You can now pre-order From Fear to Faith (my second book)

Pre-order: Release is expected March 18, 2013. Pre-order price is 30% off until February 18, 2013, then 20% off until the first copy ships.

There’s a stereotype of a young, zealous Christian who feels called to the ministry as a pastor, goes to seminary, and then loses his faith as he studies the writings of all those intellectuals and theologians. The stereotype may not be accurate, but there are those who fit this description, not to mention many who leave home for college as passionate Christians and come home unbelievers. More importantly, that stereotype represents a fear—the fear that too much education or contact with those whose beliefs differ from those of a particular community will cause someone to lose their faith.

But there’s another group, much larger, but not heard nearly as frequently. This group consists of people who have gone from the position of fear that creates the stereotype to a position of faith, a faith that is no longer afraid of that outer darkness that looms outside the walls of their religious community. Indeed, they may not perceive any looming darkness at all.

From Fear to Faith, edited by Travis Milam and Joel L. Watts, gives voice to that too often unheard group. It is a collection of essays from those who have lived in fear, have faced the looming dark, collided with their share of brick walls, but have come out with a new-found faith and undismayed trust.

The journeys of faith presented in this book reveal a group deeply insightful and grounded minds, rich in thriving spirituality, joy, and hope. Where there was once trepidation in asking the tough questions of human existence, of the divine relationship with creation, there is now a certain hope found when these authors have struggled to overcome canyons of fear, leaving behind a life of black and white certitude, to live in a beautiful world of gray.

They have learned that having questions and even doubts does not reflect a lack of faith. Rather, hiding in fear from the serious questions indicates a lack of faith in the one who said, “Don’t be afraid.”

Come join in this journey from fear to faith.

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5 Replies to “You can now pre-order From Fear to Faith (my second book)”

  1. Bravo, Joel, There ought to be many such testimony books available, a veritable flood of them. Kids raised in a conservative Christian fold begin to study religion at college or begin a seminary degree, during which time their questions grow along with their knowledge of the in’s and out’s and debates in theology, and then their own personal theological views begin to grow more inclusive so they can encompass the growing number of questions that have arisen.

    Entire seminaries that began conservative have grown more moderate-liberal. It appears that the only way to maintain a seminary or university’s conservatism is via the most conservative professors breaking away to form a new seminary every century or two. Yale was founded by conservative Presbyterian minister who had grown dissatisfied with Harvard’s “theological excesses.” Now look at Yale. Westminster Theological Seminary was founded by conservative professors dissatisfied with the non-inerrantist views being taught at Princeton Theological Seminary.

    Or, in a rather extraordinary case, that of the Southern Baptist Convention in the1980s, the conservative pro-inerrantist/creationist element got elected to the presidency and they began taping the lectures of professors at that organization’s seminaries and colleges, and began to fire any who were not inerrantist nor creationist. This simply led to many educational institutions (which had been founded by conservative Southern Baptists) splitting from their Southern Baptist State Conventions. Baylor University, the nation’s largest Baptist college, moved away from the Texas Baptist Convention after fundamentalists vowed publicly to gain control of the convention and make curriculum and faculty changes at the school in Waco. Mercer University as well as Furman University, Stetson University, and Wake Forest University were formerly affiliated with Baptist state conventions, but no longer after the fundamentalist-moderate split in the Southern Baptist Convention. And many individual Southern Baptist churches quit supporting the SBC to form their own more moderate church organization.

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