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Faith and Doubt Hardcover – September 16, 2008
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Finding John, for me, was like finding a great mystery writer. I am not always able to determine how the puzzle will be solved until the end. But the gems of wisdom, the humor and the personal anecdotes keep me spellbound until the last page.
In this book he describes degrees of doubt, both the helpful and the destructive kind. He talks about faith and how it always applies only to the unseen.
I guess the most telling thing for me is that after 60 years someone has helped me realize that my doubts are not a condemnation to hell, but a starting point to find my faith.
I love him.
I love his story's. What a great story teller.
I love his jokes.
One of my favorite treats is on my 2 work days, I go to lunch alone. The same restaurant....every Tuesday and Wednesday, and I read.
With John's work, I find myself laughing out loud, in the restaurant, as I savor one of his stories.
Then, in the next paragraph, he's moved my heart and I'm trying to hide my tears.
I love how He makes my Lord and Savior feel so close to me.
He knows the bible so well and he makes it so very applicable to EVERY situation I find myself in...be it a blessing or a challenge.
John is very real. There is no lecturing or 'talking down' to his reader. I guess 'authentic' is a good word for him.
This book especially reveals him as an 'every man' kind of guy.
He lays out his own doubts in this book and doesn't candy coat or defend his own issues with doubt.
I love how he interjects scripture. With out being 'preachy'
I do not lend out my Ortberg books. I've offered to...and then I never want to part with them. I am reading 'Everyone's Normal till You Get to Know them' for the second time. I highlight John's books. I make smiley faces where they make me laugh and I circle what breaks my heart.
I have overcome my Ortberg-hording by just buying his book for my friends/loved ones and even my Boss! (He's a great guy and lover of Christ.)
John is an excellent author for that new believer. All of his books are great for that friend you want to introduce to Christ.Read more ›
Mr. Ortberg’s work is far more focused and clearly he is a minister with a hope to help Christians who struggle with doubt. The Book, Faith and Doubt makes it clear that if you have faith, you have doubt. He goes so far as to say you cannot have faith and certainty. Near the end of the work he talks about holding up his fist and asking people if they believe he has a twenty dollar bill in his hand. At that point the people around him have no way of being certain what is in his hand. Some of those on lookers will have faith that the minister has $20 in that fist, because he said he did and they have faith that a minister would not lie. Some around the minister might be equally sure that the minister is lying. Maybe they have known some ministers well, in their past and know not to trust them. Then the Reverend Ortberg says to those who have faith in him, “I am now going to destroy your faith in me,” and he opens his hand and shows them what the fist contains. You see, once you know something, once you have seen with your eyes, once you are absolutely certain, you no longer have any need for faith.
When it comes to the claims of the Bible, we cannot know for certain that the claims are true, just as we cannot know for certain that the claims are untrue. We can have an opinion. We can have a conviction. We can believe so strongly that it feels like a fact, but in the end, honest thinking people know that we cannot know if the those Biblical stories are true, or untrue.Read more ›
Here is an example of one of his jokes. Explaining that when God afflicts the Philistines with tumors (1 Samuel 5), the word really means hemorrhoids, Ortberg says:
"The writer wants us to know that in the presence of God's judgement, the Philistines were embarrassingly human. All their iron swords, spears and shields did them no good, because what they really needed was inflatable cushions to sit on, and while the Iron Age had arrived, the Inflatable Cushion Age was still centuries away."
I also agree with the overall thesis of the book - doubt is part of faith, something everyone experiences to greater or lesser degree, and something to process rather than deny. We do one another a great disservice if people are never allowed to air their doubts for fear that they will be cast out of our righteous presence. Life throws up all kinds of challenges and difficulties - it would be weird to never doubt.
Ortberg doesn't shy away from this and opens up the toughest of issues, especially those concerning pain and suffering. And he presents some good responses. His interaction with the New Atheists (Dawkins, Hitchins. et al) is excellent. His `proofs' for the existence of God are really helpful. His pastors heart shines through.
So thus far so excellent.Read more ›
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Hhave never read a bad book of his and I have about a dozenPublished 12 months ago by George Barnes
I like this authors honest discussion of the difference between blind faith and the act of faith that is real. His sermons are on podcast and are equally as thought provoking.Published 14 months ago by Robert
One of the most thought provoking books I've read. Well written.Published 15 months ago by Gary Arnott
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