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Faith in the Shadows: Finding Christ in the Midst of Doubt

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"People don't abandon faith because they have doubts. People abandon faith because they think they're not allowed to have doubts."

Too often, our honest questions about faith are met with cold confidence and easy answers. But false certitude doesn't result in strong faith—it results in disillusionment, or worse, in a dogmatic, overweening faith unable to see itself or its
Paperback, First Edition, 183 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by InterVarsity Press
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Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Austin grasps the reader who is fearing the doubts in their faith and carries them through his struggles to highlight the insights in his journey. His discourse allows the untraditional conversations to happen while guiding the doubter back to Jesus's love.

I can not say that I've had the same doubts or have the same theology as the author, but I believe that his work is an important, welcoming pool of hope for struggling Christians to come out of the shadows and wade in.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Hurricanes come, and if you praise is the only language you can't speak, you will often find yourself speechless and imploding, We must learn the language of lament so we can give voice to our faith when praise just won't do. We must speak to God even when we don't have anything nice to say. We must keep the conversation going."

This is easily the best book I ever read, I really needed to read something that will motivate me to keep going. As I mentioned before many times before, I was raised in
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book for people who have questions or doubts about God. It is readable and well-researched, and as someone who "struggles" (the word an elder at my church used for me) with doubt, I found it refreshing. Here are some nuggets I came away with:

1. LOVE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN FAITH. It's biblical, but I feel like we definitely forget this one a lot.

2. Maybe the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Fischer quotes CS Lewis on this one, and somehow I'd never heard this quote before. The
Nancy Larimer
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Faith in the Shadows reaches out to answer many questions about Christianity. So often people do not get their answers to their questions. The author says it is good to have questions. He addresses the problem of evil, hell, science and how God can fit with the questions in these areas. He encourages people to look for the answers and seek God in the midst of the answers. He tells believers to not stop believing when they have questions and God can meet us where are questions are. So often peopl ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
At just over 200 pages, Austin Fischer packs a whole lot of topics, ideas, and theology into this little book: theodicy (the problem of pain/evil), to doubt vs. certainty, the silence of God, why fundamentalism and biblical literalism doesn't work, science vs. faith and why that doesn't have to be the case (yes, including how evolution doesn't destroy Christianity); and even belief in some kind of hell vs. some kind of christian universalism.

Table of Contents
Foreword by Brian Zahnd
1. Graffiti
Michael Philliber
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've said it before, and it's worth saying again. I'm pretty certain I'm right...but there's always that niggling little question mark in the back of my heart and head. I've been seriously wrong before, and I just could be wrong about some things now. Austin Fischer, lead pastor at Vista Community Church in Temple Texas, brings his doubts and question marks to the fore in his recently published 183 page paperback, "Faith in the Shadows: Finding Christ in the Midst of Doubt". Mildly irreverent at ...more
Dave Lester
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here is a book I actually read shortly after it was released (for a change). ‘Faith in the Shadows’ by Vista Community Church pastor Austin Fischer is a brisk dive into the subject of doubt that is more refreshingly honest than most Christian books on this topic.

Fischer brutally recounts his wrestling with a pastor and accurately surmises that crisis of faith come often not from a single moment but from numerous thoughts that have piled up over time. He talks about the vastness of spa
Matthew Irvine
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fischer gives permission to explore doubts about the faith. He helps to confront the "athiest within" in this fantastic work about how to be a follower of Jesus in an increasingly secular world. While this is worlds away from Bob Goff's "Everybody, Always," I find this thread through scripture and scores of Christian authors that "the greatest of these is love." Love for others and the beauty of Jesus have the power to put our doubts at ease.

If you find yourself firmly in the camp of fundamenta
Joel Wentz
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, moving, and wonderful. One of my favorites this year, easily.

Fischer, above all else, is honest, and he gives others permission to be similarly honest about things that don't make sense with the rigid Christian world-view many of us have inherited. A few chapters nearly brought me to tears, especially in his unflinching look at suffering. The chapters on hell, suffering, science, and fundamentalism provide some of the best pastoral responses to those issues that I've seen in a book. A
Jared Deame
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honest, approachable, compelling, smart. Distills the best of Christian approaches to dealing with doubt through the years, from Dostoevsky to Hart, without being too cerebral. Fantastic read.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Doubt.Is.Real. There’s a stark and harsh reality of life, one that we should and must grapple with. There are a lot of questions about living a Christian life, and not all get answers. But that’s the point of this intelligently and thoughtfully written book by Austin Fischer, a pastor in Central Texas. In Faith in the Shadows, Fischer shares deeply personal experiences, insights and admissions that are often made with an affecting honesty and will likely be genuinely relatable to most readers. ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Faith in the Shadows
Finding Christ in the Midst of Doubt
by Austin Fischer

InterVarsity Press

Christian , Religion & Spirituality
Pub Date 11 Sep 2018

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In this book Austin Fischer reminds us that people don't abandon Faith because they have doubts but they abandon faith because they fear they are not allowed to have doubts.

To often when we ask honest questions regarding our faith we are met with cold and easy an
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Austin Fischer is the Teaching Pastor at Vista Community Church. His first book "Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed" was published by Wipf & Stock in January 2014.
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