Book Review: “Out Of Sorts” by Sarah Bessey

November 4, 2015 at 1:50 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Sarah Bessey in her new book, “Out Of Sorts book coverOut Of Sorts”published by Howard Books gives us Making Peace with an Evolving Faith.

From the back cover:   From the popular blogger and provocative author of Jesus Feminist comes a riveting new study of Christianity that helps you wrestle with—and sort out—your faith.

In Out of Sorts, Sarah Bessey—award-winning blogger and author of Jesus Feminist, which was hailed as “lucid, compelling, and beautifully written” (Frank Viola, author of God’s Favorite Place on Earth)—helps us grapple with core Christian issues using a mixture of beautiful storytelling and biblical teaching, a style well described as “narrative theology.”

As she candidly shares her wrestlings with core issues—such as who Jesus is, what place the Church has in our lives, how to disagree yet remain within a community, and how to love the Bible for what it is rather than what we want it to be—she teaches us how to walk courageously through our own tough questions.

In the process of gently helping us sort things out, Bessey teaches us how to be as comfortable with uncertainty as we are with solid answers. And as we learn to hold questions in one hand and answers in the other, we discover new depths of faith that will remain secure even through the storms of life.

Ms. Bessey’s definition of Out Of Sorts is:  “a state of being in one’s heart or mind or body. Often used to describe one’s sense of self at a time when you feel like everything you once knew for sure has to be figured out all over again.” Another way to describe that is a wilderness experience. It is at this time that we need to sort through our belief system, figure out what is still worth keeping, and learn to let go of the things that are no longer helpful, things that are useless, and things that may even be harmful. Ms. Bessey is sharing from her life experiences and she is looking at eleven belief systems and if they are the same today as when she started her Christian walk. We are not ponds where our water stands still. Quite the contrary we are compared to a river where the water is constantly moving. This is fascinating reading and the key is the subtitle of the book: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books.   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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