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Culture Shock

A Biblical Response to Today's Most Divisive Issues

Author Chip Ingram
Narrator George W. Sarris
Runtime 5.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date August 5, 2014
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We live in a reactionary culture where divisive issues arise, people on either side throw stones, and everyone ends up more entrenched in their opinions than in reaching common ground--or even exhibiting common courtesy! If there ever was a time for Christians to understand and communicate God's truth about controversial and polarizing issues, it is now. Believers must develop convictions based on research, reason, and biblical truth--and be able (and willing) to communicate these convictions with a love and respect that reflects God's own heart.


In Culture Shock, bestselling author, pastor, and radio personality Chip Ingram shows readers how they can bring light rather than heat to the most controversial and divisive issues of our day. Covering topics such as right and wrong, sex, homosexuality, abortion, politics, and the environment, Culture Shock is every engaged believer's must-have guidebook to replacing reactionary hate with revolutionary love.

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We live in a reactionary culture where divisive issues arise, people on either side throw stones, and everyone ends up more entrenched in their opinions than in reaching common ground--or even exhibiting common courtesy! If there ever was a time for Christians to understand and communicate God's truth about controversial and polarizing issues, it is now. Believers must develop convictions based on research, reason, and biblical truth--and be able (and willing) to communicate these convictions with a love and respect that reflects God's own heart.


In Culture Shock, bestselling author, pastor, and radio personality Chip Ingram shows readers how they can bring light rather than heat to the most controversial and divisive issues of our day. Covering topics such as right and wrong, sex, homosexuality, abortion, politics, and the environment, Culture Shock is every engaged believer's must-have guidebook to replacing reactionary hate with revolutionary love.

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A great read if you are interested in God's viewpoint on the issues that drive our society.
I thought this book was excellent. It was well balanced, well thought out and full of love. It tackes issues that are so important to our modern society but seldom discussed in church. I have two teens that have struggled with Gods viewpoint on a number of these issues. I hope that they will listen to the book too. I believe it will give them a strong foundation to biblical truth so that they may have robust conversations with their peers and teachers about how Gods ways are good for us, and not meant to harm us. I particularly liked Chip's focus on people's predispositions that made them think the way they do. This helped to take away any judgement towards an individual, and enabled the reader to show empathy and love towards those of a different viewpoint without condemnation. We are all sinners saved by Grace.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/13/2016)
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In Culture Shock: A Biblical Response to Today’s Most Divisive Issues, author, pastor, and radio personality Chip Ingram delves into some of the touchiest subjects imaginable: sex, homosexuality, abortion, politics, right and wrong, and the environment. For each topic, he explains the biblical perspective (not the “Christian” perspective, but the biblical one), the perspectives opposing the biblical perspective, and loving, researched responses to the opposing perspective. In each case, his explanation of the opposing viewpoints carefully cover the emotional as well as the rational factors behind those viewpoints. He is also clear about what is wrong about the common responses that (generally) well-meaning Christians take.

Throughout the book, I found enlightenment, encouragement, and reinforcement, and I feel that it has helped me to better understand all sides of these issues. You might think after reading the previous paragraph that this is just more conservative Christian propaganda written by some Bible thumper. If so, you are wrong. Ingram’s views on the environment, for example, are counter to those espoused by many in conservative Christian circles. The chapter on politics is similarly non-partisan. And, before you jump to conclusions regarding the other topics, you really must read the book.

Ingram encourages Christians to not just give the “Christian” response to these issues, but to “develop convictions based on research, reason, and biblical truth–and be able (and willing) to communicate these convictions with a love and respect that reflects God’s own heart” (quoted from the book’s summary on christianaudio). “Respect” – I like that.

I listened to the audiobook edition of this book and the narration by George W. Sarris was fantastic. Very easy to listen to and it definitely added to the experience of the book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from the christianaudio Reviewers Program. 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."
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Review by / (Posted on 8/13/2014)
Loving those that we disagree with
This book about some of the most controversial social issues of our time is the best fair, balanced and loving analysis of the culture in which we currently find ourselves that I have ever read. It is so hard to speak about these issues without sounding judgmental (which authority only belongs to God). I heard of an incident a few years ago where a gay protester went into a conference dealing with ministries that help gays come out of this lifestyle. The protester went into the meeting specifically to disrupt but found such love that he accepted Christ. If we could all live and act in such a manner as Chip recommends in this book, we might be able to change the perception of those offended.

Chip outlines in very clear terms, the premises that must follow in order to justify the lifestyles which are in question. Chip give both the Biblical basis of Christians and the logic presented by those in these lifestyles. He then demonstrates by examples and research that the premises of the alternate lifestyle arguments are not supported by scientific literature and that the Christian views are valid according to Biblical references.

This book is a must read for those who want love those that we disagree with.

I was given a free audio version of this book for my agreement to review it but this has not influenced my personal impressions of the book.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/10/2014)
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