DoubtLess: Because Faith is Hard (eBook)

Shelby Abbott
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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.


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 Jacked, I 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.

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"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 faithÑultimately 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 throughÑnot wallow inÑour 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 dimensionÑa 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 subjectÑhe'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

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