We are surrounded by evidence of a rising tide in spirituality. We see it in books such as Douglas Copeland's Life after God; in lyrics from songwriters like Jewel Kilcher, Bob Dylan, and Alanis Morisette; in radio talk shows like those of Larry King and Dr. Laura; in TV shows such as The X Files and Touched by an Angel. The search for a living faith and a spirituality oriented life is alive and well at the dawn of the new millennium. Perhaps you and your friends are asking important questions like these: Is there a God? If so, what might God be like? What is the relationship between faith and certainty? Can intelligent people believe in spiritual realities without compromising intellectual and moral integrity? Why are there so many religions, and how does one sort through the maze of conflicting dogmas to discover a faith that is authentic, honest, enriching, and challenging? Is it possible to experience a relationship with God -- and if so, how? Finding Faith calls you to neither a blind leap in the dark, r to a cold rationalism that denies your deepest intuitions and spiritual longings. Rather, in the tradition of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity and M. Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled, it summons you to reflection and honesty. With logic, passion, and an even-handedness that the thinking person will appreciate, this book helps you face your obstacles to faith by focusing t on what to believe, but on how to believe. Whether you want to strengthen the faith you have, renew the faith you lost, or discover faith for the first time, Finding Faith can coach, inspire, encourage, and guide you. And it can help you discover, through a dynamic, authentic, and growing faith, more in life than you'd ever imagined or hoped for.
Brian D. McLaren is a sought-after speaker and highly respected author focusing on the church and the postmodern cultural shift surrounding it. He's founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. He's author of The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix, Finding Faith, A New Kind of Christian, More Ready Than You Realize. He's also a senior fellow with emergent (www emergentvillage.org), a growing generative friendship of missional Christian leaders. Brian is married to Grace. They have four children.