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[ Pdf O Me of Little Faith à cisgender PDF ] by Jason Boyett Û I have just finished reading O Me of Little Faith by Jason Boyett It took me at least three weeks NOT because it is long but because I wanted to savor it The book is an exploration of faith and doubt, but in accessible language and stories as well as terrific argument, logic, and dot connecting Not that Boyett is going to argue us into faith or argue us out of doubt In fact, he concludes that doubt actually stokes faith and gives an impetus to life Aren t we all here to be joyously confused, enthusiastic bumper car drivers trying to turn here and there with the breeze in our hair and our parents grinning at the sheer fun we are having I found Boyett s stories of his religious upbringing totally fascinating I was raised in a very liberal and committed church family but our fervor was always kept under wraps Some call that Presbyterian and I might acknowledge that over a beer Needless to say, Boyett s stories would work well over a beer, too He s the kind of writer and thinker that makes it safe to chat about just about anything And about Everything It s interesting to read someone who is both a relaxed writer, full of conversational quips, and also of strong mind He s going to poke, prod, joke, think, push but never let go We need such strong thinkers and we need them to be available to us in exactly this sort of book.
Jason Boyett, an established blogger and author of several books most notably the historical and snarky Pocket Guide series , isn t new to the writing world by any means But there s always room for firsts, and O Me of Little Faith, his first memoir, turns from the history of saints and the Bible to the history of himself, and goes straight to the heart of his own spiritual doubt as he does it.
If it sounds like a heavy topic for a first memoir, you re right The Introduction gets the apologies and warnings out of the way if you are rock steady in your faith and have no interest in reading a book about doubt, then by all means, put this one down Firm faith is a gift I m happy for you I wish I could be you p 13 And it s a good thing too, because by the end of the first chapter, he voices the toughest question of all, Does God even exist This is a hard book to read It s raw and asks the questions that many Christians fear to address out loud anyway , forces you to examine your beliefs, wrestle a bit As I read it, I saw some of myself in the words, and I suspect many who are willing to pick up a book on doubt in the first place will see themselves as well From the annoying quirks of evangelical culture that trigger cynicism to the bigger questions of science and history, he lays out his fears and doubts and hang ups, exposes them to the light, and and this is potentially the most frustrating part doesn t find easy answers.
But don t think it s all doom and gloom and that you re going to turn into an atheist if you read this Not at all Sure, much is left unresolved, but all these questions give way to a hopeful one Is faith simply what remains when God is absent p 100 Jason recounts the things that keep him going God feels distant and all of Christianity looks like a joke, such as finding hope in the revolutionary person of Jesus and security in the tradition of liturgical prayers The difference is choosing belief in the face of questions I try to keep pedaling, even when I m doubting I keep living as a committed Christian, even when I don t feel like one p 190 This is as close as O Me of Little Faith comes to an answer to the problem of doubt, but it s a spark of hope against the odds.
Of course, along with the tough candor, there s plenty of Jason s signature humor too This is definitely a darker, serious approach than his other books, but take heart there are always turtles, French Daredevils, and awesome quirky footnotes to brighten the mood There s also the best description of Soren Kierkegaard ever If he were still kicking around today, he would have black painted fingernails, deliberately unkempt hair, and a heavy rotation of The Smiths on his iPod p 171 See Philosophy can be fun The warning holds true this is not a book for the strong of faith yet faint of heart This is not a book for those who don t want their convictions rattled a little I would still suggest you read it anyway, with an open heart, if only to better understand the darkness many fellow believers walk through It s not a pretty place, but it s a very real one.
To those who find the road of faith full of twists and potholes, Jason is a friendly traveling companion He speaks to the tension of hope and cynicism with compassion, honesty, kindness, and grace O Me of Little Faith is both tough and refreshing, and a very rewarding read wherever you are on the journey.
Loved the unflinching honesty with which Jason shared his lifelong doubts, the utter logic of many of the questions he asks, and the permission, even encouragement, he gives people to not just allow their doubt but even to embrace it Only a couple things bugged me His main advice to doubters seemed to be act in faith anyway Well, that may help some people, but when you re doubting the whole thing, and those doubts are strong enough, being told to take steps of toward faith anyway, is likeUm, seriously Also, he did the You re probably thinking device in response to some idea or othera little too often for my taste But I could relate hugely to so much of what Jason said, and overall, it s a great read that I really enjoyed Despite the things that bugged me, I d definitely recommend it to anyone experiencing doubts about Christianity.
