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A Sometimes Stumbling Life: Making Sense of Our Struggles and God's Grace in the Journey of Faith Paperback – March 25, 2018
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If you are struggling and/or wondering about God's goodness, love, grace and faithfulness; or if you wonder if there even is a living and true God who is involved, interested or connected to us -- especially as we have hurts, disappointments and struggles -- you should read this book. The author has a way of relaying everyday practical, encouraging, faith-building truth w/o being theological, "teach-y" or academic. It doesn't matter if you are a Christian, or not a Christian; if you want to read real life stories and examples of how God is present and moving in people's sometimes "messy" daily lives, this is a great read. (This is actually my new "go to" book to recommend to skeptics about Christian faith, because of the nitty gritty, daily struggles that skeptics often want Christians to talk about that we often don't know how or want to talk about; i.e. doubt is real, and God can handle that. We aren't really all "stepford Christians"). The author has a very down to earth and insightful way of, first of all, SEEING how God IS involved in the regular "stuff" of our lives - the good and bad, the beautiful and ugly. Secondly, he has a very conversational way of relaying these things; like we are sitting together at Starbucks having coffee and everyday conversation, about everyday things -- yet God is infused into and flowing out of all we are conversing about. Not mystical, super-holy, new age-y - just practical and relatable to regular life. Spiritual, yes, but as God is involved and connected to the everyday realities of everyday people.
Now, as to the "Four Stars"....
Having said all that, I must confess that I actually like more exploration and discussion of the academic, theological side of these things. Just my personal preference. Since it probably wasn't the author's goal to write that kind of book, I give him a "5" for excellence in achieving what he set out to do. But, because my personal taste leans towards more "teach-y" and theological type of reading - I have to reserve back one star for those kinds of books.
(I've never, ever mentioned a book cover in any review before - but I just have to throw in that I love the drawing of the shoes on the cover of this book!)
The one thing I have to criticize about this book and it is more of a direction for the audience is that there is more explanation of rather basic Christian doctrine and Bible stories than I need. They tended to get in the way of what could have been deeper discussions of the topics. That may be due to the fact that the intended audience has more of a basic understanding of Christian doctrine and Bible knowledge. Still much to be gained by reading this book as it delves into a far more effective Christianity than the typical church goer is exposed to every Sunday.