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Another Gospel?: A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity

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A Movement Seeks to Redefine Christianity. Some Think that It Is a Much-Needed Progressive Reformation. Others Believe that It Is an Attack on Historic Christianity.
Alisa Childers never thought she would question her Christian faith. She was raised in a Christian home, where she had seen her mom and dad feed the hungry, clothe the homeless, and love the outcast. She had wi
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Published October 6th 2020 by Tyndale Momentum (first published October 2020)
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Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're struggling with questions because you've been confronted by progressive Christianity in some way, shape or form then I'd highly suggest you pick up this book. It's a great starting point, a solid rebuttal to wayward progressive teaching, and the content is reader friendly.

I think most believers go through a period of questioning their faith. It's often a turbulent and lonely journey that needs to be taken. I remember reading the late Rachel Held Evans book "Searching for Sunday" about
Andrew McNeely
Oct 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
One day I would like to write up a history on evangelical pop apologetics, a phenomenon that began in the 70s and 80s. This book is part of that historical trajectory that began with Francis Schaeffer and his epigones (Josh and Sean McDowell, Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, Frank Turek, etc.), hence my interest in picking up this book. On my reading, these writers are doing more to further polarize the Church, even though their intentions mean well, and this book is the culmination of that polarizi ...more
Jenna Hill
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Gospel by Alisa Childers is much needed literature in a time such as this when so much of the world of Christian influencers today is saturated with either a watered down or completely different gospel altogether. Beautifully written, she tells about her personal experience with progressive Christianity, her deconstruction story and reconstruction of her faith going back to historic Christian roots. This book is so eloquent in the way apologetics is seamlessly strung in with her testimon ...more
Josh Olds
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I went into Alisa Childers’ Another Gospel not knowing how I’d feel about it. In many ways, here journey mirrors mine. Grew up deeply entrenched in conservative evangelicalism. Lived in a conservative, white bubble. And slowly but surely had my perspectives stretched by people I would have called “liberal.” Basically, our only differences are that while Childers retreated toward the center, I’ve found myself firmly identifying with a lot of “Progressive Christianity” and that I was never a membe ...more
Kristin Murray
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I would give this 6 stars if I could. I listened to it on audio (it is read by the author), but then decided to purchase a physical copy. By the time I received the book in the mail, I finished reading the last few chapters and immediately started rereading it to highlight her main points in each chapter. I found this book extremely helpful to me both times that I've read it. Several of my close family members have been persuaded by progressive Christian leaders in their thinking. Alisa Childers ...more
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a lot of apologetics in the course of my life, much of it excellent and clear. But this book is, outside C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, the most accessible I’ve encountered. That’s actually a big deal. I have some favorite texts that are more academic or challenging, but apologetics aren’t helpful if they’re not easily read and apprehended by regular folks. This is well researched, well argued, and so well articulated. I would recommend it to anyone.
Scott Carter
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Childers, Alisa. Another Gospel?. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale Momentum, 2020. $16.99

Alisa Childers writes Another Gospel? with the average Christian in mind. This book is not meant only for Christians. Those who have left Christianity because of doubts and questions under the influence of the various forms of Progressive Christianity would benefit from Another Gospel. Childers also seeks to build up the Christian to be able to stand up against mounting pressure and questions. Many Christians are n
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are generally two kinds of apologetics books: those that list arguments and facts, and those that present arguments and facts through a story, usually a memoir or biography. Of the former, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist” (Turek, Geisler) and “Evidence That Demands a Verdict” (McDowell) might be the most famous. Of the latter, “The Case for Christ” (Strobel) and “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” (Qureshi).

