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Have Faith Anyway
From Kent M. Keith, the author of the internationally acclaimed "Paradoxical Commandments," comes a remarkable book about faith. In Have Faith Anyway, Keith explores the meaning of his eleventh commandment: The world is full of violence, injustice, starvation, disease, and environmental destruction. Have faith anyway. Like the other paradoxical commandments, this one focuses on the fundamental values we have in common as human beings.
To help us better understand the seemingly insurmountable problems we face today, Keith introduces us to the ancient prophet, Habakkuk. The story of Habakkuk reveals the prophet's struggle to understand why God seemed to ignore terrible violence and injustice during a time of crisis and danger for the ancient Hebrews 2600 years ago. Through his conversations with God, Habakkuk came to a faith and trust in God that could persevere even in the face of devastation and death. Habakkuk's poignant story is a parable that can help us to have faith even when our own world seems headed for disaster.
Using the inspirational story of Habakkuk and his struggles, we can learn to build a hopeful faith grounded in the love of God. Habakkuk showed us that whatever happens, we can have faith anyway.
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Praise for Have Faith Anyway
"In this accessible discussion, Kent Keith . . . connect[s] Scripture to contemporary issues of faith and life. He takes up the book of Habakkuk . . . and shows the ways the book invites and empowers . . . faith. A special asset of the book is a helpful study guide that suggests hands-on engagement with the text and with life."
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary, author, The Prophetic Imagination
"I have always been disappointed that the prophetic books are used, quoted, and even understood so little by Christian churches. Have Faith Anyway brilliantly turns the corner on that sad pattern. Kent Keith makes one Jewish prophet alive and relevant in his historic settingand even more in ours!"
Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation and author, Everything Belongs
"Kent M. Keith has provided us with a significant and living word for today from the ancient vision of Habakkuk. He will draw you into the powerful faith of the prophet and help you to make it your own."
James K. Bruckner, Ph.D., professor, Old Testament, North Park University, and author, Exodus and Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah
"Utilizing the tools of Israel's prophetic tradition, Kent Keith captures and expresses, in terms of twenty-first century concerns, Habakkuk's spiritual message about faith in God's unfailing presence in our lives. Faithtrust in Godis best described as the ability to live a joyful, hopeful, and committed life even in the midst of the world's negativity."
Scott M. Lewis, S.J., associate professor, New Testament, Regis College, Toronto School of Theology