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


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

30 review for Faith after Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do about It

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    This is the book that I could have used years ago, definitely one I needed right now Everyone should read this book. Even non-believers. This book strengthened me. Faith is such a personal thing, and yet we are taught all these ways of achieving faith that could actually hurt us in the long run. Such as accepting one doctrine or belief system at the cost of any others. This book was so good about confronting doubt, embracing doubt. The former pastor shared his story, along with others he had enc This is the book that I could have used years ago, definitely one I needed right now Everyone should read this book. Even non-believers. This book strengthened me. Faith is such a personal thing, and yet we are taught all these ways of achieving faith that could actually hurt us in the long run. Such as accepting one doctrine or belief system at the cost of any others. This book was so good about confronting doubt, embracing doubt. The former pastor shared his story, along with others he had encountered over the years. Insightful. He describes faith in different stages, and offers many appendices as a “cheat sheet” of sorts. But above all "faith expressing itself in love". A great book, and a definite keeper for me to return to again and again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Howard

    As someone who has struggled with doubt in the last few years, this was really interesting and thought-provoking. Full review coming for Shelf Awareness.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Richard Propes

    With "Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It," noted theologian Brian D. McLaren adds structure to a theological landscape explored with heartfelt vulnerability by the late Rachel Held Evans, whose book "Searching for Sunday" feels as if it's constantly in the shadows throughout this engaging, informative work that continues McLaren's long-standing commitment to creating a path toward faith that is mature, fruitful, and centered squarely in love. The challeng With "Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It," noted theologian Brian D. McLaren adds structure to a theological landscape explored with heartfelt vulnerability by the late Rachel Held Evans, whose book "Searching for Sunday" feels as if it's constantly in the shadows throughout this engaging, informative work that continues McLaren's long-standing commitment to creating a path toward faith that is mature, fruitful, and centered squarely in love. The challenge of writing a book that constantly reminds one of Rachel Held Evans is, of course, the fact that she covered the material so beautifully and, of course, the fact that her recent passing lingers in the hearts and minds of those who loved and respected her work. "Faith After Doubt" never quite reaches the level of emotional and intellectual resonance as did Held Evans, though it's certainly a meaningful work by one of this generation's most gifted authors and speaks existing within the realm of what is considered a more progressive Christianity. While Held Evans largely centered "Searching for Sunday" within a theological exploration of her own journey, McLaren's "Faith After Doubt" is, I think it's fair to say, a more intellectual pursuit that finds its foundation with McLaren's proposition of a four-stage model of faith development that embraces the idea of doubt rather than considering it the enemy of faith. The four stages - Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony - offer a path forward that McLaren believes can help sincere people leave behind unnecessary baggage and, instead, intensify their commitment to what matters most. McLaren believes that doubt can, in fact, save the world and save one's faith. "Faith After Doubt" explores this belief, McLaren offering his usual weaving together of his rich humanity and critical thinking to create valuable insights into both personal and universal truths. As always, McLaren's a storyteller and he pulls from his years as a pastor along with his more recent years as a writer, speaker, and activist. "Faith After Doubt" is at its most immersive when McLaren is weaving his personal stories into the discussion. "Faith After Doubt" is, at times, a little less engaging when we find ourselves whipping back-and-forth between the various stages and even various degrees of various stages. While I'm all for critical thought, at times it feels like there's more emphasis on doubt than faith. The only other aspect of "Faith After Doubt" that I occasionally found distracting came as a result of McLaren's years as a respected Christian voice as once in a while those stories involved other familiar voices giving "Faith After Doubt" a feeling of name-dropping. McLaren has long been a voice for progressive theology and "Faith After Doubt" shares the costs for those early doubts and questions that weren't accepted within his conservative evangelical upbringing and in the early churches and Christian circles where he found himself. Indeed, the cost was great. Yet, perhaps, it is precisely this journey that makes McLaren such an essential voice - he's been speaking out and living these truths since long before progressive theology became visible and he's openly embraced the younger voices who've since surfaced and given those questions, doubts, and challenges new light. There's simply no doubt that McLaren continues to be one of the most respected of contemporary progressive Christian writers and speakers. While I had some minor concerns with "Faith After Doubt," the entire dialogue is so essential and valuable that it's easy to set them aside. In addition to exploring his material, McLaren ends each chapter with exercises that help integrate the material and apply it to daily life. Additionally, I'd dare say that one of my favorite parts of the book is at the end as we experience multiple appendices and resources that are beautifully written and offer places to go for those who embrace McLaren's teachings here. I was just having a conversation with a friend the other day over lunch about the difficulty one has in finding progressive worship experiences that vibrate with the life and energy that we used to feel in our more conservative evangelical churches. I've long resonated with McLaren's teachings and "Faith After Doubt" is the next step in a journey he's been sharing for years. It feels as if it's one of McLaren's more accessible works, simultaneously intellectual in structure yet infused with life experience and meaningful stories. Most likely to resonate with those familiar with McLaren's works or those who embrace a more progressive theology or, at minimum, those who can embrace that doubt is a valuable part of the faith journey, "Faith After Doubt" meets the reader where they're at and helps equip them to get where they want to go.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Kramar

