Saturday, October 31, 2015

Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey

Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving FaithIn Out of Sorts, Sarah Bessey—award-winning blogger and author of Jesus Feminist, which was hailed as “lucid, compelling, and beautifully written” (Frank Viola, author of God’s Favorite Place on Earth)—helps us grapple with core Christian issues using a mixture of beautiful storytelling and biblical teaching, a style well described as “narrative theology.”

As she candidly shares her wrestlings with core issues—such as who Jesus is, what place the Church has in our lives, how to disagree yet remain within a community, and how to love the Bible for what it is rather than what we want it to be—she teaches us how to walk courageously through our own tough questions.

In the process of gently helping us sort things out, Bessey teaches us how to be as comfortable with uncertainty as we are with solid answers. And as we learn to hold questions in one hand and answers in the other, we discover new depths of faith that will remain secure even through the storms of life.

My Review:
 I can sum up this book in about one sentence. Faith is messy and with time, we grow, things change and our viewpoint looks completely different. This book did not argue a view point. It did not have one tangible thing that I loved, it just was a book about how we go through change. we can either make peace with it or we can stay stuck. Sarah was extremely vulnerable, honest and thought provoking in the questions she was asking and the thoughts she provided the reader. I found this book to be interesting, but for the season of life I am in, this book did not resonate with me. Has my faith evolved ? Yes! Have I evolved? Yes. Things change, views change, and I won't take easy answers, but dig further looking for something deeper. Sarah is a deep thinker who looks for deep answers as well. I enjoyed this book, but I wasn't wowed by it! I give this 3/5 stars. It might be the current season of life I am, or it may just not have spoke to me, but I always recommend you checking into a book further because this book might be exactly what you need for the season in your life. 
Thank you to Howard Press for allowing me to review this book for a complimentary copy. 

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