As a former Protestant pastor, who has converted to Catholicism, Jason Stellman attempts to address religious doubts. Through scripture, humor and a touch of sarcasm, the author shares his story in Misfit Faith.
There is no denying that the author has an extensive knowledge of the Bible. He points to scripture throughout the book and breaks things down nicely. However, I had some trouble trying to decipher just what point he was trying to make through most of the book. I mean, I get the main idea of the story. Many, MANY Christians are trying to make sense of their chosen religion. Most organized religion is so steeped in ancient rituals, beliefs, etc. so it’s only natural that we wonder if any one religion can truly relate to this crazy modern world that we live in.
I really wanted to like this book. I’d hoped the author was going to give me some exceptionally valuable information. The concept was great. The execution was lacking for me. I would have loved to give this book five stars, but I just couldn’t because I continued to struggle to find a clear, definitive focus to the book. I was never really quite sure of what the author was trying to get at.
Ultimately, I think at the heart of this book is the idea that it’s okay to have doubts. It’s okay to question things. Organized religion is not for everyone. I know this, because this is the conclusion that I have come to for myself. I did the “Cafeteria” Catholic thing. I did the Pentecostal thing. I even did the “I’m mad at God and I won’t talk to him right now” thing.
If you’re searching for a semi-humorous memoir, with a side of scripture then Misfit Faith might be of interest to you. If you’re looking for definitive answers about which religion might be right for you I don’t think this book will be of much help.
3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton