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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307458822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307458827
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Arterburn and Felton, co-authors of Toxic Faith, here supplement the warnings of their previous book with a more positive vision. In the past, Arterburn, in particular, has invited controversy by confronting problems of spiritual abuse and manipulation in evangelical churches and homes. This sequel focuses less on "toxic churches" and the extremes of spiritual abuse and more on the need for promoting "healthy faith" in evangelical faith communities. Arterburn and Felton describe healthy faith as one that is centered on the person of Jesus, reflecting His example of mature love, respect for individuals and realism about human weakness. The book takes a compassionate but firm tone, warning against the subtle pressures many evangelicals feel to maintain the appearance of being "good Christians" even at great spiritual expense to themselves and their families, making it "easy to either give up or to get weird trying to earn God's favor." Like Philip Yancey in What's So Amazing About Grace?, the authors criticize distortions in evangelical religious expression while affirming what evangelicals recognize as their most important commitments--to the person of Christ and the message of the Bible. Although this book can be read as an individual self-help resource, it also has strong potential for study groups and as training material for church leaders. (Feb.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap

One decade ago, best-selling authors Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton exposed the dangers of what they called "toxic faith," helping countless believers to understand and overcome their religious misconceptions.

Now, drawing upon an additional ten years of observation and experience, these authors go one step further, offering new insights and a positive approach to the dilemma in this long-awaited follow-up to their ground-breaking work.

Be set free from man-made rules, "churchianity," and legalistic religion.

Learn to recognize serious misinterpretations of vital biblical concepts such as "accountability."

Return to the roots of a strong, obedient, yet grace-filled relationship with your Creator.

To all who want to enter into deeper joy, fuller obedience, greater influence, and a healthier experience of God, More Jesus, Less Religion points the way back to the grace of the Lord and shows what it takes to avoid the pitfalls of toxic faith. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Stephen Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries--the nation's largest faith-based broadcast, counseling, and treatment ministry--and is the host of the nationally syndicated "New Life Live!" daily radio program heard on over 180 radio stations nationwide. Steve is also the founder of the Women of Faith conferences, attended by over 3 million women.

Steve is a nationally known public speaker and has been featured in national media venues such as "Oprah," "Inside Edition," "Good Morning America," "CNN Live," the "New York Times," "USA Today," and "US News & World Report." In August 2000, Steve was inducted into the National Speakers Association's Hall of Fame. A best-selling author, Steve has written over 60 books, including the popular Every Man's series and his most recent book, "Healing Is a Choice." He has been nominated for numerous writing awards and has won four Gold Medallion Awards for writing excellence.

Steve has degrees from Baylor University and the University of North Texas as well as two honorary doctorate degrees. Steve resides with his family in Laguna Beach, California.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book if you tend to struggle with legalism.
C. Iglesias
The authors do a fantastic job of showing how God's rules are not meant to hurt relationships but to help us have healthy relationships.
Diana J. Knight
Unfortunately, after reading and skimming through a few pages of this book, I felt that this book entirely missed the mark.
M. P. Schiesl

