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I Guess I’m Not a Very Good Christian . . .
Do you feel like:
I don’t pray enough
I don’t read my Bible enough
I don’t share my faith enough
I don’t love God enough
I’m not committed enough
I’m not spiritual enough
Then this book is for you. Messy Spirituality was written for the silent majority of us who have been convinced that we just don’t do Christianity right. We spend most of our lives worried about what we don’t do instead of what we have done, focused on our imperfections instead of God’s fondness for the imperfect. Why? Because we’ve been bombarded with books, tapes, talks, seminars, and movies convincing us that real Christianity is all about perfection.
Michael Yaconelli dares to suggest that imperfection, infiniteness, and messiness are, in fact, the earmarks of true Christianity; that real Christianity is messy, erratic, lopsided . . . and gloriously liberating.
What if genuine faith begins with admitting we will never have our act completely together? Maybe messy disciples are exactly the kind of imperfect people Jesus came to earth for and whose company he actually enjoyed--and still enjoys. If you want to find Jesus today, look for him in the midst of burned-out believers, moral misfits, religious incompetents . . . men and women whose lives are, well, messy.
Messy Spirituality is a strong antidote for the spiritual perfectionism in us all. Here are truths that can cut you loose from the tyranny of ought-to’s and open your eyes to the deep spirituality of being loved, shortcomings and all, by the God who meets you and transforms you in the midst of a messy and unpredictable life.
Published: Zondervan on
ISBN: 9780310867876
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reread Messy Spirituality this week and glad I did. Mike is a down-to-earth guy that reminds us that we've tried to sanitize the church for far too long. Spirituality is hard and messy stuff! preach it Mike! If you want to read some classic Yaconelli look up some old Door issues.more
probably one of my favorite non-fiction books. I have read this book at least a dozen times and each time I get more out of it. It shows you that you can be real with who you are. Too many times in the church its like plastic world where every thing is a okay. But in Messy Spirituality Mike takes you on a journey of taking off the masks and lets you know that God is right there with you in the mess.On a personal note Mike was on of my heroes. He cared for the souls of youth pastors.more
Disappointed at the twist of scripture. The ministry associated with this author (now deceased) is not a truly Biblical ministry. The ministry practices lexio divina (or Lectio Divina) which is not a Christian practice but refers in Latin to the practice of "divine reading".more
Messy indeed. Good book. Easy read. Worth reading every few years. Be careful though, it's messiness might make you uncomfortable.more
The Christian walk is messy – yet grace hides around every corner. Yaconelli contends that Christians spend too much time faking spirituality and churches are often more concerned with pretending that everything is ok than living the faith in all its vulnerability and pain. Walking through the gospel accounts (especially John), Yaconelli offers an account of discipleship that acknowledges the pain, ignorance, and weakness of disciples, yet celebrates the “annoying” tenacity of God’s love and grace. Full of powerful life stories, Messy Spirituality provides an oft-needed reminder of the God’s grace in discipleship and calls us to a life of “little graces.” Great encouragement Amore
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reread Messy Spirituality this week and glad I did. Mike is a down-to-earth guy that reminds us that we've tried to sanitize the church for far too long. Spirituality is hard and messy stuff! preach it Mike! If you want to read some classic Yaconelli look up some old Door issues.more
probably one of my favorite non-fiction books. I have read this book at least a dozen times and each time I get more out of it. It shows you that you can be real with who you are. Too many times in the church its like plastic world where every thing is a okay. But in Messy Spirituality Mike takes you on a journey of taking off the masks and lets you know that God is right there with you in the mess.On a personal note Mike was on of my heroes. He cared for the souls of youth pastors.more
Disappointed at the twist of scripture. The ministry associated with this author (now deceased) is not a truly Biblical ministry. The ministry practices lexio divina (or Lectio Divina) which is not a Christian practice but refers in Latin to the practice of "divine reading".more
Messy indeed. Good book. Easy read. Worth reading every few years. Be careful though, it's messiness might make you uncomfortable.more
The Christian walk is messy – yet grace hides around every corner. Yaconelli contends that Christians spend too much time faking spirituality and churches are often more concerned with pretending that everything is ok than living the faith in all its vulnerability and pain. Walking through the gospel accounts (especially John), Yaconelli offers an account of discipleship that acknowledges the pain, ignorance, and weakness of disciples, yet celebrates the “annoying” tenacity of God’s love and grace. Full of powerful life stories, Messy Spirituality provides an oft-needed reminder of the God’s grace in discipleship and calls us to a life of “little graces.” Great encouragement Amore
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