- File Size: 680 KB
- Print Length: 364 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0578003880
- Publisher: Kenneth W. Daniels (July 3, 2010)
- Publication Date: July 3, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003UNLMRY
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary Kindle Edition
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There is a lot of information in this book about Christianity, church history, theology, psychology and more. If you want a good overview of a critical examination of the Christian faith this book is it. Ken quotes some of the leading thinkers (from both sides) on a variety of topics. The bibliography is a great source for further reading.
This book echos my journey in many ways. Ken's trip took longer and he had much more at stake in walking away from his faith and career, but the experience was much much the same. He gives great insight into the process that Christians go through dealing with doubt and the realizations that examining the faith brings about. The questions, the quilt, the search for answers.. I can't speak for others, but Ken certainly captured my experience. I suspect others will relate also.
Finally, Ken is a really nice guys, at least that's what comes through the pages of his book. He has an amazing mix of humility, tenacity, honesty, persistence, wisdom and insight. He's the kinda of guy you'd like to take out to dinner, or have a a BBQ and just chat with.
My own theological views are similar to yours, but my own path was easier: I was raised a liberal Christian and gradually became an agnostic when I was a teenager. Now I am in my 50s. I still follow these issues because many people in my family are evangelicals. (If I recommended your book to them, they would probably just get angry. But I am taking this opportunity to recommend it to others.)
Another recent book by another ex-missionary that you and others may be interested in: _Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes_, by Daniel L. Everett.
The top line says I am reviewing the Paperback edition but actually I read and reviewed the Kindle edition. Amazon knows what I bought; I don't know why they got this wrong.
The author did a fine job in explaining his former beliefs and how he came to change them. I would have preferred a bit more of the personal and a little less of the biblical vs nature arguments but this was still a fine book. The author is kind, gentle and you could here his sincerity throughout. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. Believer or not.
Anyone who has struggled with the "hard" questions of their faith, instead of "doubting your doubts and believing your beliefs" as I have long tried to do, please read this book. Doubt your faith and look into your doubts.
I am not convinced/decided on the topic, but feel so much better about not being alone in my serious problems with the God of the Bible. THANK YOU Mr. Daniels for your courage and dedication to being true to yourself! I am no longer as afraid to explore my problems!
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and in several places 'principle' for 'principal'.
An essential read for any one with questions.