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Christianity is messy. Unanswered prayers. Painful choices. Unresolved regrets. We’re called to have faith, and yet we doubt. We try to be perfect, but we fall short. This is the chaos. It’s all around us. There’s no limit to it. And there’s no quick fix for it.Both annoyingly honest and refreshingly humorous, Messy reassures Christians that God can reveal Himself in theirChristianity is messy. Unanswered prayers. Painful choices. Unresolved regrets. We’re called to have faith, and yet we doubt. We try to be perfect, but we fall short. This is the chaos. It’s all around us. There’s no limit to it. And there’s no quick fix for it.Both annoyingly honest and refreshingly humorous, Messy reassures Christians that God can reveal Himself in their clutter. Author and pastor A.J. Swoboda offers biblical insight and vivid, personal stories to redefine faith from something that must be perfect to something that is imperfect, but can still give beauty, meaning, and purpose to a messy life. As entertaining as it is challenging, this book teaches Christians what it means to trust in each other, in grace, in hope, and in a Savior who defied the rules of death. Here’s to finding joy in your chaos!...

Title : Messy: God Likes It That Way
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ISBN : 9780825441684
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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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  • Gail Welborn
    2019-04-04 18:16

    ***A must read for anyone who claims the name of Christian***Rarely does wit and profound wisdom combine in a serious book about Christian life and spiritual growth like it does in A.J. Swoboda’s debut book, “Messy: God likes it that way.” In these authentic, inspiring and refreshingly honest pages, readers learn though they may have lost hope, face painful choices and suffer regrets, “God likes it that way.” Because it’s in our imperfections and pain that we are most authentic and open to God.His entertaining treatment begins with when he met God in his sophomore geometry class “…ten minutes before lunch in Homeroom 221B…” Where he and three other students worked on “…a group project on the Pythagorean Theorem…” When two of the girls began talking about “…God, Jesus, and the end of the world…”The talk turned into an argument about the “Left Behind” series and “…how a really ticked-off Jesus…”…Full Review:

  • Paul Steele
    2019-04-17 17:32

    I really liked this one. Swoboda keeps it real, without getting the least bit preachy. His writing style is very conversational, as if you are just sitting there with him in a coffee shop as he talks about his faith and the everyday things ghat challenge each of us in our own walks of faith. Do i agree with everything he says? No. But he gets me thinking about many aspects of my faith and why i do much of what i do. He got me to think hard about my own walk, which i think is all he could ask for in writing this book.I made a lot of notes and highlighted a lot of lines in this book. Just a few of my favorites from the book are:- Stop looking for your church to give you a mission. Start practicing the things Jesus did at church. Probably no one will follow. That's okay. You aren't called to have disciples. Jesus is.- You don't even have to talk about God to talk about God. When i read the book of Esther in the bible, i found out that God's name isn't even mentioned. Not once.- Theology is only as good as it gets us to God. So too, Christianity is only as good as it gets us to Christ.

  • Blake Western
    2019-03-31 11:24

    This is an interesting book which some people will find offensive because of some of the words and expressions. It uses what you might call a shock treatment to get points across. Some would call it a breath of fresh air.

  • Brian Christensen
    2019-04-03 13:44

    Delves into topics about the messiness of life and the God who meets us where we are.

  • Catherine Walsh
    2019-03-31 12:35

    Favorite book I've ever read. I've read it over and over and always brings something new to mind.

  • Andy Bettencourt
    2019-04-18 11:40

    Solid ReadSolid book! Fairly creative and provides an interesting take on both living out and understanding your faith. The author is very intelligent, quirky, entertaining, and easy to follow as he communicates the messiness and difficulties in living out your faith in the real world.

