Coupon
Outlaw Christian : Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the 'Rules'
by Jacqueline A. Bussie


Overview -

Winner of the 2017 Illumination Award

Jacqueline Bussie knows that too many Christians live according to unspoken "laws" that govern the Christian life: #1: Never get angry at God; #2: Never doubt; #3: Never question; #4: Never tell your real story; #5: Always speak in cliches about evil and suffering; and #6: Always believe hope comes easy for those who truly love God.  Read more...


 
Paperback
  • $16.99

Add to Cart + Add to Wishlist

In Stock Online.

FREE Shipping for Club Members
 
> Check In-Store Availability

In-Store pricing may vary

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 32 copies from $3.60
 
Download

This item is available only to U.S. and Canada billing addresses.
 
 
 
 

More About Outlaw Christian by Jacqueline A. Bussie
 
 
 
Overview

Winner of the 2017 Illumination Award

Jacqueline Bussie knows that too many Christians live according to unspoken "laws" that govern the Christian life: #1: Never get angry at God; #2: Never doubt; #3: Never question; #4: Never tell your real story; #5: Always speak in cliches about evil and suffering; and #6: Always believe hope comes easy for those who truly love God.

Living according to these rules is killing real Christian life; Outlaw Christian proposes a rebellious, life-giving, authentic alternative. Through captivating stories and with disarming honesty, Bussie gives concrete, practical strategies to help readers cultivate hope, seek joy, practice accompaniment, compost their pain, and rediscover the spiritual practice of lament. Tackling difficult questions without political divisiveness, Bussie speaks to both progressive and conservative Christians in ways that unite rather than divide. And in doing so, she provides a new way to handle the most difficult and troubling questions of life in a broken world that God will never abandon.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780718076641
  • ISBN-10: 0718076648
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publish Date: April 2016
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Religion > Christian Life - Spiritual Growth
Books > Religion > Christian Life - Inspirational

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-04-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Bussie, professor of religion at Concordia College, inveighs against the "cocky clichés," faith lies ("it's God's plan"), and platitudes that inform so many Christians' thoughtlessness. She spins Reynolds Price's term "outlaw Christian" into a solid exhortation to live outside the sphere of hackneyed holiness. "The faith of an outlaw Christian is bold, outspoken, and active in a world of pain," she begins. Bussie advocates being honest, expressing anger to God, lamenting, telling authentic sacred stories, and always questioning—in the good company of the psalmist, Mother Theresa, and Jesus. She grounds her excellent exegeses of Job and Thomas in a scholar's study and provides a scofflaw's authentic insights. At the end, she piles on stories of hope to countermand lies such as "nothing ever changes." She includes stories of her beloved students and family, quotes understanding theologians (Luther, Buechner, and Soelle), and recommends books and movies. Bussie writes with poetry, pathos, and pepper as she cheerleads for breaking "faith-laws." (Apr.)

 
BAM Customer Reviews