Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People #2020

Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People By Michael Yaconelli Messy Spirituality God s Annoying Love for Imperfect People I Guess I m Not a Very Good Christian Do you feel like I don t pray enoughI don t read my Bible enoughI don t share my faith enoughI don t love God enoughI m not committed enoughI m not spiritual enou
  • Title: Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People
  • Author: Michael Yaconelli
  • ISBN: 9780310235330
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People By Michael Yaconelli I Guess I m Not a Very Good Christian Do you feel like I don t pray enoughI don t read my Bible enoughI don t share my faith enoughI don t love God enoughI m not committed enoughI m not spiritual enoughThen this book is for you Messy Spiritualtiy was written for the silent majority of us who have been convinced that we just don t do Christianity right We spend mo I Guess I m Not a Very Good Christian Do you feel like I don t pray enoughI don t read my Bible enoughI don t share my faith enoughI don t love God enoughI m not committed enoughI m not spiritual enoughThen this book is for you Messy Spiritualtiy was written for the silent majority of us who have been convinced that we just don t do Christianity right We spend most of our lives worried about what we don t do instead of what we have done, focused on our imperfections instead of God s fondness for the imperfect Why Because we ve been bombarded with books, tapes, talks, seminars, and movies convincing us that real Christianity is all about perfection.Michael Yaconelli dares to suggest that imperfection, unfinishedness, and messiness are, in fact, the earmarks of true Christianity that real Christianity is messy, erratic, lopsided and gloriously liberating What if genuine faith begins with admitting we will never have our act completely together Maybe messy disciples are exactly the kind of imperfect people Jesus came to earth for and whose company he actually enjoyed and still enjoys If you want to find Jesus today, look for him in the midst of burned out believers, moral misfits, religious incompetents men and women whose lives are, well, messy Messy Spirituality is a strong antidote for the spiritual perfectionism in us all Here are truths that can cut you loose from the tyranny of ought to s and open your eyes to the deep spirituality of being loved, shortcomings and all, by the God who meets you and transforms you in the midst of a messy and unpredictable life.
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    1. Rather than give you a straight forward review, let me tell you this This book clocks in at around 140 pages That s a day read for me, maybe two if I take it slow.The first time I read it, it took me a month because I had to stop every few pages to let the words sink in as my tears came out.Life is messy, but Grace isn t afraid to get itself dirty.

    2. I first heard of this book in church, a lay pastor at our church read a quote from this book during his sermon, and I was hookedhad to get the book, ordered it from Just hit me head ontalks about how spirituality does not necessarily fit into this nice handly little mold we like to think it does can take many shapes and forms This is the part he quoted My life is a mess.After forty five yeras of trying to follow Jesus, I keep losing him in the crowded busyness of my life I know Jesus is there, s [...]

    3. Before Yaconelli s death, he served as the founder of Youth Specialties, a pastor, and a popular conference speaker He was incredibly authentic and had a deep desire to love God and other people His heart is certainly conveyed in the pages of this book.However, I find Yaconelli s view of discipleship sanctification spiritual formation to be small and uninspiring It boils down to this God s love for you is wonderful, and life is hard So your Christian growth will be hard and messy, and you probab [...]

    4. I tried The author started with a really good point People who screw up or break the church s code of conduct can still be just as fiercely spiritual or God centered as the Pastor applause My problem is, he didn t get any deeper than that The whole book reiterates that sentence in various paragraph forms At first I was just annoyed by the repetition, but then I got a little worried because his over emphasis of how much Godly people can screw up started to sound like he was allowing sin I think h [...]

    5. This books was an easy read, but packed full of so many things I needed to hear I m not sure what is being said about Yaconelli these days probably not much seeing as how he s been dead a few years I remember hearing a few things a couple years ago about the organization he co founded, Youth Specialties, and the role it was playing in the emergent church Whatever I just remember reading his other book, Dangerous Wonder in college and getting a lot out of it This other book has been sitting on ou [...]

    6. We are always under construction That sentence is really the best one line summary of this book This book embraces that concept and explores the true meaning of what it means to be spiritual Mike Yaconelli died in 2003, and I think one of the most powerful parts of the book was the foreward written by his wife She gives us a glimpse of what kind of man Mike was incredibly real A man of deep faith, and at the same time a man living in the trenches of life It is out of that framework that he wrote [...]

