Hope for the Thinking Christian is for anyone who has yearned for meaning, for a faith that nourishes and sustains us through times of loss and fear, for a faith that brings greater joy: in short, for the abundant life. It is for anyone who has wrestled with how to experience God more fully and to understand what God expects from us within an intellectually honest faith.
Stephen Reese explores the dedicated work required to build an honest faith. We live in a fast-moving, diverse society; families are mixed, blended, and far-flung. We encounter others who don’t believe as we do, often within our own extended families. An honest faith asks, “How can we care for each other if we disagree? Do we need consensus of belief to have a community of faith? How can we honor the claims of Jesus of his own divinity while allowing room for those who don’t?”
This book is a faith journey through everyday life, confronting the challenge of staying spiritually intentional in a demanding world. Readers who want to confront their faith more directly, to think it through and be open to God in an individual, authentic, spiritual encounter will find a resonant voice in Stephen Reese.
Deserving of a wide audience, Stephen Reese is a gifted man whose pure heart is evident in every paragraph. His style is gentle and thorough (without being too professorial). I liked best his careful use of scriptural allusions and know of no Bible scholar who could have done it better
— Bob Lively
author, counselor, teacher-in-residence at
First Presbyterian Church of Austin
and adjunct faculty member,
Seton Cove Spirituality Center
Steve Reese has given us a wise and heartfelt book, a thinking person's guide to matters spiritual that will strike a chord with thoughtful readers regardless of background or tradition.
— Tracy Dahlby
author of Allah’s Torch: A Report from
Behind the Scenes in Asia’s War on Terror
and a former correspondent for
The Washington Post and Newsweek
The writing has a wonderful humanity to it. Not many books on personal faith come out of the universities these days, but readers will be pleased, as I am, that the author decided to forget that tradition and give us this delightful and fulfilling volume.
— Wayne Danielson
professor emeritus and former dean,
College of Communication,
University of Texas at Austin