I was walking through the local bookstore while on vacation in Tennessee recently and happened to glance down and see this book, The Christian Atheist. I pulled up short and contemplated the title.
How can one be a Christian AND an atheist. The two seemed like an oxymoron. I picked up the book and thumbed through it...and set it down. I was already packed tight luggage wise for my return trip and had no room for ANOTHER book.
The title kept gnawing at me though. When I returned to Canada I immediately ordered a copy of the book.
The books premise, "Believing in God but living as if He doesn't exist" was a pretty good hook. I wasn't sure if it would speak to me personally though...I mean I have believed in God for 26 years now...
WHOA! That was my first reaction after reading Chapter 1. My second reaction was to repent and pick up the Bible. It is rare that a book impacts me enough that I have to wrestle with where I am in my relationship with God. This book did that for me.
Pastor Groeschel shares many of his own personal struggles with Christian atheism. He is open and honest in a way that is refreshing and makes the reader feel like he can relate.
Not every chapter of this book spoke to me. I think it depends on where the reader is at personally. There were quite a few chapters that did though. Weeks since finishing the book I am still chewing on where I am with reading the Word, prayer and forgiveness. Those topics in particular stood out to me and are still challenging me.
Pastor Craig Groeschel has written a book that I think is a must read for any believer who is finding their faith walk to be a struggle, or lifeless, or boring. Truly I would recommend this book to any believer period. Too often we take our walk with God for granted. It's good to be challenged.
Pick up a copy of this book and you won't be disappointed...
The Christian Atheist is written by Craig Groeschel and published by Zondervan.