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The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior

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Voted one of Christianity Today's Books of the Year

All kinds of important choices are made during the college years. Young men and women explore what they really believe about the nature of the world and the purpose of life. They choose their work. They build friendships or even choose to marry. They develop goals and adopt habits that may very well last a lifetime.

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Paperback, 222 pages
Published January 11th 2007 by IVP Books (first published 1996)
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R.M. Archer
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
The principles laid out are important and well-articulated, but I would have liked more practical suggestions for applying them.
Tim Hoiland
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, vocation-work, 2012
Steven Garber's book The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior (IVP) came highly recommended, and now I see why. Garber currently leads The Washington Institute in DC, “a place to explore common grace for the common good.”

In working with students over many years, Garber noticed that the university setting is often an environment that allows room for private beliefs and opinions, but it isn’t comfortable with affirmations of public truths, especially ones clearly connected
Laura Anne
May 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books. Though geared for adults working with teens, college students, and young adults, I think it is great for young people themselves. Why do you get up in the morning? What is the meaning of life? How do we form cares and commitments that are sustainable for a lifetime? These are just some of the thoughtful questions Garber explores in this book as the reader learns about answering the "essay questions of life." He echoes Jacques Ellul's words in advising, "Remember ...more
Florian Serban
Șerban Florian, pastor asistent, district Cogealac, CT. 29/10/13
Recenzie a cărții lui Steven Garber, The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior (InterVarsity Press, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0-830-83319-1). O posibilă traducere a titlului: „Structura credincioșiei: împletind credința și conduita”.
Steven Garber examinează istoria gândirii, pornind de la epoca rațiunii (Age of Reason, care înălțând umanitatea, păstrează totuși pe Dumnezeu ca rege-filozof suprem) către umanismul secu
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Clear thesis statement. Flowing paragraphes. Engaging discussion of people and ideas. Wide range of bibliography. Excellent presentation - both firm and humble in its voice. It is a vital reminder of what we are missing in this fallen world. Thank you, Steven Garber. I am glad that my professor Andrew DeCort introduced me to your work in my Christian Ethics class. You, in turn, have introduced me to new authors who I am eager to learn from very soon. God bless you!
Rick Shafer
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of my favorite authors writing on connecting belief with behavior. This book is primarily aimed at University students and their educators. The author argues for a solid worldview, a mentor that incarnates that worldview, and a broader supportive community. When these are in place, a life of meaning can be sustained in our messy world.
Jesse Kane
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What are the Habits that shape a heart? A worldview, a Mentor, and a Community according Steven Garber; A well written book by a well-read, well-formed Christian, this book has a depth and candor I can only begin to appreciate.
Chris J
Apr 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
What the hell even is this? The first 40 pages were good, I guess.
Micah Webber
May 26, 2021 rated it liked it
The man is too alliterative. Dear me. Give those consonants a rest.
Christian Klaue
Apr 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Great conversation about developing beliefs and then living them out consistently.
Donovan Richards
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
A Purpose-Driven Life

We’ve all heard about the mission statement. Every business conjures one to varying degrees of success. But why? Everyone talks about mission but have you considered the reason behind it? In truth, mission statements should spell out the purpose behind a company, the principles around which employees can unite and work together.

Sadly, many people never truly comprehend purpose. Many can’t put into words the reasons for why they get up in the morning. As a result, people shif
Oct 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kelly O told me to read this book years ago, and I finally am getting around to it. But, I've only read the introduction, so you'll have to check back later to know what I think of it.
I finally finished this book over Thanksgiving break, and I was totally blown away by it. Everyone in the world of education should read this book - I get why Kelly bugged me about reading it for so long! Basically the author is talking about what makes a faithful life and the role that education plays in that
Jeff Bobin
This is a great read for those that are really looking to integrate their faith and work.

Written by the Director of the Washington Institute of Faith, Vocation and Culture he lives and works in maybe the most challenging environment there is to challenge people to live out their faith in the midst of the work they do.

This book is being read by out college kids and I think will challenge them in ways they will respond to as they are experiencing the faith of their parents is not what they want
Aug 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
A study on what Eugene Peterson calls "a life of congruence," one's life being consistent with one's beliefs. An academic study, Garber's main points, 1 - developing a worldview, 2- having a mentor who lives this worldview, and 3- finding a community that pursues with you to live their worldview. The more I think about it the more I see the truth in his observations, not only in my life but in the students I work with. His research is thorough, illustrated in his impeccable selection of quotatio ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an academic book discussing what the author purports as the three keys to enduring faith beyond college: a clearly developed worldview, a mentor, and a community of mutual support. It was a riveting work to me, though Garber is far from succinct in drawing his conclusions.

If you enjoy philosophy and thinking slowly through problems, this is a great read. If you are in college ministry looking for simple tips, focus on providing the three things I mentioned above (the thesis of Garber's
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I had to read this for class...totally worth it!

An intense read that captivates heart and mind. It truly made me sit back and contemplate the power and importance in having an integrated worldview. Definitely a must-read for those who question the complexities of life.

P.S. don't be afraid to need to sit by a computer or dictionary as not many terms, people are previously identified by the author. Oh and have fun pronouncing the Russian names!
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
helpful, practical & delightfully well-written. garber articulates the struggle of connecting belief with behavior in the university setting with refreshing clarity. if you're a student, teacher, professor, parent, campus minister or recent grad, i would HIGHLY recommend this accessible 'academic study' of a book. i'm willing to bet it will be one of the best things I read in 2012. ...more
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read this one a few years ago. It would make a nice gift for a graduating high school senior or college freshman as it deals in a thoughtful way with how to live a faithful Christian life during those crucial college years.
Brad H
Oct 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book once you get used to Garber's style. I very much enjoyed his perspective, observations and historical points of consideration. I could read it several times more and get more out of it each time. ...more
Jonathan Ingraham
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the most influential books I have ever read. This book challenges me to live out a life that connects with the things I believe. A must read for all college students and those working in higher education.
Craig Toth
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book focuses on how contemporary higher education contributes to the erosion of the idea of absolute truth in modern consciousness. The author gives examples of people who live with integrity, as well as those who have succumbed to the pragmatism of modernity.
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nearly twenty years from its publication, this book still has profound relevance to the plight of university students struggling to meaningfully connect belief with behavior amidst the crises of postmodernism. Highly recommended.
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Read this book with students throughout the semester. Perfect for the college years, although applicable to many other times in life. Overall, I think it was helpful for students but maybe a bit repetitive. Thinking about using portions for next semester.
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and gripping! A great challenge to find and help others find a sustainable worldview and community to match. Especially relevant for college age to twenty-somethings and helpful for those engaged in young adult ministry.
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Moving. Thought-provoking. My reading of this book...over a period of several months...opened the way to numerous conversations with my kids, friends, and colleagues about faith and its formation during the college years. A must read for Christian educators.
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I want to re-read this book. It was chock-full of thought-provoking ideas and knowledge about the university's role in a college student's life. ...more
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My life is changed becaus of this book. Can't say enough about it. incredibly insightful - becomes more so with each passing year. This book gives me a faith I can live within. ...more
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