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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.