A Faith Worth Believing: Finding New Life Beyond the Rules of Religion

3.5 avg rating
( 16 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780060563431: A Faith Worth Believing: Finding New Life Beyond the Rules of Religion

The faith of our childhood does not always survive into adulthood. What seemed obvious and convincing at an early age looks askew after encounters with suffering, illness, different religions, modern science, or dozens of other challenges contemporary life throws in our path. Despite setbacks and the obvious failures of the church itself, many people still long to be part of their faith family.

Using the Catholic Church's Baltimore Catechism to structure his exploration, Father Stella candidly and systematically questions various doctrines of the faith -- from God, Jesus, and the Trinity, to faith, charity, heaven and hell -- using personal reflections on his religious journey to come to new and more meaningful understandings of the Christian life of faith. Each chapter concludes with personal meditations that embolden the reader to deepen and reflect upon their faith. Stella invites us to accompany him as we move from a faith based on what we are told to one that our souls know to be true.

Stella calls us back to the roots of the Christian faith -- to a faith that is thoughtful, all-pervasive, and based on the recognition that God is mystery.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Tom Stella, C.S.C., is the author of The God Instinct and is widely recognized as a spiritual director and retreat leader. A Catholic priest in the congregation of Holy Cross, Stella initiated a spirituality-in-the-workplace program at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, where he is a chaplain. He cofounded Soul-Link, a not-for-profit organization that creates opportunities for spiritual seekers to discover one another and communicate through retreats, small group discussions, and a variety of educational programs.

From Publishers Weekly:

This is a book for grown-up Christians. Stella, a Catholic priest and author of The God Instinct, writes for those wanting to think about faith as well as practice it—what Hindus would call the path of reflection. The author devotes a chapter each to 15 familiar key concepts from religion (hope, sin, salvation, etc.), beginning with a simple definition such as might be taught a child, then adding reflection and complexity. Chapters conclude with prayerful meditations that invite some slow examination of the author's deepened meanings. He works to broaden teachings beyond the literal, which is a level good enough for some believers but not for him or others who would seek a mature faith beyond the childish. He challenges some essential Christian doctrines—such as the bodily resurrection of Jesus or virgin birth—while simultaneously acknowledging the symbolic meaning and importance of such teachings. While he is critical of the parochialism that religion can promote, he also recognizes and honors what religion intends: the provision of a framework of morality, relationship and understanding of God, self and neighbor. This book will be especially useful for those who consider themselves "hurt" by religious teaching and who may be angry about religion as a result. Stella writes without anger and with honesty.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Stella, Tom
Published by HarperOne (2004)
ISBN 10: 0060563435 ISBN 13: 9780060563431
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Redux Books
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New hardcover with dustcover. An unread copy from bookstore stock. Very minor shelf wear.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!. Bookseller Inventory # 111707210042

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.85
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Tom Stella
Published by HarperOne (2004)
ISBN 10: 0060563435 ISBN 13: 9780060563431
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060563435

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.21
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Tom Stella
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 0060563435 ISBN 13: 9780060563431
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2004. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The author of The God Instinct invites readers to transition from obligatory levels of childhood faith to a more meaningful relationship with God, utilizing the narrative device of the Baltimore Catechism to convey a deeper understanding of such factors as the Trinity, heaven, and hell. 20,000 first printing. Bookseller Inventory # NLF9780060563431

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Tom Stella
ISBN 10: 0060563435 ISBN 13: 9780060563431
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800605634311.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.54
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Tom Stella
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 0060563435 ISBN 13: 9780060563431
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2004. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The author of The God Instinct invites readers to transition from obligatory levels of childhood faith to a more meaningful relationship with God, utilizing the narrative device of the Baltimore Catechism to convey a deeper understanding of such factors as the Trinity, heaven, and hell. 20,000 first printing. Bookseller Inventory # NLF9780060563431

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Tom Stella
Published by HarperOne (2004)
ISBN 10: 0060563435 ISBN 13: 9780060563431
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060563435

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Stella Tom
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0060563435 ISBN 13: 9780060563431
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Majestic Books
(London, ,, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Book Condition: New. pp. 224. Bookseller Inventory # 96129018

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.21
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Stella, Tom
Published by HarperSanFrancisco (2004)
ISBN 10: 0060563435 ISBN 13: 9780060563431
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperSanFrancisco, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 224 pages. 8.25x5.75x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0060563435

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.87
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Stella, Tom
Published by HarperOne (2004)
ISBN 10: 0060563435 ISBN 13: 9780060563431
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060563435

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 32.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Stella, Tom
Published by HarperOne
ISBN 10: 0060563435 ISBN 13: 9780060563431
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperOne. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0060563435 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.3006566

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds