A Reimagined Faith

Faith Reimagined

Book 1
EmmausWay Press
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What do you do when the faith you’ve always known no longer makes sense?


That’s the haunting, confusing, unexpected question confronting twentysomething Peter Daniel Young after a friend doubts whether Christianity makes sense of life and has anything to offer. More troublesome yet: the right Christian answers Peter was trained to give since childhood are for questions no one is even asking—including his friend, and even himself.


Which leaves him questioning what he’s always believed — leading to a crisis of faith the likes of which he has never before experienced.


While not abandoning his childhood faith, Peter launches into a journey of exploration and discovery, reimagining faith for his world and questioning what the essence of the Christian message is in the first place. Along the way, he is confronted by rising doubts, encouraged by friends new and old, questioned by those close to him, and challenged to own his faith for himself.


What he discovers is all at once terrifying and thrilling — for this story is the drama of his faith’s death and rebirth.


Written in the self-discovery style of John Green’s coming of age stories, with shades of such classics as C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, J. A. Bouma’s tale is the first story in a fresh, insightful spiritual coming of age series for a new generation wondering if the Christianity they’ve always known still matters in these dynamic times — and whether there might be something more to help make sense of life. Drawing from his own spiritual journey as a young adult, Bouma writes a stirring fable of resonance and truth for those wrestling with deep questions of faith, life, and everything in between.


Whether you are facing your own crisis of faith and wondering whether Christianity still matters, or you know someone who is struggling themselves, discover along with Peter what the Christian message means for him, his family and friends, his life in the Church — and for you.

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About the author

J. A. Bouma believes nobody should have to read bad religious fiction—whether it's cheesy plots with pat answers or misrepresentations of the Christian faith and the Bible. So he wants to do something about it by telling compelling, propulsive stories that thrill as much as inspire, while offering a dose of insight along the way.


When not putting fingers to keyboard, he loves vintage jazz vinyl, a glass of Malbec, and an epic read — preferably together. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, two kiddos, and rambunctious boxer-pug-terrier.

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Publisher
EmmausWay Press
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Published on
Mar 26, 2019
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Pages
298
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ISBN
9781948545013
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Religion / Inspirational
Young Adult Nonfiction / Religious / Christian / General
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***Purchase includes a free online course on faith***


What do you do when your newfound faith is challenged by those closest to you?


Peter Daniel Young is about to find out.


Convinced he was called by the good Lord to train to be a minister, Peter is caught in a poetic downpour driving back home again—the last place he ever thought he would end up. But soon after returning to his hometown, he is caught in the tension of his traditional parents, who are relentless with their questions; a brother who’s hit rock-bottom, and has walked away from the Church; new friends, who offer him welcomed support for his new spiritual direction; and a conservative professor, who challenges his beliefs at every turn.


More troublesome yet: Peter begins to question whether the reimagined faith he carefully constructed to save his Christianity was what he needed in the first place — and he finds himself wondering whether there might be something more to the faith he left behind.


Picking up the story immediately at the end of A Reimagined Faith, J. A. Bouma weaves a fresh, insightful spiritual story of resonance and truth to help a new generation wrestle through deep questions of faith, life, and everything in between. With shades of John Greene’s coming of age novels, combines with the poignance and insight of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, it is the book he wished he’d had and his parents had during his own crisis of faith.


Whether you are facing your own faith crisis and wonder if Christianity is still relevant to your world, or you know of someone who is struggling themselves, discover along with Peter what why the old, old story of Jesus and his love still matters. For him, his family and friends, the Church — and for you.

***Purchase includes a free online course on faith***


What do you do when your newfound faith is challenged by those closest to you?


Peter Daniel Young is about to find out.


Convinced he was called by the good Lord to train to be a minister, Peter is caught in a poetic downpour driving back home again—the last place he ever thought he would end up. But soon after returning to his hometown, he is caught in the tension of his traditional parents, who are relentless with their questions; a brother who’s hit rock-bottom, and has walked away from the Church; new friends, who offer him welcomed support for his new spiritual direction; and a conservative professor, who challenges his beliefs at every turn.


More troublesome yet: Peter begins to question whether the reimagined faith he carefully constructed to save his Christianity was what he needed in the first place — and he finds himself wondering whether there might be something more to the faith he left behind.


Picking up the story immediately at the end of A Reimagined Faith, J. A. Bouma weaves a fresh, insightful spiritual story of resonance and truth to help a new generation wrestle through deep questions of faith, life, and everything in between. With shades of John Greene’s coming of age novels, combines with the poignance and insight of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, it is the book he wished he’d had and his parents had during his own crisis of faith.


Whether you are facing your own faith crisis and wonder if Christianity is still relevant to your world, or you know of someone who is struggling themselves, discover along with Peter what why the old, old story of Jesus and his love still matters. For him, his family and friends, the Church — and for you.

Sadie Robertson, bestselling author and star of Dancing with the Stars, has an important message for her generation: you don’t have to be held back by fear, anxiety, or loneliness anymore. In Live Fearless, Sadie takes you on a thrilling personal journey toward power, passion, and purpose as you live at the center of who God created you to be!

Dear friends,

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty tired of the struggle. You know which one I mean—fear, loneliness, not knowing who I am or what I’m meant to do. . . . Sound familiar?

I struggled with insecurity, comparison, and isolation for too many years, from thigh gaps to eyebrows to the lifestyles I felt I had to live up to. I was so afraid of being “found out,” that everyone in my life would somehow figure out that I was fearful and small and that I struggled to make my faith a reality and to be secure in who I am. It took a major perspective shift from staring at comments on a screen to really digging into the pages of my Bible to see what God actually says about overcoming fear.

Setting aside the fear, anxiety, and comparison to become the joy-filled person God created you to be is exactly what God is inviting you into. To really be seen and known. To be an agent of change by choosing compassion, connection, and acceptance for everyone you come in contact with. Inside this book are ways to find your power, passion, and purpose—and reach for your dreams. Plus, there are places to jot down notes, fun lists, practical ways to make changes, and thoughts on how living fearless can change everything.

Are you tired of the awful comparison game? Are you exhausted from trying to keep up, from feeling small and afraid that people will find the real you and be disappointed? There is so much more for you. No matter who you are, where you come from, or what your fears are, freedom is available to you. It’s just a matter of saying yes. You in?

Hope you’ll join me on this wild adventure as we learn to Live Fearless together.

Love,

Sadie

Guys Aren’t the Only Ones Fighting a Battle for Purity.

The world you live in promotes sex as the answer to just about everything. The pressure to go along with the crowd is greater than ever before, and it’s easy to compromise in little ways that are a lot more harmful than they seem. You and your friends may become caught up in destructive relationships or sexual activities without even knowing how you got there. You just want to be normal–to fit in, to be liked, to look attractive to the opposite sex. But are you paying too high a price?
This counterpart to the award-winning Every Young Man’s Battle can help you:

· learn how the sexual battle begins in your heart and mind
· understand your hunger for attention from guys
· recognize and avoid the potential pitfalls awaiting young women on the journey toward adulthood and possibly marriage
· find out how the media, novels, fashion, internet chat rooms, and body and beauty obsessions influence your sexual choices–and what you can do about it
· guard your mind, heart, and body against sexual and emotional compromise
· develop a deeper, more satisfying level of intimacy with God

Whether you have so far protected yourself emotionally and sexually, feel that you’ve been robbed of your purity, or have given in to temptation in some way, this book can help you achieve or reclaim sexual integrity. It can also guide you through the temptations and pressures of young adulthood while demonstrating how you can live your life to the fullest–without regrets.
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