topic. Rather than creating our own stumbling blocks along our way, the authors viewpoints will help open dialogue and hopefully get many Christians to address these issues and get back to sharing their faith, rather than beating people over the head with it.

I would recommend this book to every pastor, church staff member, and Christian who has ever run into another Christian they can't stand.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sutton on March 12, 2008
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I don't see this as a handbook for how to save your non-Christian friends. If you want a how-to book, this isn't it. I do see this as a book that will make you examine your heart and attitude regarding your own faith and as a result you will be more understanding of where people are coming from who can't stand Christians.

The authors have pretty hilarious comments. Want to get a belly laugh out of your teenager? I did when I read him several things out loud. The authors drive their points home with humor, and what they share is often profound. This isn't fluff reading. Like the nose on your face, the truth was always there, but you may not have noticed it before. I agreed with about 90% of their comments. The other ten percent I was more neutral on or maybe not quite as sure I felt the same way, but if you glean anything from this book that will change the way you see yourself and the world around you, then you will be glad you checked it out.

My favorite chapter was I'm Fine With God... but I can't stand Christians Who are Convinced God Wants Them Rich. I detest the "name it and claim it health and wealth false gospel" and charlatans who rob the poor and the widows through their lies and con games. So I got a real chuckle out of the witty sarcasm the authors used to drive their point home. For example:

If you give to Billy Bob's television ministry you'll receive... A swatch of fabric packaged as a Holy Spirit Prayer Cloth--actual pieces of the beach towel used by John the Baptist during his baptismal ministry on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Now that's obviously an over-exaggeration, but I found it hilarious. The other examples are even funnier.
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