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DoubtLess: Because Faith is Hard

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Is God good? Can I trust him with my life? Is the Bible true? These are just some of the questions that can plague young adults as they stand at the crossroads of life, when new responsibilities loom large and the world around them treats God as a small or irrelevant part of life. 

In DoubtLess, author and Cru campus minister Shelby Abbott comes alongside young adults to help them honestly face their doubt and turn to God for the gift of faith. He reminds readers that Scripture recounts the stories of many men and women who have also faced deep misgivings and uncertainty in their walk of faith. Using both Scripture and personal illustrations, Abbot shows us how to “feed our faith” in seasons of doubt through authentic relationships with other Christians, hearing from God in the Bible, and practicing thankfulness. Doubt should not scare us, nor should it become our obsession. He urges readers to see the difference between doubt and unbelief, assuring us that big questions can press us deeper into the heart and character of God rather than push us away from him. 

Used for biblical reflection, group discussion, devotional reading, DoubtLess is full of gospel hope for those grappling with the mysteries of faith.  

AUTHOR

Shelby Abbott is an author, campus minister, and conference speaker on staff with the ministry of Cru. His passion for university students has led him to speak at college campuses all over the United States and author the books JackedI Am a Tool (To Help with Your Dating Life), and Pressure Points: A Guide to Navigating Student Stress. He and his wife, Rachael, have two daughters and live in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Endorsements

“It’s time that we bring doubt out of the closet of shame, and fear of man into the shining light of the wisdom of God’s Word and beautiful grace. This is exactly what DoubtLess does. Here is ancient truth communicated and applied in winsome and fresh new ways. Since doubt is a tool God regularly uses to strengthen our faith and draw us closer to him, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from DoubtLess, which helps us to face our struggles of faith in the presence of our patient and loving Lord. This is a really needed and very good book.”
Paul David Tripp, Pastor; author; international conference speaker 

“With over two decades of experience in meaningful relationships with the rising generation, Shelby Abbott guides you through an honest and healthy space to process doubt and questions, while seeking answers and authentic faith formation.” 
David Robbins, President, FamilyLife 

“When it comes to conveying gospel truth to young adults, Shelby Abbott is one of the most trustworthy and effective voices I know.” 
Matt Smethurst, Managing Editor, The Gospel Coalition; author of Before You Open Your Bible: Nine Heart Postures for Approaching God’s Word 

"Shelby Abbott has given the body of Christ a great gift by writing this book. He has given us a practical resource that encourages the doubting Christian to confront, lean in to, and walk through their doubts. In each chapter, he digs beneath the surface, helping to navigate the reasons why we doubt, while offering healthy ways to address the issues that lead to a faltering faith—ultimately encouraging the Christian to keep their eyes fixed on the author and perfecter of our faith, Jesus Christ. Wildly encouraging!"  
Alisa Childers, Speaker; author of Another Gospel: A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity 

“Shelby Abbott brings years of ministry experience and wisdom to this book and provides a path forward when we experience doubt in our walk with Jesus. We learn to feed our faith, focus on the foundations of God’s Word and the resurrection of Christ, and move from cynicism to trust. This exceptional and beautifully written book invites us to work through—not wallow in—our questions and doubts in a mature and productive way.”  
Heather Holleman, Speaker; author of Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison and Sent: Living a Life that Invites Others to Jesus  

"How should we respond to those in our day who celebrate skepticism and suggest that having doubts about your faith is somehow a virtue or a hallmark of genuine spiritual enlightenment? We should respond as my friend Shelby Abbott has done masterfully in this important book. This will be a needed lifeline for so many." 
Bob Lepine, Cohost, FamilyLife Today radio 

“If you think about it, doubt has a significant social dimension—a badge of authenticity to brag or post about, an isolating struggle to keep hidden from others, a stigmatizing mark of spiritual weakness or immaturity, or an affirmation of personal courage and individualism. DoubtLess is, to my knowledge, the only book on the subject that speaks to this social dimension, and what is unique about doubt in a digital age. I could not recommend the book more highly, nor Shelby Abbott as the person to engage the subject—he’s safe, affirming, humble, empathetic, honest, and above all, biblical in his counsel.” 
Rick James, Publisher, Cru Press 

“Shelby Abbott has taken something with the power to thwart the growth of Christians and tamed it into submission. His honest and sympathetic words on the subject of doubt reveal a depth of understanding that can only come through experience. Abbott shows us that it’s easier to overcome doubt when it’s not viewed as a powerful monster, and in Doubtless he slays the dragon; not through apologetics so much as through the love and mercy of God.”   
Katherine James, Author of Can You See Anything Now? and A Prayer for Orion 

"Doubt is not a word we want to be associated with our faith. Doubting God can feel shameful and even sinful. DoubtLess does the important work of meeting us in our questions and teaching us how to honestly bring them to God and fellow Christians. In the process, we learn that humbly wrestling with our questions is essential to developing a mature, discerning, and persevering faith. In these pages, Shelby provides the gentle shepherding we need to lean upon God, even when we're tempted to doubt him."
Garrett Kell, Pastor, Del Ray Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA 

Additional Details

SKU:
9781645070757
UPC:
9.78165E+12
Weight:
0.75 LBS
Width:
5.50 (in)
Height:
8.50 (in)
Depth:
0.45 (in)
Author:
Shelby Abbott
ISBN-13:
978-1-645070-75-7
ISBN-13 (eBook):
978-1-645070-92-4
Publication Date:
08/17/2020
Format:
Paperback
Page Count:
128
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8 Reviews

  • 5
    Doubt vs. Unbelief

    Published by Laura on 09 16 2020

    DoubtLess does a phenomenal job of addressing the issue of doubt when it comes to faith. It specifically hones in on the difference between doubt and unbelief. Written to target college student and other young adults, this text is encouraging and empowering.

    While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.







  • 5
    Must Read!

    Published by Laura on 09 07 2020

    DoubtLess does a phenomenal job of addressing the issue of doubt when it comes to faith. It specifically hones in on the difference between doubt and unbelief. Written to target college student and other young adults, this text is encouraging and empowering.

    While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

  • 5
    Great book!

    Published by Alistair Chalmers on 09 06 2020

    One of the things I really enjoy about my job is that I get to spend a lot of my time in 1-1s with people. I spend hours reading the Bible with, praying with and discussing some of the difficult questions people have about the Christian faith. Too often I’ve seen Christians worry that their questions will be thought of as doubts and a lack of faith. This is a great book touching on that very topic…

    In Doubtless Shelby Abbott does a great job at helping Christians see that God is not annoyed at their questions. Abbott stresses the importance of brining your questions, all of your questions about the Christian faith, to God and to fellow Christians. Here’s what Abbott himself says…

    “It’s important to understand what doubt actually is and what it isn’t before making assumptions on the nature of what we’ll be talking about in the coming chapters. Many people, Christians in particular, conclude that doubt is the same thing as unbelief. Let me assure you that it’s not. If doubt were the same as unbelief, I don’t know a single follower of Christ who could be certain that their salvation was secure. They would feel as if their eternal destiny were in the throes of a cosmic ping-pong match, bouncing back and forth between heaven and hell, peace and anxiety, joy and despair. Unbelief is a conclusion someone reaches—a deliberate decision to live life as if there is no God. Doubt is something significantly different.”

    This book is jammed with pastoral experience of serving and discipling university students and young adults. The thing I like about this book is that it doesn’t tackle the normal apologetics questions. Instead Abbott addresses questions like…

    What does it mean for my Christianity if I’m doubting?
    I don’t feel loved by God right now, is He really there?
    Why am I so anxious when I have questions and doubts about God?
    Am I alone in my doubt?
    Doubts and questions can be scary, it can feel like the thing that you’ve believed your whole life is crumbling under your feet. But the questions is, what do we do with our doubts? Abbott rightly highlights the danger of dwelling on our doubts and the negative effects that can have on our spiritual life. This doesn’t mean that Christians should have questions. Every Christian does, whether they admit it or not. But there is a big difference between recognising doubts and questions and dwelling on them almost to the point of them being an obsession. The later can lead to a person walking away from their faith. We must let our doubts, our questions and our worries make us run to God and seek Him in absolute honesty and faith.

    Faith can be unfairly characterised as a leap in the dark or blindly stepping into the unknown.

    “faith isn’t ultimately about absolute certainties. It’s about a willingness to trust in the promises of God and the saving work of Christ, knowing that one day our trust will be vindicated. One day we’ll have all our questions answered; but for the moment, we walk by faith, not by sight.“

    It is important that we’re honest about our doubts because not speaking about them can have real consequences…

    “Doubt becomes unbelief when you let it become unbelief. When you cling to unrealistic ideas about the Christian faith, get hopelessly preoccupied with doubts that are a natural part of the life of a believer, or fail to allow your faith to grow, you are making active choices to move to unbelief. It’s important not to be ashamed of your doubts. When you are, hiding, isolation, and loneliness become the natural by-product. Consequently, the cycle of shame, hiding, isolation, and loneliness feeds on itself, driving you further away from your faith.”

    I could go on and continue to quote some really good and helpful advice that Abbott gives in this book. I could continue to highlight some of the great teaching points and applications that he brings out in this short book. However, the best thing for you to do is just go buy it for yourself.

    I wish I had this book as I was wrestling with my faith when I was younger. Do you have doubts? Do you have questions? Are you unsure about how to reconcile your doubts and your faith? Is the whole situation sending you into a negative spiral? Then I highly recommend this book. It would be a great book to discuss in a 1-1 with another person, it would also be a great one to work through with a group of students and teens.

  • 5
    Excellent for those with doubts about their faith

    Published by Wendy on 09 02 2020

    What do you do when you have doubts about your faith? Where do you go?

    This book by Shelby Abbott would be an excellent place to start. As he notes, all Christians experience doubt, but there are risks when it begins to lead to unbelief, and so doubts need “to be discussed in a safe environment of grace, truth, and love.” What he wants to do is ”give you the tools to develop a healthy sense of godly perception when doubt hits.”

    It’s aimed at young adults in academic contexts of “deep thought, intentional study, and challenging opinions”, however, I think older believers will also benefit from Abbott’s wisdom. He is not dealing with apologetics (the answers to the tough questions), but rather the issues behind the questions people have when they are wrestling with doubt.

    His encouragement as people deal with doubt is:

    “to lean into your relationship with God in the process, instead of succumbing to the temptation to flee from him. Let’s link arms together and move forward, with a spirit of hope and expectancy, as we trust the Lord during the struggle. May our faith in Jesus Christ be anchored and strengthened through our wrestling with doubt.”

    In Section One, he considers seven foundational issues to do with doubt. These include realising that doubt is biblical and common, following through on questions, feeding your faith, admitting it is arrogance to think you can know everything with certainty, and ensuring you have the truth of the bible’s reliability and Jesus’ resurrection core in your heart.

    Section 2: Everyday Doubts cover these which can erode your faith over time. These include the unwillingness to ask questions, to be able to trust in God’s sovereignty and care, and well as warning about wallowing in doubt rather than researching issues.

    He finishes with practical strategies to combat doubt: practice thankfulness, meet with ‘real and right’ people to work them through, continually remind yourself of the gospel and share your faith.

    An excellent book for young adults (and others) encouraging them to work through doubts, be honest about them, seek help and guidance in them, and continue to so while growing in their relationship with God, trusting in Jesus and all he has done. As he encourages:

    “lean into your relationship with God in the process, instead of succumbing to the temptation to flee from him. Let’s link arms together and move forward, with a spirit of hope and expectancy, as we trust the Lord during the struggle. May our faith in Jesus Christ be anchored and strengthened through our wrestling with doubt.”

  • 5
    Excellent guidance for working through doubt

    Published by SHIRLEY ALARIE on 08 31 2020

    What Christian hasn’t experienced doubt at one point or another? It’s hard enough to work through doubt as an adult, but it’s even more challenging for young adults. Author Shelby Abbott’s DoubtLess is just the rulebook doubters need. He provides guidance for finding your way through doubt before it turns into unbelief.

    Abbott hits the mark with his explanations and guidance for doubters. He has a history of working with and writing for young adults. Although younger people are his target audience, I felt as if an adult could gain as much from DoubtLess as anyone. It’s written generically enough that it doesn’t focus on today’s specific issues for teens or young adults and the concepts are presented in an ‘adult’ way.

    This is a great book for budding apologists, as Abbott creates the interesting and logical case that Jesus actually rose from the dead. He describes the circumstances that lead to doubt and the steps to take to prevent the doubt from becoming unbelief.

    Each chapter ends with thought-provoking reflection questions that help the reader work through their current doubts.

    DoubtLess is packed with practical information and guidance. It provides the reassurance doubters need and the roadmap from doubt to faith. DoubtLess is an antidote to today’s secular society.

    How this book affected me: I love books that offer substance and DoubtLess delivered! Doubt and faith are such abstract topics that I wondered if the author could hit his mark, but he did. Also, the actions he suggested to strengthen your faith are things I already do to keep my faith strong, so I know they work. I was pleasantly surprised that the author tackled this topic so well.

    Who would enjoy this book: Young adults (or any adults) who are struggling with Christian doubt would appreciate DoubtLess. It’s not necessarily an ‘easy’ read because the concepts are thought-provoking, but anyone who genuinely wants to work their way through doubt would be well served by this book.

    Our Christian Book Reviews: The book reviews at Finding God Among Us focus on Christian books – adult and children, fiction and nonfiction. Our specialty is books on faith and new Christian book releases. We’re proud to be included in the Top 50 Christian Book Review Bloggers. Our publisher partners include New Growth Press, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Revell and BakerBooks, divisions of Baker Publishing Group. I chose to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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