    I gave this book 5 stars because it has shown me a window into a future faith for me that I didn’t know was possible. Now that I’ve glimpsed this faith I recognize a lot of people who have it, and it turns out they are people (mostly authors) that I have been drawn to. Now I know why. I have a lot of investigation and contemplation ahead of me in order to move into harmony, I think, but I am more hopeful than I’ve been in almost a decade.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David McCormick

    I chose to read this book in order to gain perspective and understand what the nones are facing and feeling. Although, it is important to consider the ways Christians have done much harm, however this book hinges on its emphasis on relativism that has no more substance. The Bible does conclude that faith must be expressed as love, but the Gospel is not that we act out our faith in love and herein is the deep problem with this book: it utterly lacks Jesus. We cannot have true faith without an obj I chose to read this book in order to gain perspective and understand what the nones are facing and feeling. Although, it is important to consider the ways Christians have done much harm, however this book hinges on its emphasis on relativism that has no more substance. The Bible does conclude that faith must be expressed as love, but the Gospel is not that we act out our faith in love and herein is the deep problem with this book: it utterly lacks Jesus. We cannot have true faith without an object of that faith

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This would be a great book for those who grew up in conservative or fundamentalist religious environments. The author tells you that it's okay to have doubts - those doubts are a healthy sign of spiritual growth and emerging maturity. I love Brian McLaren's books. This one has a lot to unpack. I was most intrigued by a short section in which he talks about clergy who have subconsciously sabotaged their careers when struggling with ministry burnout or spiritual crisis. He could have written a who This would be a great book for those who grew up in conservative or fundamentalist religious environments. The author tells you that it's okay to have doubts - those doubts are a healthy sign of spiritual growth and emerging maturity. I love Brian McLaren's books. This one has a lot to unpack. I was most intrigued by a short section in which he talks about clergy who have subconsciously sabotaged their careers when struggling with ministry burnout or spiritual crisis. He could have written a whole book about this (and I hope he will at some point). Most of this book focuses on McLaren's 4 point stages of faith theory. I think it works for those who works for those who grew up in fundamentalist religions. Personally, I'm going to stick with James Fowler's stages of faith. The big aspect of faith that McLaren misses in his theory is the mystical wonder and acceptance of God that small children experience. He clearly appreciates the mystics in the church, but I'm not sure his stages of faith allow for them in his structure. Towards the end of the book, McLaren touches on where the Christian faith and the church is going. I think he's got some insightful ideas on this topic, but I'm not sure anyone knows the answer to these questions for sure yet. Overall, this was a great book and highly recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Faith has been equated with certainty, but that is its opposite. Faith is choosing to believe even though you don’t know for certain; it embraces doubt and gives it space. Certainty leads to stagnation because we know it’s in the bag. Doubt is scary because it’s out of our control and that’s why we avoid it. Unfortunately, most of post-modern Christianity still views doubt as sin, a result of sin, or the devil’s influence. So your options are limited. From my experience, discussing it with others Faith has been equated with certainty, but that is its opposite. Faith is choosing to believe even though you don’t know for certain; it embraces doubt and gives it space. Certainty leads to stagnation because we know it’s in the bag. Doubt is scary because it’s out of our control and that’s why we avoid it. Unfortunately, most of post-modern Christianity still views doubt as sin, a result of sin, or the devil’s influence. So your options are limited. From my experience, discussing it with others led