Your God is Too Safe Paperback – Feb 5 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Canadian pastor and first-time author Buchanan says that he "hit the ground running" when he first became a Christian. He got involved in a church, taught Sunday school and read his Bible regularly. Then things got rote. Buchanan was, in a word, "stuck." But he had friends who weren't stuck: the elderly widow who seemed full of spiritual joy, a multiple sclerosis patient with a broken body but a strong faith. So Buchanan set out to write a book that would explain why many Christians fail to progress spiritually and why only a few grow stronger in faith. He concludes that believers reach a plateau when they think God is too cuddly and (as the title suggests) safe. The literary conceit of this narrative is all too familiar in evangelical Christian books: the church is full of euphemism and afloat on pat answers, but this bold, new author is going to be refreshingly honest about how difficult his own faith walk has been. Buchanan may be honest, but the tactic is stale. Equally banal are Buchanan's tips for "breaking free": Don't boast about your good deeds. Read the Bible. Confess when you've sinned. Pray. Perhaps his only innovative advice is that Christians take up fasting, a biblical activity that has become increasingly popular among contemporary evangelicals.
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Born-again Christian Buchanan led youth groups, taught Sunday school, wrote the church newsletter, became a camp counselor, and mentored several young men. Like many who try to do everything, preferably all at once, he became bruised, jaded, and frustrated--afflicted with "chronic spiritual fatigue." This book records his restorative journey of self-discovery and tries to figure out why some whose lives are marked by great pain and suffering refuse to surrender to their darker impulses. Buchanan turned to such persons' stories and those of others throughout the ages for inspiration and a cure for the spiritual malaise that he sees has enveloped contemporary culture. The resulting, luminous book is full of self-doubt and self-knowledge. Ultimately, Buchanan chooses to celebrate life's goodness in a cautious optimism that offers hope and a sense of wonder without sentimentality or saccharinity. His book is a gift, pure and simple, that dares to question the status quo and attempts to restore meaning and purpose to daily living. June Sawyers
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We have a tendency to place God in an area where he is safe for us. If we let God have power over our lives we might get scared to find out His plan. I read this book and opened myself up to God's direction. I didn't keep Him in the closet, only to get Him out when I needed Him, anymore. I listened to God because of this book.
Glory to God. Listen to Him! If you need help, purchase this book!
The approach to the writing is scholarly and perhaps cumbersome for the less experienced reader. However, the annointing on this book is powerful. The Lord will use it to draw you closer to Him if that is your desire.
I highly recommend it for any believer that wants to have a closer relationship with the Lord!
is not candy-coated. Mr. Buchanan brought me to realize that I don't need to explain God's actions, I just got to accept it all, trust in Him, and remember "God is good."
It will prove to be a struggle however, if you find this kind of "curly cue" writing annoying. Clarity of images translated into a simple and pure language are not Mark Buchanan's forte - whether in his books or in his blog.
Even though I think A.W.Tozer, C.S.Lewis and G.K. Chesterton may have been a bit better in communicating this point, alas, they are not quite as attractive to the current-day mass market as Mark Buchanan's book is.
This book should be in every Christian's to-be-read list.
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Our ideal for a safe life creates a view our God is safe too! Not for people seeking comfortable lives.Published 15 months ago by Cirrus
Mark Buchanan is awesome! I appreciate his insights and enjoy his writing style. This book was great. The quality and content...wonderful. I recommend it to all.Published on April 7 2014 by andrew maves
A very challenging way of looking at your relationship with God. Author's use of scripture and illustration is interesting. Read morePublished on March 27 2014 by pasturederelict
Mark Buchanan is surely among the finest Christian writers of our day. His scriptural insights, lucid illustrations, and moving anecdotes ring true and speak profoundly to the... Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2001 by fussy dutchman