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Stop Taking Sides

How Holding Truths in Tension Saves Us from Anxiety and Outrage

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How to embrace the tensions in the Bible in order to overcome division, anxiety, and fear.

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Love and wrath. Sovereignty and responsibility. Victory and suffering. Some of the truths we read in the Bible seem to be in opposition to each other. We naturally tend to gravitate towards a side, but when we lose sight of one truth in order to protect the other, we are in danger of becoming proud, creating division, and diminishing our faith.

In this compelling, inspiring, and at times provocative book, Adam Mabry urges us to stop taking sides and refuse to participate in tribalism by mapping out a way to hold in tension truths that we so often divide over.

You’ll discover how our joy and our witness rest on us learning to hold to all that the Scriptures teach and growing in virtue as we do. You’ll learn how to wrestle with all that the Scriptures say, to embrace mystery, to listen closely, and to speak with clarity.

Adam is Lead Pastor of Aletheia Church, part of the Every Nation Church network.

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  • Introduction: Why We Love Taking Sides
    1. Sovereignty and Responsibility: Finding Humility
    2. Us and Them: Showing Kindness
    3. Image of God and Inherently Sinful: Living with Prudence
    4. Word and Spirit: Developing Diligence
    5. Suffering and Victory: Growing in Perseverance
    6. Politics and Kingdom: Caring for Justice
    7. Love and Wrath: Displaying Charity
    8. Already and Not Yet: Choosing Patience
    9. Sometimes, You Have to Take a Side

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Contributors Adam Mabry
ISBN 9781784984465
Format Paperback
First published September 2020
Dimensions 5.3" x 8.5" x 0.5"
Weight 8.47 oz
Case quantity 52
Language English
Pages 176
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Barnabas Piper

Author and podcaster

I love how this book models how to think by addressing complicated and pressing questions of theology, discipleship, and cultural engagement with thoughtfulness, openness, and a dedication to biblical truth. You will be challenged as you read, and come away encouraged and chastened. You’ll encounter issues that make you uncomfortable and won’t be let off easy with pat or myopic answers. You’ll be pulled time and again into the path of the Spirit speaking through Scripture. And you will be better for it.

Tony Merida

Pastor, Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, North Carolina

This book is so needed today! Our age has been called the information age, but it could equally be called the outrage age, the anxiety age, the fear age, or the tribalism age. Pastor Mabry has served us well by helping us see the necessity of embracing clarity, argumentation, listening, and mystery, as we seek to avoid these problems and live with a renewed mind and for the good of neighbor, Christian unity, and the advancement of Jesus’ mission.

Rice Broocks

Co-founder, Every Nation Churches & Ministries; author of God's Not Dead

Here is startling insight on the perplexing problem of polarization within Western culture at large and Western Christianity in particular. Adam Mabry is a pastor and a rising public intellectual who has demonstrated the ability to help people find common ground while maintaining faithfulness to the high calling of obedience to Christ. Refreshingly original, this book deserves serious consideration.

Independent reviews

This book will make you think, it will make you search your heart and it will make you run to the Lord for help as you try to live for Him in this world.

Alistair Chalmers, Aug. 31, 2020

Mabry helpfully unpacks a number of things in a bit more depth to help the reader think through the implications of their thoughts and actions regarding a particular truth.... continue reading

Convicted and Challenged

Aaron Lee, Sept. 14, 2020

This book was a difficult read for me – not because it was poorly written, but because it was written so well. I was convicted and challenged. I tend to see things in black and white, I make my own boundaries, and I wall myself in. But this book shows me a better way: let go of our tribes and cling to Christ.... continue reading

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Oct. 14, 2020

“Great book, very timely.”

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