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Out Into the Desert: Thriving Outside Organized Religion Kindle Edition
Sometimes, when we begin to question our faith or have doubts about our tradition it can feel like we are wandering out into the desert. When we take a step back and honestly evaluate organized religion in the 21st century, many times it doesn't make any sense. The more we cling to it and try to save it, the worse it becomes. In addition, widespread abuse, cover ups and victim-shaming causes some of us to question whether it will ever be right again.
Out Into the Desert is an honest survey of Western Christianity, along with Karl and Laura's personal story as they journeyed through 20-plus years of ministry. Let the Forehands be your guide as they examine these questions and more ...
- Is it okay to take some time off from religion and do this assessment?
- Are there things we can't see because we're too close?
- Where else can we find community?
- Is it possible to thrive outside of organized religion?
- If Jesus were physically here, would he go to church?
- ASIN : B0B7KM22HR
- Publisher : Quoir; 1st edition (August 15, 2022)
- Publication date : August 15, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 725 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 213 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #281,042 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Having formerly been a church music director for a couple of decades, I was going through the motions of organized religion, unsatisfied and disillusioned by "The Show" until I beame aware that there is more - so much more - to God and spirituality than the habitual (addicted?) participation in the weekly business-as-usual services. As Evangelical "Christianity" coopted it's foundation and purpose with a need for political power, the desert seemed to be a good place to retreat. It is! I highly recommend "Out Into the Desert" as required reading for any person who is truly seeking authentic and meaningful spirituality.
Firstly, if you come from a more conservative Christian tradition and/or have a deep affiliation for the institution of the church, please allow your defenses to drop a little and approach this with an open mind. I, like Karl and Laura, have spent many years of blood, sweat and tears furthering the mission of the church. And even though life and faith shift may have changed some things for us, we’re still looking for glimpses of what the church (and the people that make it up) are trying to be. If you’re still feeling defensive but determined to power through this book, first go and read Pagan Christianity written by George Barna and Frank Viola first (published by Zondervan - bona fide Evangelical publication) and then come back to this.
Disclaimers aside, I appreciate this book. It isn’t always easy to read but it covers important ground for anyone who for one reason or another is “rethinking church”. I’ve enjoyed Karl’s other books, but the secret weapon of this one is Laura - you realize pretty quickly that both voices are necessary to get a fuller picture. It’s not a scholarly work and there are a couple of areas that they could have unpacked a little bit more, but I have no hesitation in giving this 5 stars.
The desert can be a great place to be.