The former are excellent books for classes, for studying, for referencing. T
Felicia Bunch
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alisa Childers has written an engaging and powerful book about Progressive Christianity and the dangers it has imposed upon the true Gospel. She effortlessly blends personal experiences with incredibly detailed and documented research (with footnotes that would make all my college professors proud). The result is an intelligent, persuasive, but very readable work that exposes the truth about the false gospel and its insidious threat to Christianity. This a fantastic work of apologetics that I gi ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When author Alisa Childers unknowingly finds herself in a bible class being led by a pastor who labels himself as a “hopeful agnostic,” what he teaches and questions rocks the foundation of her own Christian faith. For four months she sits in the class. With each session, she finds her faith deconstructed and the validity of Christianity in question. Over her time in the class, she is exposed to the redefining of scripture through a Progressive Christianity lens. She becomes incredibly uncomfort ...more
Katie Ramsey
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m very thankful for this book. I feel like I am just scratching the surface of learning apologetics! I’m thankful she includes resources for further study in the end! I really enjoyed the whole book but the last chapter was my favorite and such an encouragement!
The Book Distiller
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely excellent book!
Chad Armond
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
False teachers have been around since the beginning of Christianity. As the author points out, 22 of the 27 New Testament books have warnings about false teachers. So why is this book so needed when Christians have been warned about false teaching for the past 2000 years? Because we live in the (mis)information age. Never has it been so easy for anyone to reach the masses with their false doctrine. Combine that with a post-modern society where everyone believes they are their own arbiter of trut ...more
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been listening to Alisa's podcasts for some time now, and have been eagerly awaiting her book. I wasn't disappointed. Progressive Christianity (a departure from the historical truths of the Christian faith) isn't a new phenomenon. Departures from the Christian faith have been occurring for centuries. Each generation, however, has to grapple with them since the language and manifestations vary with the passing of time. Alisa here responds to this generation's struggle, identifying the proble ...more
Vianey Sanchez
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 This book is a good start for anyone wanting to understand the basic claims of progressive Christianity. It offers a helpful snapshot response to the main tenets of their gospel. I appreciate that the author addresses a variety of claims, but one of my criticisms is that because there are many, she does not delve deeply into each one. I did find her chapters about the atonement and judgment helpful, and I really liked her emphasis on the early Christian writers. She definitely inspired me to ...more
Katie Marschner
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book! Alisa Childers writes this book in such a personable, thoughtful, caring yet profound way.

The book is exactly what its subtitle says. It is the story of a lifelong Christian (Alisa) who is confronted with progressive Christianity in her own life and brought to a crisis point in her faith.

I think many people have had a similar experience to that of Alisa's. They go to a church, follow people on social media, read books (all claiming to be Christian) and are confronted
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Crisis of faith - you never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. CS Lewis

I have listened to Alisa Childers' podcast for several years now. She tackles controversy of Progressive Christianity but she remains true to the gospel. The importance of creation, the fall, redemption and restoration. Progressive Christianity and their teachers put a different spin on these issues. What became a crisis of faith for Alisa was her
Jesvin Jose
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lee Strobel said that this book “may be the most influential book you will read this year.” After reading it, I find it hard to disagree with him. In “Another Gospel?”, Alisa Childers takes us on a fascinating intellectual journey, where her initially thoughtless faith was challenged by a progressive pastor asking provocative questions of the Bible’s authority and inspiration. Along the way, she gives enough evidence to the truths of historic Christianity, thereby deconstructing progressive Chri ...more
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found Alisa’s podcast after having a spiritual attack after reading a Progressive Christian book. I had no idea these ideas were made into a full belief system. It blew my naive Christian mind and it opened my discerning eyes to many teachers and authors that met this criteria. It made me so very sad...just plain upset actually.

This book has been extremely educational for me as I feel the urge to correctly defend my faith. The book is very easy to follow and understand for someone without any
Mark Dunn
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The narrative style bothered me a first ,then I decided it was good. Unless you've read a lot of general apologetics or about progressive Christianity in particular, I recommend this book. ...more
Rachel K
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this. As a person who grew up going to church and also encountered many progressive Christian ideas I understand what Alisa went through with her faith crisis and how it's opened the door for a deeper understanding of God and the Bible. Highly recommend this to anyone who grew up in church and also started doubting it when pushed by college professors or even those who say they are Christian, but spout ideas contrary to Christianity. ...more
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been listening to Alisa Childers' podcast for a season now and have really enjoyed her thoughtful, gracious discussions so when I saw her book had been published I grabbed the audiobook. Just like her podcasts, her book is thoughtful, gracious, and compelling. I really appreciate her personal story of deconstructing and reconstructing her faith. This book is definitely one I want for my shelves as a resource. The audiobook had the additional benefit of hearing Alisa sing. ...more
Clayton Keenon
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Solid, clear presentation of standard apologetic arguments.

