Stepping Out In Faith Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  January 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

Steppig Out in Faith by Mark GilbertThis week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Stepping Out in Faith: Former Catholics Tell Their Stories by Mark Gilbert (editor). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I found the various stories to be compelling reads and the honesty of each contributor was greatly appreciated. This book is not a polemic against the Catholic Church. Conversely, it shares the real life stories of people who realized there is more to this thing called the Christian walk than simply going to a church building, reciting prayers, and trying to be good. To that end, I found it to be highly successful in its overall approach to the topic.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling (IntelMin.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“In this book we hear the words of former Catholics, in their own words, describe how they felt and how they converted from their “religion”.  It is amazing to hear how God transforms each one of these people, and to see how many of them have grown in their relationship with Christ.”
Reviewer: Mary Ann Bell (proverb31titus2godlybookreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book can be a valuable tool for someone thinking of switching faith communities or churches. It challenges people not considering switching faiths to practice what they preach as well. This book is well worth the read.”
Reviewer: LuAnn Braley (backporchervations.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The true accounts in this book are unique, convicting, heart wrenching and encouraging…  I hope this book will help you lovingly see the Truth, step out and trust Him. Jesus.”
Reviewer: Heather Dannewitz (brokenathisfeet.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I read this book to evaluate whether or not it would be a good book to pass along to Catholic friends at the right time (and it is that), but I found it challenging me, as well. How willing am I to invest time, energy, and genuine friendship in unbelievers who I encounter in my daily life? How prepared am I to listen, to get to know them, to serve them, to share the hope that they so desperately need? This is my challenge; this is our Lord’s command.”
Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson (princapecos.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“a good resource for those interested in a starting point for what it means to leave Rome. This book would be helpful for average Catholics who are questioning. It’s also a good read for those of us who are in solid Protestant churches. Stories like this should make us thankful for the Reformation and for churches that proclaim the doctrines of grace clearly Lord’s Day after Lord’s Day.”
Reviewer: Shane Lems (reformedreader.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Stepping Out In Faith, gives us a more in depth understanding into the lives of a few selected people who decided that in order to have a closer walk with God, they would soon have to leave the Catholic church and turn to evangelicalism. Each of these stories though unique all share a common thread in that they all were seeking the true intercessor, Jesus Christ. They came to realize that a priest is not the one they should be confessing to.”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson (asimplelifereally.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“These are stories of substance and written in such a way that people can easily identify with them. There is enough variety in the circumstances to make each story interesting, yet there is a unity to the stories that helps tie them together in a way that accomplishes the author’s purpose of helping Catholics not yet at peace with God, to find the way to that peace.”
Reviewer: William Perkins (wdanaperkins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is perfect for Catholics who are thinking about converting to the Christian faith and those who enjoy reading books about how others are drawn closer to God and having a deeper, closer relationship with Him.”
Reviewer: Charolette Ragsdale (charoletteragsdale.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Each person tells how they started with being catholic and found that they were missing something in their lives, they come to realize that they were missing a relationship with GOD.  They tell how they were able to find salvation from learning that believing in GOD and praying to HIM is what you need in your life, not going through a priest or a saint, you need to go through JESUS.”
Reviewer: Deb Stanhope (debs-bookreview.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I think this book would be wonderful for a person of Catholic faith who is questioning leaving the church, and wondering about the differences between Catholics and Protestants.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert (thetalbertreport.blogspot.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“The eleven individuals who shared their stories in this short but powerful book all found the key in the Gospel of Jesus Christ–in the person of Jesus Christ. In this book the point is not where the storytellers came from, but where they were going and what they found.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry (beverlylynnt.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The testimonies in this book are honest and generally non-polemical … they are loving and truthful in tone and respectful of certain helpful elements of Roman teachings and practices. At the same time, these people express great relief and profound gratitude for having been liberated from the man-made, guilt / fear-based bondages of self-attained and easily lost works-righteousness officially taught and practiced in the Roman church, core teachings that generally ignore, undermine, and / or directly contradict the prophetic and apostolic teachings of sacred Scripture.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace (pilgrimsontheway.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a book about grace found in Jesus, not in a Church. However, if you’re serious about Jesus, you are serious about His bride, the Church.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc (gazoontite.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I love to read stories of other people and how their faith grew and developed, especially as they develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. The one thing that struck me with a lot of these stories is the courage that a lot of the writers displayed, especially in regards to their relationship with their families. It was a big change for them to leave the Catholic Church, but they found peace and happiness in their relationship with Jesus.”
Reviewer: Jill Ivy (lucky4jill.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The stories were quite moving at times. I was moved to tears more than once as I contemplated the struggles these people faced. It was a joy to read of their journeys that led them to faith in Jesus Christ alone.”
Reviewer: Jason Skipper (PastoralMusings.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Being a Christian is what is important, that should come first before any denomination and, to me, that was not how the Catholic Church seemed to work. And reading this book, I found I was not alone.”
Reviewer: Mary Vidnich (whenqueen.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this for those who are currently seeking to know Christ, have recently received Him, or are presently seeking direction regarding their involvement in the Roman Catholic Church.”
Reviewer: Hilary Cartwright (wholesomereads.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Stepping Out in Faith is a wonderful book that invigorates the faith of Christian believers from all backgrounds. The book focuses on the forgiveness and grace found only in Jesus Christ and points to the Scriptures as God’s Word, practical for all of life. I cannot commend this book enough to those struggling with Catholic teaching, those wondering about grace, and those wanting to strengthen their faith through the stories of others.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins (spencerdeancummins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The personal testimonies contained in this book are definitely unique, but they each share a common theme: The power of God’s Word to change lives.”
Reviewer: Joshua Davis (ServantsofGrace.org)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book was so compelling I read it in on sitting… if you know someone in the Catholic church and you are wondering if they know what it means to be born again, this is the perfect book to ask them to consider reading.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Frerichs (thykingdomcometoday.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“It’s amazing how one little invitation can completely change someone’s life!”
Reviewer: Dianna Gardenhour (savingsinseconds.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This isn’t an apologetic treatise on how to evangelize catholics, but if you have a burden for catholic friends, family members, and neighbors, I think this book will be helpful and encouraging.  A quick read but definitely worth reading, a great book!”
Reviewer: Alex Houston (reformed-at-last.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The stories are compelling, and they will help anyone struggling with their own journey of faith.”
Reviewer: Joe Lee (sjlee.net)
Rating: 3 Stars

Where to Buy:
Stepping Out in Faith by Mark Gilbert is available at your local Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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