Rosaria Butterfield was an English professor at Syracuse University, so it is no surprise that her book is extremely well-written. I expected a story of her conversion and instead got a thought-provoking analysis of Christianity and the church that left me questioning my own commitment and obedience to the Lord. Throughout the book, series of questions provide an opportunity to think about what a church should be, how we do hospitality (or don't do it), what is marriage really, and how we think about education. I am reading it through for a second time.
As a Christian who struggles with same sex attraction I was most anxious to read Dr. Butterfield's memoir. She is very honest in her approach and makes me yearn to meet the depth of Christians she met through her experience. She opens up a dialogue with the church which must take place. Unfortunately, the only caveat I see in her book is she seems to lead the reader to believe that the struggle with same sex attraction is chosen...as it appears she chose to be a lesbian at a late age. For far too many Christians who are finding God's grace through this path, the struggle never felt as if it were a choice, but something that rings back to the earliest of memories. That aside, her insights are wonderful. Her explanation of repentance and conversion refreshing and have given me a chance to reflect on my own journey. Dr. Butterfield brings the reader in close to her experience, sharing as if one were sipping a cup of coffee at her kitchen table. The themes in this book will provide wonderful opportunity to discuss life with Jesus with other Christians who are frank and honest about their lives. The quality of the book, in my opinion, is wonderful. As a tactile individual I love the feel of the cover in my hands, and the pages are printed on high quality paper.
The book chronicles the life of this English Professor in great scope and honesty. She reveals her heart and her innermost love of Jesus. Married with children she adopted with her husband, who is a pastor, is the most rewarding of all. My only nit about the book is that I don't like the font or the format, but it's presented like most commentaries she would write while in college.