The Christian Atheist: Believing in God But Living as If He Doesn't Exist
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The Christian Atheist: Believing in God But Living as If He Doesn't Exist

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Growing up, all my friends would have described my family as a Christian family. I assumed all my friends were Christians as well. We all believed in God. We occasionally attended church. We were good people. Even though we believed in God, we didn't know his word, didn't understand the gospel, and didn't pursue his will. We believed in God, but we lived as if he didn't ex...more
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Published March 21st 2010 by Zondervan (first published 2010)
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Greg
Meet Craig Groeschel, he regularly breaks 40% of the Ten Commandments:





Craig hearts God, hanging out at the gym, and trying desperately to launch himself into the stratosphere of Christian High-Living, into the deluxe apartment in the sky that the Christian Superstars like Chapman, Cloud, Olsteen, O'Martin and Warren reside in. The Christian writers who were able to come up with a catchphrase or title and just milk the shit out that bitch for all that it's worth.

I suspected this when I first saw...more
Josh
I always find it interesting to read or listen to fundamentalists talk about how people other than themselves do not have faith pure enough to get into heaven. This whole book judges the faith of other people for not being fundamentalist Christians. The author has a discontinuous interpretation of the Bible which he fails to effectively express in his narrative. Really, this book is for people who already believe in God, but aren't all that active in their own faith. It is also for privileged, m...more
Clark Goble
Author Craig Groeschel coins the term “Christian Atheist” to denote a believer who isn’t living his or her life in a way that exhibits that belief. Far from judgmental, this book is an exhortation for the reader to experience a fullness in their relationship with God. Groeschel uses several anecdotes from his own life to explore such weighty topics as shame, love, prayer, worry, and evangelism. Groeschel’s work reads almost like a biography documenting his own journey from Christian atheist to m...more
Holmes
This book cuts through my thick feel-good hide and leaves me out to bleed - every drop of guilty blood, guilty of feeling like a Christian but not acting like one. I suspect many are like me: believing in God, wanting to please Him, even holding His words deep in our hearts - yet not doing 1% of what we're supposed to do if we claim to be His followers. Why do I cringe whenever I hear the word "tithe" (giving 10% of your salary to church)? Why do I pursue happiness as if it is the real god? Why...more
Chauncey Lattimer
I know that you are probably getting tired of me saying the same word frequently, but Wow! I barely sat the book down from the initiation of the read to completion. Craig Groeschel has written a very transparent look into how we are so often guilty of not living up to what we know to be Scriptural. With a mixture of humor, personal memoir, experience, and solid biblical instruction, Groeschel walks us through the many ways in which we are not living like we truly believe in the God who cares and...more
Cody
I don't disagree with most of what Groeschel has to say, but this book was very disappointing.
Instead of addressing the topic in an insightful way, this book reads like any other self help book with verses from the Bible and Christian themes thrown in every so often.
I can't stand the way these kinds of books are written. They follow the same structure chapter after chapter, starting with a story, then moving on to some kind of lesson, then failing to live up to that lesson, then another story,...more
Stephanie
I had really big hopes for this book. It has a catchy title and a topic that I'm passionate about. The author has an easy to read style of writing. Unfortunately, the author lost me when every single chapter was turned into a sermon. I finally just started skimming through each chapter until I got to the last one - the one I was really hoping would be worth reading - "When you believe in God but not in His Church". Unfortuntately this chapter fell as flat as the others before it. Instead of addr...more
Kelly Belvis
It took me a little while to appreciate how helpful "The Christian Athiest" by Craig Groeschel would be. At first it seemed like a straight forward treatise on common themes: forgiveness, faith, worry, money, problems with church. Groeschel asserts that while we may very well be Christians we often conduct our lives and especially our inadequacies as if we were athiests. The standout here is that Groeschel openly shares some of his biggest failures. I immediately wanted to embrace his advice bec...more
Chloe Hawker
For about the first seven chapters of this book, I was completely unimpressed. I think this book, to a great extent, talks about what many other books of its kind discuss in much the same way. There is very little here that's new. However, three chapters did get to me: the chapter on worry (chapter 8), the chapter on money (chapter 10), and the chapter on the church (chapter 12). These three chapters offer a higher level of insight than the rest of the book does. I'd probably only give the rest...more
Thomas Foster Foster
I definitely believe in God and I definitely have set limits on where God is and is not welcome in my life and how far he can go!

This book helps me consider my position and my response - to live as though I really believed in God for every area of my life.

So as I reflect I can then see I have 3 options:

1. I can deny I'm making any compromises in how I follow Jesus.

2. I can accept I'm making compromises, but sort of pragmatically refuse to do anything about it (none of us are perfect after all an...more
Janet Maisel
Apr 22, 2010 Janet Maisel is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
No matter now long you have been walking with the Lord, it never hurts to go back to the basics. Why do I beleive what I beleive? We all have a point of reference as to where our walk began. this book reminds me that I often do not live like I believe God. I believe IN him but do I live like an atheist not believeing Him for His promises. Good so far.
Panda Incognito
Although this book did an adequate job of pointing out the differences between genuine Christians and "believers" who have not truly experienced God, it fell short of facilitating genuine heart-change. Since the book was targeted towards nominal Christians, I tried to read it with that mindset, taking in the parts that applied to me, but mostly thinking through it theoretically. The further I got into the book, the more I sensed that something was missing: the gospel. Though the author explained...more
Jen Edwards
After taking some time off of Christianbooks since reading Radical, which totally scared the crap out of me and was incredibility convicting, I have picked up another book. I'm now reading The Christian Atheist. http://christianatheist.com/

This book still has the potential to be convicting, but it's not so in your face about what a bad Christian you are from the get go as Radical was. Seriously, I thought I was going to hell after reading chapter one of that book. Here is a sneak peak of The Chr...more
Matt
As someone who has lived as a "Christian Athiest" for period of time and has been submerged in an environment filled with them, I would recommend this book for any young Christians who are looking to take their faith to the next step. While it starts off slow for the first few chapters, it eventually finds its rhythm and grows stronger as the book goes on. It is a very practical and easy read, as Groeschel gives his own personal life experiences to support his points.