to them doubting, judging, belittling, discounting, and/or shaming me. My experience seems to mirror a lot of what McLaren discusses in “Faith After Doubt”. He gives very personal accounts about his development over time and includes others’ experiences of how they have outgrown initial faith and are looking to develop a new, more mature faith. He is honest about his own thought process, situations he faced while being a pastor, and isn’t afraid to explain how the church could better handle current crises to promote growth. The first 3 stages of his model of faith development, Simplicity, Complexity, and Perplexity, mirror Richard Rohr’s 3 Containers from “Falling Upward”, Order, Disorder, and Reorder, adding Harmony as the final, fruitful stage of faith. He gives a lot of detail on how to manifest these changes individually and how to help others. Simplicity is the foundation, Complexity is its application, Perplexity comes with doubting aspects of faith, and then there is the peace of Harmony, which sounds like Maslow’s self-actualization at the top of his hierarchy. Each chapter has its important points listed at the end in case you want a review, but isn’t needed because the book is an easy read. McLaren does mention some of his earlier works, but you don’t need to have read them to benefit from this book. His appendixes are very thorough and detailed if you’d like more specific detail. I wish I could have read something like this 20 years ago. But even Brian McLaren hadn’t arrived at these conclusions then. Faith evolves; it changes over time because we change. God doesn’t change, but our understanding of him does because of our experiences, we continue to develop over time. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Essentials for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pamella Bowen

    Brian McLaren gets me. He gets that a lot of us church-goers from many denominations are disenchanted with organized religion and teetering on the edge of atheism because of it. He honestly unpacks the sources of our doubts, but he still holds out some hope for our civilization. I highly recommend this book for Christians of all stripes, but also for followers of other faiths, the spiritual-not-religious, and secularists, too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Bagby

    There is a LOT to discuss in this book and is worth discussing. Overall I found the framework very helpful for understanding faith development and some of the challenges we face in each one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Too Much Faith, Not Enough Doubt. I've read McLaren for a few years and knew him to be of the more "progressive Christian" bent, so I knew what I was getting myself in for in picking up this book. But as always, he does have at least a few good points in here, making the book absolutely worthy of reading and contemplating. However, he also proof texts a fair amount, and any at all of this particular sin is enough for me to dock *any* book that utilizes the practice a star in my own personal war Too Much Faith, Not Enough Doubt. I've read McLaren for a few years and knew him to be of the more "progressive Christian" bent, so I knew what I was getting myself in for in picking up this book. But as always, he does have at least a few good points in here, making the book absolutely worthy of reading and contemplating. However, he also proof texts a fair amount, and any at all of this particular sin is enough for me to dock *any* book that utilizes the practice a star in my own personal war with the practice. (Though I *do* note that he isn't as bad as other writers in this.) The other star removal comes from the title of this review, which is really my core criticism here. As is so often in his previous books as well as so many other authors, McLaren has good points about the need for doubt and how to live in harmony... but then insists on praising cult figures on both sides of the aisle such as Greta Thurnberg and David Grossman. In encouraging evaneglicals to doubt their beliefs, he seems rather sure of his own beliefs in the religions of science and government - seemingly more comfortable worshipping these religions than the Christ he claims. Overall, much of the discussion here truly is strong. It simply needed to be applied in far more areas than McLaren was... comfortable... in doing. Recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Houle

