Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Is Your Faith Firsthand or Secondhand?

Join us on a journey to find a faith of your own.
A faith that isn’t your parents’ or your youth pastor’s or your church’s.
Start from scratch, question everything, and get hold of a faith that’s real.
We call it firsthand faith.

The authors, Ryan and Josh Shook, grew up in a Christian home and spent all their life in church. But theirs was a secondhand faith, and once they got in their twenties, something changed. After going through a faith crisis, they didn't give it all up, instead they searched for answers and discovered their own firsthand faith.          

My Thoughts:
I read the first chapter of this book as I am waiting for my book to arrive in the mail courtesy of Waterbrook.  I can so relate to the topic discussed in this book; because, I too, struggled with my faith as a young adult. Growing up in a church-going family, the daughter of a missionary, it was easy to know all the "right things" to do. I received Christ as my Savior at a young age, and was in church every time the doors were open.  But even with all that, when I got out on my own, far away and independent from my parents, my journey to my own personal firsthand faith was long and painful. It was not without some very crucial mistakes and faith struggles. I can say though, that thankfully my Heavenly Father saw me through, and now, my faith is personal! It is no longer a piggyback on my parents, pastor, or others. When I need answers, I seek, ask questions, dig,  and find. I don't just believe because that is what I was taught or told. That is what this book is about. So many young adults lose their faith after their teen years. This book is an encouragement to look deeper, and really seek that one on one relationship with God.   Ryan and Josh share their personal experience as well as the voices of others who shared their journeys of faith. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this book.

Your Thoughts:
Did you have any struggles with your faith growing up?  When did you develop a firsthand faith verses a secondhand one? I would love to hear about your journey.  

This book releases today, March 19th! You can get it for sale on Amazon and Barnes&Noble.
Or Read an excerpt of it HERE and decide for yourself whether this interests you.

*I am receiving a copy of this book from Waterbrook for participation. Opinions are my own.*

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