Sunday, June 4, 2017
Mistfit Faith, by Jason J. Stellman
Misfit Faith, by Jason J Stellman, is the refreshingly honest, raw, and thought-provoking journey of a man who became disillusioned with the church, and what it actually means to follow Christ. Frustrated by rules, dogma, and hypocrisy, Stellman seeks to find his own faith, his own way, despite feeling like a spiritual misfit.
As someone who has definitely lived a great deal of my life in frustration with organized Christianity, and ultimately found my faith outside of the church, I was really looking forward to reading this book. It did not disappoint. It made me want to have a beer with the author to discuss it further... and I don't even drink beer.
Stellman is an excellent and engaging writer. He combines personal stories, biblical insights, and humor with great skill. He's also well-versed in pop culture (one of my favorite things) and doesn't take himself too seriously. He doesn't shy away from tackling big issues like heaven, whether God is angry or loving, the significance of the trinity, and how we should be approaching "earthly" things. His writing style is casual and conversational, and I couldn't put the book down once I'd started.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who doesn't fit into a two-dimensional Christian box, who's ever questioned their faith, who doesn't want to be spoon-fed, and who wants to dig deep and really discover a God who is patient and loving and maybe not quite the jerk that Sunday school made him out to be.
If you're super sensitive about your faith, or offended easily (he uses fun, in-your-face chapter headings like, "Embracing Our Inner Dickhead"), maybe tread with a little caution. But if you're willing to let go a little bit, especially if you've ever wondered where you, and God, fit in in this whole kaleidoscope of Christianity.... grab your favorite adult beverage and start reading.
Two enthusiastic thumbs up.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for my review. All opinions are my own.