Can It Be True?: A Personal Pilgrimage Through Faith and Doubt

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Kregel Publications, 2004 - Religion - 224 pages
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The Christian faith inherently confronts some very troublesome questions. Nagging doubts surface about the trustworthiness of Scripture, the place of miracles, finding God's personal guidance, the hypocrisy of fellow Christians, and other root issues.

Michael Wakely uses his own struggles with doubt as a clear challenge to experience salvation and the reality of faith without having all the answers. Can It Be True provides a dose of reality, an honest viewpoint and a fresh look at faith that will strengthen and inspire.

" These pages have a powerful ring of reality. True stories of real people, not all with happy endings, jump off the pages of this book."

--George Verwer Founder, Operation Mobilization

  • Targets several different kinds of personalities
  • Not a book of doctrine and dogma but personal experience
  • Additional reading suggestions to better understand faith
  • Each chapter includes several common questions to ponder
 

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I read just a portion of this book, and my, my, my was it ever disappointing. I am not give a shout out to the Prosperity Preacher. However, I am for the preacher, minister, healer who preaches hope in the midst of sorrow. Yes, we will indeed suffer sometimes. In fact, we are on top of the mountain as much as we are in the valley. However, throughout the Scripture, we find natural situations being overcome and affected by spiritual, supernatural power. God and Christ are not outside of us to be called on when we need the POWER. The Gift and the Giver are INSIDE, carried in our hearts. When believe we can overcome, believe it in our hearts, the Word of God will spring forth as healing, prosperity (mind, body, spirit). To me the book sounds hateful. I believe in Proverbs 20:1-4. I believe Matthew 6:24, I believe sickness may come. However, we can overcome it and become even closer to God.  

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Contents

Faith in Context Mosquitoes in the livingroom
11
Cerebral Faith The cost of thinking too much
17
Where on Earth is God? Is religion relevant?
27
Finding Your Way Has God really spoken?
40
So Many Books Whats so special about the Bible?
51
Making Sense of the Book How can it possibly be true?
64
Why Jesus? Peering into the fog
77
Only One Way Dont all roads lead to heaven?
91
An Unfair World Is God biased?
134
Does God Care? Statistics to shame us
146
Signs and Wonders Power for living?
156
Unanswered Prayer The indifference of God
171
A World in Pain The dilemma of suffering
179
Is That All? The end of the beginning
193
Drawing in the Net Still wondering
203
Read on
210

Sums That Dont Add Up Can this be the Bride of Christ?
103
Over the Top Christian dishonesty
113
The World of MakeBelieve Christian fantasy
125
Notes
216
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About the author (2004)

Michael Wakely is an international mission leader with Operation Mobilization. He now makes his base in London, England, but continues to travel extensively in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Muslim world.

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