P.
S I tweeted quotes that resonated with me, which you can read here First of all, how cute is this cover I probably wouldn t have picked this one out were it not for the cover I m really torn over my review for this one I wouldn t necessarily describe it as a memoir, but as a collection of the authors thoughts and feelings about his faith or lack thereof He brings up doubt as a potentially taboo topic in the church and asks some hard questions about the relationship of science to religion and describes his struggles in finding a way to trust God while keeping his intellectual integrity.
As far as the writing is concerned, the book is flawless I love the author s voice and I ve laughed out loud several times He has great, funny stories and his style is easy to read I have however, struggled with this one The author did not have a positive experience with the church, the Southern Baptist church in particular, growing up I find him hard to relate to in this area because I grew up in the Southern Baptist church as well, but had only positive experiences Because I feel like conservative , evangelical and right wing have all become derogatory labels and I consider all them applicable descriptions of myself , I found myself feeling very defensive as I read the book However, I think that makes it all the important for me to hear the author s point of view and determine what truly bothers me the author s theology or his analysis of my heritage Be forewarned, I am about to write a book length post on my theological differences with this book I recommend it because the writing is fantastic, and the book itself is funny and challenging, but before I can recommend it, I have to give my disclaimer that there are a lot of theological assumptions that I strongly disagree with.
I think I ve determined that my only major issue with the book is the over simplification of Scripture and of conservative Christianity For example, in one chapter the author describes his problems reading the book of Job, specifically the part where God gives Satan permission to test Job The author believes that this shows that God is in charge of Satan, therefore, Satan must be on God s side, therefore the Bible contradicts itself In his analysis it can t be both ways But just because my boss at work tells me what to do and I obey doesn t mean we are always on the same side It s an issue of authority.
The entire issue of faith itself is treated the same way In the author s opinion, a person s response to doubt is to either hide your head in the sand or become an atheist agnostic I ve struggled with doubts about my salvation, much like the author has But I think that faith is a choice, not a feeling So I can feel like I m not saved God doesn t exist God isn t loving etc and choose with my mind to believe anyway I really want to mail the author a copy of Faith Is Not A Feeling by Ney Bailey That book revolutionized the way I think about faith and how it isn t an emotional response, it s a choice that you make You can always choose to believe despite what your emotions are saying like the father in Mark 9 24 who tells Jesus I do believe help my unbelief It s something I ve prayed over and over and I don t think it s ignoring the issue or putting my head in the sand.
Finally, I feel like I have to point out that I completely disagree with the author s opinion that people overstate coincidence in the name of God He mentions people who feel like God speaks to them every day in a tone of disbelief, but I know those people He mentions worship songs that are so trite that God wouldn t want to claim them I can t get on board with that He talks about how feeling God s presence is an emotional response to music in worship many times so what if it is If a group of people are in the room loving Jesus and praising him, even if the lyrics are stupid and the worship leader is traditional , does that really change the fact that I m worshipping I say no.
So anyway, go read the book and when you have, tell me what you think I d love to hear other people s opinions of the theological questions raised as well as the author s style and sense of humor Even if I don t agree with some of the author s ideas, I think this is a great book to use in starting a discussion on topics that are very relevant for the church today and that must be addressed by all of us conservative, evangelical, right wingers if we want to be taken seriously on an intellectual and cultural level.
I have just finished reading O Me of Little Faith by Jason Boyett It took me at least three weeks NOT because it is long but because I wanted to savor it The book is an exploration of faith and doubt, but in accessible language and stories as well as terrific argument, logic, and dot connecting Not that Boyett is going to argue us into faith or argue us out of doubt In fact, he concludes that doubt actually stokes faith and gives an impetus to life Aren t we all here to be joyously confused, enthusiastic bumper car drivers trying to turn here and there with the breeze in our hair and our parents grinning at the sheer fun we are having I found Boyett s stories of his religious upbringing totally fascinating I was raised in a very liberal and committed church family but our fervor was always kept under wraps Some call that Presbyterian and I might acknowledge that over a beer Needless to say, Boyett s stories would work well over a beer, too He s the kind of writer and thinker that makes it safe to chat about just about anything And about Everything It s interesting to read someone who is both a relaxed writer, full of conversational quips, and also of strong mind He s going to poke, prod, joke, think, push but never let go We need such strong thinkers and we need them to be available to us in exactly this sort of book.
