Sunday, March 7, 2010

What I hope to gain.

Through this blog I hope to tap others experience and insight.

Whether you are atheist or agnostic, Baptist, Lutheran or Catholic, or anything really, I invite you to share your thoughts and ideas. So long as your comments are constructive of course. I hope this blog will help me catalog my journey so in a year or so, I can look back and see if any progress has been made.

I do intend to solicit opinions from Christian forums, blogs and whoever else I may come across. I understand online opinions aren't the best, but there have been a few gems out there and it is my goal to attract a few of them to help me on my way.

I am also receptive to book suggestions. Below I've listed just a few of the books I've read so far.

The Case for Christ
by Lee Strobel
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Catholic and Christian by Alan Schreck
The Shape of Catholic Theology by Aiden Nichols
The Three Conversions in the Spiritual Life by Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange
Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed
The Confessions of St. Augustine
Catechism of the Catholic Church

They do have a Catholic slant but that is because most of them were suggested by the priest I mentioned in my first post, An Introduction. This shouldn't stop you from making a suggestion though!

6 comments:

  1. "The Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Alternatively, there's a book of poems by the same author that is quite good. The former book is more of a didactic sort of work.

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  2. "Orthodoxy" by Chesterton.

    Available free online here (and elsewhere):

    www.leaderu.com/cyber/books/orthodoxy/orthodoxy.html

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  3. I hope the Bible is going to make it to that list too. I recommend you get a good study bible of a good translation such as the English Standard Version, or the New International Version. Any decent Christian book is just going to be a filter of the Bible anyway.

    I wish you well in your journey to Christ.

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  4. Hi Seeker

    For me, Christianity has been an amazing journey. I remember my first encounter with God as if it were yesterday. I was suffering tremendously as a child - getting tired of life at age 5. Then, someone told me about Jesus. So, that night I prayed to Him and asked for help. That same night, my life changed and I was promptly released from my suffering.

    That was 32 years ago, and a while lot of wonderful things happened since then. One of the wonderful things about Christianity for me is that we receive the Spirit of God to help and support us.

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  5. Thank you for the suggestions and encouragement guys!

    Darren.Broad -

    The bible is a bit of an ongoing project, though I have read several large chunks. Now whether a Christian book will "filter" the bible, well, I think I may have to disagree. Good books tend to help you understand by offering additional insight into what you're reading.

    It's exactly what study bibles do.

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  6. You might enjoy reading "Traveling Mercies" by Anne Lamott -- someone from a nontheist/atheist background who had a very gradual and interesting journey into (non-fundamentalist) Christianity.

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