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This was a hard book to read because I felt like God was on trial and there was no opportunity for his defence. It kept me awake at night with 'yes, but...' questions for the author. She's very honest and a great writer but she's obviously been wounded by the extremism of fundamentalism in America. I grew up in a similar yet more moderate mindset in Australia. My journey is similar and yet my outcome was very different. Rachel Evans has swung on the pendulum of belief to a place that might be named Liberal. I just hope that life and God's kindness will restore her trust in His character. For anyone struggling with the false fundamentals that have caused guilt or depression in their lives, I'd like to recommend Neil Anderson's book called 'Freedom From Legalism'. My own mother's story is included in its pages and it has helped me to weed out the false fundamentals while still saving THE fundamentals.
A nice little story about how a warm-hearted and intellectually honest young woman came to dump false and morally bankrupt Christian, fundamentalist ideas. Her book is not a really spirited refutation of the brazen hatred spewed by these self-proclaimed Christians. Rather, she includes just enough observations to illustrate her growing realization that something is terribly amiss with these people, whose religion probably doesn't even deserve to be called Christianity in the first place.
Like the author, I was raised in a conservative Christian family, attended only Christian functions, listened to only Christian music and attended a Christian college. I had this Christian thing down, almost mathematical in my decision tree of answers. After a few profound experiences in my life, I found myself in the same questioning boat in a hostile sea of my-way-or-the-highway conservative Christians. Reading this book was like finding an oasis in the desert of confusion--discovering that asking the questions and feeling the betrayal of my ironclad upbringing weren't necessarily hopeless places to be. That my doubts and questions don't mean that I can't still have God. Personally, I would have appreciated some "closed loops" in this book, how the author arrived at her current set of values while still supporting those values biblically. But that is the only small criticism I have. This book brought me the hope to keep searching, to keep seeking God in the jungle of my doubts. And that is what my soul needed to hear.
More like 4+ stars. This writer tells about her spiritual evolution in an extremely readable way, highlighting the importance of curiosity and questions as to organized religion, and how our personal history and how we scored in the "cosmic lottery" impact our religious viewpoint. I suspect that this might not be the book for anyone who has very firm and unyielding religious beliefs ; for people with room for alternatives (agnostics, those with strict religious upbringing that have loosened, etc.) this may be very well-received.
This is a good book, if you enjoy peering into the minds of people different from you. I do, and I enjoyed and learned from this book. But I am well aware that the author has a long road of spiritual growth ahead of her. This is Chapter One; what comes next is anybody’s guess. I plan to stick around to find out.