Living Faith

A Journey Into The Nature of Faith

Christian - Non-Fiction
108 Pages
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Author Biography

Christy Anderson is a wife and mother of 2, business owner, author, speaker, and home school mom. Christy holds a Master of Divinity from Liberty University in VA, and is currently finishing a Doctorate program with an emphasis on exegesis at Knox Seminary in FL. Christy resides with her family in Phoenix, AZ. Website: foritiswritten.com
Blog: www.greatcommissionathome.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Living Faith: A Journey Into the Nature of Faith, A 7-Week Program for Individual, Family-Integrated and Small Group Study is a religious education work written by Christy Anderson. Anderson takes a detailed look at faith, starting with a linguistic analysis of that concept, which incorporates translations from Hebrew, English and Greek sources. She ties faith to the concept of belief, then ties the two to the need for the faithful to consider how Christ was faithful and to emulate him. Too many Christians are spectators who remain apart from the teachings they profess to believe. Far better, she argues, is the role of player, being an active participant is living by God’s word. She further discusses the role of play in reading Scripture and stresses the importance of all the words of God, not just those in the New Testament.

Christy Anderson takes a rigorous and scholarly approach to Biblical study in her religious book, Living Faith: A Journey Into the Nature of Faith, A 7-Week Program for Individual, Family-Integrated and Small Group Study. I was particularly impressed with the translations and the sources she presents in her educational text. Each week’s study focus is clearly laid out and discussed, readings are assigned, and the follow-up questions are an excellent way for students to actively increase their understanding and level of commitment to God’s will. I also was impressed with Anderson’s warnings to keep one’s mind honed in on its focus and not get distracted by self-serving or incorrect assertions made by some pastors or religious leaders. Anderson takes the often-heard concept of God’s will and makes it something personal and solid for the reader. Living Faith is an accomplished Bible study guide and is recommended.

Mamta Madhavan

Living Faith: A Journey Into The Nature of Faith by Christy Anderson is an uplifting and inspirational book with wise and profound sayings that will help readers look at life in a positive way. It has answers for a lot of questions within us regarding God and faith. The book extensively speaks about the meaning and relevance of the three terms, faith, trust and belief, and their implications. This book tells readers in depth about the details and nuances of Biblical faith. During times when the world is skeptical of everything, the author speaks about living faith in a very reassuring manner.

I found the book inspirational and motivational. It helps in clearing many doubts in people's minds when it comes to religion, God and faith. It is a known fact that faith varies from person to person and it is an interactive and living relationship with God. The glossary at the beginning of the book is useful to comprehend many Hebrew terms. The adult lessons/questions and youth lessons/questions in the book are useful in helping readers reflect on what they have read. The author tells us the many ways through which we can hear God: reading and obeying, listening to and obeying your parents and other Godly authorities, and through peace in our hearts based on a clear conscience. It is a book worthy of being owned as it can be used as a guide to show us the right way to think.

Michelle Robertson

What is faith? That is a great question to ponder, isn't it? Is it just text that you read, stories from books and articles, or is it the actions the reader and believer themselves take to incorporate that text into their physical life and truly live it?

Living Faith: A Journey Into The Nature of Faith by Christy Anderson is a 7-Week Program for Individual, Family-Integrated, and Small Group Study. The book introduces adolescent and adult Christian readers alike to a unique explanation on the meaning and origin of the word 'faith.' The author starts the study by skillfully noting how the English language does not have a verb for the word faith, but yet the Greek and Hebrew do. This section of the book is a bit technical with words more suited for adult readers, but is very intriguing, to say the least. The author continues each lesson with an example of how the English version of faith is interpreted and then explains further with the Hebrew or Greek interpretation.

The beauty of this book is that the author has provided lessons for both adults and children within each chapter. It is important children learn a less complicated version of what adults themselves are learning, thus making this aspect of the book a very valuable study tool for those wishing to educate themselves or children. Christy Anderson has created a very powerful, useful, and resourceful study guide of biblical meaning, text, and histories. Words cannot really describe how much this seven-week program will benefit anyone who believes in God.