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Confessions of a Jew-ish Skeptic: a memoir Paperback – May 6, 2016
About the Author
Beth is an author, blogger, and editor with a degree in English Literature from Kent State University and an MA in creative writing in progress at Colorado State. Her 2012 memoir, Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter, ranked #1 in Amazon's top 100 bestselling books on personal growth in the fall of 2015. Her essays have appeared in xoJane, Feminine Collective, Christians for Biblical Equality, and the Stigma Fighters Anthology (available from Booktrope). She lives in northern Colorado with her husband and kittens. Follow her blog at www.sbethcaplin.com.
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In this book, she takes her writing and her story to the next level. She talks about wrestling with Theological and social issues st the intersection of her two faiths. In addition to conveying her personal story, Jewish Skeptic provides a unique window into Evangelical Christian culture. She talks about the things that those of us growing up in the culture frequently thought but were too afraid to say. Thanks for giving voice to our struggles, Sarabeth!
Anyone who is wrestling with their faith would find this book to be helpful. Those who are deeply entrenched in Christianity would benefit from learning the ways in which this mainline religion of the US is harming itself and others. All who are interested in a quick yet profound read would do well to read this book.
Honestly, one of the reasons I wanted to read this particular book was because I find Beth's journey very similar to my own. I'm not Jewish, but I am struggling with similar doubts and skepticism in Christianity, and I wanted to read a book that says, "Hey, you're not alone. It's not just you, and there's nothing wrong with you." And that's what I found. In many places, reading Beth's book was like listening to my own thoughts... only more clearly (and fearlessly) stated. It takes a lot of guts to say you don't know something, and it takes a lot more guts to write it and publish it, but it's very encouraging to see someone else going through the same journey I'm going through.
I'd definitely recommend this book for those who either doubt their faith or want to better relate to those who do (aka, pretty much everyone). It's clearly written, encouraging, and the way it's structured into mini-essays makes it easily digestible.
Disclosure--I was given a free copy of this book by the author for review (but my opinion would have been the same regardless).