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Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith Paperback – November 3, 2015
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“Touching a raw nerve in contemporary evangelical experience, Sarah Bessey reflects on the inevitable reality of walking the path of faith without having it all worked out—and at times having none of it worked out. Thoughtful, compelling, moving, and real, Bessey models a faith many are seeking but afraid to voice, a faith released of the obligation to be certain. This is the kind of book you’ll want to read and tell friends about.” (Peter Enns, author of The Bible Tells Me So)
“Out of Sorts reads like a love letter to Jesus and to all those desperate to see His true face. Through her indomitable heart, brilliant mind, and vivid writing, Bessey sets an extravagant, cozy table in the middle of the spiritual desert." (Glennon Doyle Melton, New York Times bestselling author of Carry On Warrior)
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In her new book, Out of Sorts: Making Peace With an Evolving Faith, she is equally adept at drawing the reader in. Out of Sorts is a hard book to describe. It is memoir-ish. It is a book about church and Bessey’s difficulties with the church, but it is not a complaint book. It is about spiritual growth and formation, denominations, Women, maturity, community and a variety of other topics.
The overriding theme is that faith changes over time. The faith we have as children is not the same faith we have as teens, which is not the same faith we have in our 20s or 40s or later. Bessey’s parents came to faith when she was a child, but old enough to remember. She grew up in small town Western Canada, where there were few enough Christians that she was relatively unaware of the differences between Christian groups. As she ventured out into the world she came to new understandings as she became acquainted with other Christians.
Other than her pentecostal childhood, I think she is telling a story that is not too different from my own and many others that I know. Age and experience brought questions, but also a new ability to trust in faith.Read more ›
Sarah Bessey(author of Jesus Feminist) has written another book, called "Out of Sorts: making Peace with an Evolving Faith.
This book is truly a gem. I have underlined and highlighted so much, that well, you might think I am a bit pen happy. BUT REALLY.
I have been on this faith journey for 44 years now and from the 19 year old college sophomore to the 63 year old Grammy, my faith has changed, shifted, grown and become much more compassionate, realizing much much more that I don't always know the answers, and that GOD IS THE ULTIMATE GIVER OF ANSWERS AND JUDGE.
There are so many quotes I want you to see, but also realize that might take up another book in itself.
It would be hard to pick a favorite, but one that really captured me was:
" If our theology doesn't shift and change over our lifetimes, then I have to wonder if we're paying attention. The Spirit is often breathing in the very changes or shifts that used to terrify us."
Looking back over forty plus years of walking with Christ, I realize it is really a journey. A journey that has its ups and downs. Those straight aways when you see clearly and are sailing ahead smoothly.Read more ›
Out Of Sorts by Sarah Bessey is a personal account of a Christian journey that is typical of a large subset of modern believers. The author has gone through life’s trials and has been stabbed at by the faith she professes to love, yet she says she is still in love with it. “It’s about embracing a faith, which evolves,” she says, “and the stuff I used to think about God, but I don’t think anymore, and it’s about the new things I think and believe that turned out to be old. It’s about the evolution of a soul and the ways I’ve failed;”
The book chronicles the author’s path - how she became a Christian, how life events made her disillusioned with her beliefs, how her faith metamorphosised and how she found comfort with different teachings Christianity has to offer across the ages.
She offers the lessons she has learnt to fellow Christians who are dissatisfied with the Church and are unsure of what to believe anymore. To those who have been betrayed by the church institutions and thinks it no longer holds any influence in our society, she points out that:
“…every five hundred years or so, the Church has a big rummage sale… about every five years the empowered structures of institutionalized Christianity, whatever they may be at that time, become an intolerable carapace that must be shattered in order that renewal and new growth may occur.Read more ›
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Oh my. It's like God had Sarah Bessey write this book just for me. I think it's especially good for those of us who have been Christians for a long time but have had experiences... Read morePublished 4 days ago by ashlie dellitt
Sarah does a great job at sharing her story and wanderings through a christian evangelical charismatic worldview. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Estella
I enjoyed this book. Sarah is an incredible writer, and she gave me lots of food for thought in my own "out of sorts" season of life. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Lindsay
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it was profound in many ways. i am thinking in a new way about what is the kingdom of God.Published 2 months ago by Barbie
Beautiful and well-written. Love this author, and haven't been let down yet.Published 2 months ago by Erin Gannon
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