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This program is read by Brian D. McLaren

From the author of A New Kind of Christianity comes a bold proposal: only doubt can save the world and your faith.

"Will help you live fuller and breathe easier.” (Glennon Doyle)

Sixty-five million adults in the U.S. have dropped out of active church attendance and about 2.7 million more are leaving every year. Faith After Doubt is for the millions of people around the world who feel that their faith is falling apart.

Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality. He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. 

The four stages - Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony - offer a path forward that can help sincere and thoughtful people leave behind unnecessary baggage and intensify their commitment to what matters most. 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Essentials 

©2021 Brian D. McLaren (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Love wins

Journeys of faith are unique, but there's so much we all share, doubts being one of them. From his own life experiences and personal encounters, the author brings reassurance that doubt can be an engine of spiritual growth, leading us to live more fully in the flow of God's love.

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"I gradually came to see that the love of God, however God was understood or described, was not separate from the other loves of neighbor, self, and creation but was, in fact, the love I encountered and experienced in all of these other loves. Love for God and love from God were equally present in the love I gave and in the love I received in my relationships with neighbor, self, and my fellow creations. It was love all the way down, love all the way up, love all the way out, and love all the way in.

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  • cnuskins
  • 2021-04-12

Beautiful. Enlightened. Useful.

Overcome, having just finished the audiobook, I don't know what I could share here to entice anyone to listen to or read this, other than this: If you spend much time in your head, silently asking questions, to which you feel answers are not coming fast enough, Brian's words will give you peace. Thank you Brian.

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  • Manny
  • 2021-03-30

Misguiding Title

I should have read the description more thoroughly, not what I expected at all. I was expecting to be helped a troubling incident that occurred outside the church; not how the church is wrong doctrinaly or moraly.

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  • George F Harris
  • 2021-03-29

Wordy, but impactful

The author/narrator is enthusiastic and coherent in his message. A little wordy, probably would have been more enjoyable with a little editing. For doubters, a very reassuring message.

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  • Neil Ostrander
  • 2021-03-23

A good map!

This book is encouraging, challenging, uplifting! As noted, it's a good map for the journey through the valley of the shadow of doubt.

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  • Jake Young
  • 2021-03-16

So good and so true

Puts into perspective how doubting is a positive thing and not a negative thing. This book made me feel like I wasn’t alone on my path and faith journey.

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  • ELLIS
  • 2021-02-20

definitely a yearly read as you evolve in faith...

so much to unpack. return often to find something you may have missed before... great information.

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  • TS Cormack
  • 2021-02-13

The frank conversation I needed for a long time.

this book provides it good framework for working through doubts which no doubt a sale most of us at one time or another. open, Frank discussion and consideration up doubts rather than insincere recitation of platitudes and standard doctrine is a refreshing way forward.

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  • T. R.
  • 2021-01-24

Worth a listen, you are not alone...

I really like Brian's way of bringing home the challenges to our personal and collective faith. The 4 stages are helpful to some and it gives a framework to the discussion; it is helpful to have a handle on what he is saying. When he connects it with Richard Rohr's "3-box" example, it begins to fall in place better. Being naturally a "process" intuitive and not a "systematic" sensate, gives me a much different way of seeing this unfold and come back upon itself. I really enjoyed the challenges put forward by Brian. A worthy read for those of us frustrated with "the playpen" of spirituality in our churches.

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  • Julia M
  • 2021-01-18

Powerful

As a lifelong Christian I have never doubted the existence of a loving God, yet this book helped me understand the evolution of my own faith and why the beliefs I used to hold no longer fit. I’m a faith formation minister and now feel that I can better understand where others are coming from. Excellent content. I highly recommend to those who are open minded. I plan to listen a second time to better absorb and integrate the ideas McLaren puts forth.

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  • Marc
  • 2021-01-17

I feel free!

Have been a fan of McLaren for some time, but this book really put to words how I've been feeling for some time. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who's reconstructing their thoughts about belief systems and religion.