When Life and Beliefs Collide (Paperback) by Carolyn Custis James Good Condition, Clean, Unmarked, foxed, comes with plastic book cover. Description - In Praise of When Life and Beliefs Collide. Sooner or later, life’s difficulties bring every Christian woman to God’s doorstep with questions too personal to ignore. “Why does God let me go through such painful circumstances?” “Why does he seem indifferent to my prayers?” We’re tired of spiritual pie in the sky. We want authentic, God-as-he-really-is faith—the kind that holds us together when our world is falling apart and equips us to offer strength and hope to others. When Life and Beliefs Collide raises a long-overdue call for us to think seriously about what we believe about God. With passion, brilliance, and eloquence, Carolyn Custis James weaves stories of contemporary women with episodes from the life of Mary of Bethany to illustrate the practical benefits of knowing God deeply. Examining the misperceptions and abuses that discourage women from pursuing a deeper understanding of God, this insightful book demonstrates how practical and down to earth knowing God can be. “This outstanding book offers the best demonstration that everyone needs theology, the best expository account of Mary and Martha, and the best trajectory for women’s ministry in modern North America that I have yet read.” —James I. Packer “Thoughtful, scholarly, and motivating . . . should inspire and encourage women for years to come.” —Joni Eareckson Tada “You will not think the same way, nor hopefully be the same, after reading this thought-provoking book.” —Vonette Zachary Bright “. . . affirms women in their calling, chosen-ness, and gifting, and makes us know we are cherished and planned for.” —Jill Briscoe Amazon Book Reviews - 1) When you just can't make sense out of life - By mft This is one of the most profound books I have ever read! It's life-changing. Carolyn Custis James walks us through a very well-reasoned treatise on why theology, what we believe about God, matters. She then asks, and answers, does God have a Plan B for our lives? It's a fascinating, thought provoking read. I give it as a gift when bad things happen, especially to good people. And I recommend it to my clients more than any other books. 2) Moving, compelling, must-read - By Sandra Glahn I read this book in one day and now that I've finished, I'm sending two copies to friends. At times I was moved to tears. Not only does the author make an air-tight case for the importance of women knowing theology, but as a compelling story teller she re-introduces Mary of Bethany in a way that left me whispering, "wow." Also, her study of the word "helper" (Genesis 1) was outstanding and very relevant to modern marriages. Who would have guessed that the biblical writers used so many military metaphors in describing the ideal wife?
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