Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint

Faith Without Illusions Following Jesus as a Cynic Saint Call it burnout Call it enlightenment Call it whatever you like it s plaguing the contemporary church Andrew Byers calls it cynicism the state we all too easily arrive at after passing through disillu

  • Title: Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint
  • Author: Andrew Byers
  • ISBN: 9780830836185
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Call it burnout Call it enlightenment Call it whatever you like it s plaguing the contemporary church Andrew Byers calls it cynicism the state we all too easily arrive at after passing through disillusionment Too many saints in the making are having their wings clipped in this painful process But wait there s hope Disillusionment is, at its heart, the dispersal ofCall it burnout Call it enlightenment Call it whatever you like it s plaguing the contemporary church Andrew Byers calls it cynicism the state we all too easily arrive at after passing through disillusionment Too many saints in the making are having their wings clipped in this painful process But wait there s hope Disillusionment is, at its heart, the dispersal of illusions, pointing us toward what s really real a great cloud of hopeful realists who have gone before us and welcome us into their number There is a way beyond cynicism, and if we follow Jesus through it, we ll find faith and life at their fullest.

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    1. The brokenness of human misery before God may recede into bitterness, but healing comes when we bring our maladies to him and check into his healing ward. We do this not by avoiding him in disillusionment but by crying out to him from the depths and striving with all our might to grasp onto something hopeful from his hand. Andrew Byers Faith Without Illusions, page 175-176As a pastor who has been in full-time parish ministry for not quite 25 of the past 31 years, I have read books, attended semi [...]

    2. The second half of this book was great - the unpacking of the way of the prophet, sage, poet, and Christ in response to cynicism. I recommend this book to any Christian experiencing disillusionment and cynicism.

    3. De titel is een tikkeltje misleidend. Het draait in dit boek vooral om de vraag hoe je kunt voorkomen om cynisch en negatief te worden te midden van de ellende. Daarbij gaat het in eerste instantie om teleurstellingen die velen ervaren in de kerk, met christenen en met God.Op sommige momenten zou je denken dat Byers ghostwriter voor Goedgelovig is. Hij laat op een bij vlagen hilarische manier zien waarom zoveel mensen terecht afknappen op de kerk: overtrokken idealisme, het religieuze systeem, h [...]

    4. De Nederlandse titel van dit boek is misleidend, maar in positieve zin. Het boek is namelijk beter dan de titel doet vermoeden. Het is geen pleidooi om een saaie christen te zijn. Het is wel een pleidooi om kritisch naar onze kerkelijke en christelijke maniertjes te kijken, zonder in cynisme te vervallen. De Engelse titel is Faith Without Illusions en die titel dekt beter de lading.SeizoenenAndrew Byers beschrijft de verschillende seizoenen in zijn leven als christen die vrijwel iedereen zal her [...]

    5. I enjoyed this book, mainly because of the time in my life I read it. I recall being in a particular season of my life and reading this book really helped me to put things into perspective. One of my favorite parts is when the author was describing a time when he noticed his cynicism starting to effect is wife. He stated, and I'm paraphrasing, 'that his wife was starting to say the same negative things about the church that he use to say'. He immediately learned a lesson on how his attitude towa [...]

    6. This is the most hopeful and helpful book I've read in some time. For me it's worthy of a "thumbs way-up." The author puts his finger on a very important issue confronting many would-be/former church people. Pop Christianity suffers under the weight of unfulfilled promise in light of a fallen world. We all need to read the story given to us again/aright. Faith without illusion - a great title and a really helpful read. The author advocates for a "hopeful realism" which lies between an idealism t [...]

    7. This book was very well written. It is very timely in that there is a lot of synical people in our world at times myself included. Byers taught me that while one can be a realist, they need to be a hopeful one, and to lovingly engage the church rather than withdraw from her and lob criticisms from distance. My favorite chapters were chapter 5 on Experientialism and chapter ten on The Way of the Tragic Poet. (featuring the best take on the imprecatory Psalms that I have ever read). Excellent book [...]

    8. I enjoyed Andrew Byers first book. This topic is not a hot button topic in Christian publishing, and Andrew's offering is compassionate, discerning, and hopeful. His writing on the resurrection in the latter part of the book was exceptional. I will re-read portions of this book again. His diagnosis of the problem, I found, is more detailed and concrete than his prescription for prevention, and a cure, Nevertheless, his 'hopeful realism' vision is much needed and will be helpful to many wanting a [...]

    9. I've always believed the saying, "Scratch the surface of a cynic & you'll find a disappointed idealist." This book gave that belief a firm foundation. Cynicism has little depth & insufficient reflection. And, sadly, it is the spirit of this age. It's the empty sentiment of the broken-hearted who have declared that the grapes are sour. Speaking for myself, at least; that's what my own cynicism often proves to be.This book helped. It did my heart good. It challenged my own cynicism & f [...]

    10. This book has some great thoughts but it could be shorter, there are a few points where he kind of runs on but overall I would recommend this book. The author makes some good points that would appeal to those of us who would consider ourselves cynics and compares those feelings or viewpoints with what we know of the character of Christ. I would be curious to see what others think about this book so if you read it please let me know.

    11. A biblical and cultural look at the things that make Christians cynical and how we can live as hopeful realists instead. It acknowledged the messiness of the modern church while also holding it up as the Bride of Christ. The author calls those who find themselves disenchanted to hold firmly to their love for God, His church, and for others while still functioning as prophets, sages, and tragic poets that the church really needs.

    12. Hope for the cynical! Byers offers a very helpful way of dealing with cynicism that he calls "hopeful realism", which combines a realistic view of this world and a hopeful eschatology (already-and-not-yet). If you find yourself cynical about many of the things you hear in church (but don't want to give up on the Jesus enterprise) this may be a good book for you.Has great discussion questions at the end of each chapter, making this potentially a great group study.

    13. I found this book helpful, particularly the idea that our disillusionment is greater the greater our failed or unrealized/dreams are. I suspect my college students would like this book a lot more since this age group is the intended audience.

    14. Very insightful and helpful work on cynicism in the church and our response to disillusionment. If you're disillusioned and cynical about the church, I highly recommend you give this a read.

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