(Book Review) Help My Unbelief


Help My UnbeliefReviewed by: Chrysa Keenon, professional writing student at Taylor University

 


Introduction

Title: Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt is Not the Enemy of Faith

Author: Barnabas Piper

Publisher: David C. Cook

Publication Date: July 2015

Format: Paperback

Length: 174 Pages

OVERVIEW

As humans, we want instant answers. When we cannot find the answers we crave, we get discouraged. As Christians, it is hard for us to put all our faith in God when he does not always seem to answer our prayers. Barnabas Piper addresses this issue in Help My Unbelief, stating that we all go through periods of struggle in our faith–and that is okay. Piper makes crucial points and suggestions, such as how we should be childlike with God: asking many questions and trusting Him when we do not receive the answers. “I believe; help my unbelief” is a common mantra Piper uses, implying that crying for help from God is a sign of belief. Piper uses examples from his own life that tie well into the chapters and message.

This book spoke to me personally, as I have had trouble maintaining my belief in God in the past. As humans, we are wired to investigate every aspect of the things we discover. However, with God that is not possible. We cannot understand all of His mysteries without Him making it clear for us first. On one hand, it is important to ask questions. On the other, we must understand sometimes those questions will go unanswered. This book will resonate with those who have ever questioned their faith, allowing them to feel not alone in their difficulty to belief. Keeping faith in God can be hard at times, but doubt is not the enemy. It just makes us human.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 out 5 stars

Suggested Audience

New adult and older

Christian Impact

Piper assumed the role of student instead of teacher to show that he, too, is learning about God. This will let readers see Piper is still maturing in his own faith. This book ties real life situations into the bigger picture of faith, which will resonate well with a person’s everyday life. Topics such as obedience, humbleness, and dealing with the unknown are brought to attention.

Chrysa Keenon is a student of professional writing at Taylor University and a freelance writer for The Aboite Independent and The Echo.


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