    7. 3.5 stars I liked this book, but it was fairly simple and repetitive The overall message was a good one God s fathomless love for failures but I disagreed with parts of his theology That said, this book is FULL of tear jerker stories and I cried in almost every chapter It was a good positive reminder of God s love for me, as someone who never feels she is doing enough.

    8. This beautiful book is the perfect reminder that no matter how bad you think you messed up, no matter how far from the straight and narrow you ve wandered, no matter horrible you think you are at this whole Christian thing, you will always always always have Someone on your side that loves you unconditionally, will welcome you home with open arms, and will never leave or forsake you Growing up in the church that I did, I understand the pressure to be a good a little Christian The way my life has [...]

    9. Yaconelli s Messy Spirituality is a book written for those of us who feel inept based on our own ideals of being a good Christian The author allows insight into his own experience of finding himself further to the left on the continuum of good Christianity than he would prefer, and describes his difficulty in navigating that while holding down his profession as a pastor He uses stories from the bible, referencing notorious sinners, and God s choice to meet them where they are and love them for i [...]

    10. My home study group decided we d read this book as a group and discuss it along the way Each week we met we listened together as either a tape narrated the book as we followed along or a member me read it aloud We sometimes stopped the reading for discussion, that wasn t always in agreement with the author But over all what we realized is that culturally speaking there is a certain togetherness Christians are viewed as having obtained What Yaconelli is stating and illustrating throughout this bo [...]

    11. Messy Spirituality is sort of like Donald Miller s Blue Like Jazz It hits Christians where it hurts in terms of their own spirituality I ll be honest I m a Christian, but I haven t read the Bible I also don t pray every day like I should I try and sometimes I get a good week going, but then I just forget Its almost like life hits me and I just can t do anything to stop it This book made me feel better about my doubts and my beliefs It was written by a guy who went through the same thing that I m [...]

    12. I give thanks to God for this book.Mike Yaconelli has written a wonderful exploration into the practicalities of grace It is an easy read, filled with vivid stories and written for the laity There are so many books on spiritual formation including a plethora written in the last couple of decades Sadly, the most popular ones pay lip service to God s grace while subtly seducing the reader into a righteousness based upon works Our calling in life, these books suggest, is to make God happy Yaconelli [...]

    13. A good little book for those of us who feel as if we fall down on the job spiritually The author makes it clear that real spirituality lies in the gray areas of our spiritual life I really liked the acceptance of the fact that we all have doubts, laziness just plain confusion about our feelings practices with God The perfect people in the pews may not be as spiritually connected as we religious screw ups Yay for the real spiritual life which happens in the trenches of the everyday world

    14. Ah, Yaconelli.I think I would have enjoyed this man if I had ever been able to meet him In essence, what I took from this book can be summed up in this My fumbling, haphazard approach to faith in Christ, as strange and uneven as it seems oftentimes, is still my seeking to have faith in Christ in short, God smiles upon it, and me, and my not understanding or taking the rigid, highly structured approach to my Christian faith doesn t cast me off the side of the road into some heretic s pit.It s a f [...]

    15. If you want to understand God s love for you and feel fine with Him being ever near to you in the midst of whatever is going on including your failures, sins and disappointments , then this is the book for you.My following of Jesus was forever changed in the most positive of ways by this book, and yours will be too, if you read it Now that I ve finished, I m starting on through it again Yes, it is that good.

    16. Mike Yaconelli s Messy Spirituality teaches us how to slow down and focus on the things that truly matter, and it forcefully declares how we have been accepted by God through Jesus Christ As we assimilate this acceptance, it becomes the most liberating piece of knowledge we could ever possess It effectively demonstrates how our messes are merely opportunities for God to work in us and through us for Christ to be seen.

    17. Initially, Yaconelli has a wonderful point to make regarding our society and it s impression of how Christians should live VS how they really are Unfortunately that is all he has to say This point is repeated and beaten to death Where the flow of the book should turn a corner, it just keeps on driving home the initial point.

