I found out a long time ago that it’s easy to remain a loyal and “devout” Christian as long as things don’t get personal. In times of pain and suffering, it’s easy to begin questioning God’s love and faithfulness. I’ve been there. After suffering through some deeply painful and trying times, I had these questions and more. Hearing that it was “God’s Will” was hollow, empty and downright cruel. Yet, was I ready to turn my back on God and declare myself an atheist from that point forward? No. This is a book for people who struggle to maintain their Christian faith, yet need permission to question God’s ever changing plans for us.
I guess this book is geared toward a “different” kind of Christian than I. I’ve already given myself permission to question why God would allow his children to experience pain and suffering, and I don’t feel like any less of a Christian doing it – and I don’t feel like an “outlaw”. There’s plenty of Biblical scripture, detailing pain and suffering. There are many passages describing anger and frustration at God. I’m not sure how Outlaw Christian is teaching something significantly different.
The author is certainly a gifted writer. I can see her writing emotionally moving sermons and lectures. I’ve read the reviews from her followers. Yet, I found this book to be overly wordy and somewhat tedious. I think it was because I was expecting to find “something more” in its pages. Perhaps it will appeal more to readers who are still feeling bad about questioning God and need someone to tell them it’s okay to do so. It just wasn’t for me.
3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
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