Authentic Faith


Authentic Faith

Authentic Faith

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What if life isn't meant to be perfect, but we are meant to trust the one who is?

The faith God calls us to is far more than a glowing positivism that shields us from life's struggles. It is one that guides us into a deepening intimacy with the God who sustains us in the broad sweep of life.

Bestselling author Gary Thomas helps us sharpen our spiritual vision and fortify our commitment by examining ten disciplines God uses to forge a fire-tested faith. A biblical view of these disciplines can safeguard us from disillusionment when—not if—difficulties surface in our lives. Sharing scriptural insights, the wisdom of Christians through the centuries, and cogent personal observations, Thomas explores the disciplines of: 
  • Selflessness
  • Waiting
  • Suffering
  • Persecution
  • Social mercy
  • Forgiveness
  • Mourning
  • Contentment
  • Sacrifice
  • Hope and fear

As Thomas reminds us, faith is about something other than a smooth ride through this fallen world. Rather, authentic faith is shaped, tempered, and purified in the flames of struggle. This eye-opening look at what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus will encourage you, bolster your faith, and help you rise above shallow attachments to fix your heart on things of eternal worth.


About the Author

Gary Thomas is the author of Sacred Marriage, Sacred Parenting, Sacred Pathways, Sacred Influence, and hundreds of articles for Christian magazines. He also teaches at Eastern Seminary in Portland, Oregon. His books and his ministry focus on spiritual formation: how we can integrate Scripture, church history, and the time-tested wisdom of the Christian classics to transform our modern experience.


  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 9 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310254195
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