    In my time as a practicing Christian, I’ve had some doubts about my faith and what I believe in. Sometimes, I have a hard time believing in the concept of God — especially since other religions have other gods (so which one is the true god?) and because God is someone or something you cannot see. At the same time, I have trouble with the theory of evolution. How was it that humans were created from a single cell mutating over time? That seems problematic to me. Still, if there is a God, who crea In my time as a practicing Christian, I’ve had some doubts about my faith and what I believe in. Sometimes, I have a hard time believing in the concept of God — especially since other religions have other gods (so which one is the true god?) and because God is someone or something you cannot see. At the same time, I have trouble with the theory of evolution. How was it that humans were created from a single cell mutating over time? That seems problematic to me. Still, if there is a God, who created God before God was created? It is questions like these that make my head hurt from time to time. So you might say that a book such as Brian D. McLaren’s Faith After Doubt was made for me. I’m not so sure, though. The author is a (former?) evangelical Christian who works for the Center for Action and Contemplation, so the book appears to be — at least on the surface — targeted at evangelicals who are doubting their faith and want to leave thorny issues such as gay marriage behind them. That said, there’s stuff here that will appeal to Christians of all stripes but be prepared for a difficult read. Read the rest of the review here: https://zachary-houle.medium.com/a-re...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    *I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review* This book was such a refreshing, honest take on faith, spirituality, belief, and what happens when those things are shaken. I really enjoyed reading this book for how it reinforced things that I have gone through, how I am moving in my own faith, and the experiences of those that have gone before me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    Such a solid read for those who are in the second half of f life, spiritually. For further on that phrasing, I refer you to Richard Rohr. I found myself nodding my head throughout the book. And an honest attempt to read this book and review it in a timely fashion, I did not stop to journal the questions at the end of each chapter. I intend to go back and do this at a later date and I think it would be invaluable to the experience of this book. Thanks to NetGalley for a complimentary copy of the Such a solid read for those who are in the second half of f life, spiritually. For further on that phrasing, I refer you to Richard Rohr. I found myself nodding my head throughout the book. And an honest attempt to read this book and review it in a timely fashion, I did not stop to journal the questions at the end of each chapter. I intend to go back and do this at a later date and I think it would be invaluable to the experience of this book. Thanks to NetGalley for a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gea

    I believe this may be a timely book for many people; it was for me. I believe we all have doubts about our faith at times. But rather than try so hard to dismiss them., maybe we should examine our doubts and examine them. Faith is a journey, and doubt may be part of that journey for many of us. An informative and interesting book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Lawrence

    I was very fortunate to have one this in a Goodreads giveaway! What a great opportunity and thank you, Goodreads, and the author, Brian D. McLaren, for offering the opportunity to win it. FAITH AFTER DOUBT is an intriguing read about how to think about doubt and basically to given as a higher meaning for reflecting on your faith, beliefs and needs, rather than viewing it as a negative thing. I took a while to read this book as I wanted to reflect on and how in I own way I can be helpful to others I was very fortunate to have one this in a Goodreads giveaway! What a great opportunity and thank you, Goodreads, and the author, Brian D. McLaren, for offering the opportunity to win it. FAITH AFTER DOUBT is an intriguing read about how to think about doubt and basically to given as a higher meaning for reflecting on your faith, beliefs and needs, rather than viewing it as a negative thing. I took a while to read this book as I wanted to reflect on and how in I own way I can be helpful to others in sharing its message. It is a book for people of all faiths, although there is a leaning towards those of a more fundamentalist attitude that usually do not view DOUBT in a good light. Whether a person is involved in their faith in a serving capacity or who have lost their faith, there are many stories that will act as a gateway for a person to find special meaning for themselves. He also quotes advice and saying from Richard Rohr and Diana Butler Bass, writer that have been strong influencers for me and gave his words more opportunities for deeper thoughts and readings. Chapter end with a series of questions for reflections for individual or group study and good references for people who want to dig deeper on various concepts. For myself, I would love to be involved in such a discussion group...even if it has to be online McLaren also highlights the impact of COVID in some of the last chapter as he was getting his book finalized. Without getting in detail, he sets up a quadrant structure with people moving back and forth between the stages. In my mind, I found what he was saying fitted better as a spiral as one is not really in the same place as a beginner but at various stages, we may need to reflect on key features of faith and doubt at various stages of our lives or when our lives are no longer the same and our old ways of viewing things just do not cut it any more. If this topic is of interest to you, I definitely recommend this book to you to read and to reference later as you get what life throws at you!

