Growing in Faith through Awareness of Failure

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Reverend Kevin Barnard combines spirituality and moral theology in new guide for self-examination.

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To be self-satisfied is dangerous, but to be eaten up with self-loathing or views of oneself that are wholly negative is just as damaging.

God wants whole human beings, not just Christians.

In “Down the U-Bend of Your Mind: A Look at Self-Examination,” Rev. Kevin Barnard, a priest of the Church of England, channels his extensive pastoral experiences and philosophical education into a guide for self-examination of oneself in the light given by God.

In his book, which began as a Parish Lent study course, Barnard shares some of his personal experiences with failure and sin, in the hope that others will find the way to freedom from guilt.

“We can take on all the negative things about ourselves, real or imaginary, and come to hate ourselves,” Barnard said. “To be self-satisfied is dangerous, but to be eaten up with self-loathing or views of oneself that are wholly negative is just as damaging.”

Through his book, Barnard hopes to reassure readers about the church and to make the practice of self-examination more accessible to them when seeking God’s forgiveness for their sins.

“Often the Christian package is summed up as ‘Repent and you will be forgiven,’” Barnard said. “It is better expressed as ‘You are forgiven. Now grow in learning what that means, and that learning is part of true repentance.’”

Down the U-Bend of Your Mind: A Look at Self-Examination
By Kevin Barnard
ISBN: 978-1-5049-8847-6
Available in softcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse

About the author
Kevin Barnard has served as a parish priest of the Church of England for more than 30 years, and is now Vicar of King Cross, Halifax, and Deanery Interfaith Officer. He is married to his wife Catherine, who is also a priest, and they have two children. Half the royalties of his book will be gift-aided to Christian Aid, a United Kingdom ecumenical overseas aid and development charity, and the Church Urban Fund, a charity supporting church-based social initiatives.

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317.602.7137
juebelhack(at)bohlsengroup.com

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