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Provocative Faith: Walking Away from Ordinary [Paperback]

By Matthew Paul Turner (Author)
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Pages   190
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.615 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Baker Pub Group/Baker Books
ISBN  0800730925  
EAN  9780800730925  

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Jesus wasn't kidding when he said that "truth will set you free." Christians everywhere want that freedom; they want to be moved by their faith; they want to find and wholeheartedly embrace a complete faith in Christ. In this insightful and uplifting book, Matthew Paul Turner explores what happens when Christians pursue a faith that is passionate, stimulating, powerful, and challenging-a faith that is provocative. In sharing real-life stories, including many of his own, Matthew shows readers what it means to walk away from the ordinary and journey into a life lived completely for Christ. Through observations and interviews, Matthew's relevant and influential voice for God will encourage readers to pursue a more passionate faith for themselves and to discover the grace, humility, and truth at the heart of Jesus' message.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Matthew Paul Turner knows all about career transitions. As the former editor of "CCM magazine," Christian entertainment's premiere publication, Matthew got his auspicious start stuffing envelopes after graduating from Belmont University. he is the author of several books, including the Christian pop culture tour-de-force, "The Chrsitian Culture Survival Guide" (Relevant Books). Matthew and his wife, Jessica, reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

Matthew Paul Turner was born in 1973.

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A look at the experience of embracing a powerful, risk-taking, challenging, and provocative faith  Nov 1, 2005
The way Matthew Paul Turner remembers it, the day Jesus woke him up he was home alone, sinning in an online manner. For him, checking out porn sites wasn't so much an addiction as it was a flirtation; every once in a while, when the right moment came along, he'd indulge in a bit of what he calls "downloadable ecstasy," followed by a period of heartfelt repentance. He was truly sorry for his sin and grateful for God's forgiveness, but not enough to turn away from porn for good. That is, until the day seven years ago when God would have nothing more to do with his shallow confessions.

That's when Turner, former editor of CCM Magazine, began to walk away from the ordinary life that also plagues other well-intentioned but disillusioned Christians who long for a life-transforming relationship with God. Like Turner, they have settled for a semblance of the real thing, substituting an empty church life for a vibrant faith life. Through anecdotes from others' lives as well as his own, plus one-on-one interviews, Turner shows what it looks like to forsake churchianity (my word, not his) and embrace a powerful, risk-taking, challenging, and provocative faith.

That word "provocative" is best understood, in the context of this book, in the way that Jesus was provocative. The Man did provoke, but He provoked in a way that always, always challenged people to become who they were meant to be all along --- individuals who loved God, believed He knew what was best for them, and sought to follow His direction. They were also members of a community, a community of faith, and it is on this point that Turner especially takes the church to task (something he does frequently --- and with good reason --- throughout the book). Community happens naturally, Turner believes, when people develop life-affirming personal relationships that then expand to include other people. Artificial attempts to create community through small-group, kumbaya-ish programs often fail because they lack authenticity and therefore allow --- no, encourage --- Christians to continue living behind a façade of niceness.

Like far more Christians than we can count, Turner is among those who have been slammed by the church, and, in his case, a Christian company as well. Those who can identify with that portion of his journey will find a kindred spirit in him. But even if you've never been voted out of a church, as he has, chances are fairly decent that you've grown tired of playing church, and you wonder whatever happened to the breathtaking vision of faith you started out with. Here's a test to see if Turner's message resonates with you: If you've ever been invited to yet another "Praise Jesus!" Bible study by yet another "Praise Jesus!" Christian with a winning "Praise Jesus!" smile and your first impulse was to vomit, I'd say you and Turner are on the same page. I know he and I are.

Though they're often misunderstood by a church culture that would prefer to keep them in line, thirtysomething authors like Turner and, say, Donald Miller offer hope for the future of evangelicalism. Rather than fearing --- or worse, dismissing --- their broader understanding of what it means to live as a genuine Christ-follower, evangelicals would do well to pay attention to the challenge they've placed before them.
Breath of Fresh Air  Oct 22, 2005
Provocative Faith is a breath of fresh air. It is sincerely a pat on the back and a hug of reassurance for anyone who has felt God tugging at their heart to be free. If you have ever had the notion that something is not quite right, with your walk with God, it probably isn't. When God starts taking you out of the box and into the world, you will start scratching your head and asking, "What is going on here?" Matthew Paul Turner does a great way of taking personal stories and challenging you to take the next step, to jump out of the boat and walk with God individually. It was so inspiring to read that when things get uncomfortable, it is not anything you are doing wrong, but more than likely what you are doing right. The author expresses his hope, with passion and zeal, that everyone reaches this level with their own relationship with Jesus. Candid, frank and personal, it does not get any more real than this. You can tell when someone, such as the author has had that personal encounter with Christ, when status quo will no longer work.
Provocative Faith Challenging, Honest  Oct 18, 2005
Provocative Faith challenged me to really make my faith authentic and honest. Matthew Paul Turner used stories of both his experiences and others to drive home his message of living out a life of extraordinary faith. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to future books by this honest author. I would definitely encourage others who are tired of being "cookie- cutter Christians" to read this book.
Real Encouragement  Aug 26, 2005
The stories within this book not only pull at your heart strings they are an encouragement to all of us trying to walk as a Christian in life. We can all find a little bit of ourselves within the pages of Provocative Faith i know that my wife and I did. I am not a big reader and found myself not being able to put it down. A definite must read!
Matt... Ur Awesome!!  Aug 26, 2005
Matt's new book is amazing!! He is honest, open and transparent. This book is definitely a must read for anyone wanting to go to take the next steps in their spiritual journey. Matt... great job buddy... thanks for keeping it real and wanting to share your story!

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