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Publisher's Summary

Are you putting your whole faith in God but still living as if everything is up to you?

A decade into his successful ministry, Pastor Craig Groeschel realized a painful self-discovery: although he believed in God, he was leading his church as if God didn't exist.

To Christians and non-Christians alike, to the churched and the unchurched, the journey leading up to Groeschel's admission and the journey that follows - from his family and his upbringing to the lackluster and even diametrically opposed expressions of faith he encountered--will look and sound like the story of your own life.

Now the founding and senior pastor of the multi-campus, pace-setting Life.

Church, Groeschel's personal journey will help you break down your own barriers between belief and an authentic God-honoring life. He'll guide you to believe in God and believe in His power to help you:

  • Let go of the shame of your past
  • Embrace His profound love for you
  • Believe in the power of prayer
  • Give up control when life doesn't seem fair
  • Trust him with your anxious thoughts
  • and more!

This book is an invitation for anyone courageous enough to admit their hypocrisy, get honest with God, shed the self-sufficiency, and live a life that truly brings glory to Christ.

©2010 Craig Groeschel (P)2010 Zondervan

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boring narrator

What did you like best about The Christian Atheist? What did you like least?

The book is well thought out and written.

What didn’t you like about Tom Schiff’s performance?

The narrator, is pretty hard to listen to. It seems like the guy reading really doesn't believe what he is reading and is trying to make the content boring. What's more, Craig Groeshel is a fairly animated speaker whereas Tom Schiff read in a pretty monotone voice. Audible, please find narrators that are a better match.

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Good Read... Hard to listen to Reader...

This book has been a good one. Good story lines... Great stories. I have a had a problem with the narrator however. His constant negative intonations and underlying downtrodden tone kept me from really enjoying the best of this book! It's funny, I've listened to a lot of books, I've heard lisps, unintentional whistles, & of course accents, but never has a tone bothered me so much. It's as if the reader spoke with a smirk on his face the whole book. I'm sorry, because of that, I've got to downgrade from 4 to 3 stars.

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A book for ALL "so called" Christians

If you could sum up The Christian Atheist in three words, what would they be?

Truth with humor

Who was your favorite character and why?

To get a point across, the author gives many examples from his own life. His stories are right to the point and he does it with a sense of humor.

Which scene was your favorite?

The author gave several different examples of what he refers to as a Christian Athiest. I could identify with just about every single one of them. What an eye opener...without judgment.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love the fact that the author is candid and honest about the way he was living his life.

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Outstanding book

It really made me examine my own life. I've already read this book 3 times. I find it very helpful in getting my priorities back on track.

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Great content but this performance is REALLY borin

Would you try another book from Craig Groeschel and/or Tom Schiff?

I have seen Craig Groeschel speak and he is an amazing, funny, insightful, and impactful speaker. This book just does not reflect his speaking. Partly its the writing... takes a long time to get to certain points, I got bored before getting to the point. But mostly the reading performance is really boring... a droning, unexcited voice that put me to sleep. Didn't finish the book even though it probably has some great content.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Craig's personal stories

How could the performance have been better?

some excitement in the voice.

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We are all Atheist sometimes

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Sad, but true. I am a Christian but I sometimes act and think like God can't handle everything in my life. This book has helped see things in a new "Light" (pun intended). It was helpful to know that even a Pastor like Craig goes through the things I do in his walk with Jesus. We often feel we are the only ones that doubt, worry and struggle with life. Thank you Craig for your wonderful insight into Christian unbelief. May the Lord help us all to overcome unbelief.

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Food for Thought

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I found this book to be both an eye opener and a humbler.

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Good Reminders GREAT Narration,

I’m glad I listened to this book. I almost didn’t buy it because of all the reviews stating the narration was terrible.

I think this is a good book for anyone. It is good for new Christians and for People who have been Christians for many years. You may think because you have been a good “Christian” for years you don’t need a book like this. It is easy for all Believers to fall into complacency or simply do things out of habit. This book hits many areas in our lives where we may be falling short, and ways to overcome them. There are some good reminders and I found myself challenged in few areas. It definitely made me check my heart. New believers will see that no one is doing the Christianity thing perfectly all the time, as well as give them things to think about and try.

I enjoy reading or listening to this author’s books, but I don’t enjoy the author’s presentation/animated way of talking. I very much enjoyed this Narrator! He read wonderfully! Just because he doesn’t talk the way the author does, doesn’t mean it’s terrible narration. I would have never bought the book if the author would have read it himself. I say all of this for others who may not want to read/listen due to the Narration score. If you like hyped up, sometimes over the top way of speaking/listening, you may not like this. If you like normal, calm way of talking, good humor delivered well, you will like this narration.

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well done

If you really want to know about yourself in plain English then this is the book for you. Don't pick this book up if you are content with living with your head in the sand, spiritually speaking of course. Craig Groeschel does an excellent job of describing what a "christian atheist" is. Talk about being convicted. If we are honest with God and ourselves we will all find there is a little bit, or even a lot of christian atheism in our own lives.

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Awful Reading

Tried to hang in there as long as I could, but couldn't make it past the 2nd chapter. I'm sure the content is pretty good, but the reading was so stiff and mechanical, that I eventually gave up.

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Gutlevel honesty where one doesnt expect...

Intresting and funny tone in pastor Craig Groeschels journey to real faith- and different levels of being an Christian atheist on a spektrum... With unpredictable and gutlevel honesty funny exemples Craig explains his aversions of Christian experiences as well as lot of battles with the " inner Christian atheist."... The relaxed tone paints a very safe space...Its healing for my nerves in many ways ... But chapter hell and evangelism was very sterotype unfirtunately. Some old traumas from fanatics kicked in...The part about volunteerwork is a mystery..How can churchvolunteers find abondoned children with maggots and no details about they having to go in therapy? it was a bit too stomach strong for me ...I receive the first chapters best- and also last chapter 14 ...To really reflect on the deeper meaning of what does it realky mean to be a true Christian? ...Most content is challenging for me in a good way...

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  • Andrew Hughes
  • 02-14-20

a must read for all Christians

Craig sets out in his book. To show us some gently how we are falling ways Christians today show the failings of the church and how not just the failings and the shortcomings, but how we can change them and how we can move forward in that. Is a real blessing and I pray that God blesses his family and his church abundantly?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-26-18

Great inspiring kick up the bum!

Craig challenges, speaks truth and has inspired me afresh! If you wonder about Christianity this is a fantastic book to read!

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  • J'fer
  • 05-15-10

A book best listened to, not just heard.

It might catch your attention straight away, or it may take a little while to get in to the book properly, but Groeschel puts into word what many Christians need to know. Particularly recommended for those who read the blurb and think 'This doesn't relate to me, I'm fine. I'm not a cultural christian.'

Also a great book for agnostics and atheists who hold a lot of resentful anger or confusion because of the hypocrisy demonstrated across the 'Christian' community world-over.

This guy talks a lot of truth in a subject area where truth can be surprisingly hard to come by.

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