The co-host of the popular podcast, Drunk Ex-Pastors, offers an earnest and irreverent look at what it means to be a Christian in an upside down world.
"Perhaps failing at faith is an ironic success, since disaster is where grace happens." Jason Stellman
Jason Stellman has always felt like a misfit. A Protestant pastor with a sharp wit, a restlessly inquisitive mind, and a love of pop culture and rock and roll, he has long sensed that something was missing when it came to his relationship with God. In time, he felt drawn to the Catholic Church, so he stepped down from his ministry and embraced Catholicism, only to still feel misplaced and homeless.
His feelings, thoughts, and troubles echo the disillusionment and confusion of many people who struggle relating to ancient faiths in a postmodern world.
In a book that mixes memoir with theological insights and taut storytelling, Stellman gives an edgy, honest, heart-on-his-sleeve account of what it means to be a mixed-up Christian outsider in the twenty-first century (and why this is a can be good thing). Misfit Faith is an invitation to all the religious vagabonds and exiles with nowhere to really call home, those wanderers who increasingly feel like mere fans of spirituality rather than committed members of the team.
If youve ever questioned your faith, felt like a spiritual malcontent, or sought solace for your existential angst at the bottom of a bottle of bourbon, then Stellman just may be the best drinking buddy youve never met.
JASON STELLMAN, cohost of the podcast Drunk Ex-Pastors, is a Southern California native and transplant to Seattle who wishes he still lived in Europe. He served as a missionary with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa in Uganda ('91-'92) and in Hungary ('94-2000). Ordained In the Presbyterian Church in America, he was called to plant Exile Presbyterian Church in the Seattle area where he served from 2004-2012. In September 2012, he was received into the Catholic Church. He drinks and questions his faith regularly.
"Jason Stellman's Misfit Faith is like a Johnny Cash album for the spiritual book world. He snarls, laughs, and cries as he tells us about the strange signposts along his own spiritual journey. And in doing so, he leads us to the God who tells the story of His love through the rituals of creation and the Catholic Church. In the end, he dares you to find your own strange, bizarre, and rebel faith. Count me in as one of the misfits." Jonathan Ryan, author, blogger, and co-founder of Sick Pilgrim
"An ex-pastor walks into confession. . . and out comes this drunk miracle of a book. Deeply thoughtful and compulsively readable." Peter Kispert, McSweeney's contributor
"Stellman's book puts to bed the myth that conversion means an end to questions, doubts, and confusion. His words are a balm to those of us who find our faith journeys resemble the art of MC Escher, with stairways to nowhere and doors that open only onto more doors. But his words are hopeful too. In the Catholic Church he seems to have found a faith wide and deep enough to humble, hold, and challenge him--all while letting him be the misfit that he is." Jessica Mesman Griffith, coauthor of Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters
"Misfit Faith is more than just another book about God, man, and the meaning of life. What you are holding in your hands right now is a spyglass masquerading as a book. Four hundred years ago Galileo did something radical with a small handheld nautical tool that brought what had been invisible into view: he pointed it away from the sea, toward the heavens. The result was a revolutionary understanding of the universe and our place in it.
Exactly in this way, Jason Stellman uses his 176-page spyglass to achieve a brilliant paradigm shift in our understanding of the Man Up There and how we fit into his scheme of things. Stellman shines the light of insight upon questions such as what makes God God? With a unique writing style that is by turns witty and poignant, Stellman wrestles with dichotomous aspects of spiritualityreligion vs. secularism, divinity vs. humanity, law vs. love, and otherstopping off clarity with a colloquialism (personal favorite: "is what Im saying") that has you nodding in agreement. Alternately tapping into studied wisdom and real-life experience in reconciling these age-old debates, the gift Stellman imparts is harmony." Maura Poston Zagrans, author of Camerado, I Give You My Hand and Miracles Every Day
"If mindfully sipped, this book can leave you sitting in the glow of a Love you might not have known before." Seth Taylor, author of Feels Like Redemption
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