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The follow-up to her bestselling Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey's Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith tells the story of how she moved from a first naiveti (when you accept everything unquestioningly) to doubt and then into a second naiveti (where you reengage with faith with new eyes and take responsibility for what you believe and do).
Chapters engage with the emotional and mental work of tossing out some things and reclaiming others within the realms of theology, reading the Bible, church, community, vocation, and more. Written by someone who understands the fear behind questioning-the fear of devaluing Scripture, questioning authority, and becoming a "wishy-washy" Christian who only read the parts of the Bible that suits them-her robust love of Jesus and warm recounting of her personal journey will encourage those seeking a robust, intellectually engaged, faith. 259 pages, softcover. Chapter discussion questions included.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 (inches)|
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.
"Honest, sober, and encouragingly relatable."
"Charming, beautifully expressive"
“This is the truth: Sarah is one of my very favorite writers. The quality of her writing is so inspiring and beautiful and moving to me. And her complicated dance with church and all its tentacles is one that is familiar to so many of us. I love this book.”
“Sarah Bessey writes with the fire of a preacher and the soul of a mother, critical thought without cynicism. Her deepest wounds have come from the church and so has her deepest healing. This book is for all of us who understand, we wonderers who long for Jesus and distrust easy answers. Here Sarah is a brave and faithful guide as we all learn to ‘live the questions.’”
“Touching a raw nerve in contemporary evangelical experience, Sarah Bessey reflects on the inevitable reality of walking the path of faith without having it all worked out—and at times having none of it worked out. Thoughtful, compelling, moving, and real, Bessey models a faith many are seeking but afraid to voice, a faith released of the obligation to be certain. This is the kind of book you’ll want to read and tell friends about.”
“Out of Sorts reads like a love letter to Jesus and to all those desperate to see His true face. Through her indomitable heart, brilliant mind, and vivid writing, Bessey sets an extravagant, cozy table in the middle of the spiritual desert."
"What you will find in these pages is nothing short of a gift. There are plenty of us out here reimagining, rethinking, reevaluating, restarting. You aren’t alone....Thank you, my dearest Sarah Bessey, for helping us find our way back home.”
“With refreshing honesty and engaging passion, Sarah Bessey reminds us that cheap certitude is a poor substitute for genuine faith."
"[Bessey] creates a loving, inviting environment from which readers can approach their own questions, beliefs, and maturity."
"Bessey offers a good forum for Evangelical Christians to question what they believe without getting bent out of joint."