No One Plans to Lose Their Faith
We all think we’ll be the kind of Christian who follows the straight and narrow, ending our days with the relief of knowing we were ultimately good and faithful servants. The truth is, many of us struggle with our faith. Some even fall away from their faith. What enables some to survive as Christians when so many others have faltered? Most importantly, how can followers of Jesus keep the faith in the midst of today’s most pressing questions?
A Christian Survival Guide provides a lifeline for followers of Jesus who are tired of pat answers but need a solid foundation for their faith. Written in a conversational style, this book takes on big questions without getting bogged down in big theological terms.
With A Christian Survival Guide, Ed Cyzewski steps up to be your guide to some of the biggest, toughest questions in Christianity, including:
- Is God Violent?
- Is Hell a Real Place?
- Does the Bible Have to be “True”?
- Can God be Good if he Permits Evil?
- Does Money Keep Us from God?
Candid and wry, A Christian Survival Guide deals with the tension of hard questions without resorting to empty answers, clichés, relativism, or the smug certainty that can so often drive seekers and strugglers further away. This survival guide is not meant to be a “one size fits all” handbook. It is a first step to confronting the big issues and challenges of a life of faith—even the ones that Christians fear most. Cyzewski writes for those who both care and question deeply, and offers survival tips to help readers move from living on the edge to a place of health and life.
Ed Cyzewski (MDiv Biblical Theological Seminary) is the author of A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth, Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life, Unfollowers: Unlikely Lessons on Faith from Those Who Doubted Jesus, and The Good News of Revelation.
He is a freelance writer in Columbus, OH who has contributed to numerous magazines and book projects. His blog www.edcyzewski.com is where writing, prayer, and bad puns intersect.
“Cyzewski approaches each topic with candor, sharing stories that make it easy to relate to the topic at hand. While many of the topics are complex, he provides a point of entry into each and raises thoughtful questions about how much importance Christians can assign to aspects of the discussion…. What emerges… is an accessible and thoughtful work that is well suited to those new to Christian faith and practice.”
- Publisher’s Weekly, May 2014
“Cyzewski doesn’t spell out all of the answers. Rather, in an easy-reading style, he helps fellow pilgrims ask better questions and take the next steps on their journey of faith.”
-Peter Enns, author of The Bible Tells Me So
“With grace and humor, Ed Cyzewski provides tools and suggestions for surviving the dips and crises that are an inevitability of the Christian life. If you’re feeling stuck in your faith and aren’t sure how to proceed, Ed’s gentle challenges might be just what you need.”
- Addie Zierman, author of When We Were on Fire
“Coming to the faith is just the beginning. We also have to survive it. The Christian Survival Guide book doesn’t try to dismiss life’s hardships or faith’s doubts, but it instead walks through them honestly, clinging to both God and authenticity the whole way.
What do you do with the Bible’s most disturbing stories? What about those nights that doubt eats away at your insides? Ed Cyzewski’s new Christian Survival Guide book bravely and honestly delves into questions that each of us face at some point in our faith journey, but may not have the courage to ask.”
- Sarah Raymond Cunningham, author of The Well-Balanced World Changer