Messy Spirituality by Mike Yaconelli
God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People

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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 Mike Yaconelli

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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: Michael Yaconelli (Julio 24, 1942- Octubre 30, 2003), escritor, teologo y lider, empleo cuarenta y dos anos de su vida como pastor y ministro de estudiantes. Era el pastor laico de la Iglesia Grace Community, dueno y cofundador de Youth Specialties, antiguo editor de The Door, autor de Espiritualidad sin hipocresia, y muchos libros mas. Michael, Mike, como lo conocian sus amigos, ha sido considerado el pastor de los pastores de jovenes en los Estados Unidos.
Published December 15, 2009 by Zondervan. 176 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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He does an excellent job of naming some of the unspoken assumptions in today's church context, arguing, for example, that the church "has communicated that competence is one of the fruits of the Spirit."

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