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If God Were Real: A Journey into a Faith That Matters [Paperback]

By John Avant (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2009
Publisher   Howard Books
ISBN  1416587799  
EAN  9781416587798  

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A Journey into a Faith That Matters
224 pages

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In this provocative book, pastor John avant encourages readers to uphold a consistent "practice "of what they believe, not just a verbalization of what they believe. If Christians truly believe in God, they should live genuinely changed lives as the ultimate proof that He is real.
Many Christians live their lives as if they do not believe in God. They go to church and praise His name on Sundays, but in their daily lives they don't think about the Lord that often. They don't show much concern or charity for others. They don't feel gratitude to the Lord for His blessings. They don't allow God's love to be reflected in their actions--giving Christianity a bad name in the process. In their practical, day-to-day lives, many Christians are almost living as though they are atheists.
Pastor Avant witnesses many Christians not living up to their claims, and he asserts that there is not much Christ left in that form of Christianity. In "If God Were Real," he challenges Christians to consider whether or not they believe in God. If they do, Pastor Avant wants readers to consider what life would be like if they lived as if they believed in God. He advocates for the pursuit of a new Jesus movement that resembles Christ's original followers--followers who were so steadfastly devoted to Him that their every action reflected His glory. With "If God Were Real," readers will embark on an adventure of discovery of the real God and a life lived in praise of Him.

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More About John Avant

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! For seven years, John Avant has been the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia, with a congregation six thousand. He is the coauthor of Revival, which describes the singular events he witnessed as a pastor in Brownwood, Texas. John has taught at Criswell College and Southwestern Seminary. He and his wife, Donna, have three children.

John Avant was born in 1960.

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Challenging...and On the mark  Feb 14, 2010
Well written challenge to Christians to set their sights on living what they profess to believe. Also a challenge to Atheists to consider the reasons for their unbelief. And then a big place of agreement that both should have a difficult time believing in the God often presented by modern Christianity. It is time to return to a sincere relationship with God and live out our lives with real purpose for both now and the long future.
Confusing Titles, Excellent Writing  Feb 5, 2010
The title of this book is misleading. My initial question was: does this book argue for or against the reality of God? I was quite surprised to find that the book has nothing to do with the existence of God. Instead, it discusses how Christians should act if they truly believe that God is real.

The same ambiguous phraseology crops up in the chapter titles. As I came to the beginning of each chapter, I read its title and before proceeding to read the chapter, I tried to guess what the chapter was about. I was right only once. In fact, most of the titles left me clueless.

With that said, I found this book to be very well written, engaging, and challenging. Avant's excitement and passion come through clearly in his writing. Avant is honest and direct. He says what he thinks. Christians always need to be challenged. We need to re-evaluate ourselves constantly. Avant succeeded in helping me to re-examine and re-focus my life and my convictions. That says a lot about a book in this genre. Not many succeed.

So, if you are willing to hear open and honest constructive criticism, read this book. If you are too set in your ways to ever consider the possibility that you might need to improve, don't bother because it will probably only make you mad.

Either way, if you do read this book, be sure to ignore the titles and jump right into Avant's excellent writing.
Open, honest, and sincere  Dec 1, 2009
The word "sincere" comes from the latin phrase "sine cera" meaning "without wax". It refers back to a time when artists working with marble would sculpt a statue and during the finishing stages would make a wrong move with their chisel and chip the finished piece. The common practice was to fill the chip with white wax and present the sculpture as complete and perfect. A "sincere" work of art was one that was presented honestly with nothing to hide.

Dr. Avant has presented such a work with this book. Despite his time spent pastoring large churches; leading mission boards; and holding denominational leadership positions; Dr. Avant presents his insight with raw honesty and without fear of stepping on toes. The thoughts and truths expressed in this book are truly "without wax"; presented with sincerity of heart and deep concern for the state of the Christian church...and ultimately for each individual believer.
Get Real?  Nov 15, 2009
Nice idea. Poor execution. All the author said could have been contained in a 25 page booklet. There are no helps on how to get to wear Mr. Avant thinks we should be. He mentions a faith that matters but He leads no "journey" into it. Simply put He points out most believers are hypocrites and the world would be better if they weren't. He does give some encouragement through examples of some "real" believers.
A convicting State of the Church Address  Sep 12, 2009
Dr. Avant provides a compelling view of the current status of the American church and calls us all to action. With what Christianity has become today, we're better off severing ourselves from it and simply call ourselves "Christ followers." Because, sadly, if we were to actually do what God calls us to do, if we were to act like God were actually real, many churches in this country would want nothing to do with us. Reader beware, reading this book may grow in you a desire to live dangerously and to escape the safe bubble we've all put ourselves in. A great buy and a great read.

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