  16. 4 out of 5

    David

    In short, Faith After Doubt is a tour de force of what happens when you give yourself permission to feel that loneliness and embrace the doubt. First, one of the books core benefits besides empathy, is that is a full-length meditation on the word doubt, and a worthy spiritual read in that sense. Inhale… doubt, exhale… faith, repeat for the whole book. Second, McLaren wants to convey that when you allow yourself to doubt, you’ll find that there’s a whole new spiritual clothing waiting for you to In short, Faith After Doubt is a tour de force of what happens when you give yourself permission to feel that loneliness and embrace the doubt. First, one of the books core benefits besides empathy, is that is a full-length meditation on the word doubt, and a worthy spiritual read in that sense. Inhale… doubt, exhale… faith, repeat for the whole book. Second, McLaren wants to convey that when you allow yourself to doubt, you’ll find that there’s a whole new spiritual clothing waiting for you to layer on. He spends much of the book explaining the mindset, beliefs, experiences of a four-stage configuration of faith development, going from simplicity, complexity, perplexity, then to harmony. Each stage, somewhat like the rings of a tree, incorporates and transcends the one before it. The book is a fascinating summary of what the faith journey can look like. Most of all, know that you can take enormous comfort that there are indeed stages. You might be in one stage, but there are others you can aspire to, where maybe some of the dissonance isn’t quite as pronounced, or one where you’ll find yourself in new relationships you never would have anticipated. Finally, what you will also find in Faith After Doubt is a sense of urgency. Anytime one of us embraces doubt and moves through the stages of spiritual development, a little more hope bursts forth in the world. It may be all we can ask or do, but it matters. Don’t you think we are in an acute time of change or a turning point as a society, a civilization, or a global community? It sure feels that way right now. Your doubt matters. You’re not crazy and you’re definitely not alone.

  17. 5 out of 5

    MG

    I am glad Brian McLaren is back to writing big-idea books, since that is what he does best. Here he argues that doubt is the catalyst that moves us from one stage of faith to a higher one (unless it derails one’s faith altogether. Then he explains how faith travels though four stages (similar to the stages he introduces in NAKED SPIRITUALITY). The last stage is Harmony where we discover a new simplicity as we view all things, including otherness (which causes crises in earlier stages of faith), I am glad Brian McLaren is back to writing big-idea books, since that is what he does best. Here he argues that doubt is the catalyst that moves us from one stage of faith to a higher one (unless it derails one’s faith altogether. Then he explains how faith travels though four stages (similar to the stages he introduces in NAKED SPIRITUALITY). The last stage is Harmony where we discover a new simplicity as we view all things, including otherness (which causes crises in earlier stages of faith), through the lens of love. While Brian is very wise and helpful, I worry that he is a little too cerebral. We never hear what it is like to be in stage four and be angry or horny, for example. I got the impression that we would all be little enlightened Buddha’s if we are in stage four. He also admits that we have not created many stage three or four institutions, and while he waxes aspirationally about why they are needed and what they could be, I am worried whether they are possible given their paucity. I thought he could have pointed to monasteries or Buddhist centers as possible models. Still, a helpful and needed book on doubt.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Miley Cyrus

