Book Review: “Permission to Doubt” by Ann C. Sullivan

January 12, 2015 at 8:44 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Ann C. Sullivan in her new book, “Permission to Doubt book coverPermission to Doubt” published by Kregel Publications gives us One Woman’s Journey into a Thinking Faith.

From the back cover:  “Doubt and I have a long history together, and our struggle has been fierce.”

Ann C. Sullivan has challenged and encouraged thousands of women as an international speaker. In her first book, Permission to Doubt, she offers a candid look at when her faith and reason collided. Through a thirteen-year struggle with an undiagnosed panic disorder, Ann learned several valuable lessons: Never shy away from the big questions. Always follow the evidence to its logical conclusion. And genuine truth doesn’t buckle under the bright lights of interrogation. Ann uses these lessons to help readers recognize doubt and also shares unique step-by-step solutions in which faith can be reinforced in the midst of our struggle. Using personal examples and an intensely practical approach, Permission to Doubt informs, challenges, and encourages those who’d like to take their faith a little deeper. It’s an honest look at what faith is–where it comes from, how it’s threatened, and how it can be strengthened.

Doubt is a strength stealer. Doubt can cause a person to be immobile. So how can we deal with doubt? Ann Sullivan had her war with doubt and she details the outcome of the battles. In three parts: Part One: Doubts, Dry Spells and the Rediscovery of Faith, Part Two: The Three Sides of Doubt-Spiritual, Intellectual, Emotional, Part Three: Making Doubt Useful-Faith in the Real World. she explores Faith, What Doubt is and what we can use it for. Doubt is a weapon that is used against us. It is time we learned how to deal with it properly.  I believe this book is a resource that will be used over and over again.  I also think it is a great gift to give to friends and family.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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