Faith after Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do about It

Faith after Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do about It

From the author of A New Kind of Christianity comes a bold proposal: only doubt can save the world and your faith.

Sixty-five million adults in the U.S. have dropped out of active church attendance and about 2.7 million more are leaving every year. Faith After Doubt is for the millions of people around the world who feel that their faith is falling apart.



Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality. He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. The four stages--Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony--offer a path forward that can help sincere and thoughtful people leave behind unnecessary baggage and intensify their commitment to what matters most.

Title:Faith after Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do about It
ISBN:9781250262776
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  • Angela

    This is the book that I could have used years ago, definitely one I needed right now Everyone should read this book. Even non-believers. This book strengthened me. Faith is such a personal thing, and ...

  • Jessica Howard

    As someone who has struggled with doubt in the last few years, this was really interesting and thought-provoking. Full review coming for Shelf Awareness....

  • Richard Propes

    With "Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It," noted theologian Brian D. McLaren adds structure to a theological landscape explored with heartfelt vulnerability by...

  • Stephen Kramar

    I gave this book 5 stars because it has shown me a window into a future faith for me that I didn’t know was possible. Now that I’ve glimpsed this faith I recognize a lot of people who have it, and...

  • David McCormick

    I chose to read this book in order to gain perspective and understand what the nones are facing and feeling. Although, it is important to consider the ways Christians have done much harm, however this...

  • Cynthia

    This would be a great book for those who grew up in conservative or fundamentalist religious environments. The author tells you that it's okay to have doubts - those doubts are a healthy sign of spiri...

  • Ryan

    Faith has been equated with certainty, but that is its opposite. Faith is choosing to believe even though you don’t know for certain; it embraces doubt and gives it space. Certainty leads to stagnat...

  • Pamella Bowen

    Brian McLaren gets me. He gets that a lot of us church-goers from many denominations are disenchanted with organized religion and teetering on the edge of atheism because of it. He honestly unpacks th...

  • Dustin Bagby

    There is a LOT to discuss in this book and is worth discussing. Overall I found the framework very helpful for understanding faith development and some of the challenges we face in each one. ...

  • Jeff

    Too Much Faith, Not Enough Doubt. I've read McLaren for a few years and knew him to be of the more "progressive Christian" bent, so I knew what I was getting myself in for in picking up this book. But...