Friday, June 22, 2012
Book Review - Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt
At age twenty-one, Andrea Palpant Dilley stripped the Christian fish decal off her car bumper in a symbolic act of departure from her religious childhood. At twenty-three, she left the church and went searching for refuge in the company of men who left her lonely and friends who pushed the boundaries of what she once held sacred. In this deeply personal memoir, Andrea navigates the doubts that plague believers and skeptics alike: Why does a good God allow suffering? Why is God so silent, distant, and uninvolved? And why does the church seem so dysfunctional? Yet amid her skepticism, she begins to ask new questions: Could doubting be a form of faith? Might our doubts be a longing for God that leads to a faith we can ultimately live with?
About thher own journey and how it ree Author
Andrea Palpant Dilley grew up in Kenya as the daughter of Quaker missionaries and spent the rest of her childhood in the Pacific Northwest. She studied English literature and writing at Whitworth University. Her work as a writer has appeared in Rock and Sling, Geez, and Utne Reader, as well as the anthology Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical. Her work as a documentary producer has aired nationally on American Public Television. She lives with her husband and daughter in Austin, Texas.
My Take on the Book
This was a well written book that looks at one woman's journey into the unknown realm of her own spirituality. What I loved about the book was the way in which she makes you ask yourself the same questions that she struggled with, making you start your own journey as you read about her own. The book was honest, funny and offers a straight forward appraisal of her own journey and how others can learn from her own struggles. The book also allows you to (as I mentioned) examine your own spirituality without being preachy, and writes in a way that allows any and all to understand and comprehend the message that is being shared. Overall, this was a great story that I would share with anyone, no matter where they are in their own journey.
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