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A Recipe For Disaster


Four Ways Churches and Parents Prepare Individuals

to Lose Their Faith and How They Can Instill a Faith That Endures.


By John Marriott

Imprint: Wipf and Stock

Category: Sociology of Religion

The statistics speak for themselves; record numbers of individuals who at one time identified as Christians are deconverting from the faith and identifying as unbelievers. Why is this happening and what can be done to prevent it? A Recipe for Disaster seeks to answer those questions by focusing on the four ways churches and parents unwittingly contribute to the deconversion process. By over-preparing, under-preparing, ill-preparing, and painfully preparing those they are responsible to disciple into mature believers, churches and parents instead set them up for a crisis of faith that all too often leads to the loss of faith. In response to each of the four methods of poor preparation, A Recipe for Disaster offers A Recipe for Success, four alternative methods of preparation designed to instill lifelong faith.

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The Anatomy of Deconversion

Keys to a Lifelong Faith in a Culture Abandoning Christianity

By John Marriott

Imprint: Abilene Christian University Press

Category: Sociology of Religion

Believers are abandoning the faith. But why? Atheism is on the rise. What, if anything, can be done to prevent this trend? The Anatomy of Deconversion goes to the source of these issues and gives readers a broad picture of the deconversion process. Learn why believers lose their faith, and, perhaps more importantly, discover why so many former Christians claim to be happier, freer, and more fulfilled as unbelievers than they were as Christians. No one fully escapes the pitfalls in life that create a faith crisis. However, learning to navigate these times of crisis is the key to developing a grounded, flourishing faith.

Based on data gleaned from first-person interviews and written narratives, The Anatomy of Deconversion uncovers the reasons, processes, and impacts of deconverting from Christianity. Unlike other books that address the topic of deconversion from a purely theological perspective, The Anatomy of Deconversion takes a multidisciplinary approach. In doing so, it provides the only comprehensive account of deconversion available today.

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Why Believers Lose Their Faith and What Can be Done to Guard Against It


By John Marriott

Imprint: Renaissance Publishers

Category: Sociology of Religion

Studies repeatedly report that Christians are losing their faith in ever-increasing numbers. At the same time, the numbers of those identifying as non-religious are growing at rapid rates. Surprisingly, those abandoning the Faith are not confined to immature believers. Pastors, missionaries, seminary students, along with informed Bible students identify as deconverts.. Having a loved one walk away from a faith they once embraced can be troubling and raises important questions that need answers.

Going...Going...Gone..! Seeks to provide insights as to why individuals leave the Faith. Based on interviews with deconverts and hundreds of written narratives, Going...Going...Gone..! offers practical advice on how parents and church leaders can avoid the common pitfalls that stumble and ultimately cause believers to fall away from their faith. 

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Before You Go


Uncovering the Hidden Factors in Faith Loss

By John Marriott & Shawn Wicks

Imprint: Leafwood Publishers

Category: Christian Living

There are a number of nonrational factors operating “off our radar”, as it were, that can cause us to have serious reservations about the truth of Christianity. Likewise, there are common assumptions and expectations that appear in deconversion narratives that also function as catalysts for unbelief. These factors operating under the hood of our conscious awareness can serve as the source of surface-level objections and doubts. Responding to the surface-level objections is important, but addressing their source is essential to dealing with the doubts that lead to deconversion.


To that end, we’ve identified four common nonrational sources of doubt that are often the cause of common objections to the faith that deconverts found persuasive. In addition, we also look at four common assumptions and expectations that generate doubts that undermine faith. In each of the eight chapters we provide an analysis of the issues and offer constructive ways to meet the challenges head on.

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Set Adrift

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Deconstructing What You Believe Without Sinking Your Faith

By John Marriott & Sean McDowell

Imprint: Zondervan
Category: Christian Living

Set Adrift helps believers navigate the jarring questions and cultural challenges that lead many to feel like they are adrift on the sea of faith and lost in the fog of doubt. McDowell and Marriott provide much-needed guidance to help you understand why many people drift from the faith and how to find your way back to the shore of Christian commitment without sinking. Stripping away the nonessential aspects of Christianity, they show how to set boundaries for belief within which struggling believers can continue to seek a faith that is historic and authentic.

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The Good Book?

Restoring Your Faith in the Bible

by Questioning Everything You Assume About it. 

By John Marriott & Shawn Wicks

Imprint: Tyndale

Category: Christian Living

Former Christians often say that their deconversion began when they picked up the Bible and read it. Raised in the church but unfamiliar with the content of the Bible, they were shocked when they discovered what they took to be scientific, historic, and geographical errors, misogynistic teachings, the legislation of slavery, homophobic doctrines, the annihilation of the Canaanites, harsh laws and eternal punishment. Deeply disturbed they concluded that the Bible couldn't be the word of God and renounced their faith. While it's true that the Bible does contain many difficult passages, the bigger problem may not be what the Bible teaches but wrong assumptions that former Christians brought to it and which it couldn't live up to. The Good Bookhighlights how we all come to the Bible with wrong assumptions about what it is and what we can expect from it and recalibrates them to line up with what the Bible actually is and what it does.

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Found & Lost

Help for Those Wanting to Understand the Loss of Faith

Hope for Those Struggling to Maintain It

By John Marriott

Imprint: Renaissance Publishers

Category: Christian Living

The Church in the United States is hemorrhaging faith. All of the statistics point in the same direction; church attendance is in sharp decline. Studies also reveal that large numbers of those who once identified as Christians are shedding that label and no longer consider themselves followers of Jesus. At the same time, there are individuals looking to maintain their faith but aren’t sure how to do so given their doubts. Parents and church leaders are also struggling, seeking to understand why their loved ones are leaving the faith and wanting to know if there are ways to help them avoid doing so. Found & Lost provides both hope for those struggling to maintain their faith and help for those trying to understand why individuals are leaving their faith. Based on the best current research, Found & Lost offers insight and wisdom for developing a sustainable faith and advice for helping others in the midst of the struggle.

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Apologetics for an Ever
Changing Culture

Editor: Sean McDowell

Imprint: Harvest House

Category: Apologetics

In a culture whose needs and obstacles to faith are continuously shifting, Christians are wise to ask themselves: How do we go about sharing the gospel of Jesus with others with relevance for today?

Apologetics for an Ever-Changing Culture is a practical how-to guide for sharing God’s love in our contemporary cultural context. With contributions from 23 leading voices in Christian apologetics and six in-depth expert interviews, this empowering resource addresses both classic and new apologetics issues, helping you


  • engage confidently with non-Christians with guidance from a diverse group of seasoned apologists

  • converse biblically and effectively on pressing issues including Critical Theory, mental health, abortion, gender narratives, and sexuality

  • learn practical skills for defending the faith online, teaching apologetics to the next generation, doing apologetics in the church, and helping people through doubt

Suitable for both individual and group study, this relationally-driven guide will help you honor God and love others better as you engage today’s issues with truth, wisdom, and compassion.

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