Do you read the Bible from time to time? Do you pray even when you are not in a crisis? Do you find one of the fruits of the Spirit at work in your life? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you are not a highly ineffective Christian. You need to discover what it takes to move to greater levels of ineffectiveness. This book will show you how.
Undertaking virtually no research and possessing limited personal experience, Chris Fabry has discovered what is at the root of ineffectiveness. With humor and razor-sharp irony, he identifies and elaborates on 77 key principles guaranteed to make you into the highly ineffective Christian that you never wanted to be. By applying these principles and by carefully avoiding certain key Scriptures, you'll discover how you can develop a weak and meaningless Christian life. Caution: this book may touch your sore spots.
"In this highly effective spoof of Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Fabry hits the ground running with his dedication page. 'An ineffective Christian,' he writes, 'never remembers to thank anyone. Might as well learn that before you begin this book.' With rapier wit, Fabry (Spiritually Correct Bedtime Stories) explores the various ways of being an ineffective Christian. He includes chapters on shunning pain, guiding others with guilt, walking by sight and not by faith, living an unexamined life and holding grudges. In addition, Fabry helps readers achieve ineffectiveness by singling out particularly instructive Bible verses to avoid. Covering all aspects of evangelical Christian discipleship, Fabry offers, via the technique of negative example, an uproariously funny and thought-provoking study of how to live the Christian life in the modern world."
— Publishers Weekly
"Chris has a good wit and keen insight—sometimes a little too keen."
— Larry Burkett
"The gems of joy and spiritual nuggets in this book are indeed encouraging words."
— Barbara Johnson
"Once again, Chris has 'wounded us from behind for edification.' I found myself snickering at the spiritual shortcomings of others and then, all at once, realizing that I was laughing at myself."
— Michael Card
What Readers Are Saying . . .
"A mesmerizing tale . . . [Almost Heaven] will surprise readers in the best possible way; plot twists unfold and unexpected character transformations occur throughout this tender story."
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"There is so much to love about The Song . . . Heart-wrenching and emotional scenes abound in this tale of fame, fortune, loss, and redemption."
— ROMANTIC TIMES, 4½-Star Top Pick Review
"Ultimately a story of love and forgiveness, [Dogwood] should appeal to a wide audience."
— CBA RETAILERS + RESOURCES
"Few authors can weave such unique stories with such perfect language. . . . Fabry is an artist with words. All I can say is: Read his novels."
— EXAMINER.COM on June Bug
"[June Bug] is a stunning success, and readers will find themselves responding with enthusiastic inner applause."
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Once the story starts cooking, [Dogwood] is difficult to put down, what with Fabry's surprising plot resolution and themes of forgiveness, sacrificial love, and suffering."
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"An involving novel with enough plot twists and dramatic tension to keep readers turning the pages."
— BOOKLIST on June Bug
"Solidly literary fiction with deep, flawed characters and beautiful prose, Dogwood also contains a mystery within the story that adds tension and a deepening plot."
— NOVEL REVIEWS
"Fabry is a talented writer with a lilting flow to his words."
— CROSSWALK.COM on Almost Heaven
"[Fabry's] poignant story is driven by deeply drawn characters who evoke empathy and frustration, compassion and anger. But in the end, the painful labor of rebirth will bring tears of joy!"
— Christine, CBD Fiction Editor, on Looking into You