  • Beth Peninger
    2019-04-08 13:18

    Truth be told I'm undecided about my rating for the book. I didn't not like it but something about it makes me feel reserved about it. And I'm not even sure what that "something" is. For those familiar with terms/labels/etc I am pretty sure some would call Swoboda emergent but reading this book made me take a step back from that label (overused anyway). The people Swoboda studies, quotes, etc in his additional studies of the Bible point him more toward 5 point Calvinist. Guess you can't judge a book by its cover...My feeling is he probably falls somewhere in the middle of emergent beliefs and 5 point Calvinist beliefs. I'm not a huge fan of labels anyway as emergent is the newest one to be used on someone who doesn't believe exactly the way *you* do. Ugh. Talk about messy - the Christian church is M.E.S.S.Y. Swoboda takes the reader through the messes of life and shows us where God is in them. His writing is easy to read, I don't take any real issues with his doctrine, and he makes some really good observations. I think he's kind of hipster and his approach in writing is to take the lighter tone and while he had me laughing at a lot of points I also feel like he relied on the lighter tone just a little too much. But he does make the Bible easier to "get" with his tone and for today's generation that's probably a good thing. Swoboda is real and that I can appreciate, I think that critics tend to look down on authors who don't use the big words and spin the great theological observations but they aren't being as real as Swoboda is. He lays it out as we all experience it, I appreciate that. All in all it was a good book, as I said earlier he made some great points. What my reservation is about I'm not quite sure but it's there. Reading his book did make me want to do one thing. Visit the church he pastors in Southeast Portland, I'm intrigued by their community and would love to visit them.

  • Alex
    2019-04-16 13:27

    If you're a Christian looking for help in understanding how God can work in your life and you're looking for guidance and reassurance rather than concrete answers then I recommend that you read "Messy: God Likes It That Way".This book helped me to reflect on many questions that I have as a Christian and has helped me find answers to some of them by providing me with a method for looking at things differently.A.J. helps to drive home the point that we don't really know why the Lord does the thing he does and that scripture can leave a lot of room for explanation. A.J. Swoboda's book can help you come to grips with some of the more difficult aspects of Christianity.I've had the good fortune to sit in on several of A.J.'s sermons when he helps fill in at our church. He's humorous and insightful and his wit and depth reach in to this book and really help the reader to connect with the author.Don't expect fireworks and flash in this book; if you do you'll be disappointed. If you go in hoping for a little more insight in to what it means to be a Christian you'll probably love this book.Get it and read it.

  • Ryan
    2019-03-28 16:37

    I thoroughly enjoyed Messy: God Likes It That Way by A.J. Swoboda. A.J. is funny, simple, honest, and writes with a thought-provoking style. You’ll feel like you can now ask the very questions you’ve been afraid to ask. Contrary to us believing we have to have everything figured out in our life, our relationship with God, and what we believe about the Bible, we realize that God knows what he’s doing much more than we do—oftentimes it looks really messy and not something that is easily categorized. We have to simply trust God in the midst of the mess. It’s not that God is continually changing (because he’s not), but it’s just that how we view him, how we understand him, and how we relate to him are constantly evolving. Talking about the inherent messiness with how our relationships, sin, families, prayer life, Bible reading, suffering, and theology works, A.J. leads the reader down a path of both laughing and crying, making you feel somehow normal in the messiness of life.

  • Kimberly
    2019-03-26 15:41

    This first book by Swoboda packs a punch. In short chapters he tackles many issues Christians have with their faith. His main theme was that when people become Christians they are often duped into believing that everything will now be ok. What we don't realize right away is how tough life actually is. The Bible is not full of nice happy stories, people struggled then and we still struggle now. The thing we need to see is that God is present in the mess, He created everything, so our personal messes don't take Him by surprise. We need to reach out to Him and admit our failures and then move on. The book felt a bit like Donald Miller and Rob Bell, full of funny stories and interesting analogies. It was down to earth and gritty, the way real Christians should be.

