On first publication in the 1960s, "Honest to God" did more than instigate a passionate debate about the nature of Christian belief in a secular revolution. It epitomised the revolutionary mood of the era and articulated the anxieties of a generation.
This analysis of the inconsistencies in the lifestyle of today's Christians is accompanied by specific examples and discussion of how Christians can restore authentic Christianity in their personal lives and thus nurture a troubled world.
This is a conversation between two great minds, exploring the possibilities of creating a world in which the truth is told, compassion is more important than the bottom line and how we can make a contribution to that vision.
Is it okay to approach God with your whispering doubts?Is it okay to confront God with your consuming rage?Is is okay to petition god for your outrageous dreams?How can you be truly open with God? And why do you need to be honest if God knows everything anyway? God wants you to reveal yourself to him voluntarily. It can be humbling--even scary--but when you experience the freedom to be vulnerable with God, you open up your life to unending possibilities for growth, joy and blessing.Join Mark Littleton in Getting Honest with God to learn how to turn your prayer life into a "rocket-propelled journey into deeper intimacy with God." You'll interact with people from the Bible like Jonah, Elijah, Esther, John the Baptist and Thomas who leveled with God and saw him revolutionize their lives. You'll hear from Littleton about his own experiences of both failure and growth in prayer. And you'll discover how God longs to hear from the depths of your heart and transform your life too.
Freedom begins when you stop hiding. Many of us understand the value of authenticity. Of baring our souls in community. Of admitting our pain and struggles to each other. If we desire to relate authentically with our brothers and sisters in Christ, we must also desire relate honestly with God. Josh Weidmann, a millennial and world traveler who is dedicated to writing and speaking the truth of the Bible, leads us to examine honesty and its importance in our relationship with God. Using Scripture and stories from his own life, Josh shows us how to be honest with God and truly honest with others. He also helps us identify lies, misunderstandings, and masks that are preventing us from being honest with God. Honesty with God will free us, heal us, and transform us.
Modern "prophets" and even scientists believe that devastating earthquakes and tsunamis that have killed many people on Haiti, in Chili and in Japan lately were the heralds of more scaled natural cataclysms that, according to Mayan calendar, may destroy the life on Earth in December 2012. Many people try to find salvation in religion However, sensational discoveries made by the author, reveal the fact that trying to hide the truth about Jesus, Church founders made so many theological mistakes that made salvation impossible. Honest to God, Honest to Man is the author's desperate attempt to tell the truth about why did it happen, and why religious teachings became the source of religious intolerance and terrorism.
Enjoy these SAMPLE pages from Honest to God- Is hypocrisy eroding your trust in relationships, the church, or even yourself? We long to know there is a God - and, yes, a community - who is big enough to accept us for who we are and loving enough not to leave us that way. Imagine how our relationships and witness would change if Christians everywhere began to live in a more authentic manner. Throughout the Bible, we find heroes of the faith who lived with daring, messy honesty before God and others--their example is worth emulating. Honest to God is a practical and riveting study of biblical honesty. Follow next generation author, Josh Weidmann, as he takes the reader on a journey toward true Christian authenticity. Both biblical and contemporary examples will give you practical principles and tools for self-examination that will lead to the freedom and transformation that come only through honesty.
Doug Bixby knows that many of us have had enough of the liberal vs. conservative battles in the church. In The Honest to God Church, Bixby demonstrates how these extremes have distracted us from our true calling as conduits for God's grace--both individually and as congregations. Many churches see themselves as "okay," while everyone outside the church is "not okay." These churches embrace an ethic of perfection rather than love. Often they are very judgmental and rigid; little room exists for grace after a person is converted. Legalism, rather than love, becomes the primary defining characteristic; people pretend to be perfect even though they are not. In reaction to this approach, many churches have replaced judgmentalism with an ethic of tolerance. But tolerating someone is not the same thing as loving them. Tolerance demands only that we give people space. Love is deeper and more significant and demands that we enter into their space. Besides, if on our own we are okay, then why do we need God and one another? Bixby recommends we embrace the teaching of Martin Luther that we all are saints and sinners simultaneously. Churches that do this raise disciples who readily admit their sin and brokenness and see God's grace as the only means for straightening out their lives. Bixby encourages all congregations to live this way--authentically and transparently--so that we do not have to pretend that we are okay when we are not. Bixby challenges us to respond to Jesus's call to come as we are, not as we think we ought to be.
Spirituality as Awareness, Empowerment, Relinquishment and Paradox
Author: Kent Ira Groff
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
This unique and encouraging guide to prayer explores how to engage in spirituality that blesses your soul and the world. Offers innovative ways to pray in four metaphorical movements that parallel both Native American traditions and Ignatian spirituality."
Honest to God, originally published in 1963, has been described as the most talked-about theological work of the twentieth century. Its publication work instigated a passionate debate about the nature of Christian belief and doctrine in the white heat of a secular revolution. It also epitomized the revolutionary spirit of a fresh and challenging way of looking at the world, which, throughout the 1960s, was to bring about the disintegration of established orthodoxies and social, political and theological norms. It articulated the anxieties of a generation who saw these traditional givens as no longer acceptable or necessarily credible. Reissued on the 50th anniversary of the original publication, Honest to God is not only a book that generated controversy and debate in its own time, but a piece of honest theology which continues to inspire many in teir search for credible Christianity in today's world.
Finding Comfort, Purpose and Support Through Openness with God
Author: Christie Warren
Being Honest to God, is a support book written through the author’s personal experience. The aim is to share how through depending on God in our times of trouble we can ultimately find joy. This book shows how God’s humanity reaches down to our own. Being Honest to God has minimal words to each page, which are carefully and lovingly written from Christiana Warren’s own life experience and relationship with Jesus Christ. Christiana describes how walking closely with the Lord we can overcome the darkest of days and find the light of God’s love. There is a need for Being Honest to God; it reaches the human spirit in a unique way. It has short, sharp messages that give hope and inspiration. For believers and non-believers, this book shows God as our loving Father and a very real person.
Identify the trappings of Christianity and trade them for a vibrant faith that integrates Christian values into your everyday life. Discover the inconsistent areas of your life, proven ways to align them with the teaching of the Bible, and find a new joy that comes from growing closer to God. (6 Sessions)
Is hypocrisy eroding your trust in relationships, the church, or even yourself? We long to know there is a God-and, yes, a community-who is big enough to accept us for who we are and loving enough not to leave us that way. Imagine how our relationships and witness would change if Christians everywhere began to live in a more authentic manner. Throughout the Bible, we find heroes of the faith who lived with daring, messy honesty before God and others. Honest to God is a practical and riveting study of biblical honesty. Follow next generation author, Josh Weidmann, as he takes the reader on a journey toward true Christian authenticity. Both biblical and contemporary examples will give you practical principles and tools for self-examination that will lead to the freedom and transformation that come only through honesty.