Jason Boyett, an established blogger and author of several books most notably the historical and snarky Pocket Guide series , isn t new to the writing world by any means But there s always room for firsts, and O Me of Little Faith, his first memoir, turns from the history of saints and the Bible to the history of himself, and goes straight to the heart of his own spiritual doubt as he does it.
If it sounds like a heavy topic for a first memoir, you re right The Introduction gets the apologies and warnings out of the way if you are rock steady in your faith and have no interest in reading a book about doubt, then by all means, put this one down Firm faith is a gift I m happy for you I wish I could be you p 13 And it s a good thing too, because by the end of the first chapter, he voices the toughest question of all, Does God even exist This is a hard book to read It s raw and asks the questions that many Christians fear to address out loud anyway , forces you to examine your beliefs, wrestle a bit As I read it, I saw some of myself in the words, and I suspect many who are willing to pick up a book on doubt in the first place will see themselves as well From the annoying quirks of evangelical culture that trigger cynicism to the bigger questions of science and history, he lays out his fears and doubts and hang ups, exposes them to the light, and and this is potentially the most frustrating part doesn t find easy answers.
But don t think it s all doom and gloom and that you re going to turn into an atheist if you read this Not at all Sure, much is left unresolved, but all these questions give way to a hopeful one Is faith simply what remains when God is absent p 100 Jason recounts the things that keep him going God feels distant and all of Christianity looks like a joke, such as finding hope in the revolutionary person of Jesus and security in the tradition of liturgical prayers The difference is choosing belief in the face of questions I try to keep pedaling, even when I m doubting I keep living as a committed Christian, even when I don t feel like one p 190 This is as close as O Me of Little Faith comes to an answer to the problem of doubt, but it s a spark of hope against the odds.
Of course, along with the tough candor, there s plenty of Jason s signature humor too This is definitely a darker, serious approach than his other books, but take heart there are always turtles, French Daredevils, and awesome quirky footnotes to brighten the mood There s also the best description of Soren Kierkegaard ever If he were still kicking around today, he would have black painted fingernails, deliberately unkempt hair, and a heavy rotation of The Smiths on his iPod p 171 See Philosophy can be fun The warning holds true this is not a book for the strong of faith yet faint of heart This is not a book for those who don t want their convictions rattled a little I would still suggest you read it anyway, with an open heart, if only to better understand the darkness many fellow believers walk through It s not a pretty place, but it s a very real one.
To those who find the road of faith full of twists and potholes, Jason is a friendly traveling companion He speaks to the tension of hope and cynicism with compassion, honesty, kindness, and grace O Me of Little Faith is both tough and refreshing, and a very rewarding read wherever you are on the journey.
Loved the unflinching honesty with which Jason shared his lifelong doubts, the utter logic of many of the questions he asks, and the permission, even encouragement, he gives people to not just allow their doubt but even to embrace it Only a couple things bugged me His main advice to doubters seemed to be act in faith anyway Well, that may help some people, but when you re doubting the whole thing, and those doubts are strong enough, being told to take steps of toward faith anyway, is likeUm, seriously Also, he did the You re probably thinking device in response to some idea or othera little too often for my taste But I could relate hugely to so much of what Jason said, and overall, it s a great read that I really enjoyed Despite the things that bugged me, I d definitely recommend it to anyone experiencing doubts about Christianity.
P.
S I tweeted quotes that resonated with me, which you can read here First of all, how cute is this cover I probably wouldn t have picked this one out were it not for the cover I m really torn over my review for this one I wouldn t necessarily describe it as a memoir, but as a collection of the authors thoughts and feelings about his faith or lack thereof He brings up doubt as a potentially taboo topic in the church and asks some hard questions about the relationship of science to religion and describes his struggles in finding a way to trust God while keeping his intellectual integrity.
