Friday, July 3, 2015

Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt is Not the Enemy of Faith by Barnabas Piper

About the Book:

God is infinite, beyond our understanding—yet He chooses to reveal Himself in ways that spark questions rather than settling them all.Instead of making Himself smaller, God invites us into a larger faith.

One that has room for questions, victories, failures, and mystery.

Because belief in an infinite God by finite humans is an act of exploration ... a process of learning—and then embracing—what we can’t learn but can trust.Discover the God who not only desires our belief but actually welcomes our curiosity

My Thoughts:

Every Christian needs to read this book.  Every non-Christian needs to read this book.  Every person on this planet needs to read this book.  And I thank God that He inspired Barnabas Piper to write this book.

The building block for the entire book is a simple verse found in Mark 9:24, where a father goes to Jesus for healing for his son.  He confesses to Jesus this: "I believe.  Help my unbelief!"  I've always loved that verse.

Barnabas builds the case that belief and unbelief are both a part of the life of a believer.  God isn't threatened by our unbelief.  In fact, He welcomes it.  He understands it.  And He will help us with our unbelief if we are honest about it, and bring it to Him.

I found Barnabas to be refreshing and very wise.  If reading a book by his father, John Piper, is like drinking from a fire hose, then a book by Barnabas is like drinking from a water fountain with really, really good water pressure.

He addresses the verse that states "You believe?  Good for you!  Even the demons believe and they shudder!"  If you think about it, the demons probably understand far more about God and His Word more than any of us do.

Barnabas explains exactly what it means to believe.  And his book is filled with quotes from well-respected men and women of the faith, as well as smart dead guys.  Sorry is that offends you, I learned it from my pastor husband.

My thanks to my friends at David C. Cook for my advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  This is one of the books that makes me wish I was independently wealthy and could hand out to everyone who come across my path.

So, in other words, highly recommended!

Happy Reading!



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Becky said...

I loved, loved, loved this one! Thanks for reviewing it! I agree it's one that everyone needs to read :)

Deena Peterson said...

Thank you! This is one of those life-changing books that I really wish more people knew about it!