This book seems like it would be most effective with people who are committed to historic Christian teaching, but are concerned about trends away from orthodoxy. It serves as a good warning against false teaching. It would probably solidify the faith of someone who believes orthodox Christianity, but doesn’t know why those views are true.

Unfortunately, I’m not convinced this book will be effective for someone who is actually going thro
Adam Balshan
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Exact rating: 4.29
#2 in genre, out of 18

A famous Christian singer is lured by a deceptive pastor into a Church class. In a plot reminiscent of Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness, the class is labeled a "safe zone" for "out-of-the-box thinkers" to "process their doubts and questions." The wolf in sheep's clothing uses the pretense of education, or "just asking questions," to undermine her spiritual foundations. She becomes mired in doubts, and seem
Karen Patrick
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Another Gospel” by Alisa Childers is an honest look at the author’s journey through a profound period of doubt that ultimately led to the rebuilding of her faith. Her tone is gracious and thoughtful throughout the book even as she addresses painful moments in the process. Through personal narrative, Childers gives a glimpse into the process of digging deep down into the roots of historic Christianity to reveal an authentic picture of the Christian faith. She reveals with incredible vulnerabilit ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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A lifelong Christian, Alisa Childers found herself facing tough questions that threatened to undermine her assurance in Christ, casting seeds of doubt. In this book she shares her experience, and how it sent her on a quest for concrete answers to feed her faith, and find answers to help others stand firm in Biblical truth amid the wave of Progressive Christianity.

I've read other books on this topic, but of all of them this is my favorite, and most compelling. I liked how the author honestly sha
Angie H
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first heard of Alisa Childers when I watched the documentary American Gospel: Christ Crucified.( really good and I definitely recommend it) When I found her podcast and realized she was writing a book I knew I had to read it. Progressive Christianity, Liberal "Christians", Deconstructing,Emerging church were all new concepts to me but I was intrigued to read her story and experience.

I am amazed that this kind of heresy is making its way into churches. Progressive Churches that are attacking t
Leigh Ann
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A triumphant story of a faith challenged, examined, and beautifully restored. Alisa’s story provides a compelling framework for one of the most pressing challenges within the church today--a progressive deconstruction from within.

Alisa’s faith wasn’t deconstructed by an atheist but by a progressive Christian pastor, and her story goes point by point through some of the challenges he posed. Years later, she presents answers to his questions and insinuations, drawing upon a wide variety of sources
Diane Busch
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good! Alisa discusses the progressive movement within the church that tried to take down her long-held beliefs of God, Jesus, the Bible, etc. I will keep this book as a reference book to refer to when I am asked some of the same hard questions that she answers. Sometimes we have doubts or need information to back up our faith. She references writings by many great apologists such as Lee Strobel, Norman Geisler, and Tim Keller. The lists of credits at the end of the book suggest m ...more
Mary Frances
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The “WHY” behind what a historical Christian believes is so important today because it seems that every facet of the faith is being questioned and downplayed both from within the church (in some cases) and from the culture at large. As a busy Mom with not a lot of brain space to read deep theological books, Childers makes that knowledge accessible and relatable. I appreciate the fact that she critiques ideas and not people. My only negative is that I wrestle with the labels, not because they are ...more
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Alisa Childers is a wife, a mom, an author, a blogger, a speaker, and a worship leader. She was a member of the award-winning CCM recording group ZOEgirl. She is a popular speaker at apologetics and Christian worldview conferences, including reThink. She has been published at The Gospel Coalition, Crosswalk, the Stream, For Every Mom, Decision magazine, and The Christian Post. Her blog post “Girl, ...more

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