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The Dave Test

The Dave Test

A Raw Look at Real Faith in Hard Times

by Frederick W. Schmidt

"The Dave Test is a true and beautifully written book about that most important of questions: What do we do when everything falls apart for us or those we love?"

—Greg Garrett, author, The Other Jesus

About The Dave Test

About The Dave Test

When life is at its tattered edges and you are faced with seemingly impossible decisions, the Dave Test is a set of searingly honest questions you ask to become the best, most honest self for you, your friends, and your family.

When Life Sucks: A Q&A with Fred Schmidt

When Life Sucks: A Q&A with Fred Schmidt

Deborah Arca

"Far too many churches are places where people are expected to show up with the rough edges planed off or hidden, minds clear, and hearts aligned. We need to find new ways to welcome people who are struggling."

The Dave Test: Read the Foreword

The Dave Test: Read the Foreword

To pass the Dave Test is to face reality, loss, and grief without denial or phoniness or cover-up, to face it in all of its uncompromising demand.

The Dave Test: Read the Introduction

The Dave Test: Read the Introduction

Suffering and sorrow are not things God sends our way, but they can and do radicalize life. We can allow that radicalization to grow within us. We can let it change, deepen, and ennoble us. Or we can run from the challenge it presents.

Praise for The Dave Test

Praise for The Dave Test

Fred Schmidt has a singular ability to translate chronicles of loss and pain into a sanctioned call for honesty about faith as it is lived and as it is allowed to mature in us." Read what Phyllis Tickle and others are saying about The Dave Test.

Fred Schmidt's Blog

Fred Schmidt's Blog

For more writing from Fred, visit his Patheos blog, "What God Wants For Your Life," here.

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

Taking the Dave Test? Learn to Tell the Truth

Taking the Dave Test? Learn to Tell the Truth

Greg Garrett

So much of our religious language seeks to insert meaning where there may be no meaning, or conversely to absolve God of a responsibility God doesn't even own.

Speaking the Truth For Love

Speaking the Truth For Love

Elizabeth Nordquist

Schmidt’s book speaks to my deeper longing as someone of faith who is aware of her process of aging, someone who sits with others in spiritual direction and ministry, and someone who is often tempted to look at the world with despair.

Walking Wounded as a Means to Build Community

Walking Wounded as a Means to Build Community

Benjamin Corey

We’re all “walking wounded” but won’t find the community we’re looking for until we all take a chance and just start being honest about that.

What NOT to Say

What NOT to Say

Frank Viola

The Dave Test is a work of searing insight that empowers you to be a blessing and not a curse.

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