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O Me of Little Faith [Kindle Edition]

Jason Boyett
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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In this O Me of Little Faith Ebook, author Jason Boyett brings you a transparent and personal account of his own of struggles with doubts and unbelief in living out his faith. With humor and frankness, Boyett uses personal anecdotes and a fresh look at Scripture to explore the realities of pursuing Christ through a field of doubt.

After three decades of knowing God, understanding Christianity, and living a Christian life, Boyett has come to the place where he can voice the tough questions and travel the road of uncertainty with blinders off, candor on.

The message along the way is one of encouragement: Relax. Rely on the grace of a merciful God, a kind father who realizes that his finite creatures must have doubts, should have questions, and will have trouble making sense of an infinite Creator. Ultimately, Boyett concludes that doubt and faith are not polar opposites, but actually work together, existing side-by-side.

Uplifting, entertaining, hopeful, O Me of Little Faith will strike a chord with you and any Christian who's dealing with the uncertainties of living life in pursuit of a God who occasionally seems to disappear.


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Doubt can play an important role in a healthy spiritual life. This statement may seem counter-intuitive, but Boyett, popular speaker and author of Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, illustrates its truth through his own faith struggles. Grounded in Scripture and Christian history, the author provides examples of great religious thinkers who experienced their own trials of doubt about God, faith, and the church. But it is when he weaves in humorous, even poignant, autobiographical anecdotes that his writing springs to life. One fascinating highlight is the discussion regarding the "hidden God," a phrase used by many great religious figures to describe just how different God is from human categories and understanding. Ultimately, the author's point is clear: if there were no doubt, there would not be faith. The author is comfortable with a snarky, self-deprecating style that will appeal to the under-40 crowd, although older readers may not appreciate it. For anyone wrestling with doubt about religious faith, however, this memoir provides a chance to examine the experience with levity. (May) (c)
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Doubt can play an important role in a healthy spiritual life. This statement may seem counter-intuitive, but Boyett, popular speaker and author of Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, illustrates its truth through his own faith struggles. Grounded in Scripture and Christian history, the author provides examples of great religious thinkers who experienced their own trials of doubt about God, faith, and the church. But it is when he weaves in humorous, even poignant, autobiographical anecdotes that his writing springs to life. One fascinating highlight is the discussion regarding the 'hidden God,' a phrase used by many great religious figures to describe just how different God is from human categories and understanding. Ultimately, the author's point is clear: if there were no doubt, there would not be faith. The author is comfortable with a snarky, self-deprecating style that will appeal to the under-40 crowd, although older readers may not appreciate it. For anyone wrestling with doubt about religious faith, however, this memoir provides a chance to examine the experience with levity. (May) Jason Boyett, Zondervan (Zondervan)

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  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 27, 2010)
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  • Language: English
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 Reasons Why to Buy This Book April 28, 2010
By C. Rowe
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
1) It's honest. Brutally honest. It's essentially a book filled with his confessions - how much he doubts and how imperfect he is. We could all learn a lesson or two from his act of honesty.

2) More likely than not, you have struggled at some point in time with the same questions he struggles with. It's the perfect book to help you feel like you're not alone in your doubting. If you haven't, you're not being honest with yourself - so you should go back to reason number 1 to read it.

3) This is a story of someone who grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition and learned along the way the value of learning from other denominations. No one denomination is 100% right. Jason pulls from rich liturgical traditions to help him when the simple answer of "Jesus saves" isn't enough to hold him up. At the same time, he embraces the power that exists behind charismatic traditions. I love the way he pulls things from various denominational traditions to help him discover what he believes. If you think you are 100% right in all you do and your denomination or traditions are better than others, revert back to number 1 for why you should read this book.

4) If you're in full-time paid ministry, there are many people that you encounter that struggle with the same kinds of questions Jason struggles with. Whether you can identify with what he's saying or not, you should know how to relate to people who are where he is. And if you think you can't identify with what he's saying, then I point you back to number 1 for why you should read it.

5) He's incredibly intelligent. Jason will probably tell you that he's not that smart - but I would disagree. This book is a brilliant portrayal of how intellectual giants wrestle with doubt and yet still have faith.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly better than filet mignon April 28, 2010
Format:Paperback
Finally. I have needed a book like this for about 5 years now, and Jason Boyett has delivered with O Me of Little Faith. It is a book written by a life-long Christian (like I am) who is immersed in the Christian culture (like I am), is very active in his local church (like I am), and has written several books and magazine articles about Christian/religious topics (like I would like to do), yet he struggles with spiritual doubt (like I do).

