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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.)
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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307458822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307458827
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This is a wonderful book that explores healthy vs. a toxic faith. It is refreshing and renewing to read this work and see the simplicity that is found in true Christianity. It is filled with encouragement and hope for a journey with God that is love and grace based.
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I determined years ago that my Faith in Jesus Christ was more important than anything else I had going in my life. Having been raised strictly Irish Catholic really distorted my understanding of God. It's much more simple now. You either believe in something that you can't see, believing in salvation, or you hope to stay out of Hell believing in man-made rituals and rhetoric.
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Buy this book! I have learned some much from this gracefully written book. I found the content both encouraging and freeing without being fault finding. I highly recommend this book if you tend to struggle with legalism.
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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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