As far as the writing is concerned, the book is flawless I love the author s voice and I ve laughed out loud several times He has great, funny stories and his style is easy to read I have however, struggled with this one The author did not have a positive experience with the church, the Southern Baptist church in particular, growing up I find him hard to relate to in this area because I grew up in the Southern Baptist church as well, but had only positive experiences Because I feel like conservative , evangelical and right wing have all become derogatory labels and I consider all them applicable descriptions of myself , I found myself feeling very defensive as I read the book However, I think that makes it all the important for me to hear the author s point of view and determine what truly bothers me the author s theology or his analysis of my heritage Be forewarned, I am about to write a book length post on my theological differences with this book I recommend it because the writing is fantastic, and the book itself is funny and challenging, but before I can recommend it, I have to give my disclaimer that there are a lot of theological assumptions that I strongly disagree with.
I think I ve determined that my only major issue with the book is the over simplification of Scripture and of conservative Christianity For example, in one chapter the author describes his problems reading the book of Job, specifically the part where God gives Satan permission to test Job The author believes that this shows that God is in charge of Satan, therefore, Satan must be on God s side, therefore the Bible contradicts itself In his analysis it can t be both ways But just because my boss at work tells me what to do and I obey doesn t mean we are always on the same side It s an issue of authority.
The entire issue of faith itself is treated the same way In the author s opinion, a person s response to doubt is to either hide your head in the sand or become an atheist agnostic I ve struggled with doubts about my salvation, much like the author has But I think that faith is a choice, not a feeling So I can feel like I m not saved God doesn t exist God isn t loving etc and choose with my mind to believe anyway I really want to mail the author a copy of Faith Is Not A Feeling by Ney Bailey That book revolutionized the way I think about faith and how it isn t an emotional response, it s a choice that you make You can always choose to believe despite what your emotions are saying like the father in Mark 9 24 who tells Jesus I do believe help my unbelief It s something I ve prayed over and over and I don t think it s ignoring the issue or putting my head in the sand.
Finally, I feel like I have to point out that I completely disagree with the author s opinion that people overstate coincidence in the name of God He mentions people who feel like God speaks to them every day in a tone of disbelief, but I know those people He mentions worship songs that are so trite that God wouldn t want to claim them I can t get on board with that He talks about how feeling God s presence is an emotional response to music in worship many times so what if it is If a group of people are in the room loving Jesus and praising him, even if the lyrics are stupid and the worship leader is traditional , does that really change the fact that I m worshipping I say no.
So anyway, go read the book and when you have, tell me what you think I d love to hear other people s opinions of the theological questions raised as well as the author s style and sense of humor Even if I don t agree with some of the author s ideas, I think this is a great book to use in starting a discussion on topics that are very relevant for the church today and that must be addressed by all of us conservative, evangelical, right wingers if we want to be taken seriously on an intellectual and cultural level.
There are so many great things about this book I really can t encourage you hard enough to read it Here re my top 5 reasons why you should order it TODAY 1 It s honest Brutally honest It s essentially a book filled with his confessions how much he doubts and how imperfect he is We could all learn a lesson or two from his act of honesty.
2 More likely than not, you have struggled at some point in time with the same questions he struggles with It s the perfect book to help you feel like you re not alone in your doubting If you haven t, you re not being honest with yourself so you should go back to reason number 1 to read it.
3 This is a story of someone who grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition and learned along the way the value of learning from other denominations No one denomination is 100% right Jason pulls from rich liturgical traditions to help him when the simple answer of Jesus saves isn t enough to hold him up At the same time, he embraces the power that exists behind charismatic traditions I love the way he pulls things from various denominational traditions to help him discover what he believes If you think you are 100% right in all you do and your denomination or traditions are better than others, revert back to number 1 for why you should read this book.
4 If you re in full time paid ministry, there are many people that you encounter that struggle with the same kinds of questions Jason struggles with Whether you can identify with what he s saying or not, you should know how to relate to people who are where he is And if you think you can t identify with what he s saying, then I point you back to number 1 for why you should read it.
5 He s incredibly intelligent Jason will probably tell you that he s not that smart but I would disagree This book is a brilliant portrayal of how intellectual giants wrestle with doubt and yet still have faith His most brilliant point faith doubt are not mutually exclusive In fact, faith doubt work hand in hand with one another If we don t doubt, then there s no need for faith When we intellectually can t understand something, that s when faith steps in If you think you understand everything well, then I guess you re just stuck with reason number 1 to read this book.
