Contrarian's Guide to Knowing God Spirituality for the Rest of Us

ISBN-10: 1590527941

ISBN-13: 9781590527948

Edition: 2007

Authors: Larry Osborne

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"Contrarian thinking at its best simply asks, "Is this really true"? It speaks up when the politically correct answer or the conventional wisdome doesn't match reality - when things simply don't work the way everyone says they should." - Larry Osborne If you don't fit the mold... If you're tired of adjusting to other people's definitions of spirituality... If traditional spiritual disciplines just aren't working for you... If all the standard answers aren't enough... ...but your deepest desire is to know God more... Here's Spirituality for the Rest of Us
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List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Larry Osborne is lead pastor of North Coast Church in northern San Diego County, widely recognized as one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. Larry speaks extensively on the subject of leadership and developing healthy ministry teams and is the author of The Unity Factor and A Contrarian's Guide to Knowing God. He holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Talbot Theological Seminary. Larry and his wife, Nancy live in Oceanside, California.

Introduction: A Different Path
The Purposes and Goals of this Book
Why the New Testament was written in the street language of the marketplace
How our zeal to honor God can mess up everything
Why we keep raising the bar-and why it needs to be lowered
Genuine Spirituality
Spirituality for the Rest of Us
What Does It Mean to Know God?
Why do most of the books on spirituality and the inner life make us feel so inadequate?
Does God prefer smart people who read well?
What little children teach us about Bible scholars? And what exactly does contrarian mean?
Religion or Relationship?
The Difference Between Religion and Relationship
The tell-tale marks of religion
The one and only thing all relationships have in common
What Matt's second wife taught me about God
How an old hippie, a cop, and their father reveal the essence of a great relationship with God
Jesus or John?
How Two Utterly Different People can Both Please God
The problem with the Blank Slate Theory, and why the kids prefer Disneyland
Why John had his doubts about Jesus?
Why Jesus had no doubts about John
The one thing that matters most
Is It a Sin to Be Average?
Why Leadership Should Never be Confused with Spirituality
Why most churches and most pastors treat low-drive Christians as losers
Why it's okay to be spiritually average-or below average
The cobbler in Corinth?
The problem with drive-by guiltings?
The ultimate goal of spirituality
How Does Spiritual Growth Happen?
The Case for Meandering
The Way Most People Grow
Why linear and sequential discipleship programs so often miss the boat
How the need to grow and the need to know accelerate spiritual growth
How most people learn-what we remember and why
The stickiness factor
Velcroed for Growth
How Small Groups Change Everything
Why the primary reason to be in a small group is not what most people think it is
Velcroed for growth: What does that mean and how does it work?
The upside of peer pressure?
Three reasons why small groups make everyone more honest
The Dimmer Switch Principle
Why It's so Essential to Obey the Light We Have
The Three Strike Rule
What happens when God becomes a cosmic consultant
The Dimmer Switch Principle
How I almost stepped on a bear, and what it taught me about spiritual enlightenment
Why the amount of light we have isn't nearly as important as what we do with it
Inside Out
How the Holy Spirit Does Exactly What Jesus Said He Would Do
What the disciples didn't understand the first time
Why it's a good thing Jesus isn't here anymore
From "with us" to "in us," and why that's so important
Static on the line-and how to get rid of it
The Prayer of Permission
What Does God Want?
The High Place Principle: Blind Spots-Yours, Mine, and Theirs
Why God so Often Blesses and Uses the Wrong People
What a chronic deceiver, a horn-dog judge, and a never-believe-God-the-first-time warrior had in common
Why your blinds spots don't look like a blind spots to me, and why I think my blind spots are no big deal
Solomon's big day, and why God shouldn't have shown up-but showed up anyway
The Mustard Seed Principle: Is Faith Overrated?
Why You Probably Don't Need More Faith
Can faith and doubt coexist?
Is knowledge a detriment to faith?