If you are looking for a boo...more
Maggie
Thought provoking, knee bending, and prayer inducing. I needed this book and am thrilled that God brought it to me through the public library in Salt Lake City, UT. This was like an examine, soul searching and life altering. i will be buying a copy so I can look back, and slo lend it to folks who express discontent with how beliefs and life fail to align. It is also noteworthy that the scripture quoted throughout the book has become a study and memorization project. I started looking up the vers...more
Kent
Very good book. Better than I expected. Christianity and Christian living very well explained. Filled with great stories that illustrate and engage. Can motivate one to go from association with Christianity to full-fledged follower. Good for young Christians, but also good for old codgers like me who constantly need the gospel preached and re-preached to them.

The book deals with the Christian atheist, the term applied to the author to people who believe God exists but don't live like it. Says th...more
Sandy Sandmeyer
Jun 02, 2010 Sandy Sandmeyer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone not living in the fullness of God's love or walking wholeheartedly in the Christian walk
Recommended to Sandy by: Chad Missildine
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I would highly recommend this book for every Christian. It would be a great book for a small group study or for a teaching series for a pastor. It is a shocking reminder that we are such flawed creatures and that we need to be relying solely on Jesus Christ.

I won a copy of this book through http://thewayitcouldbe.com/?p=1653, so I was surprised when I get a message from @chadmissildine on Facebook to ask for my address.
Roger Miller
Craig Groeschel has great insight into how the American Church can say they believe in God, but live as if he does not exist. He terms this as a Christian Athiest! Chapter after Chapter he made me squirm at how hypocritical my actions are. The afterword with three lines to cross was an extreme challenge, that I am trying to undertake. A must read for those who are seeking to follow Jesus in this American culture.
Reading Faerie
I'm not someone who likes to write bad reviews, but this book is one star. It's pretty much the same superficial stuff that's been written about before. It lends one to believe you can look at a person and judge them as "Believers" or "Un-Believers" by what the outside implies. Without trying to sound holier-than-thou I think it was the Bible that says: "The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
These kind of book...more
Don
This may answer some questions - or validate beliefs - of those who see Christians as hypocrites. For a book on Christianity - or what's not Christianity - it's very interesting, very readable, and very easy to work into a short study.
Nick Moss
This book review is on “The Christian Atheist” by Craig Groeschel and published by Zondervan publishing.
The book starts out with a letter to the reader from the author explaining more about his life and where he came from in life. He talks about growing up how he wasn’t sure if he was saved or not at a youth bible camp and what happened next. The rest of the letter takes the reader from the author’s high school days, to the college years, and after when he met his wife.
The book then starts out...more
Amy Young
A good book for a quick check -- are my behaviors consistent with my beliefs? (Of course there will be areas it's not. Good to bring some of those to light and offer them up.)
Lacy Lovelace
I loved this book and have been recommending it to everybody! Craig Groeschel is a pastor that writes about Christians who say they are Christians but live their life as non-believers. Each chapter is an aspect that these Christian Atheists fall short in. Craig uses stories from his own life to help the reader get a better understanding of each concept. At some point in a Christian walk...I think everybody goes through Christian Atheism and when you look for it...the more you find it is very com...more
Amanda
Wonderful book! Love Craig Groeschel's honest and humorous look at how Christians live, acting like we aren't believers! Would highly recommend!
Holden
Mr. Groeschel (pronounced Grow-shell to those that truly know him) writes a bold book that exposes the disbelief in belief. Each chapter works by the same structure, where Groeschel speaks on behalf of another tenet of Christianity that many Christians fail to actually practice. The grand theme through all of the chapters, however, is understanding that God is much greater than we could imagine, and that no earthly thing is too big for Him to conquer. And Groeschel understandably pounds that poi...more
Tim Ogle
Thought provoking.

Groeschel exposes the ease of allowing "church" to become a hang up while missing the point.
Cameron
A good book if you recently became a Christian and have no idea what the hell is going on.
Deborah
So far convicting.
Miranda Koehn
Topics: The Christian Atheist preaches the same message Jesus did. You can't both follow Him and live like He doesn't exist. Groeschel tackles several problems that many Christian Atheists face, from the constant pursuit of happiness to doubting God's love.

Overview: The book got better as it went on. At first, I was tempted to stop reading because it seemed rather shallow, but I can honestly say I benefited from the reading. It's a good face-the-mirror type of book, and while it certainly doesn'...more
Ed
A student saw me reading this book and asked, “Uh...isn't ‘Christian Atheist' a contradiction?" Yes, and that's the point. The common theme of this book is when a Christian's beliefs & actions don't match- or look little different from someone who doesn't even believe in God at all.

Chapters are aptly named: “When you believe in God but..." Then the sentence gets completed with: but don't really know him, are ashamed of your past, aren't sure he loves you, not in prayer, don't think he's fai...more
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Craig Groeschel (born December 2, 1967) is the founder and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, a church with thirteen locations in six states. He is married with six children and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, where LifeChurch.tv is based.

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