Stay Curious: How Questions and Doubts Can Save Your Faith

Stay Curious: How Questions and Doubts Can Save Your Faith

by Stephanie Williams O'Brien

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Most of us are going through the motions when it comes to faith, either believing we've found all the relevant answers to life's questions or believing none can be found. We shy away from our deepest questions about God because we fear the uncertainty on the other side. But when we make certainty and correct belief the end goal of faith, we miss out on the chance to know God more deeply and to participate in God's work in the world.

Pastor Steph shows us how to lean into our questions and embrace a life of curiosity. Taking Jesus's life as a model, we can confront our fears, be set free from our anxiety, ask new questions, and live into an adventurous life of curiosity. After all, Jesus was a question man, not an answer man.

Our questions, and even our doubts, can push us closer to a God we can actually believe in--rather than further from a God we think we can contain.

In Stay Curious, Pastor Steph walks readers through common obstacles and road blocks to curiosity, and offers practical strategies for embracing even the most intimidating questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506449579
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Stephanie Williams O'Brien leads Mill City Church in Minneapolis and is the executive producer of Lead Stories Media. She is a professor and program director at Bethel Seminary and a sought-after speaker, captivating large audiences at churches and conferences with her preaching and training leaders for a life on mission. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their springer spaniel.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Wandering to Wondering 1

Chapter 1 Choosing Disruption 3

Chapter 2 A Catechism of Curiosity 13

Chapter 3 Not All Who blonder Are Lost 25

Chapter 4 The History of Mystery 35

Chapter 5 Praying to a God You Don't Believe In 45

Chapter 6 The Central Mystery 59

Chapter 7 When Faith Is What You Fear 69

Chapter 8 Hitting the Wall 79

Part 2 Overcoming the Obstacles 91

Chapter 9 Expansion Plan 93

Chapter 10 Damned If We Do, Damned If We Doubt 107

Chapter 11 The Bags We Carry 121

Chapter 12 The Utopian Slope 141

Chapter 13 Slay Your Dragon 157

Chapter 14 Wrong Kind of Christian 175

Chapter 15 The Handbook for Life? 193

Chapter 16 The Big C 207

Chapter 17 Slacktivism and Other Dangers 223

Part 3 How to Stay Curious: A Life of Passionate Uncertainty 237

Chapter 18 Choosing Resilience over Religion 239

Chapter 19 Deciding to Go through the Motions 249

Chapter 20 Going beyond the Shadow of Doubt 259

Final Thoughts: Living a Curious Life 273

Oath of Curiosity 275

Acknowledgments 277

Notes 279

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Stay Curious: How Questions and Doubts Can Save Your Faith 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
EmilyBoyMom 5 months ago
Pastor Stephanie O'Brien shares her thoughts quite often on the Lead Stories Podcast, which is where I found out about her new book, "Stay Curious." Both she and her co-host, Jo Saxton, have written books that encourage the reader to be open to God's leading, unafraid of questions along the way, and find joy in the journey. Often we assume that what we know of God is all there is. But He is a God that is impossible to tame, yet we continue to try. Having questions and doubts is an honest human response. O'Brien opens up to allow the reader some insight into her own faith journey while giving them space enough to consider their own. There are activities in the book that give the reader a chance to try out different ways to ask those tough questions that each of us deal with. While each activity allows for personal reflection, it also allows the chance to challenge perceptions and find new perspectives on handling doubt. Jesus often spoke in parables, yet also asked lots of questions. Shouldn't we also feel comfortable enough to ask if we do not understand? Isn't He strong enough to handle our doubts and fears? Of course He is! O'Brien is encouraging, honest and vulnerable and that makes this read one worth sinking your teeth into. God's not afraid of questions--why should we be? I received an early copy, thanks to Augsburg Books. All opinions are my own and I chose to review.
AngieSmithMN 5 months ago
This is such a good book from Stephanie Williams O'Brien. Not only does this book value curiosity, questions and doubt, Pastor Steph creates safe space for asking questions and expressing doubt. This is a great book to read for your own growth in your faith or to read with a group of close friends and work through your questions and doubts together. Just do yourself a favor and buy this book! A book to go back to again and again.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I first became introduced to Stephanie O’brien through her Lead Stories Podcast with Jo Saxton. It is fabulous and I never miss an episode! No matter where you are in your faith journey I highly recommend Stay Curious. It will make you think, laugh, reflect and give you courage to lean into some of the difficult questions of life. This will be a book I re-read every year because it is that good and compelling.