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Faith: Embracing Life in all its Uncertainty

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In a world that is so often challenging, with events that cause us all to wonder what is going on, Tim Costello takes us on a journey through the notion of faith and how we all need to believe in something greater than ourselves, no matter what religious background we are from.

In this thoughtful and provocative book Tim explores some of the world's most challenging
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by Hardie Grant Books
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Simon Risson
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Costello has a way of engaging a wide audience. He connects with heart, soul, and body. He holds all the tensions of life and leads us in a conversation we need to have willingly if we will ever see change. Thank you!
Melinda Irvine
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is easy to speak highly of book where you agree with nearly everything the author has to say, and in some ways acts as an endorsement for some of your own life philosophies. That said ‘Faith’ is a personal account of the ways Reverend Tim Costello has experienced faith in his public and private life.

The book unfolds as a series of short essays and personal stories from his time as a city mayor, Baptist Pastor, CEO of World Vision, husband, and Christian man — Rev Costello presents his
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Philip Hunt
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very accessible book about belief, values, justice and, yes, faith. It's written by a serial practitioner of these ideas, Tim Costello, recently semi-retired CEO of World Vision Australia. The book reads like a collection of short essays, or perhaps blogs. It's easy to read in short bursts, or, like I did, in a couple of days. Tim writes for a wide audience without judgement, although his own position as a Christian of the Baptist variety is never hidden. He's also a lawyer by trade, ...more
Courtney Marcon
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of meeting Rev Tim Costello and he exudes the wit and warmth in person as he does in this book. He even signed my book :)

The book has snippets of wisdom, thought provoking anecdotes and inspiring calls to action.

It is not preachy but he also does not water down the importance of faith to give meaning and how it had influenced his life.

Beth
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Easy read, with some good stories. Interesting look at the interaction between faith and social justice and how his beliefs influence his work with World Vision Australia, although not sure that I agree on all of his theology and what he is basing some of his beliefs on.
 Kerry
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book when I started . Some of the essays were presenting an interesting view on the world and spirituality and others had some good stories . However it began to feel like lectures in history and preaching how to be good and I lost interest.
Feiz Najmi
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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What an amazing book!! Tim Costello, Peter's Brother - Baptist Minister and World Vision Leader gives an authentic insight into faith. It should be a must read for every Australian as an education into how good we really do got it (especially those of the upper middle class white male persuasion) and how stingy we are with giving any of it away even to members of our own identified groups let alone any perceived outsiders - funny I benefit indirectly from "white privilege" because of my ...more
Natalie  S
As the CEO of the World Vision charity, Tim Costello AO has often had to discuss faith. His latest book also deals with the topic of belief and how it can be used to highlight the things that humanity has in common as well as offering a vehicle for reconciliation and hope. This series of short essays is a mix of philosophy, morality, religion and inspiration as well as observations and quotes that seem more like pure memoir. Faith is not the kind of book you can skim through quickly. It is a ...more
Natalie  S
As the CEO of the World Vision charity, Tim Costello AO has often had to discuss faith. His latest book also deals with the topic of belief and how it can be used to highlight the things that humanity has in common as well as offering a vehicle for reconciliation and hope. This series of short essays is a mix of philosophy, morality, religion and inspiration as well as observations and quotes that seem more like pure memoir. Faith is not the kind of book you can skim through quickly. It is a ...more
Jenny Esots
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have heard Tim Costello speak at a Nursing conference and he is an excellent speaker.
He speaks naturally and directly. He is used to holding an audience and he does this again with this book.
This is a personal account of why he feels, acts and believes what he does.
It is tempered with regrets and the weariness of someone who has experienced and witnessed a lot of suffering.
He writes he is still puzzled by people's reactions to brokeness.
Why some people rise to the challenge and others remain
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Jenny Esots
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have heard Tim Costello speak at a Nursing conference and he is an excellent speaker.
He speaks naturally and directly. He is used to holding an audience and he does this again with this book.
This is a personal account of why he feels, acts and believes what he does.
It is tempered with regrets and the weariness of someone who has experienced and witnessed a lot of suffering.
He writes he is still puzzled by people's reactions to brokeness.
Why some people rise to the challenge and others remain
...more
Michael Young
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book, drawing on Tim Costello's experience and speaking firmly to the areas of justice, acceptance and tolerance, and what faith means to him. Loved the examples drawn from his work with World Vision and would highly recommend the book to people of all faiths.
Heidi
I'd give it two and a half if I could. Not impressed. His straight white male blinders are firmly in place throughout the entire book.
Kathy
Sep 17, 2016 marked it as to-read
Just got my copy of Faith. Can't wait to finish it.
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Beautifully balanced with uncomfortable challenge and gentle reflections. Grace is all!
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