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Think about your day so far. This morning, you got up and, by faith, had breakfast, trusting that nobody in the house had laced your food with poison. You stopped at a coffee shop and somehow trusted those characters behind the counter (is that really a good idea?) not to put some kind of harmful or spoiled substance in your triple-shot, extra foam, grande latte. You got to work--maybe even took the elevator?--and sat in a chair, by faith, without testing it first to see if it was still strong enough to hold you up. You started your computer and typed in confidential information, even though you knew that the latest Internet virus could take that information and broadcast it to everyone in your address book. At lunch, you went out for a walk and paused to bend down and pat a stranger's dog, believing you wouldn't become one of the 4.7 million Americans bitten by a dog each year (of whom 1,008 have to go to the emergency room "every day"). Then, at the end of the workday, you aimed your car toward home and drove down the street, trusting-but-not-really-knowing that some sixteen-year-old NASCAR wannabe driver wouldn't be out drag-racing his friends, careening toward you at a high rate of speed.

No doubt about it--you live your life by faith every day, even in the mundane details. You may have what seem like good reasons for your faith, which is fine, but you could also be wrong about some of your conclusions. And some of those mistakes could be serious, even life-threatening.

Your beliefs--from your everyday beliefs to your beliefs about the ultimate purpose of life--are the source for how you live.

Many of us spend more time reading about which SUV we should buy or what clothes we should wear than we do on what beliefs we should hold.

Have you chosen your beliefs wisely?

In "Choosing Your Faith, " Mark Mittelberg helps you investigate the reasons why to believe--and why it matters so much.

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Your Beliefs
How You Live.


Do You Know
Why You Believe
What You Do?

Mark Mittelberg explores why our beliefs are so crucial for everyday life. Discover today the source of your beliefs and how to choose your beliefs wisely.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414315791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414315799
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tom Carpenter VINE VOICE on March 17, 2008
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If you are curious as to why many have chosen Christianity over other religions this book would be an excellent read for you. Of course, it is impossible for a professed Christian to write a completely unbiased book on choosing a faith, but Mark Mittelberg does about the best that one can do. The first few chapters cover the different paths that lead one to a faith:

-Logic and Evidence

The author is quick to admit that Christians use all the first five methods as well as the sixth. In other words, he acknowledged that many Christians cannot give a logical reason for believing in God and they rely on tradition, authority, intuition or mysticism. If faith in the Christin God is the right faith, then it won't hurt them at all. If it is not, they are in big trouble by their own account.

The author opens his discussion on relativism by pointing out that an atheist (Richard Dawkins) was correct when he says that something is either true or not true when he was discussing religion with Bill O'Reilly and that O'Reilly was wrong when he said that Jesus was true for him. The arguments against relativism are fullproof and show that no one really believes that "all religions lead to God" (before you get upset by my comment, read the books arguments, trust me - there is no logical way to hold onto that view - you'll see).

There is no question that the author is more critical of Mormonism, Islam, and Buddhism (among others) than he is of the Christian faith. For a critical analysis of the supposed Christian faith, see
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I teach a course called Theory of Knowledge at a large public high school in the Midwest and was thrilled to find Mark's new book, which could easily be viewed as a theory of knowledge applied to the area faith. The overwhelming impression one gets from this book is that it is fair and balanced. Does Mark have a particular position regarding? Of course he does. And so does everyone as he rightly points out. Would he like for you to adopt his position? Yes, and he is upfront about that. At no time, however, does he force his position on anyone. In fact, that is the point of this book. Faith is not something that should be forced on someone or blindly and uncritically accepted. Faith, contrary to what many would think, is something that can be evaluated, analyzed, and considered in a thoughtful, intelligent, and logical manner. This idea alone should prompt even the religious skeptic to read the book. Let's face it. Christianity has earned a bad name among many because of an aggressive style of proselytizing among some of its followers. Isn't the notion of a serious, intelligent Christian who wants to explore his faith with you in a rigorous and honest way, with no hidden punches, an intriguing idea?

Mark begins by exploring the nature of faith itself, then moves into a discussion of six common paths to faith. He is quite fair in two different ways. First, he is fair in his representation of these paths to faith, frequently acknowledging where they have strengths. But he is also fair to the truth and will not shortchange the truth for the sake of political correctness. If something is wrong or inconsistent, he will draw that out. What he does not ever do, however, is ridicule any position he disagrees with.
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Just when I thought we didn't need another book on comparative faith systems and Christian apologetics, here comes Mark Mittelberg and "Choosing Your Faith." I'm pumped! This is truly the book we needed to bridge the intellectual scholarship of apologists such as Craig, Geisler, and Habermas with the postmodern seeker looking for genuine connection. This is apologetics with authentic heart! This is experiential worldview application, rather than mere truth and logic. I heartily congratulate Mark on a fantastic book - I read it earlier this week and already built some of the principles into a college "Comparative Worldviews" class I taught last night. Even if you library is packed with the best in Christian apologetics and Christian worldview, add just one more - "Choosing Your Faith" by Mark Mittelberg!
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'Choosing Your Faith' is a tremendous book that should be read by all.

Many books are out there that try to tell the reader what to believe about making a decision about religion/spirituality. This one takes a completely different approach. Written by Mark Mittelberg, this volume examines various methods that different people use in deciding on the biggest question of all in life.

It is clear that he wrote this book based upon his own experiences. Raised as a Christian, when he got to college he realized that this was his parents' choice. He began a careful examination that led to his own decision. Many of us have been similarly influenced by parents. One hopes that all of us will make the effort to intelligently come to our own well based decision.

The author makes the point that everyone lives by faith in many areas of life. He clearly demonstrates the truth of this by citing some very common examples that apply to everyone. He then examines different decision methods including: relativism, tradition, intuition, mysticism, authority, and logic/evidence.

Ultimately nothing is more important than choosing the right road to take in the 'religion' realm as the consequences are eternal. In spite of that, Mr. Mittelberg makes the point that many, if not most, of us 'spend more time reading up on, researching, and seeking wisdom about decisions that are of low-to-moderate importance - like what bike to purchase, which car or SUV to drive', etc.

After exploring the various methods outlined above, Mittelberg takes a look at Christianity. He provides a lot of powerful evidence for this choice. In chapters 9-12, the book is a very well done lesson on Christian apologetics.
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