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Into the Gray: The Mental and Emotional Aftermath of Spiritual Deconstruction Paperback – April 27, 2021
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What happens when you deconstruct your faith? Aside from all the theological messiness it brings, deconstruction brings with it a lot of personal trauma. Friends and family often distance themselves. Your church sometimes removes you from the pews. And often, you are left with nothing more than rubble where a seemingly unmovable building once stood.
Enter Michelle Collins' debut book, Into the Gray: The Mental and Emotional Aftermath of Spiritual Deconstruction. Far from a "how-to" guide, this book is much more "pastoral" in that it allows the reader to check in with a fellow spiritual sojourner so that, by the end of its pages, they can say "me too."
- Publisher : Quoir (April 27, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1938480805
- ISBN-13 : 978-1938480805
- Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.39 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #954,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michelle has a very easily-readable narrative style, and disarming honesty. She warns us that she will go off at tangents at times - that could be a down mark, but since I think the same way (and see the same connections between things), I had no problem with that at all. Parable of the Lost Sheep, Parable of the Prodigal FATHER, the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly... I could not agree with Michelle any less!!
As the author predicts, you will find some things that ring true for your experience, and some that don't, if you have in any way 'deconstructed' or even just questioned things about your faith that others told you. Some bits of her story were clear 'box ticked' for me, and some absolutely NOT on my journey, and this is the only real conclusion we come to while reading this: each of us has a faith journey that is unique, but resonates with everyone else. In my own book, I reimagined the narrow path that Jesus spoke of as that which each of us must walk, and not go with the crowd, and these paths will intersect and join up at times with others.
Michelle's path intersects with mine, in ways that other paths might not.