I broke up with God. The breakup was devastating. It was like a divorce when all the friends you had as a couple are forced to choose sides and end up not choosing yours.
Sarah Sentilles's relationship with God was not casual. When it began to unravel she was in the ordination process to become an Episcopal priest, a youth minister at a church, and a doctoral student in theology at Harvard. You might say they were engaged and that the wedding was all planned. Calling it off would be more than a little awkward. But in the studying of the religion she'd been raised on and believed wholeheartedly, one day she woke up and realized . . . it was over.
In this powerful memoir of faith, Sentilles reveals how deep our ties to God can be, and how devastating they can be to break. Without God to mold herself to and without religion as her script, who was she and what was her purpose? Her relationship with God had been connected to everything—her family, her friends, her vocation, the places she frequented, the language she used, and her way of being in the world.
Not unlike after a divorce, she had to reorient her life and face a future that felt darkly unfamiliar. But this beautiful, brave book is surprisingly filled with hope, a coming-out story that lets others know it's safe to come out too, and that there's light on the other side.
I love this book...if anyone ever asked me to explain my life and where I stood right now with organized religion I would direct them to this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Poetic, heart-wrenching, disturbing and liberating. Sentiles bravely asks the questions that lie buried in our own hearts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. Whitlow
Checked this book out at the library and before long I knew I had to have my own copy. This frank discussion of modern religious issues is refreshing in a time when there are so... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mountain Home
One of the things that jumps out at me in Sarah Sentilles’ riveting book, “Breaking up with God: A Love Story,” is the bare honesty of her prose, which manages to float clearly and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandra M Matuschka
Thoughtful, honest, even profound in places. My only criticism would be that while the author outlined what so many of us in ministry go through, she offers little of what I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve Horn
Very honest personal story. Thought provoking - I enjoyed it. The ending was weak and a disappointment.Published 6 months ago by Carole McCune
I bought this book at a time when my faith came into question as never before. Facing some of the greatest difficulties ever and wondering why I felt so alone, powerless and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Fdykujkfvdgd
This was an honest reflection of the struggles many have with the dogmas, doctrines and creeds of denominations. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bob Selby
This book was very thought provoking as well as eye opening for me. The author has a very honest way of speaking. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Trika Stockton