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Authentic Faith: The Power of a Fire-Tested Life Hardcover – February 1, 2002
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Thomas starts off his book by talking about laying new groundwork for what defines authentic faith, which is a life centered around God and not ourselves. Authentic faith developed by "authentic disciplines" such as contentment, suffering, persecution, waiting, mourning, humility and forgiveness. These disciplines are different than traditional disciplines such as fasting, praying, studying the Bible etc., because they are not initiated by us but rather by God. Whereas on the other hand, traditional disciplines are initiated by us to help build our faith. Although, they are worthy of our initiation they can sometimes foster religiosity, pride and self sufficiency.
One of my favorite chapter was about the discipline of suffering. To think about suffering as being a good thing seems ironic, but Thomas quotes another writer named Thomas Watson who says it so well, "Sometimes a sick bed can teach us more than a sermon". This made me think of sufferings I have gone through, that haven't been on a sick bed, and yes they did teach me more than a sermon could. Thomas also shares in this chapter about how our refusal to suffer can lead to addictions and physical breakdowns, which I have never thought about before. I would recommend that anyone suffering from an addiction should get this book, because how he explained the process of addiction and physical breakdowns made so much sense.
The other chapter that I found helpful was about the discipline of mourning.Read more ›
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This is such a good book! I think I would have to vote it the best book of the year that I've read, possibly even the decade. It will change your life!Published 3 months ago by L. Cypert
Well written. Strong Biblical content. Personally challenging.Published 4 months ago by Jack W. Schwarz
I love Gary Thomas books. He stirs us to searching for a deeper relationship with the Lord.Published 19 months ago by Sunny
Great book - used it for small group and it was awesome and really pertinent to what we were going through!Published 24 months ago by A. Thomas
Aside from the Bible, no other book has impacted me as much as this one. My favorite book. A deep and insightful look at what true, authentic faith is. What Biblical faith is. Read morePublished on June 27, 2014 by KC
The insights into the redemptive purposes of suffering and sacrifice provide substance to the concept of being purified by refining fire. Read morePublished on May 25, 2014 by PAM
I bought this book because an excerpt from it was used in a Bible study I attended. I am so happy I purchased it. This book is very helpful for the maturing believer!Published on March 17, 2014 by Darlene E Wallace