Publication Date: August 1, 2007
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I Guess I m Not a Very Good Christian . . . Do you feel like: I don t pray enough I don t read my Bible enough I don t share my faith enough I don t love God enough I m not committed enough I m not spiritual enough Then this book is for you. Messy Spirituality 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, infiniteness, 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.
About the AuthorMike Yaconelli worked with young people for more than forty years. He co-founded Youth Specialties, an international organization that trains and provides resources for more than 100,000 youth workers worldwide. Mike passed away in a tragic accident in 2003.
Mike Yaconelli is the author of bestselling books Dangerous Wonder and Messy Spirituality. He was the senior editor for the Wittenburg Door (1971-1996), a satirical religious magazine noted for its irreverent humor, in-depth interviews, and commitment to reforming the evangelical church. He was the cofounder of Youth Specialties, an international organization devoted to equipping youth workers through training and resources. Mike was a prophetic voice in the church-at-large and was a devoted husband and father until his death in 2003. SPANISH BIO: Mike Yaconelli estuvo en el ministerio por mas de cuarenta anos, como pastor y tambien como ministro de estudiantes. Fue pastor laico de la Iglesia Grace Community Church y fue dueno y cofundador de Especialidades Juveniles, editor de 'The Door: y autor de 'Dangerous Wonders'. En el ultimo tiempo de su vida residio en Yreka, California.