    When I found Dr. OSOFO I was in desperate need of bringing my ex lover back. He left me for another man. It happened so fast and I had no say in the situation at all. He just dumped me after 3 years with no explanation. I contact Dr.OSOFO through his website and He told me me what i need to do before he can help me and i did what he told me to, after i provided what he wanted, he cast a love spell to help us get back together. Shortlay after he did his spell, my boyfriend started texting me agai When I found Dr. OSOFO I was in desperate need of bringing my ex lover back. He left me for another man. It happened so fast and I had no say in the situation at all. He just dumped me after 3 years with no explanation. I contact Dr.OSOFO through his website and He told me me what i need to do before he can help me and i did what he told me to, after i provided what he wanted, he cast a love spell to help us get back together. Shortlay after he did his spell, my boyfriend started texting me again and felt horrible for what he just put me through. He said that I was the most important person in his life and he knows that now. We moved in together and he was more open to me than before and then he started spending more time with me than before. Ever since Dr. OSOFO helped me, my partner is very stable, faithful and closer to me than before. I highly recommends Dr. OSOFO to anyone in need of help. Email: [email protected] Call him or add him on whatsapp via: +2349065749952  

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Ann

    Thank you NetGalley, Brian McLaren, and St. Martin's publishing for sharing this eARC! In this book, Brian McLaren presents four stages of faith after much research into psychology and human development. In part one, McLaren presents the four stages of faith (Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony), and he explains that these ultimately lead to one leading a life revolving around love. In part two, McLaren explains how doubt propels individuals from one stage to the next giving examples Thank you NetGalley, Brian McLaren, and St. Martin's publishing for sharing this eARC! In this book, Brian McLaren presents four stages of faith after much research into psychology and human development. In part one, McLaren presents the four stages of faith (Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony), and he explains that these ultimately lead to one leading a life revolving around love. In part two, McLaren explains how doubt propels individuals from one stage to the next giving examples from both his his life and his friends. In the final section of the book, McLaren shares what it looks like to have faith after doubts as individuals struggle to find a faith community and embrace hope. His ideas were easy to grasp, and any most readers would be able to easily apply these ideas to their own faith development. I also appreciated that his examples came from Christianity as well as other religions. There's definitely a lot to think about when reading this book, and it isn't meant to be read as a novel. Instead, I'd recommend that readers really take the time to contemplate the ideas presented. Each chapter closes with a list of questions and references that were noted within the chapter. The questions would work well for group discussion or they could serve as individual journal prompts. It seems that Rachel Held Evans wrote "Searching for Sunday" to share her experience of finding faith after doubt to give readers hope, and Brian McLaren has written this book to guide others so that they may also find faith after (and with) doubt.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gill Thomas

    This latest book from Brian McLaren, introduces for stages of faith and highlights the fact that many people don’t get past the first and second stages. I think that I’ve read most of Brian’s books and this one does not disappoint. I find his style of writing and the concepts that he explores to be very understandable and applicable to life. This sort of book is what I would recommend for people who are struggling with mainstream religion, especially Christianity. It’s really helpful to read and u This latest book from Brian McLaren, introduces for stages of faith and highlights the fact that many people don’t get past the first and second stages. I think that I’ve read most of Brian’s books and this one does not disappoint. I find his style of writing and the concepts that he explores to be very understandable and applicable to life. This sort of book is what I would recommend for people who are struggling with mainstream religion, especially Christianity. It’s really helpful to read and understand that you are not alone in your thinking and your experiences.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Howard Boswell

    Brian McLaren has been a companion on my journey of faith and doubt since I read A New Kind of Christian in the early 2000s. Each book I’ve read takes me deeper. In a way, Faith after Doubt came along at the right time. It helps me see the interplay between faith and doubt and how it relates to faith development. It’s a great book that I will read again, so that I can incorporate its insights into my pastoral work. Thank you, Brian!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Frodo