O Me of Little Faith was a wonderful read, and touched a cord, that many followers can relate of having doubt at some point of their lives Light hearted, filled with relevant scripture and encouraging, O Me of Little Faith reminds us all of the human side of following our Heavenly Father What I enjoyed most, other than the cute cover, was the reminder, of how, many of us, at some point and time of our lives, have those moments of doubt and how it s not necessarily a bad thing, but often the moment, we often need, to motivate us toward re examining and having a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father O Me of Little Faith is worth taking the time to visit the author s website and discovering about the writer behind, O Me of Little Faith When asked about what influenced him to write, O Me of Little Faith , Jason shared the following in an interview that was shared Where did you get the idea for the book I was tasked with giving a sermon at my church a few years ago occasionally I fill in for our pastor , and the best place to start when preparing a sermon is the question What is God teaching me right now And I discovered that I didn t have an answer to that question God wasn t really teaching me anything In fact, God seemed pretty absent from my life altogether So for that sermon, I ended up speaking very transparently about doubt, and how there were times I struggled to believe in God Based on the comments afterward, I found that a lot of people struggled with the same thing only none of us ever felt like doubt was something we could safely address in church We all hid our doubts behind a mask of faith and pretended we had it all together So I thought it would be worthwhile to open up about my doubts and explain how I m learning to deal with them if only to let other doubters know they re not alone I wanted it to be an encouraging book, because the valley of doubt is a lonely place to be What intrigued me was what Jason had to say when asked, What do you hope readers will take away from your book His reply was That it s not the end of the world to experience doubt as a Christian even the really scary does God even exist kind of doubt That your faith can not only withstand doubt, but can even be strengthened by it And that, as a doubter, you are not alone O Me of Little Faith does just that and reminds us, the follower, that we re not alone Even Thomas doubted Moses hesitated, but what matters is we don t move back, but keep moving forward, toward our Heavenly Father.
In O Me Of Little Faith, Author Jason Boyett Brings You A Transparent And Personal Account Of His Own Of Struggles With Doubts And Unbelief In Living Out His Faith With Humor And Frankness, Boyett Uses Personal Anecdotes And A Fresh Look At Scripture To Explore The Realities Of Pursuing Christ Through A Field Of Doubt After Three Decades Of Knowing God, Understanding Christianity, And Living A Christian Life, Boyett Has Come To The Place Where He Can Voice The Tough Questions And Travel The Road Of Uncertainty With Blinders Off, Candor On The Message Along The Way Is One Of Encouragement Relax Rely On The Grace Of A Merciful God, A Kind Father Who Realizes That His Finite Creatures Must Have Doubts, Should Have Questions, And Will Have Trouble Making Sense Of An Infinite Creator Ultimately, Boyett Concludes That Doubt And Faith Are Not Polar Opposites, But Actually Work Together, Existing Side By Side Uplifting, Entertaining, Hopeful, O Me of Little Faith Will Strike A Chord With You And Any Christian Who S Dealing With The Uncertainties Of Living Life In Pursuit Of A God Who Occasionally Seems To Disappear I felt that many of Boyott s qualms with God were less about God and about extreme fundamentalist Christianity This book was supposed to be about dealing with doubts with teachings of Christianity, but I felt this book was about the reasons not to believe than reasons to believe If I wanted to read about reasons not to believe in Christianity, I would have bought The God Delusion by Dawkins While Boyott makes some decent points, although it can be uncomfortable to face the doubts Jason talks about head on, I think it is healthy and good to do so But Jason did often rambles on in a way that could me confusing for some readers I, however, enjoyed this way writing It was a perfect combination of rambling and organized thought that it made it seem like Jason was speaking to you rather then preaching or lecturing at you.
Recommend I was hoping he would discuss his doubts but also the rebuttals to those doubts For the most part I felt that this book But because this book was mostly about why maybe one should not believe but have doubts in the bible and the Christian faith I have difficulty recommending this book to anyone This book is, believe it or not, funny Jason is, at this heart, a comedian But it is also a hard read Read only if you are willing to deal with the difficult questions asked here.
