Thursday, April 30, 2009

10 Things I Hate About Christianity: Working Through the Frustrations of Faith (book review)

Hate: (n) a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action. *
(WordNet Princeton University lexical database for the $English language)
Jason T. Berggren authors the book, "10 Things I Hate About Christianity." He is so honest, and transparent through the common, and very damaging misconceptions that Christians hold concerning their faith, prayer, brutality of hell, and the role of the church in the life of a follower of Christ. Berggren is a 20-year follower of Christ as a pastor, church planter, and founder of Stongarm~ which is one of the most influential bands in the history of Christian hardcore music.
10 Things I Hate About Christianity records the raw process of one man's faith, set against the real-life backdrop of his roles as former rocker, husband, father of three, and small business owner. Readers will examine the complicated aspects of understanding:
*Faith *Love
*Prayer *Hell
*The Bible *Answers (to difficult questions)
*Sin *Church
*Rules *Christians
Berggren believes that many are moved by the teachings of Jesus, and we want to believe and follow. He thinks we just get disconnected somewhere and can't work through it.

"10 Things I Hate About Christianity shares in the open the things we all think behind closed doors. We all reach certain impasses in our lives. This book is meant to be an encouragement and to help people get around the common roadblocks of faith." In his conversational, casual style, Berggren encourages readers to seek resolutions to the big questions of life that can ultimately lead to faith in Jesus: Why are we all here? What's it all about? Is there more to this?

Ultimately the book 10 Things I hate about Christianity is about the 10 things that author, Jason Berggren has hated about Christianity over the years. It reveals how he has worked though his frustrations. He calls it "the intersection of real life, simple faith, and raw emotion."

Be sure to check out Berggren's blog, More things I hate, which is a perfect place for believers, seekers, and skeptics to engage in the kins of discussions that fill the pages of his book. Featuring the latest non-chick movie trailer to laugh-out-loud personal reflections to commentary on current events. Berggren describes his blog as "the ongoing version of the book."

You can purchase your book at Amazon.

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