    Along with Father Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren has become one of my favorite writers on matters of faith and action. FAITH AFTER DOUBT mirrors so much that is familiar from my own faith journey. The fact that he arrives at the end with an engaging and life affirming respect for the place of doubt in one's metaphysics is reason enough for me to want to discuss this book with friends and family. Love it. Along with Father Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren has become one of my favorite writers on matters of faith and action. FAITH AFTER DOUBT mirrors so much that is familiar from my own faith journey. The fact that he arrives at the end with an engaging and life affirming respect for the place of doubt in one's metaphysics is reason enough for me to want to discuss this book with friends and family. Love it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Walker

    Faith After Doubt is an interesting book settled around the idea of just that.... Faith After Doubt. However, I felt it was missing something. As much as I wanted to love this book, I felt it wasn't enough to absorb myself in it. I did love the concept though as I am sure there are many individuals out there that struggle with the same thing.... Faith After Doubt. Faith After Doubt is an interesting book settled around the idea of just that.... Faith After Doubt. However, I felt it was missing something. As much as I wanted to love this book, I felt it wasn't enough to absorb myself in it. I did love the concept though as I am sure there are many individuals out there that struggle with the same thing.... Faith After Doubt.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julie Rodriguez

    This is a new one for me and have never read a book about faith. I went into it with an open mind and was very pleased with what I got out of it. It was very refreshing and made me think which is what I was looking for. I would highly recommend anyone to pick this book up and give it a read. There is something everyone I think can take away from it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Wardle

    McClaren named some REALLY good things. Really good doubts and struggles that Christians have. HOWEVER, I don’t think that the solutions to the doubts HAVE to have a liberal theology. I Recommend reading with a critical mindset, but be welcomed to his questions and doubts of conservative theology. Be challenged! :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I thought this would be a good read, but it didn't end up that way. Book has a decidedly liberal slant and is not as thought provoking as I had hoped. By the end of the book I was just flipping through the pages. I think the bottom line is that faith is a decision on how you want to live your life. Doubts will always be there, it's a part of that life. I thought this would be a good read, but it didn't end up that way. Book has a decidedly liberal slant and is not as thought provoking as I had hoped. By the end of the book I was just flipping through the pages. I think the bottom line is that faith is a decision on how you want to live your life. Doubts will always be there, it's a part of that life.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Lewis

    Although McLaren is most definitely to the theological left of me, if you can listen to a voice outside the Evangelical camp, this is easily his best book since Generous Orthodoxy. There is much to learn here, & I grew in empathy & understanding through reading this book. I may not agree with McLaren on everything, but I'm glad he's still contributing to the conversation. Although McLaren is most definitely to the theological left of me, if you can listen to a voice outside the Evangelical camp, this is easily his best book since Generous Orthodoxy. There is much to learn here, & I grew in empathy & understanding through reading this book. I may not agree with McLaren on everything, but I'm glad he's still contributing to the conversation.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laura Whitfield

    This book was a game changer for me. I highly recommended it to those whose faith is evolving. McLaren explains the stages of faith and suggests ways we can move through each stage to a place of compassion and love.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Agatha Glowacki

    brilliant. I liked the organization and the list of reflection / action statements at the end of each chapter. very timely read and captures a lot of complexity and normalizes it, a message that's really needed in our current day/age brilliant. I liked the organization and the list of reflection / action statements at the end of each chapter. very timely read and captures a lot of complexity and normalizes it, a message that's really needed in our current day/age

  30. 5 out of 5

    Riva Wharton

    McLaren's explanation of faith after doubt showed me I was not alone in how I felt at times in my faith. To question is not the same as not believing, and it is good to seek answers and have doubts. There is more to faith than accepting teachings as the end all be all. McLaren's explanation of faith after doubt showed me I was not alone in how I felt at times in my faith. To question is not the same as not believing, and it is good to seek answers and have doubts. There is more to faith than accepting teachings as the end all be all.

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