Help My Unbelief

by Barnabas Piper     |     Book Summary


Author: Barnabas Piper
Publisher: The Good Book Company
Date: 2020
Pages: 166

Book Summary of Help My Unbelief by Barnabas Piper


How many people have had the experience of growing up in church and making a profession of faith at a young age, only to question their faith in their high school and college years? This is a common story, and it’s a story that revolves around the nature of faith and doubt. 

“And that’s what this book is about—not each and every question and doubt you have, but a look at the more fundamental question. What is belief?” (p. 17, emphasis in original) Too often, Christians are confused about this most basic of issues. We talk about the Christian faith. We talk about believing in Jesus. But often, we are simply confused about the nature of faith and the unavoidable experience of doubt.

“My goal is to help you see that belief isn’t blind faith and that questions, if asked well, are building blocks for stronger faith rather than stepping-stones away from it.” (p. 17-18). Perhaps the most important biblical passage for those wrestling with questions about faith and doubt is Mark 9. In that passage, a desperate father makes two seemingly contradictory statements. He says, “I believe,” but he also says, “Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). This tension of believing and doubting is an inherent part of following Jesus faithfully.





Help My Unbelief

by Barnabas Piper

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Help My Unbelief by Barnabas Piper

AuthorBarnabas Piper
PublisherThe Good Book Company
Date2020
Pages166


Overview:

How many people have had the experience of growing up in church and making a profession of faith at a young age, only to question their faith in their high school and college years? This is a common story, and it’s a story that revolves around the nature of faith and doubt. 

“And that’s what this book is about—not each and every question and doubt you have, but a look at the more fundamental question. What is belief?” (p. 17, emphasis in original) Too often, Christians are confused about this most basic of issues. We talk about the Christian faith. We talk about believing in Jesus. But often, we are simply confused about the nature of faith and the unavoidable experience of doubt. 

“My goal is to help you see that belief isn’t blind faith and that questions, if asked well, are building blocks for stronger faith rather than stepping-stones away from it.” (p. 17-18). Perhaps the most important biblical passage for those wrestling with questions about faith and doubt is Mark 9. In that passage, a desperate father makes two seemingly contradictory statements. He says, “I believe,” but he also says, “Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). This tension of believing and doubting is an inherent part of following Jesus faithfully.




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