Statistically there is very little that separates Christians from Non-Christians in this world. Divorce rates are the same, charitable giving is roughly equal, and those addicted to Starbucks is a wash. That issue is the purpose for Craig Groeschel’s book called The Christian Atheist.
In running through my life with a fine-tooth-accountants-comb, would reveal a significantly different life intellectually than practically. Groeschel’s book addresses the bifurcation of Christianity that is on display in many lives, including mine. He would argue that the church has a serious problem with those who profess Christ and those who live out Christ’s teaching on a daily basis. Effectively, life is lived as a Christian Atheist.
The book is laid out in short chapters that discuss a certain issue that Christians struggle with. Issues that though we may believe in God, we may not believe in: prayer (4); His forgiveness (2); His love (3); church (12). He also dives into how we sometimes don’t believe enough to let it change our lives, especially in how we: deal with money (10); forgive others (6); understand his justice (5); and we don’t evangelize (11). The chapters are really simple to understand. Written in a very conversational style, it is easy to see how his giftedness as a preacher overflows into this book.
This book was a struggle for me because of the phase of life that I currently reside in. I still struggle to forgive (chap 6) the Church (chap 12) which has changed our money situation (chap 10) causing me to worry (chap 8) hindering me from joy (chap 9). With every chapter, Groeschel spends a lot of space on application. With every page comes a new challenge or thought for you to dwell on as a way of recovering from your Christian Atheism. Like I said, I am worse than any of you reading this post. I struggle so much with his chapters and the Scriptures that were infused into every chapter. This is a quick book that is fairly easy to follow and would be a great book to devour over a weekend.