Other books I would Recommend for dealing with Doubt Evolving in Monkey Town How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions By Rachel EvansThe Case for Faith By Lee StrobelThe Case for Christ By Lee Strobel MY REVIEW I really like the concept of this bookthe idea of probing into our doubtour little faith.
However, this book was one of the hardest books to read In fact, in honesty, I did not finish it I skimmed through the remainder but I just could not follow the book I have always thought of myself as someone weak in the area of faith and still do so I was looking forward to reading this book I think my main lack of enjoyment in this book is because it is a detailed spiritual biography than a help for those who struggle Let s face it, we all need to be stronger in our faith so why do I want to read the confession of someone else My biggest concern for someone reading this is that if you have time to read this, you have time to read other books that will help you grow in your faith.
BOOK OVERVIEW O Me of Little Faith is a brutally honest, frequently hilarious look at the struggles of a self confessed spiritual weakling Jason Boyett invites you to ask the hard questions and remain hopeful as he examines how you doubt, why you doubt, and what if anything should be done about it This review book was provided courtesy of Zondervan but the opinion expressed are my own.
O Me of Little Faith by Jason BoyettIsn t the Cover of this book just the greatest I will admit that the cover is what drew me to this book but once I Started reading it I was intrigued The author raised some questions that me as a Christian for over 30 plus years was a bit uncomfortable with but if I was really honest with myself I have thought in the deep recesses of my mind before Questions reguarding Science and do we have to disreguard it, Why are most Christians interested in the Social aspect of church than in the living out of the principles of Christ, If some are really capable of miracle healings why aren t they doing so in hospitals and at hospice Just to name a few Boyett relates all of this with an insight and humor that makes us fell like it is ok to have these questions I am glad that someone else has voiced these questions and that I am not alone in my wondering Through it all though the author maintains his belief in God, and Jesus and I think that is the main point of the book, That you can have questions but still have belief.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a honest opinion from the publisher.


O Me of Little Faith was a wonderful read, and touched a cord, that many followers can relate of having doubt at some point of their lives Light hearted, filled with relevant scripture and encouraging, O Me of Little Faith reminds us all of the human side of following our Heavenly Father What I enjoyed most, other than the cute cover, was the reminder, of how, many of us, at some point and time of our lives, have those moments of doubt and how it s not necessarily a bad thing, but often the moment, we often need, to motivate us toward re examining and having a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father O Me of Little Faith is worth taking the time to visit the author s website and discovering about the writer behind, O Me of Little Faith When asked about what influenced him to write, O Me of Little Faith , Jason shared the following in an interview that was shared Where did you get the idea for the book I was tasked with giving a sermon at my church a few years ago occasionally I fill in for our pastor , and the best place to start when preparing a sermon is the question What is God teaching me right now And I discovered that I didn t have an answer to that question God wasn t really teaching me anything In fact, God seemed pretty absent from my life altogether So for that sermon, I ended up speaking very transparently about doubt, and how there were times I struggled to believe in God Based on the comments afterward, I found that a lot of people struggled with the same thing only none of us ever felt like doubt was something we could safely address in church We all hid our doubts behind a mask of faith and pretended we had it all together So I thought it would be worthwhile to open up about my doubts and explain how I m learning to deal with them if only to let other doubters know they re not alone I wanted it to be an encouraging book, because the valley of doubt is a lonely place to be What intrigued me was what Jason had to say when asked, What do you hope readers will take away from your book His reply was That it s not the end of the world to experience doubt as a Christian even the really scary does God even exist kind of doubt That your faith can not only withstand doubt, but can even be strengthened by it And that, as a doubter, you are not alone O Me of Little Faith does just that and reminds us, the follower, that we re not alone Even Thomas doubted Moses hesitated, but what matters is we don t move back, but keep moving forward, toward our Heavenly Father.
There are so many great things about this book I really can t encourage you hard enough to read it Here re my top 5 reasons why you should order it TODAY 1 It s honest Brutally honest It s essentially a book filled with his confessions how much he doubts and how imperfect he is We could all learn a lesson or two from his act of honesty.
