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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.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
This book was very thought provoking as well as eye opening for me. The author has a very honest way of speaking. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Trika Stockton
Catchy title & premise. Premise reveals the self absorption at the core. Was looking, hoping for reflection and insight instead.Published 1 month ago by Dallas kid
This book is honest, gritty, and very intelligently - and gracefully - told. For anyone questioning the faith they were raised in, a faith they've chosen, or just interested in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hannah E. Kahlke
“Sometimes you break up with the person you love because you discover he isn’t who you though he was.”
Losing the faith is a very interesting topic. Read more
Well written, thoughtful, good humor, interesting and intelligent. I would recommend it to anyone who reads religious/atheistic writing. Good buy!Published 8 months ago by Douglas McConnell
Many shared feelings...some shared experiences. Courageous. I recommend to those faithful and agnostic alike. Let me know what you think about her book...Published 17 months ago by E. Fanlo
This book reads like a therapy journal. I expected to read a more nuanced, thoughtful, even intellectual treatment of a person moving away from their faith--after all, the author... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jill Carroll
I previously read "A Church of Her Own" by Sarah Sentilles and thought it was an a wonderful journey of the stories of women ministers and what they STILL face as an everyday... Read morePublished 17 months ago by John Herndon
I will agree with many reviewers. Sarah's title doesn't really match the tone of her story completely. But nonetheless I loved it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael O.