  • Arlene
    2019-03-29 12:16

    Overall what I took from this book is that it is ok to be asking hard questions, to be wrestling with God and others…he communicated well with a refreshing vulnerability that will surely plant seeds in others to do the same in their life. We have so much technology to communicate these days BUT we lack the tools/skills to deal with root/deep life stuff(so far). Thanks for stirring the pot!! We were ment for more than the superficial & shallow!(E-book note: On my little kindle it got a bit frustrating because you packed so much deep stuff in your book that at times I was going from deep to deep to deep. It’s easier to stop & ponder in a book when having to turn pages…though I took alot of clipping/notes!! Just a comment relating to overall flow on e-book)

  • Rob
    2019-04-20 11:20

    I'm not sure how to comment on this book... The writing style is casual, conversational, and borderline inappropriate at times for the given topic. The theology is, while at times challenging, at others quite in contrast with my own. The flow of the book seems to match the title - I felt the first half of the book was a bit more cohesive than the latter as at the end it felt a bit like the author was wandering (or maybe just my attention was...).As negative as all of that sounds, I found myself challenged by the book. Many points made (often indirectly) gave me pause and even some of the sections I disagree with caused me to evaluate why I do, and are those valid reasons, etc.

  • Greg Dill
    2019-04-10 17:20

    Musings of a post-modern pastor. Swoboda had a lot of excellent insight on various topics ranging from church, prayer, family, sex, suffering, and theology, just to name a few. Drawing from both Scripture and real life experiences, Swoboda does an excellent job in achieving his point. Namely, that many aspects of our lives are messy and God works through these messes to make us more into the person He wants us to be. Not sure God would have it any other way. Easy and quick to read, entertaining, many times comical, and definitely not academic. I highly recommend this refreshing read for all of us who have messy lives... one way or another.

  • Coleen Baker
    2019-03-29 16:24

    Amazingly good book!!! I loved how the author used humor throughout the book and never hid his thoughts about doubt. This book was especially helpful for me when I was wrestling with the decision to become Christian. Reading this book helped me understand that it's ok if you're not "perfect," it's ok if you don't get everything right, God loves you anyway and wants you to have a relationship with Him.

  • Kaylyn
    2019-04-10 14:22

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers. A humorous but real look at how life really is. The author acknowledges Christian life can be messy, but God makes sense out of the mess. This book provides a pathway to answers many Christians and non-Christians have about God and life in general.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-09 15:22

    My favorite of AJ's books so far! Put into words all my feelings about community and relationship and why and how it's worth it to invest and to be vulnerable and to love each other well and love each other deeply.

  • Vanessa Siemens
    2019-04-06 18:16

    Good thought-provoking book and easy to read but sometimes felt a bit scattered (but that thankfully didn't detract from the ways in which it resonated with me and challenged me). All in all a good read.

  • LBSinger
    2019-04-19 17:20

    One of the best books I've ever read. What AJ says makes sense but you would never think about things that way, normally. Also, love that I actually know who this author is because he's preached at my mom's church before. He's as amazing in real life as in this book :)

  • Dorrice
    2019-04-20 15:37

    I am seeing things I disagree with but on the whole it is, so far, and interesting book. Which is to say, a different but interesting approach to the Gospel. No question that the author is leading people to the Lord, and one can't argue with that.

  • Christine
    2019-03-28 12:18

    There are a lot of good points interspersed throughout the book; however they are often sandwiched in between some far-out stuff. I think with some good editing, it could be a tighter, more compelling read.

  • Tina
    2019-03-24 18:30

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought the questions the author posed were relevant and real. What if our 'mess' is where we learn to truly trust God? This perspective is one I want to embrace!

  • Worth
    2019-03-31 18:21

    Very satisfying. Stimulated my thinking and now I have a few things to mull over.

  • Adam Mashburn
    2019-03-26 17:43

    Funny book, once I forgave the writer for being a liberal I liked it much better.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-08 18:44

    I like this book. This is a pastor who talks about things in the present day. How he struggled through his life.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-31 13:39

    A beautiful read. Highly recommend.

  • Chia
    2019-04-20 19:33

    The Christian life is a messy one but God makes order out of the seemingly chaotic mess.