    18. Finally, a Christian admits that he doesn t really understand what God wants, that he ll probably never get there anyway, and life just is what it is Loved this book Have to read it on a regular basis just to remind myself that it s okay to question, doubt, scream, holler, and cry out to God.

    19. Easily one of my favorites Entertaining and insightful Certainly not condescending like some religious books can come out and isn t that the point We are all imperfect, yet the perfection some try to display for others can pressure us into feeling less than we ought to.

    20. This book was JUST what I needed at a time when it just seemed to me like church was another club to impress people in THIS book describes what I feel the Church to REALLY be Messy and full of love and good stories RIP Mike Yaconelli, you done good

    21. Yaconelli delivers a knock out punch In a style all his own, and easy to read, helps those of us who have struggled with the notion of having to be perfect in order to please God by showing us that spirituality is often in the messiness of our lives.

    22. Becoming a Christian is not filling out a check off list i.e Please check the following Prayed Enough, Attended Services, Done Good Deeds, Read the Bible, etc Jesus did not come to hang out with perfect people he came and enjoyed the company of people whose hearts were in the right place They often than not did the good deeds of faith without an awareness that they were doing the things that make for good people of faith When did we feed you, visit you, give you water, clothe you, sit with you [...]

    23. A short, intense, compelling read on Christianity Messy spirituality sounds like an oxymoron, but if we TRULY believe that Christ came and loved us as we are NOW, what did we think it would look like I am a complete mess, most of us are And yet, God loves and pursues us irregardless of our mess, our incompleteness.One anecdote of many stands out a pastor decides to resign because he lost his faith in Christ He is honest and wants to leave step down Usually there is confusion, church splits, judg [...]

    24. Pernahkah kita merasa bahwa kerohanian kita tidak bertumbuh, mandeg, kacau, bahkan berantakan Semua itu biasanya ditandai dengan kurang tekunnya berdoa, tidak rajin membaca Alkitab, kurang bersaksi, mudah tersinggung, dll Tentunya kita semua pernah merasakannya, betapapun kita telah mengikut Yesus sekian lama namun bukan mustahil jika suatu saat kita mengalami kondisi dimana kerohanian kita begitu kacau atau berantakan Jika sudah begini kita biasanya merasa frustasi dan semakin tenggelam dalam k [...]

    25. This is my favorite book on spirituality simply because it s the most encouraging and honest Mike Yaconelli makes it clear he is a mess like the rest of us There is nothing Pharisee like about him This is the second time I ve read this book and I anticipate doing it again What impacts me most is Mike s acceptance of his far from perfect life He was kicked out of two Bible colleges and he struggles with being a non ordained minister unless you count the Seventh Day Adventist ordination read the b [...]

    26. I absolutely loved this book Yaconelli acknowledges the way most of us feel messy, unworthy, insufficient and describes how difficult it can be for us to attend church where everyone else seems to have it all together But that s just the beginning of the story for the book and for us individually Yaconelli challenges us, in essence, to get over it To accept the fact that we re not perfect and yet we serve a perfect God Thankfully, that God loves us in our messy state and still wants to be near u [...]

    27. In the epilogue of this book, the author tells us that his prayer for the reader is that he or she heard the crystal clear voice of Jesus whispering, I love you throughout the process of reading it For myself, this was certainly the case Yaconelli s story telling ability, mixed with his ability to find the proper metaphor to speak to a situation, makes for an easy, hard to put down read, and at the end of it, I felt a bit loved by Jesus my loving Father And all the while, the book was challengi [...]

    28. This is a book about God s love for messy, imperfect people Michael Yaconelli uses stories, and scriptures to depict the wonder of this love I read this a long time ago, but the one story that remains embedded in my mind is the story of Margaret s redemption When Margaret was a school girl, she stumbled into School late from recess, and her teacher exacted a terrible punishment The teacher had Margaret sit at the front of the class facing the rest of the students, and she called up each student [...]

    29. I absolutely loved this book It made me cry several times But in a good way At the end of the apologue, the author hopes that during the book you ve heard God whisper I love you several times I think that s exactly what happened for me I enjoyed it so much I actually read my husband several chapters out loud It was very challenging and encouraging at the same time.I really enjoyed the thoughts that God does not judge the way that we judge and that spiritual people look differently than we expect [...]

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