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The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"...gives a hard-hitting, transparent look into the ways people voice belief in God but continue to live as if He doesn't exist in any real meaningful manner."

In an airplane conversation with Michelle who softly said to the author, “I know my life doesn’t look like a Christian’s life should look, but I do believe in God,” author Craig Groeschel knew this statement was indeed at the crux of Christian Atheism.

In my youth, “atheist” was a dirty word in the sense that we had nothing in common with those kinds of people. We were taught we should ignore them in order to avoid getting what they had. Absolutely silly I know but, ignorance can be blinding and prejudicial. Yet this author has combined the description “atheist” together with people of faith, “Christians.” Sadly, my first thought was filled with frustration, “How dare he do this? We have nothing in common!”

Reading The Christian Atheist made me squirm, extremely uncomfortable in my Christianized self-righteousness. The one question you’ll wrestle with and dissect is, “Am I putting my whole faith in God but still living as if everything was up to me?” Within the 12 chapters, Groeschel gives a hard-hitting, transparent look into the ways people voice belief in God but continue to live as if He doesn't exist in any real meaningful manner.

Groeschel candidly states, “The more I looked, the more I found Christian Atheists everywhere." His writing is both poignant and authentic. He is not afraid to share his own lapses in faith, as well as a painful self-admission he made as an established pastor of the multi-campus, pace-setting LifeChurch.tv. He shares solid biblical wisdom to push us toward a more authentic, God-honoring life.

The chapter on not thinking you can change (7) hit home with me. Giving up, after a few futile attempts, so easily seems to be the story of my life. And although brutally honest, it was gentle in its approach. He concludes this chapter with, “You can’t change in your own power. If you feel overwhelmed by something bigger than you, let the one who is bigger than all the things be the power you need in your weakness.”

As with his previous titles, he writes from a pastoral heart. Filled with compassionate insight and gentle prodding, Groeschel seeks to exhort the reader with scripture, illustrations, and practical applications. He works to get our faith reconnected with our daily lives, so there is no more disconnect between what we believe and how we live!

The Christian Atheist is a read well worth your time! Read and then pass it along to a friend!

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.