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Impossible Christianity

Why Following Jesus Does Not Mean You Have to Change the World, Be an Expert in Everything, Accept Spiritual Failure, and Feel Miserable Pretty Much All the Time

Hope for those who feel that Christianity has become hopelessly crushing and complex.

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The apostle Paul described the Christian life as a race, but to many believers it feels more like a punishing obstacle course. Fearing they’ll never be able to do enough or give enough or be enough, they see themselves as spiritual failures. But Scripture offers good news: even in ordinary life, Christians can be faithful, fruitful, and pleasing to God.

Impossible Christianity reassures readers that they don’t need to feel a collective sense of guilt for sins in the past and solve every societal problem in the present. Through biblical wisdom and engaging personal stories, Kevin DeYoung challenges the misconception that we need 40 hours in the day just to be good Christians. By reflecting on what Jesus actually taught about Christian discipleship, readers will be newly encouraged to pursue single-minded devotion to God and find lasting joy in a life of sincere and simple obedience.

  • By Bestselling Writer Kevin DeYoung: Author of books including The Biggest StoryJust Do Something; and Crazy Busy
  • Applicable: Written in a conversational tone, this book addresses Christian life issues including guilt, corporate responsibility, personal disciplines, assurance of salvation, and righteousness
  • Offers Strength for Weary Christians: Helps believers answer the question, Can we please God and live a happy life in this anxious age?

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  • Introduction: Is Christianity Supposed to Feel Impossible?
    Chapter 1: How (Not) to Make Christianity Possible
    Chapter 2: Who Is It That Overcomes the World?
    Chapter 3: Never Enough
    Chapter 4: The Camel in the Room
    Chapter 5: The Infinite Extensibility of Guilt
    Chapter 6: Sermon (of Misery?) on the Mount
    Chapter 7: Please and Thank You
    Chapter 8: A Quiet Life

    General Index
    Scripture Index

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Contributors Kevin DeYoung
ISBN 9781433585340
Format Hardback
First published September 2023
Dimensions 127mm x 178mm x 15mm
Weight 0.24 kg
Language US English
Pages 160
Publisher Crossway

Kathleen B. Nielson

Ph.D, Author and Conference Speaker

Read it to the end—where we find a benediction. But from the beginning, this book aims to bless God’s people by sending us out to live in daily obedience to the Lord who has saved us. Kevin DeYoung is not simplistic, but he makes the call of Christ on our lives much simpler (and much more biblical) than the cacophony of voices around us might suggest.

Collin Hansen

editorial director of The Gospel Coalition and author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists

I’ve been reading Kevin DeYoung since we were both young and restless. Over countless articles and books, he’s helped me mature in my view of the world and understanding of God’s word. Impossible Christianity challenged some of my assumptions and corrected some of my misconceptions. I know it can help you enjoy the pleasure of God in a quiet and dignified life.

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