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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah (Feb. 5 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576737748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576737743
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Where are you spiritually? Are you hot or cold? Perhaps you're warm or as Buchanan would say in a place called "borderland". This book is about being in a place where God is not glorified nor are you edified simply because of where you decided to rest and remain. Mark Buchanan, with skillful rhetoric, persuades readers to persue God as he has persued us with the giving of His Son. It exposes our hiding places in tradition, security, fears and the distorted theological perception we have of God deceptively believing that He is only a safe God. Buchanan also tells us that God is not only after our obedience, but He's also after the condition of our hearts and whether or not we share in His concerns, reflecting His mercy, grace and other communicable attributes. Get this book if you're up for a challenge and desperate to leave "borderland".
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I loved this book. Mr. Buchanan's writing style makes this book an easy read as well as very uplifting. I have read some other Christian books that read too much like a how-to instruction manual. This book, although, basicly a how-to, is different. Mr. Buchanan explains why we fall in a spritual rut. It will be almost like he is speaking directly about you! After he takes the time to explain our rut, he gives us sound advice to get back out of it.
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!
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This book is definitely for the believer. Mr. Buchanan leads the reader through the discovery of how we "create" our own god because of our fears of getting to know the real "God". His suggestions for fixing this dilemma are perhaps known but it is a message that any mature believer needs to be reminded of on a regular basis. Buchanan gently reminds us of the benefits of following the true, living God.
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!
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I bought this book with abundant enthusiasm that it would help me become closer to God. No offense to the writer, whom I'm sure is a wonderful man, but I can't bring myself to finish this book. The whole idea of the book is to leave "borderland" and experience a God who isn't just "safe" and kept at a distance. But this book is so uninteresting to me that the book itself doesn't seem to have left "borderland" yet. The author seems to drag things out quite a bit etc. One day I'm going to force myself to finish reading this book which I forced myself so far to get halfway through it. I'm hoping the last part of the book is better than the first half.
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There are things in Scripture that I have a hard time dealing with. It's not that I don't believe them, but I lean toward wanting to rewrite some things to make God fit in the box of my own making. For example, God hardening Pharoah's heart in Exodus, or the whole book of Job. In this book, "Your God is Too Safe" for the first time some of the things God did, or does,
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."
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By eep! on Nov. 5 2013
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If you can fight your way through inordinately hyperbolic writing and the unnecessary lengthening of sentences through repetitious fragments - accessed, it would seem, from the overuse of thesauri - you might find something of value here.

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.
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If you don't fear discomfort in your faith, this book reeks with the kind of spade-a-spade writing that works for you. You'll laugh at yourself, kick yourself, cajole yourself, and love God for all that He really is--which is a whole lot more than we typically read into Scripture. Just don't read it too fast. Let it slosh around inside you and coat every corner of your soul. After all, as Buchanan writes, Jesus "was never, not once, in a hurry."
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Even though I have read better, I found this book to be a good and timely reminder of how we can relate to this God, who is far more of an INDIVIDUAL than simply a force.
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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