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The Dave Test

A Raw Look at Real Faith in Hard Times
  • By Frederick W. Schmidt
A Raw Look at Real Faith in Hard Times
  • By Frederick W. Schmidt
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A book about guts, faith, and what matters.

LIFE IS RAW.  SO IS THE LANGUAGE IN THIS BOOK

What is the Dave Test? When life is at its tattered edges and you are faced with seemingly impossible decisions, the Dave Test is a set of searingly honest questions you ask to become the best, most honest self for you, your friends, and your family. Instead of resorting to stained-glass language or offering false hope, do yourself a favor and pick up this book. Take the Dave Test.

Did you show up to work yesterday just to be greeted with a layoff notice? What do you say when your friend miscarries? Or when your brother is diagnosed with a wildly incurable cancer? Hard-hitting issues such as these aren't necessarily part of God's perfect plan or blessings in disguise.

When life tosses you hard problems with only painful options, take the Dave Test. It will empower you to take life head-on with blunt wisdom, soul-searching honesty, and utter integrity.

"We've all been both victims and perpetrators of it--the hurtful bit of spiritual sunshine that is foisted upon a suffering soul. In The Dave Test, Fred Schmidt shows us a better way to be: honest, empathetic, vulnerable, earnest, earthy, substantial, and refreshingly uncertain. It is a beautiful vision for a helpful life." --Mike Stavlund, author of A Force of Will

"In this book find Fred Schmidt’s singular ability to translate chronicles of loss and pain into a sanctioned call for honesty about faith as it is lived and as it is allowed to mature in us." --Phyllis Tickle, author

"The Dave Test is a true and beautifully written book about that most important of questions: What do we do when everything falls apart for us or those we love?" --Greg Garrett, author of Stories from the Edge: A Theology of Grief and The Other Jesus

Frederick W. Schmidt holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation and directs the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. An Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and retreat leader, he is the author of seven books, including When Suffering Persists and What God Wants for Your Life. He also writes and blogs at Patheos.com. Fred and his wife, Natalie, live in Chicago with their Gordon Setter, Hilda.


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A book about guts, faith and what matters.

What is the Dave Test? Basic, important, raw questions you can ask yourself when someone you love is suffering, in crisis, unhinged, maybe dying. Before you even think about opening your mouth and blowing chunks of platitudes, or running, or “minimizing the painful,” do the real work of living, of being a friend: take the Dave Test. Roughly speaking the modern American mindset revolves around this life philosophy: · Minimize the painful or unwelcome. · Maximize the pleasant and satisfying. · If and when the painful or the unwelcome happens, run. · Dispense with it as quickly as possible and get back to feeling good. But what if we learn to move past our comfort zones, transcend our own lives and connect with those who suffer? When we truly connect with others, it is all but impossible to insulate ourselves from life’s harsher realities. This book is about the dangerous business of exposing our own fragile lives to the mortality of ourselves and others. The Dave Test takes the demand for honesty, plain talk, and faith seriously.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781426755934
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • Binding Type: Adhesive - Perfect Binding
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9781426755934
    • Publication Date: 10/15/2013
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Frederick W. Schmidt
    • Page Count: 176
    • Width: 5.50 inches
    • Height: 0.55 inches
    • Length: 8.50 inches
    • Weight: 0.46 pounds
    • SKU: 9781426776250
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • ISBN 13: 9781426776250
    • Publication Date: 10/15/2013
    • Format: Electronic Media
    • Author: Frederick W. Schmidt
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