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Things I Never Learned in Sunday School: Facts about the Christian faith that will surprise and astound you Paperback – January 24, 2013
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Nan Yielding has always loved to write. As a youngster, she was constantly writing letters and notes to family ... friends ... the dog ... the cat. As a teenager, she tried her hand at science-fiction and wrote a short story about extraterrestrial visitors. Unfortunately the manuscript long ago disappeared or who knows? It might have been on Amazon.com today!
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The author deals with these questions and more. As other reviewers have said, this book may be difficult for many fundamentalist Christians to come to terms with, but that doesn't mean they should stay away from it. These are facts about Christianity, and it would be a good thing if more Christians were aware of them.
The information in this book is presented in a clear, concise, and accessible way. It's relatively short, considering all the information it gives, which makes it the perfect starting point for anyone who's just becoming aware of these issues. There's an extensive bibliography of books, articles, websites, and documentaries, so you won't have any trouble figuring out where to go next. Best of all, this book is not written in stodgy, academic tones; rather, it's filled with personality. The author takes you along on her journey through faith and discovery. You don't simply learn about these issues with her, you find out what they mean to her. She makes an excellent traveling companion.
Now, if I can just get my wife to read it...
And, there's more. In addition to the compelling story of personal rediscovery and the unbiased examination of Christianity, Things I Never Learned in Sunday School offers readers astute psychological insight on the importance of objective thinking as well as the reasons why ancient peoples began believing in gods in the first place. How Yielding covered so much ground so thoroughly and yet so concisely should instill great admiration and even envy in today's writers - including myself.
I would also like to assuage the apprehension deeply religious people might have about reading this book. Yes, it will challenge some of your beliefs; but, it will do so in the most compassionate manner. You see, the author's profound spirituality really shines through.
I'm recommending this book as must-read.