Why most of our definitions of faith have nothing to do with how the Bible defines it
Two examples of pretty lame faith
Mustard seeds
What getting on an airplane can teach us about faith and God
What's Zeal Got to Do with It?: First Love Lost
Why Spiritual Zeal Isn't Nearly as Important as We've Been Led to Believe
Why intensity doesn't last, and why that's not a bad thing
The church that lost that lovin' feeling
The truth about David's passion and zeal
Two words that most English-speaking Christians tend to misunderstand
The kind of love God wants to see
Fences: Helping God Out?
Why Extra Rules and Regulations Undercut Genuine Spirituality
Gold-package Christians and the three things they usually share in common
Helping God out-and why the Apostle Paul thought it was such a bad idea
How a blustering parent's empty threats are a lot like our extra rules
A story about electric fences
A rushed baptism
Didn't God get it right the first time?
Best Practices Overload: Comparison's Curse
Why Too Many Spiritual Heroes can Mess You Up
What happens when we try to incorporate all the best traits of all the best Christians?
A stroll down Madison Avenue
How Mother Teresa gave me a nervous twitch
What Michael Jordan's struggle to hit a curve ball can teach us about God's gifts and calling
Why it's no big deal if our eyes don't hear too well
Gift Projection: Chocolate-Covered Arrogance
Why Projecting Our Calling Onto Everyone Else Ticks God Off
Why we see some needs so clearly
Why others blow right past us
How did a struggle with spiritual pride ever become a badge of honor?
Why missionaries, evangelists, and Bible teachers are the worst gift projectors
Why those with gifts of helps, mercy and administration seldom make us feel guilty
The one thing you should never feel inadequate about
Seeking Balance: Does God Give a Rip?
Why the Quest for Balance is a Goofy Idea
A friend's surprising suggestion
Wasn't Moses a little out of whack?
What about David, Jeremiah, Peter, Paul?
What if you're about to fall over?
Three important questions
The one thing God won't ask us when we stand before him-and the one thing he will
Why Results Don't Matter: Inner Peace, Success, and Failure
Why Inner Peace, Success, and Failure can't be Trusted
Why prisons are full of people who followed their conscience
What Job's run of bad luck and Samson's run of good luck reveal about the true meaning of results
Uzziah's terrible miscalculation
Failure's biggest lie
Do valleys always mean a wrong turn?
Preparing the Horse: Lessons from the Unseen Realm
If We can't Control Outcomes, What Should We Focus on?
My three Dark Years and what they taught me about pride
The one thing no one can control; the one thing everyone can control
The unseen realm and Joshua's peek behind the curtain
Tools or Rules?: Finding What Works for You
Why Tools for Growth Should Never be Turned into Rules for Growth
The key difference between a tool and a rule
How tools become rules
What happens when we confuse descriptions with prescriptions?
Why your church might not want to be a New Testament church after all
Why the right tool for me is probably the wrong tool for you
The Potential Trap: Why Being All We Can Be Might Be a Dumb Idea
The Truth About Unfulfilled Potential
How a great commercial ended up giving terrible advice
Why the Parable of the Talents isn't really about our talents
The compass called potential; where and what it usually points to
Why happy talk stinks
Why I stopped writing and why I'm back at it
A touching love story
Glass House Living: Why Accountability Groups Don't Work
The Best Tool for Staying on the Straight and Narrow
Why accountability groups are overrated
The one thing they do well
Why they're not very good at preventing sin
The truth about shame
Our culture's love affair with the right to privacy
The power of clear windows and an open door
Why everyone lives better when mom's watching
Priority Number One?: Why Putting God First Might Be a Bad Idea
Putting God Where He Belongs
What does it mean to "put God first"? Why it's a bad idea
"In Jesus name"-it's way more than the "send" button for prayer
How God got stuffed into a box
Why the enemy loves the spiritual/secular dichotomy
The truth about full-time Christian ministry
Epilogue: A Final Word: Keeping It Simple
What I Hope You've Gotten from this Book
How Christianity is a lot like a regulated profession
What most non-Christians don't know, and most Christians no longer seem to believe
Micah's simple advice
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