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Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe Is Coming Apart Paperback – October 21, 2014
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After years of participating in a comfortable faith tradition, many find themselves in a spiritual wilderness, feeling disillusioned with church, longing for more freedom and less religion in their lives. If that describes you, you’re in good company. Countless men and women are in the middle of a shifting faith—and aren’t sure where to turn.
But losing beliefs doesn’t mean you have to lose your faith. Pastor, friend, and spiritual director Kathy Escobar has journeyed with many who have experienced significant shifts in the faith they once considered unchangeable. Through their stories and her own, Kathy has discovered that growth and change are natural parts of life in our relationship with God.
Filled with honest stories and practical insights, Faith Shift gives language to what many experience as their faith evolves. With an inviting blend of vulnerability and hope, it addresses the losses that come with spiritual shifts and offers tangible practices for rebuilding a free and authentic faith after it unravels.
Includes personal reflection and group discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
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About the Author
- Publisher : Convergent Books; Reprint edition (October 21, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1601425430
- ISBN-13 : 978-1601425430
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.51 x 7.94 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #366,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As I was reading Faith Shift I felt at times as though Escobar had crawled inside my head and tapped my thoughts. It was shocking to see my thoughts and actual words I had spoken in sentences she had written. Only once before have I had that experience where an author so completely captures my experience, thoughts, and emotions. Of course the immediate experience is a rush of relief when you realize "You're not crazy and you're not alone" (the title of her first chapter). The experience of reading her book was so valuable and so profound I promptly ordered another ten copies to give to family and friends.
One of the things I found missing in the book (and I'm sure it was with author intent) is a prescription for what to do now that I find myself in a faith shift. Having spent far too long in an authoritarian & legalistic church environment, I have been somewhat handicapped in thinking for myself ( it's always easier to live life with someone else always telling you what to do ). So while I found her lack of directive teaching & prescription irksome at times, the more I read and the more I reflected I realized she was very purposeful in NOT telling readers what to do. Her approach is so gentle, so considerate, so kind, and so balanced. Two of her chapters were especially beneficial to me because I had tended toward "throwing the baby out with the bath...". These two chapters were: 'Go Looking a For What Remains' & 'Honoring The Good in What Was' - chapters that require you to honestly look at where you've been and realize it wasn't ALL bad and that a faith shift doesn't mean I HAVE to sever everything from my past. I'm now into seriously rebuilding and reconstituting a faith that was damaged/dismantled by evangelical fundamentalism and for the first time in years I'm actually excited about the future and a life of faith. Faith Shift is highly recommended.
Most valuable point in this book? You're not alone. There are enough people walking in your shoes that Escobar has a graph on the common stages of what she calls a "faith shift." A graph! Hallelujah! This is normal.
Importantly, Escobar makes no attempt to convert the reader. There is no expectation that the end of your questioning will be to return to church, synagogue, or mosque. That possibility is left open, but there is no bias toward it, which is probably the best reason to read this book if you're in a faith crisis. Escobar has been in your shoes (from the Christian end of the spectrum) and she's not about to preach to you. What she is about to do is give you the tools to move through your crisis with a least a modicum of confidence that you will be okay.
Five stars, because this is a really needed book, and whatever faults it has are vastly outweighed by its virtues.
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Have already recommended it to my friends and family members that I know are going through their own personal 'faith shifts'.