Why Become a Christian? a Spiritual Memoir (Paperback)
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Why Become a Christian? Especially when one could believe in other religions or worldviews? This book describes my struggle to answer these and other questions, such as Who am I? Where am I going? What must I do to get there? Trying to keep man-made church rules for more than 20 years did not provide personally meaningful answers. Doing-my-own-thing for more than 10 years trying to Become Self-actualizing proved to be both futile and vain. I needed something else in my life. But what? I knew I needed intellectual faith to make a sound decision, so I would not be led by blind faith to embrace "something else." At the age of 36, situations in my life led me to have a saving faith in Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life I wanted to live. Some three decades later, God hounded me to write my story. While doing this, I realized I was really writing My Spiritual Memoir and describing His Story about me. In it, I discuss why Christians cannot Be "good" enough nor Behave "good" enough to merit Becoming "saved" because so many Christians do not understand this. I also contrast the tenets of competing worldviews (Theism, Deism, Naturalism/Humanism, and New Age) and critique Humanistic Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology (New Age) because they allure so many "seekers" who do not understand that their promises will not be fulfilled. In each chapter, I share Tips for Writing Your Spiritual Memoir so you will start yours and finish it. About the author: After growing up in Virginia and earning a BA and MEd from the University of Virginia, Bill traveled west to earn a PhD from the University of Texas (UT), where he embraced humanistic psychology to fill the void in his heart and life that still lingered after leaving organized religion. As a UT graduate student and professor at the University of British Columbia, he began an earnest quest to Become Self-actualizing by developing particular inner Being and outer Behaving qualities. After more than 10 dedicated years, Bill realized he would never attain this goal (few have), and heeded God's call to Become a Born Again Christian. This led to Being-and-Behaving transformations he could never make as a humanistic psychologist. While describing this in his Spiritual Memoir, Bill realized that he wanted to help others write their spiritual memoirs. So, Bill now offers workshops on how to share hard lessons learned from life, insights gained from God, and His faithfulness over your lifetime.