Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Christian Survival Guide by Ed Cyzewski

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (June 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825443318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825443312

No One Plans to Lose Their Faith
We all think we’ll be the kind of Christian who follows the straight and narrow, ending our days with the relief of knowing we were ultimately good and faithful servants. The truth is, many of us struggle with our faith. Some even fall away from their faith.
What enables some to survive as Christians when so many others have faltered?
Most importantly, how can followers of Jesus keep the faith in the midst of today’s most pressing questions?
A Christian Survival Guide provides a lifeline for followers of Jesus who are tired of pat answers but need a solid foundation for their faith. Written in a conversational style, this book takes on big questions without getting bogged down in big theological terms.
“Cyzewski approaches each topic with candor, sharing stories that make it easy to relate to the topic at hand. While many of the topics are complex, he provides a point of entry into each and raises thoughtful questions about how much importance Christians can assign to aspects of the discussion…. What emerges… is an accessible and thoughtful work that is well suited to those new to Christian faith and practice.”
Publisher’s Weekly, May 2014
My take on this book:
A Christian Survival Guide is a thought provoking look at several topics that many Christians ~ and non Christians for that matter grapple with, such as prayer, faith,hell, and whether the Bible is real.Written in a down to earth easy to digest style that allows for ease of understanding, while providing useful information that just might help guide someone toward the answers they are looking for. The book is actually broken down into two sections the first on shares christian beliefs while the second section deals with christian practices.Instead of reading this book from cover to cover I found myself jumping around a bit, the chapter titles are catchy,and I actually found myself drawn to a few of the chapters because of the title. One of my favorites had to be The Holy Spirit~ Flames of tongue tied fire~ which touched on spiritual warfare and also talked briefly about spiritual gifts. The author also includes a list of books to use for further reading which tied into each chapter.  Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a thought provoking book that discusses many issues that they may be struggling with.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

About the author:
EdC200Ed Cyzewski (MDiv Biblical Theological Seminary) is the author of A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth, Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life, and The Good News of Revelation. He is a freelance writer who has contributed to numerous magazines and book projects. He blogs about writing  and prayer at

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