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

(David C. Cook, Available Now)

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.

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Barnabas Piper issues a powerful call to leave the gridlock of black and white thinking and enter the grey 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.”

–       Margaret Feinberg, author of Fight Back With Joy and Wonderstruck


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 a sympathetic and reliable guide.

–       Drew Dyck, managing editor of Leadership Journal and author of Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying


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 does, this book will refresh and encourage.

–       Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and author of Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ


Help My Unbelief gives the church permission to exhale. It’s a book which 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.

–       Emily T. Wierenga, author of five books including Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look (emilywierenga.com)


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 candour, Barnabas Piper shows us that doubt does not have to be something which corrodes, but rather in its right place can be something that strengthens faith.

–       Mark Sayers: Pastor of Red Church, Melbourne, and author of Facing Leviathan and The Road Trip That Changed the World.


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.

–       Randy Alcorn, Author of Heaven and Hand in Hand


I’m really excited for you to read Barnabas’ 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 midst of wrestling with doubt.

–       Derwin L. Gray, Lead Pastor Transformation Church, Author of Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future.


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

–       Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching, Austin Stone Community Church, co-author of The Real Win and For the City


Barnabas Piper’s Help My Unbelief is an encouraging, honest look at an essential but under-discussed 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.

–       Brett McCracken, author of Gray Matters and Hipster Christianity


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The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity

(David C. Cook, Available Now)

Barnabas Piper has experienced the challenges of being a PK first hand. In The Pastor’s Kid, he addresses the pervasive assumptions, identity issues, and accelerated scrutiny PK’s pastor/father and church body. But more than just stating the problems he shares the one thing a PK needs above all else (as do their pastor/father and church) to live in true freedom and wholeness. With empathy, humor and passion, this book courageously addresses one of the most under-the-radar issues affecting almost every church and pastor, and their children.

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Foreword (John Piper), Introduction, And Chapter 1

You can also download The PK Handbook, a short booklet for PKs, for free at David C Cook’s book landing page.

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