First let me say a big "Thank You!" to Jason for being courageous enough to admit to the world that he wrestles with some intellectual issues in his faith. In the introduction Jason writes, "I am a Christian. I have been a Christian for most of my life. But there are times - a growing number of times, to be honest - when I'm not entirely sure I believe in God."

Wow. I love that honesty. And (following Jason's lead) I admit that I have uttered those same words! In fact, Jason mentions 22 questions that have rocked his faith and I have wrestled with all of those and more.

The thing that I appreciated most about reading Jason's book is that I felt like he has given me (and many others) permission to own our doubt. Many of us doubters feel like we can't be honest about our doubts because that will show that we are weak. In fact, the tagline of Jason's book is "True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling." But Jason not only talks about his doubt, he also shares why doubt is not necessarily a negative thing, and there are ways to still live faithfully as a follower of Jesus while still having doubt.

Let me share a few of my favorite moments from the book. Notice the journey Jason takes us on throughout the book:

*My entire spiritual self rests on the belief that God exists...
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "O Me of Little Faith" -- Asking Good Questions May 3, 2010
Format:Paperback
I must commend Jason Boyett for catching that most illusive of literary prey -- readability. His book ("O Me of Little Faith: True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling") is both interesting and enjoyable. It is pleasant to read. He combines vulnerability, humility, and self-disclosure with brief (possibly too brief) discussions of Christian apologetics. All the while he tells interesting stories and provides funny illustrations.

This book provides a personal, ongoing journey through valleys of doubt and peaks of faith. Along the way it provides wonderful gems of Biblical, cultural, and spiritual insight while also running into a few logical and Biblical potholes.

Boyett has a knack for observing the inconsistencies of modern American "churchianity." He rightfully notes that many of the intellectual and pragmatic objections to Christianity are answered unsatisfactorily by Christians (so-called). For example, he notes the false god of "American evangelical Christian religion" who is "totally cool with the money we spend on concert lighting in the worship center while the widow down the block has a hole in her roof" (p. 129).

One of Boyett's greatest strengths is also one his greatest weakness. The reader is deeply empathetic with his doubt struggles and particularly interested in the answers he has found to deal with his rollercoaster of faith and doubt. Unfortunately he either refuses to give answers by hiding behind the "I'm no theologian/scholar" excuse or giving examples of unsatisfactory responses he has found (e.g., Lee Strobel and Josh McDowell are not at the top of my list of credentialed, well-researched, exegetically qualified, and philosophically sound apologists).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Heartfelt
I picked this book up because I am tired of reading about the "certainty" of the Christian life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Staceyncolorado
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading for those who've swallowed church teaching forever but...
Boyett crystalized a thought for me that I had been unable to put into words for myself: doubt is not the opposite of faith - certainty is. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steven Stuart
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I expected
I read Boyett's review of an album I liked and thought this book would be quite different than it was. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Zesty exploration
I have just finished reading "O Me of Little Faith" by Jason Boyett. It took me at least three weeks NOT because it is long but because I wanted to savor it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Martha, a reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for any believer!
One thing the church may lack in preaching the author makes up for in this book. A must read for any Christian!
Published 17 months ago by Ann Marie Almario
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great book for fellow doubters who desperately want to believe
I needed this book.

I love Jason's honesty and his writing style which infuses humor throughout. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jennifer Neyhart
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest Christian embraces his doubts
When I first began this book about Jason Boyett's struggles with doubts about his faith, I almost put it down. Read more
Published 21 months ago by N. B. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Read without fear
I enjoyed this book on audio. Subject matter perfect for anyone unafraid to look at the many, many reasons why faith is full of doubting. Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Book for Hopeful Doubters
I have always enjoyed Jason Boyett's writing. I became familiar with him when, on a whim, I picked up his "Pocket Guide To The Apocalypse". Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Adam Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Read While Your Facades Are At the Cleaners....
Buy this book. It's the first "down-to-earth" discussion I've read about not-so-earthy things. It's real and vulnerable...and consequently, funny. Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by Bystander
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More About the Author

Jason Boyett is the author of several books, the most recent of which is the Kindle e-book Pocket Guide to 2012. It joins several other books in his Pocket Guide series of titles (Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse, Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, etc.). Jason is also the author of O Me of Little Faith: True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling (Zondervan). His writing has appeared in a variety of publications--including Salon, Paste, the Daily Beast, and Relevant--and he is the host and co-creator of the weekly 9 Thumbs podcast (9thumbs.com). Follow Jason online at jasonboyett.com, at facebook.com/jasonboyettbooks, and on twitter @jasonboyett.

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