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    I really enjoyed reading this book, and there were several times when I just had to pause while reading and look away for a second because I was hit hard by what the author was saying Having to deal with anxiety is never a good feeling, and speaking from personal experience, I know just how uncomfortable it can be.This book addresses the growing fears we have in society, despite America being a developed country Bauman frequently compares the outlook on life that people living in the First Wor I really enjoyed reading this book, and there were several times when I just had to pause while reading and look away for a second because I was hit hard by what the author was saying Having to deal with anxiety is never a good feeling, and speaking from personal experience, I know just how uncomfortable it can be.This book addresses the growing fears we have in society, despite America being a developed country Bauman frequently compares the outlook on life that people living in the First World have versus those living in war torn parts of Africa The refugee crisis is also mentioned several times throughout the book, encouraging the readers to take a look at how we treat immigrants are our actions founded in love Or are we coldly shutting people out because of fear These are important questions to face, as the current situation in America highlights the fact that we are living in fear.What I really appreciated about this book was that it wasn t too preachy there is a good balance between the personal experiences of Bauman with helpful suggestions on living a life without fear Read my full review here


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    Stephan Bauman is the husband of one of my dearest friends and an important voice in the world of Christian faith He narrows the problems of American Christianity to one overwhelming theme the current culture of fear that has made the face of the American church ugly This book is important.


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    Fear has slipped in the American culture Xenophobia, arguments of national safety at stake because of terrorism taking place elsewhere, consequences of Pax Americana deployed worldwide, all frame our ideas of freedom, and heavily influenced faith as well The magnitude of suffering we witness on the global stage whether from acute acts of terrorism, chronic violence, or sudden injustice invites a torrent of fear and raises a thousand questions Yet our actions as a nation seem to undermine Fear has slipped in the American culture Xenophobia, arguments of national safety at stake because of terrorism taking place elsewhere, consequences of Pax Americana deployed worldwide, all frame our ideas of freedom, and heavily influenced faith as well The magnitude of suffering we witness on the global stage whether from acute acts of terrorism, chronic violence, or sudden injustice invites a torrent of fear and raises a thousand questions Yet our actions as a nation seem to undermine the very virtues we so passionately profess Faith should be a beacon of hope, a testimony of God s truth that sets us free Stephen Bauman takes Jesus Christ s Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount as guidance for Break Open the Sky.Both Bible, and Christians elsewhere can teach so much on meekness, peacemaking, being poor in spirit, faith, truth, and love This book is not self help guide 67,873 to become better people It hopes to rediscover God s plan with mankind to shine His light, provide hope and shelter, make His Kingdom visible on Earth Christian life should be divine and dusty, uncertain, and adventurous again Bauman shares a lot from his experience on Mercy Ships and mission field trips throughout the world He knows the theologians and thinkers he s quoting, and really appeals to fellow believers that find their lives locked up in this very cage of fear that shouldn t be there Let s break open the sky, and disrupt the culture of fear


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    The premise of the book was so promising, and I believe that our culture has definitely become one of fear But Bauman s solutions are one sided and theologically shallow Written almost blog style, it purports to be a theological study of fear, faith, love, and risk, but falls short in style alone Ouch is not a sentence or a paragraph His spiritual inventory of how our actions are measuring up to the Beatitudes overlooks Jesus whole point that our obedience is a heart matter, not one The premise of the book was so promising, and I believe that our culture has definitely become one of fear But Bauman s solutions are one sided and theologically shallow Written almost blog style, it purports to be a theological study of fear, faith, love, and risk, but falls short in style alone Ouch is not a sentence or a paragraph His spiritual inventory of how our actions are measuring up to the Beatitudes overlooks Jesus whole point that our obedience is a heart matter, not one of outward compliance What was most troubling was his classification of people into two roads p 33 the religious right who are striving for outward obedience and the happy poor and messed up from the rest the world choose road 2 This overgeneralization polarizes and his oblique criticism on those who are anti immigration smacks of political bias, which I wouldn t mind, but this is a discussion of the good news of the gospel, not politics I m really just disappointed because I was looking for something different in this book


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    I enjoyed this book, Stephan Bauman writes well and the work that he and his wife have done around the world as described in the book is incredibly inspiring The beginning of the book was great, there was so much for me to think about in the first chapter I could not wait to read the rest of the book Unfortunately for me I did not find the rest of the book as interesting Most of the book focuses on Jesus and the Beatitudes and while the points the author makes are important I felt like he jus I enjoyed this book, Stephan Bauman writes well and the work that he and his wife have done around the world as described in the book is incredibly inspiring The beginning of the book was great, there was so much for me to think about in the first chapter I could not wait to read the rest of the book Unfortunately for me I did not find the rest of the book as interesting Most of the book focuses on Jesus and the Beatitudes and while the points the author makes are important I felt like he just kept going over the same things I am glad I read it and the book definitely inspired me to try to let go of some of my own fears and try something new that might make an impact in someone else s life It is a great book if you are a Christian and looking for a way to putpassion, meaning, and action into your faith


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    Break Open the Sky is an easy read, if you are prepared for all of the alarmist thinking Granted, the title of the book should have prepped me for this But, it didn t.In fact, this is why I don t watch the news I have a pretty good idea of what is going on the world, as everyone else seems to be discussing it But, for the first few chapters, ugh.I do not mean to dis the book, in any manner My inability to handle this type of information has only to do with me I accept that In fact, every Break Open the Sky is an easy read, if you are prepared for all of the alarmist thinking Granted, the title of the book should have prepped me for this But, it didn t.In fact, this is why I don t watch the news I have a pretty good idea of what is going on the world, as everyone else seems to be discussing it But, for the first few chapters, ugh.I do not mean to dis the book, in any manner My inability to handle this type of information has only to do with me I accept that In fact, every review I ve seen thus far has been ultra positive I simply mean that I am overwhelmed with the way that the information was presented Again, my problem


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    Converting our fears into faith is the business of God But he s not interested in a gnostic faith, a faith disembodied from the earthiness of day to day living Instead, God desires a faith that engages our emotions and volition as much as our intellect, a faith that shocks those around us because our words or actions, although occurring in the natural world, have their origin in the divine Stephen BaumanBook No 33 of 2017This book really needed to be written, and Stephen Bauman was just th Converting our fears into faith is the business of God But he s not interested in a gnostic faith, a faith disembodied from the earthiness of day to day living Instead, God desires a faith that engages our emotions and volition as much as our intellect, a faith that shocks those around us because our words or actions, although occurring in the natural world, have their origin in the divine Stephen BaumanBook No 33 of 2017This book really needed to be written, and Stephen Bauman was just the right person for the task.Faith can t just be a theory It s not something to make us feel smart about ourselves while the rest of the world feels despair Actually doing something takes a whole lot of risk, but it s the risk we were actually made for We ll be unsatisfied until we take it


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    Fear.The word can make you tremble And that is exactly what this book tackles.It will challenge you to push the boundaries of love and convict you to face fear head on.Practical.