Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith

Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith

by Barnabas Piper

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Overview


God is infinite, beyond our understanding—yet He chooses to reveal Himself in ways that spark questions rather than settling them all.

Instead of making Himself smaller, God invites us into a larger faith. One that has room for questions, victories, failures, and mystery. Because belief in an infinite God by finite humans is an act of exploration ... a process of learning—and then embracing—what we can’t learn but can trust.

Discover the God who not only desires our belief but actually welcomes our curiosity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434706928
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Barnabas Piper is the author of The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity. He writes weekly for WorldMag.com and The Blazing Center as well as blogging at BarnabasPiper.com and co-hosting the Happy Rant Podcast. He and his wife live in the Nashville area with their two daughters.

Table of Contents

Foreword N. D. Wilson 11

Introduction 17

Chapter 1 Tension 23

Chapter 2 What Is Belief? 41

Chapter 3 What Can We Know about God? 55

Chapter 4 A Prayer from Where? 79

Chapter 5 Unbelief and Doubt 89

Chapter 6 Belief In Action 101

Chapter 7 How Do We Believe? 115

Chapter 8 So What and What Now? 131

Afterword 149

Appendix 1 Reading the Bible to Meet God 153

Appendix 2 Suggested Reading 163

Notes 167

What People are Saying About This

Russell Moore


“Sometimes believers can give the impression that the Christian life is always one of triumph and confidence. This book by Barnabas Piper counsels us on how to trust God when our faith is weak and wavering. It calls us away from a demon-like faith that simply knows the data about God, to a childlike faith that cries out, ‘I believe; help my unbelief.’ If you find yourself doubting, or if you love someone who doubts, this book will refresh and encourage.”

Drew Dyck


“Some Christians have a simple faith unencumbered by doubt. For the rest of us, things aren’t so easy. We question. We second-guess. We always want to know why. Help My Unbelief is the perfect book for us. With accessible prose and unflinching honesty, Barnabas explores belief that encompasses, is even strengthened by, doubt. Anyone navigating a faith filled with doubts will find Barnabas to be a sympathetic and reliable guide.”

Brett McCracken


“Barnabas Piper’s Help My Unbelief is an encouraging, honest look at an essential but underdiscussed aspect of faith: the tension between belief and unbelief. It’s a tension that need not be feared. Piper shows us, rather, how the tension can be healthy and ultimately leave us stronger in our faith. For any believer who has felt alone in their wrestle with unbelief, or who was mistakenly taught that true belief is always ironclad, this valuable and timely book is for you.”

Mark Sayers


“Too often our struggles with doubt are hidden, pushed into the back of the cupboard like a corrosive agent that is too dangerous to touch. With clarity, warmth, and candor, Barnabas Piper shows us that doubt does not have to be something that corrodes, but rather in its right place can be something that strengthens faith.”

Matt Carter


“In Help My Unbelief, Barnabas Piper makes a clear and compelling case for faith amid the sea of doubts many experience in Christianity. It’s a necessary book for our generation.”

Emily T. Wierenga


Help My Unbelief gives the church permission to exhale. It’s a book that pulls up a chair and looks in the eyes of the doubter and says, ‘You’re not alone, friend.’ Doubt, says Barnabas Piper, is not the antithesis of Faith. Rather, it’s a gateway. The key is to ask the right questions, and to be open to God’s answers. For this particular disillusioned pastor’s daughter, Piper’s words are a lifeline—and the key to drawing today’s youth back into Christendom.”

Margaret Feinberg


“Barnabas Piper issues a powerful call to leave the gridlock of black-and-white thinking and enter the gray terrain of second-guessing and doubt. This is where we raise our toughest, most honest questions to God. Such an invitation doesn’t push us from the gospel but draws us nearer to the heart of Christ. May we all learn to pray, ‘Help my unbelief.’”

Derwin L. Gray


“I’m really excited for you to read Barnabas’s new book, Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith. Barnabas writes in a ruthlessly honest and raw way. This book is going to help an entire generation grow and blossom in their faith in the midst of wrestling with doubt.”

Randy Alcorn


“Barnabas Piper’s Help My Unbelief is an honest, self-revealing, and engaging treatment of an important subject. This winsome and well-reasoned book avoids clichés and easy, superficial answers. It will benefit many—including those who doubt, those who ‘sort of’ believe, and those who believe yet long to do so more completely.”

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Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Barnabas Piper in his new book, “Help My Unbelief” published by David C Cook gives us Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith. From the back cover: What if a deeper belief in God comes from embracing the tension of unbelief? God is infinite, beyond our understanding—yet He chooses to reveal Himself in ways that spark questions rather than settling them all. Instead of making Himself smaller, God invites us into a larger faith. One that has room for questions, victories, failures, and mystery. Because belief in an infinite God by finite humans is an act of exploration … a process of learning—and then embracing—what we can’t learn but can trust. Discover the God who not only desires our belief but actually welcomes our curiosity. Jesus asked the question: “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”(Mark 9:23 NKJV) The man’s response is immediate: “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 NKJV) The super neat thing is that Jesus does not scold or belittle the father after he says that. What Jesus does is heal the boy which, obviously, comes from the father’s belief. This is what Barnabas Piper is exploring in the book. We all believe. That’s a given. However, we all have our moments of doubt. Help My Unbelief is a plea for a faith. This is something that Jesus doesn’t mind and wants t deal with. We all have that cry from our hearts. Barnabas Piper shows us how to deal with it ourselves and what we are expressing. I recommend it highly. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hoganson Media Relations. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I absolutely loved this book, one of my favorites on this topic. I like to see how sons and daughters of famous preachers and pastors are raising their own voices to say to this new generation: we were taught well by the most qualified people on planet earth and yet only an encounter with God could set us truly free from our bondages (unbelief included). The honesty you see through the pages makes you realize you’re learning from someone that struggles with unbelief as much as you do. That’s great, isn’t it? The author is not saying: look, I can solve all your doubts through perfect reasoning and set your mind at peace because I’ve figured everything out (we’ve seen a lot of that). Instead, he’s making this point: you’re in a relationship with an infinite God. Mystery will be part of it. This book actually encourages to see “I don’t know” as a possibility in our vocabulary and, to be honest, that was kind of new for me. I’ve wanted to explain God to myself and to others more times I can remember and yeah, there are times we just don’t and won’t understand Him. We have to trust our Dad knows best. In the midst of uncertainty we can always cry out “help” and He’ll do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. Also, I could mention that the book respects who you are as an individual and it’s not trying to tell you the journey of faith will be the same for everybody. “God has His way with each person”, C.S. Lewis would say. Barnabas Piper explains the very same thing but with other words. Generally speaking, this book is easy to read, very well-written, it gives you hope and encouragement to pursue a relationship with God where His love overcomes your doubts. **I received a copy of this book from David C Cook and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own**