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing and one that I will recommend over and over. It speaks to the realities of what it means to be a Christian. Sometimes Christians are expected to be super human (not to have real feelings), even by fellow Christians. This book reminds us that God gave us feelings and we are to bring all of those feelings and emotions to Christ--the good and the bad. For me, this book was confirmation that I am on the right track to a true relationship with my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Before reading this book, please pray and ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind and give you understanding. You must be ready, spiritually, for what the authors say. They don't sugar coat, and they will challenge some old beliefs that may be hindering your relationship with Christ.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Karl Hunt on April 3, 2000
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Stephen Arterburn has written the best book ever! This book will set you free from manmade rules and from "churchianity", and will help you experience a GENUINE and REAL relationship with Christ. Many churches today are too legalistic and have forgotten the true meaning of the Gospel, but this book will help you enjoy the freedom of authentic faith. It's time to put Jesus first and not religion. Restore your personal relationship with the Savior and be set free from toxic thinking! Experience God's agrace anew! Buy this book today...it'll change your life forever!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mary willits on March 31, 2001
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I recommend this book to everyone whether they've been spiritually abused in a church or not. I keep extra copies on hand to give to people. It took our family years to recover from the damage of spiritual abuse and this book has helped us gain a new perspective on our experience. The book validated us, that we were not alone, that this is not a new thing happening in churches, we gained back our love for the Lord, we have a renewed faith, and growing in a healthy, personal relationship with the Lord, by and through His Grace. An excellent book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "tcrogers22" on December 11, 2003
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I got this book to help me as i worked through a very trying time in my walk with God. As I read, I began to realize that though outwardly I looked like a great christian, inside I was very confused about my idea of who God was and how he related to me. I belive that the health of any Christian is dependant on his/her understanding of God, and mine had a lot of holes in it. This book has been very helpful in helping me confront a lot of painful misunderstandings I have had about God, and i fully recommend it to anyone who is struggling in thier faith or just feel that their faith is bringing more opression to their lives than freedom.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Stowers on May 8, 2004
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The title notwithstanding, this book doesn't really say all that much about Jesus. Nor does it say anything critical about religion per se, or why it might be good to have less of it. Instead, the book attempts to describe the authors' idea of a healthy faith; and each of the book's 16 chapters is subtitled "A Healthy Faith Is... [Balanced, Loving, Respectful of Others, etc.]"
I wouldn't be at all surprised if this book started out as a series of sermons. Each chapter reads like a sermon given in a friendly evangelical church: inspiring, encouraging, with nothing too deep or challenging or complicated or critical. As to the intended audience, the authors mention Chuck Swindoll as though they expect readers to know who he is. In fact, the book is reminiscent of Swindoll, and fans of Swindoll should find this book right up their alley. Others may or may not find it helpful, depending on where they're coming from and where they are in their spiritual lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Dunn on April 26, 2008
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I haven't read many books, but I beleive this is a great book. I have only been a dedicated christian for 2 years, and within that time I have met many people who claim to be christians, but are more wrapped up in religion than they are Christ. This book gives a good insight into modern day pharissies. It has helped me close some doors about some questions I had about certain people. It's all about Jesus, what he did, and how he loves us unconditionaly. He expects us to do the same. Love him and others as yourself. If you focus on these two commandments you will produce more fruit in your life than you ever could have imagined.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana J. Knight on September 15, 2009
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I read some of the reviews that gave this book a low rating and don't understand what they were looking for. This book gives the reader exactly what the title says it will. It shows us how to be like Christ instead of leaning on "religion." The authors do a fantastic job of showing how God's rules are not meant to hurt relationships but to help us have healthy relationships. Relationships are the key, not the rules. Jesus is the best example of this kind of living. He knew (and knows) the person is more valuable than the rule. The rule is the tool, not the goal. We have to get that right, or we hurt people with our rules. The book effectively helps us with the issues that keep us from having healthy relationships, which includes having a healthy relationship with God. Awesome read!!! One of the best books on this subject!!!! Thank you Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton!!!!
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In MORE JESUS, LESS RELIGION, Stephen Arterburn --- prolific author, speaker, and host of the national radio program "New Life Live!" --- and co-author Jack Felton, a licensed therapist and ordained minister at New Hope Christian Counseling Center, have developed a primer on what the church should not look like. They are not talking about aesthetics either. Arterburn, whose ministry is all about helping people deal honestly with their struggles, shares countless incidents where the organized church (crossing all denominational lines) has repeatedly undercut the good work of Jesus Christ by offering judgment rather than helpful, compassionate care.

While no one would argue that churches in America are struggling, many Christ followers differ on the reasons behind general waning membership, tepid commitments, and overall dissatisfaction within its ranks. Some camps cite lack of social and economic responsibility, while others blame poor leadership and antiquated governing systems. Whatever the reason, everyone would agree that an honest revisit of priorities (those given by Jesus through the Bible) is in order. It is with a humble approach that Arterburn and Felton dissect the church system with a realistic yet loving voice.

Readers will appreciate their take on what it means to embrace a healthy faith life. In every chapter, they offer examples of what is not healthy and then contrast it with what is (by biblical definition) the healthy alternative.
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