2 More likely than not, you have struggled at some point in time with the same questions he struggles with It s the perfect book to help you feel like you re not alone in your doubting If you haven t, you re not being honest with yourself so you should go back to reason number 1 to read it.
3 This is a story of someone who grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition and learned along the way the value of learning from other denominations No one denomination is 100% right Jason pulls from rich liturgical traditions to help him when the simple answer of Jesus saves isn t enough to hold him up At the same time, he embraces the power that exists behind charismatic traditions I love the way he pulls things from various denominational traditions to help him discover what he believes If you think you are 100% right in all you do and your denomination or traditions are better than others, revert back to number 1 for why you should read this book.
4 If you re in full time paid ministry, there are many people that you encounter that struggle with the same kinds of questions Jason struggles with Whether you can identify with what he s saying or not, you should know how to relate to people who are where he is And if you think you can t identify with what he s saying, then I point you back to number 1 for why you should read it.
5 He s incredibly intelligent Jason will probably tell you that he s not that smart but I would disagree This book is a brilliant portrayal of how intellectual giants wrestle with doubt and yet still have faith His most brilliant point faith doubt are not mutually exclusive In fact, faith doubt work hand in hand with one another If we don t doubt, then there s no need for faith When we intellectually can t understand something, that s when faith steps in If you think you understand everything well, then I guess you re just stuck with reason number 1 to read this book.
I felt that many of Boyott s qualms with God were less about God and about extreme fundamentalist Christianity This book was supposed to be about dealing with doubts with teachings of Christianity, but I felt this book was about the reasons not to believe than reasons to believe If I wanted to read about reasons not to believe in Christianity, I would have bought The God Delusion by Dawkins While Boyott makes some decent points, although it can be uncomfortable to face the doubts Jason talks about head on, I think it is healthy and good to do so But Jason did often rambles on in a way that could me confusing for some readers I, however, enjoyed this way writing It was a perfect combination of rambling and organized thought that it made it seem like Jason was speaking to you rather then preaching or lecturing at you.
Recommend I was hoping he would discuss his doubts but also the rebuttals to those doubts For the most part I felt that this book But because this book was mostly about why maybe one should not believe but have doubts in the bible and the Christian faith I have difficulty recommending this book to anyone This book is, believe it or not, funny Jason is, at this heart, a comedian But it is also a hard read Read only if you are willing to deal with the difficult questions asked here.
Other books I would Recommend for dealing with Doubt Evolving in Monkey Town How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions By Rachel EvansThe Case for Faith By Lee StrobelThe Case for Christ By Lee Strobel MY REVIEW I really like the concept of this bookthe idea of probing into our doubtour little faith.
However, this book was one of the hardest books to read In fact, in honesty, I did not finish it I skimmed through the remainder but I just could not follow the book I have always thought of myself as someone weak in the area of faith and still do so I was looking forward to reading this book I think my main lack of enjoyment in this book is because it is a detailed spiritual biography than a help for those who struggle Let s face it, we all need to be stronger in our faith so why do I want to read the confession of someone else My biggest concern for someone reading this is that if you have time to read this, you have time to read other books that will help you grow in your faith.
BOOK OVERVIEW O Me of Little Faith is a brutally honest, frequently hilarious look at the struggles of a self confessed spiritual weakling Jason Boyett invites you to ask the hard questions and remain hopeful as he examines how you doubt, why you doubt, and what if anything should be done about it This review book was provided courtesy of Zondervan but the opinion expressed are my own.
O Me of Little Faith by Jason BoyettIsn t the Cover of this book just the greatest I will admit that the cover is what drew me to this book but once I Started reading it I was intrigued The author raised some questions that me as a Christian for over 30 plus years was a bit uncomfortable with but if I was really honest with myself I have thought in the deep recesses of my mind before Questions reguarding Science and do we have to disreguard it, Why are most Christians interested in the Social aspect of church than in the living out of the principles of Christ, If some are really capable of miracle healings why aren t they doing so in hospitals and at hospice Just to name a few Boyett relates all of this with an insight and humor that makes us fell like it is ok to have these questions I am glad that someone else has voiced these questions and that I am not alone in my wondering Through it all though the author maintains his belief in God, and Jesus and I think that is the main point of the book, That you can have questions but still have belief.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a honest opinion from the publisher.