Stories of Emergence by Michael Yaconelli
Moving from Absolute to Authentic (Emergent Ys)

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Imagine coming to a crossroads where you're no longer sure who you are, why you do what you do, why you believe the way you do. You're not even sure you care. Where do you go?

Follow the stories of people who were steeped in their beliefs—a former fundamentalist, a former Pentecostal, a former liberal, a former feminist, a former communist, and several other 'formers'—and walk with them on their journeys out of those beliefs. See what twists and turns arise before them, and find out what they learned (about faith, themselves, their beliefs, the world) as they emerged on the other side.

This diverse group of Christian leaders discloses and shares in vulnerable, uncommon ways, allowing you full access into their doubts, fears, convictions, and unanswered questions. Each takes you on a path from absolute to authentic: from a place of false conviction and thin resolution, through struggles and growing pains, to a new place that's much more about process than about having 'arrived.'

When it comes to journeys of faith, we often don't know what lies at the end of the road. It's difficult to take the first step when we are so unsure of the destination. As you read these stories, you'll find there is room to challenge your fears as well as your faith.


About Michael Yaconelli

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Mike 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.
Published February 1, 2003 by Navpress Publishing Group. 240 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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(Why do evangelicals get exorcised about abortion and homosexuality, he asks, but "remain silent about endemic public corruption?") An afterword by Brian McLaren (see review below), author of the much-heralded A New Kind of Christian, draws together the overarching theme of the essays: new voices...

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